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Our Midwestern Home

April 15th, 2014 at 11:50 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: Sunset, rural Dodge City OUR MIDWESTERN HOME When a national weather map shows up on TV, where do we look? At the center of the screen, of course. Map-wise, Kansas is the star of the show, sitting in the heart of the country. There are […]

columns, Kansans, landscape, life on the ground, nature, sky

It’s Kansas Day

January 29th, 2014 at 4:51 am

*** Celebrate Kansas Day, buy a Kansas book! May I suggest… A collection of 80 essays about the Kansas experience: Flyover People – Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State. I write about the wind and the weather and the seasons. I write about people and places, about growing up in a small town. […]

Flyover Book, Kansans, other people's stuff, Uncategorized

Travelers to Tanzania

January 7th, 2014 at 9:24 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:  Lion in the wild, Tanzania – photo by Jim Griggs  TRAVELERS TO TANZANIA “We got charged by an elephant, but it was a false charge. A couple guys asked me, ‘How do you know it’s not a real charge?’ And I said, ‘Because the vehicle […]

columns, Kansans, other people's stuff, traveling

Major Astro

December 3rd, 2013 at 9:59 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   Major Astro promotional photo, courtesy of Laramie Unruh MAJOR ASTRO On school day afternoons from 1962-1973, “Major Astro” aired on a Wichita TV station, KARD (now KSN). As Major Astro, Tom Leahy Jr. wore a white space suit and sometimes held a helmet in […]

Kansans, life on the ground, nostalgia, on TV

Family Stories

November 5th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: FAMILY STORIES Clouds hung low over Highway 50 as I drove westbound toward Chase County one October morning. Leaves were beginning their brilliant farewell. A few days earlier, Ila Mae Whitlock who lives near Elmdale, had called, saying that she had stumbled across a few […]

columns, history, Kansans, life on the ground

‘Dog of the Afterworld’

October 15th, 2013 at 9:55 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   ‘DOG OF THE AFTERWORLD’ I’m keeping my eye out these days for handsome Russian assassins. I had never considered the possibility of one roaming freely around Kansas until I read my brother’s newly released first novel, “Dog of the Afterworld.” His story is a […]

columns, Kansans, life on the ground, other people's stuff, small towns, writing

Adventures in Reading

July 30th, 2013 at 11:31 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: ADVENTURES IN READING One day this month, the Miracle Café in Reading posted a Facebook message announcing that strawberry-rhubarb pie was available that day. I reposted their note, and within a few minutes friends Greg Jordan and Lisa Soller suggested I meet them in Reading […]

Art, columns, Kansans, other people's stuff, small towns

Saluting a Life

July 16th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: SALUTING A LIFE “Whoop – whoop – whoop!” A Salina police officer used his siren to clear an intersection as the funeral procession began. “They’re doing those ‘whoops’ for your mom,” I told Dave with a smile as we drove away from the church. Headed […]

columns, Kansans, life on the ground

‘Dust in the Wind’

July 9th, 2013 at 7:24 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: ‘DUST IN THE WIND’ Over the past few weeks, I’ve taken a few drives into the country looking for combines. And I’ve found them chugging through fields of gold, their shapes nearly obscured by self-created clouds of dust. The combines eat their fill, separate wheat […]

columns, Kansans, life on the ground, small towns

Three New Books

May 26th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Hey everyone – This week I learned about new books by three author friends. A book I just started reading and am enjoying is Mystery at Snake River Bridge  by Richard Uhlig. Originally from Herington, Rick Uhlig now lives and writes in New York. He hasn’t really left Kansas – his young adult fiction books, this […]

Kansans, other people's stuff, writing

Remembering the Dead

May 21st, 2013 at 5:59 pm

  Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   REMEMBERING THE DEAD The cemetery was my playground. While Dad mowed, my 6-year-old self blew fluff off of dandelions. I traced the engraving on stones, and I climbed into the arms of a cedar tree and watched ants scatter as I peeled its […]

columns, Kansans, life on the ground, small towns