Author Archive

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

Books at the Big Well

June 23rd, 2014 at 9:05 pm

I visited Greensburg today. It’s always nice to be in Greensburg.They’re still rebuilding after the 2007 EF5 tornado. It’s just amazing what’s going on there. The museum reopened in 2012, but this was the first time I had been in it. And it was the first time since I was about 4 or 5 that […]

Flyover Book, traveling, Waiting on the Sky

They’re here!

June 14th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

  NOW AVAILABLE!  To purchase visit Quincy Press.  My second collection of Kansas essays is now available! Waiting on the Sky: More Flyover People Essays. I write about life in Kansas – about the wind and the weather and the seasons, about small towns, about growing up in a small town. I write about the […]

Flyover Book, Waiting on the Sky book

First Book Event

June 4th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

The first book event with my new book, Waiting on the Sky, will be Friday at Emporia’s own Town Crier Book Store. Thirty-some authors till be there. Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Town Crier 716 Commercial, Emporia. Waiting on the Sky is a second collection of my Flyover People columns as seen […]


May 29

June 4th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

May 29 For Marilyn   Maryland, oh my Maryland. It’s her birthday today! My friend till the end: Marilyn. I could tell all of the stories – of riding around town in cars, of breakfast at The Rock, of telling tales at the lumberyard bench of machetes in the milo, of swimming in the horse […]

life on the ground, nostalgia, Poetry & Haiku

May 23

May 23rd, 2014 at 5:54 pm

May 23 Sometimes thunder comes as a teenage boy, reckless, loud, a demolition derby in the clouds. But today, thunder is an old man, hesitant, lurching across the sky, the pain of age pulling at his bones.


Cover Art – WOTS

May 23rd, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Soon, very soon, in a few weeks, my second book, Waiting on the Sky, will be available! I wasn’t sure if putting out the second book would be as exciting as the first, but it is. I know a few things this time around that I didn’t know last time. This book, like the first, […]

Waiting on the Sky book

Sunday morning in Emporia

May 23rd, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I’ve been posting some of the poems I’ve written lately. Here’s one from Sunday morning. I wrote this while sitting on a bench on Commercial Street in downtown Emporia.   May 18 Sitting on a bench along the town’s main street, two Harleys pulse the air in front of me while church bells at the […]

E-town, life on the ground, Poetry & Haiku


May 12th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    In honor of the rain (finally!), here’s one of my poems that was published in The Christian Science Monitor.   RAIN All day rain has held to the clouds, the sky turning from gray to purple to purple-blue and back to gray again. A soft wind, the breath of spring, pushes the yellow […]

Poetry & Haiku, seasons, weather

Bonita Garden

May 7th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

My friend Marcia Lawrence leans dangerously against the unexpectedly non-anchored peace pole in the brand new Bonita Garden of Grace. This community garden, for which Marcia wrote the grant, is a project of the Grace Methodist Church, which is right across South Ave. from the garden. Tonight they are having a picnic at the site.

E-town, life on the ground

A Flyover Farewell

April 29th, 2014 at 8:00 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: A FLYOVER FAREWELL For more than 11 years now, my dear readers, I have dragged you along with me on the gravel roads of Kansas. Willingly, I trust. Eleven years? Even I find that hard to believe somehow. My first column was published in The […]

columns, Flyover Book, life on the ground, nostalgia, traveling