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A Flint Hills Meander

April 8th, 2014 at 10:00 am

  A FLINT HILLS MEANDER A March day without wind? Yes. It actually happened. The last Saturday of March was sunny and the breezes were shallow. One shouldn’t stay indoors on a nice day like that, so Dave and I ventured into the Flint Hills. The lack of wind made it an active day for […]

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Late Winter Road Trip

March 18th, 2014 at 10:00 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: LATE WINTER ROAD TRIP Just after Dave and I got on I-35 at Merchant Street, I glanced to my right to the ESU parking lot near the highway. What had once been huge mountains of snow were now molehills of black encrusted ice. Snow may […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  *** ** *

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Crossing Missouri

December 10th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: CROSSING MISSOURI As we made plans to travel to Dave’s brother’s house for a Saturday version of Thanksgiving dinner, Dave used a mileage calculator to determine how early in the morning we would need to leave Emporia. I was surprised to learn that it’s only […]

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Gathering Leaves

November 26th, 2013 at 11:59 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: GATHERING LEAVES Thanksgiving is a time to gather the leaves: table leaves – and maybe leaves of a different sort. My dad and Uncle Laramie always performed the table-stretching maneuver at Grandma’s farmhouse when we arrived for Thanksgiving Dinner. They retrieved the leaves from the […]

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Travels With Mom

November 12th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   In Toronto TRAVELS WITH MOM The pumpkin cheesecake tasted even better than it sounded. When my mother visited recently, she insisted on taking Dave and me to Ad Astra in Strong City. So we had no choice but to go – and to eat […]

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Autumn Again

October 1st, 2013 at 11:56 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: AUTUMN AGAIN Fall makes us feel as if we have new skin. With cooler temperatures and less humidity, the air is a lot more user-friendly. On my evening walks, I see more Emporians walking, riding bikes, tending to their yards, and sitting on porches. Parks […]

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Moving Toward Spring

March 12th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: Strawberry pie – Hays House MOVING TOWARD SPRING For months our sky had been holding its breath. Finally in late February the sky exhaled, and a huge cloud of white flakes fell to earth. We found ourselves in deep snow, which is just what we […]

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