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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

The Viewfinder

April 1st, 2014 at 10:01 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: One of many blurry photos I took in junior high. After track practice in 8th grade, Donna Smith Boese and other friends came over to my house.     THE VIEWFINDER Do you know what I miss? I miss having a viewfinder. I have to […]

life on the ground, nostalgia

Color Confusion

March 11th, 2014 at 10:02 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: COLOR CONFUSION On a recent weekend, snow fell overnight. Usually my first look at the world on any given morning is through our bathroom window. Through that window all I can see is the neighbor’s roof, the sky, and the tops of trees – and […]

columns, Flyover Weather, life on the ground, seasons

Anticipation

March 4th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   ANTICIPATION For several days this winter when I walked through the door of the post office, I thought, “Maybe it’s here today.” I had ordered a bracelet online from a Hesston business called The Rusted Chain, and was awaiting the bracelet’s arrival. The anticipation […]

life on the ground, nostalgia, other people's stuff

A Sense of Place

February 25th, 2014 at 10:09 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   Hiking Trail, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Chase County, Kansas   A SENSE OF PLACE I love it when a writer, in her poem or short story, gives me the native’s tour of a small town. Maybe she takes me to her town’s only tavern […]

columns, life on the ground, places

Winter’s Good Side

February 18th, 2014 at 11:39 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: cat tracks into the neighbor’s yard   WINTER’S GOOD SIDE I should at least get partial credit for making it through half of winter without whining or complaining. But I lost my cool, my patience, when February opened with a sleet storm, followed by 7 […]

Flyover Weather, life on the ground, seasons, weather

The Trip

February 11th, 2014 at 10:26 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: THE TRIP In a recent email conversation, my friend Ed Durall described a lengthy move that his father’s family had made in the 1920s. Ed wrote, “In family lore, that was always known as ‘The Trip.’” First, I love the term family lore. And I […]

columns, life on the ground, nostalgia, out of state, traveling

Another Trail

February 4th, 2014 at 10:10 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: ANOTHER TRAIL ANOTHER TRAIL Blue-violet clouds ride the northern horizon. I am following Kansas Highway 99 toward Admire, Eskridge, and beyond. While the clouds toward the north appear flat, perhaps that’s just because of distance. Clouds in the foreground are bulkier, boxier, and are in […]

columns, Flint Hills, life on the ground, writing

Grandma’s Ghost Chamber

January 6th, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Flyover People column for Dec. 31   GRANDMA’S GHOST CHAMBER Last week, on a cold winter’s night when the wind was scaring up noise outside, I pulled the blankets to my chin. At that moment, Grandma Unruh came to mind. When my brother and cousins and I spent nights with her during the winter, Grandma […]

columns, life on the ground, nostalgia, seasons

Looking for Joy (Radio version)

December 24th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

“Looking for Joy” – Here’s my radio piece that aired this morning on Kansas Public Radio. There are 2 “listen” buttons. The 2nd button includes the intro and outro – with fabulous music. Listen here.  *** ** *

columns, life on the ground, on the radio, seasons

The Sounds Around Us

December 18th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: THE SOUNDS AROUND US Last night I opened a bottle of cat treats and gave one to Tiger. Across the room, Zorro, who had appeared to be in a dead sleep on the couch, lifted his head and looked expectantly for a personal delivery. Our […]

catz, columns, life on the ground