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A Letter/Review from Paul Fiebich

June 30th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I met Paul Fiebich on April 2, 2011, in Chase County, at the 80th anniversary commemoration of the plane crash that killed famed Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. Paul and I were seatmates, I believe, on a borrowed school bus, and along with a couple dozen others, we bounced over a “road” in a […]

other people's stuff, Waiting on the Sky, Waiting on the Sky book

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

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

‘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

A Rainy Monday

August 6th, 2013 at 11:24 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: Deer head, Java Cat Coffee House, Emporia A RAINY MONDAY At the Java Cat, a woman in her 20s sits down with a book and I’m curious as to what she’s reading. Fiction? Non-fiction? The sky is dim this particular day, the overhead bulb has […]

columns, commerce, life on the ground, other people's stuff, WAW, weather

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

Art in the City

June 18th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   ART IN THE CITY “Mom! Mom!” I heard a boy’s voice yelling from the sidewalk in front of my house. I looked out the door and saw a boy who was 8 or 9 scramble to get on his bicycle. He continued to shout […]

Art, cities, columns, life on the ground, other people's stuff, out of state

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

‘Dragging Wyatt Earp’

May 14th, 2013 at 10:17 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: ‘DRAGGING WYATT EARP’ “Returning home is like that. The future gets left behind, a piano dumped on a stark prairie. Suddenly you’re left with nothing but your life and the past. You have returned. Full circle. Everything else is just a blur.” Those are the […]

columns, history, Kansans, other people's stuff, writing

Little House on the Prairie

April 30th, 2013 at 8:35 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE Every afternoon, Mary Louise Wilhite read to her second grade students at Pawnee Rock Grade School. Following our after-lunch recess, my classmates and I came in from the playground, windblown and energetic. But we settled down quickly when we sat […]

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