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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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Southern States

June 11th, 2013 at 10:05 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   Rowan Oak, Oxford, Mississippi SOUTHERN STATES Interstate highways allow you make good time while traveling, but having a good time on those highways is not guaranteed. Those slabs of concrete are like run-on sentences: no periods in sight. If you want to cover miles […]

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The Accidental Tourist

May 28th, 2013 at 10:11 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia. THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST Waves splashed onto my shins. Two little girls and their father were standing in deeper water and those girls allowed each giggling wave to knock them down. If I’d have known I was going to be at the […]

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Road Trip to Sedan

April 23rd, 2013 at 11:16 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   ROAD TRIP TO SEDAN Spring seemed to be stalled out somewhere, so Dave and I drove south one Saturday to see if we could locate the lost season and drag it north. It was early April and even near the Oklahoma line, we didn’t […]

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Keim Bakery

March 26th, 2013 at 11:59 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: KEIM BAKERY When I hear of a Kansas place that I want to visit, sometimes that place sticks in my brain like a bookmark. And I can’t get rid of the bookmark until I make the trip. Keim Bakery in Ottawa had been on my […]

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What Remains

January 8th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   WHAT REMAINS When I noticed the downhill-sloping sidewalk in front of my grandparents’ former house, I remembered being 8-years-old, holding onto Grandpa’s hand, and skipping beside him on the way to the neighborhood grocery store. We each have latent memories, things that we forget […]

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