Writings

November 27th, 2009
NEWSPAPER COLUMNS:

Recent Flyover People columns are now accessible on
The Emporia Gazette’s website.
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Living in Kansas

Kansas Goes All the Way Up – why Flyover People?

What Kansas Knows – things learned in a Kansas lifetime

On Being A Kansan - why do we stay here?

The Kansas sky is such a Drama Queen.

Autumn in the Air – fall, football, Friday nights


Kansas Public Radio

Kansas Public Radio – a tour of the KPR studios

Trail Mix – an afternoon with Bob McWilliams

Listener’s Choice – KPR and the role of its listeners


Tripping Around Kansas

Marci Knows Kansas – 627 towns in this state and Marci’s seen them all.

Buttermilk Pecan Pie – the taste of Paxico

Ain’t That Emporia – the value of staying put

The Outhouse Tour - visit Elk Falls

The El Dorado Oil Boom – a book by historian Jay Price

Reading Roadside Kansas - what’s in a building?

Nicodemus – a Kansas town that is a National Historic Site


Interesting Kansans

Louis Paints Kansas – No one paints a Kansas sky better than Louis Copt.

A Day in the Life - of artist Louis Copt

The Sculptor – Alan Tollakson does stonework

The Storyteller – Max Yoho visits Emporia

Oh, Brother – I always wanted a sister, but ya get what ya get.

Emporia’s Favorite Son – William Allen White


POEMS:

Rain

11 P.M.

After Vacation

  1. Susan Iwert
    November 4th, 2009 at 07:42 | #1

    Cheryl–just wanted to leave you a note that I enjoyed your article about the western KS drive to Ness City. Had special meaning for me because I went to high school there and lived southwest of Ness. Cousins in Great Bend and went to the Dr. at LaCrosse.

  2. January 6th, 2010 at 08:30 | #2

    Somehow I came across your websites and several names/places caught my attention…Copt,Lucas KS, Wamego…
    I will check out your site more later!!!

  3. Michael Ford
    April 7th, 2010 at 16:26 | #3

    Cheryl,
    I enjoyed your article about the outhouse tour of Elk Falls. Both of my grandparents owned the grocery store in Elk Falls in the 50’s, my mom and dad both went to school and met going to school there, (they married when they were both 15 and this year they will be married 54 years.), my grandpa is retired from the postal service and did his entire career in that post office, grandma used to take me on picnics, fishing, and to play in the falls at the old iron bridge, and when I go back home to visit my family we still go to church over in Elk Falls.

    You are right small towns have to have their own little claim to fame and I am glad that Elk Falls has found theirs.

    Keep up the good writings.

    Michael Ford

  4. max wendell
    October 4th, 2010 at 20:28 | #4

    we lost one of our towns best people and we will miss him alot. he was in the tv and plumbing and apliance store for 65 years and was well liked by everyone. verland helped me out of lots of jams in the cafe and at home he could fix anything. brigitte and i want to give his family our deepest simpathy and we know how much of a loss this is for them. brigitte and max wendell

  5. ele brown
    October 4th, 2010 at 21:40 | #5

    Thank you, Max, for the kind words. He certainly was the BEST dad anyone could have. My dad loved Woodbine and he loved the people! I can’t remember his saying a bad word about anybody. He could always make us laugh and loved helping others.

  6. February 4th, 2011 at 12:24 | #6

    Hi Cheryl,

    You might like to take a whack at this morning’s moral dilemma on http://Juddstory.blogspot.com
    Hope this finds you in good spirits and fine fortune, Bob

  7. April 5th, 2011 at 09:41 | #7

    What an outstanding collection of text and images! This is an encyclopedia of Kansas! You have enough material here to keep me busy looking and reading for ages. The longer I live in Kansas (going on 21 years)the more treasures I find here, your book and website are the latest ones. How nice to have chance met you on the ride jout to the Knute Rockne memorial, then again at the gift store in Cottonwood Falls. I must spread the word about your book and website Cheryl, congratulations on an outstanding collection and career.

  8. gary eisenbarth
    July 4th, 2011 at 09:26 | #8

    Cheryl, I am enjoying your book. I thought you might find some material in this link:
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/30-years-of-mans-life-disappear-in-mysterious-kans,2444/

  9. October 12th, 2011 at 02:45 | #9

    Cheryl,
    I enjoyed your article about the outhouse tour of Elk Falls. Both of my grandparents owned the grocery store in Elk Falls in the 50′s, my mom and dad both went to school and met going to school there, (they married when they were both 15 and this year they will be married 54 years.), my grandpa is retired from the postal service and did his entire career in that post office, grandma used to take me on picnics, fishing, and to play in the falls at the old iron bridge, and when I go back home to visit my family we still go to church over in Elk Falls.

