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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

Good Stewards

March 25th, 2014 at 9:48 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: Pawnee Rock Bergthal Mennonite Church, May 2013. GOOD STEWARDS Last week, while sorting though a box of my late father’s photographs, I found several pictures of our family church. Had my dad been alive this past year, he would have been deeply saddened by the […]

churches, nostalgia, small towns

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

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

Key to the Treasure

January 21st, 2014 at 3:47 pm

  Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: THE OLD FAYETTEVILLE PLACE I hang onto books, especially my favorite ones. As a youngster I must have read “Ribsy” by Beverly Cleary and “Key to the Treasure” by Peggy Parish at least 30 times each. Last week, in my basement, I found those […]

columns, nostalgia, out of state

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

And So This Is Christmas

December 24th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

This week’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: AND SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS Tom Flick’s raspy voice erased all uncertainty. “Ho-ho-ho” was a dead giveaway when that man put on the red suit. But the years that Santa wasn’t played by Tom, my friends and I had a dickens of a time […]

columns, nostalgia

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

My Soaps

October 29th, 2013 at 11:44 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: MY SOAPS In the store the other day, I stood before an array of bath soap. Blue packages, green ones, yellow ones, white. Which brand to choose? There’s Irish Spring – which I don’t buy because its scent is overwhelming and because 20 years ago […]

columns, life on the ground, nostalgia

Library Love

October 23rd, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: Here’s a photo I swiped from my brother’s blog (Too Long in the Wind). This part of the Pawnee Rock fire station building was the city hall/library. Photo credit: Leon Unruh.   LIBRARY LOVE When I was a little kid, the best thing about my […]

columns, life on the ground, nostalgia, small towns

At the Car Show

September 3rd, 2013 at 11:42 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   AT THE CAR SHOW At the Cruisin’ the Campus event recently, classic cars were parked along the circle drive at Emporia State University. I stuck my head inside of an old Chevrolet and remembered the car interiors of my youth: the metal dashboard, AM […]

E-town, ESU, life on the ground, nostalgia