    +1

  10. sara
    February 16th, 2012 at 10:53 | #10

    Most folks look at me strangely when I say I want to retire in Kansas. That’s okay. I know you get it, however, and you have expressed my sentiments about Kansas life very well! Keep on writing!

  11. March 22nd, 2012 at 14:07 | #11

    After a long hiatus from writing on my blog. I got it back up and running. Just thought I’d tell you and remind you that your writing has kept me sane. Peace!

  12. elebrown
    March 22nd, 2012 at 19:12 | #12

    We need a “LIKE” button on here! I like what Daniel said!! (Do you know Dave Maurer?)

  13. Wendy Devilbiss
    July 4th, 2012 at 14:31 | #13

    Hey Cheryl~ I just wanted to say what a great column again this week you had in the paper. Thanks for writing about fireworks and reminding us of the child who could explore, explode, and survive intact! I sure love having this column to connect with life around us. And while I was here, I read two of your poems–“11PM” and “After Vacation” and loved them. Thanks! Your loyal reader, Wen

  14. January 26th, 2013 at 13:07 | #14

    What a nice resource you’ve created. Well done!

  15. Allen W. Davis
    January 29th, 2013 at 16:53 | #15

    Cheryl, This morning (January 29,2012) I heard you reading a description of Kansas People though didn’t tune in until after the introduction–or any reference you may have made that would identify what you were reading and how to obtain a copy of it. I did hear the identification of your work/website as “Fly Over People.” So, I found this website. My question is whether what you read today is contained in a work already written and perhaps available in a publication already in print? If so, I sure would appreciate an opportunity to acquire it. It reached me emotionally and intellectually. So, how can I get a copy? Allen

  16. January 29th, 2013 at 19:31 | #16

    Thanks so much for your kind words, Allen. I responded via e-mail.

  17. Helen Froetschner
    February 2nd, 2013 at 16:32 | #17

    Thanks to my classmate Anita, your Mom, I too heard you Cheryl on Kansas Day, Jan 29, 2013. Truly enjoyed it. One could spend an afternoon just reading on computer what you and Leon your brother have written about Kansas. Keep writing…what a joy to read.

  18. Wendy
    May 8th, 2013 at 10:35 | #18

    I really enjoyed your article April 30th on Little House on the Prairie–your voice continues to weave the beauty of Kansas with new colors and stories. The framing of those childhood books in your own story, with flashbacks and reference points, gave a new way to see them. Keep writing! Your loyal reader, Wen

  19. Wendy
    July 4th, 2013 at 12:32 | #19

    We enjoy your writing so much, Cheryl. This week’s writing on Patches struck chords for both me and Jeff (who is the dog person), though my cat seemed to be part dog in all the best ways. Your voice to me is both native and expansive–a striking balance that creates a touchstone for new and old readers, and gives a solid piece of writing its intricate detail. Thanks for that gift, every week in the paper.

  20. Wendy
    November 14th, 2013 at 09:54 | #20

    We loved this week’s column–though every week is one good read (or review of a read) after another. I’ve been remembering my first experience of the Flint Hills with you. You are in so much of “life on the ground,” and you have made the writing ground of life visible to me here. Thank you!

  21. November 19th, 2013 at 13:07 | #21

    Thank you so much, Wendy. I love having you as a reader!

  22. Wendy
    November 20th, 2013 at 10:46 | #22

    A hymn of praise that grows out of buffalo grass and unfolds into the Flint Hills–you’ve made huge leaps look so easy that I’m speechless. Could this column be left on the overlook where we stopped that one day?

  23. March 8th, 2014 at 09:27 | #23

    Excellent pictures and comments, have you put on face book? I’m friends with a group of people from Chase county I’m sure they would enjoy

    • March 8th, 2014 at 09:39 | #24

      Yes, Joe, just search for Flyover People on Facebook.

      And thanks!

  24. MAX WENDELL
    August 18th, 2014 at 08:08 | #25

    been gone and not tuned in for awhile great to be back. how do you say better than ever keep up the good work.

  25. eleanor browning
    August 18th, 2014 at 08:55 | #26

    me, too. ditto!


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