Author Archive

A Rumor of Coyotes

September 18th, 2016 at 3:31 pm

  *****   Hey, friends! I’ve started a new blog called A Rumor of Coyotes. You can find it here:  The new blog will focus more on writing and… life, I guess. Come on over!   *****



March 14th, 2016 at 12:33 pm

  SUNLIGHT You stand against the sky, today a springtime blue. Golden sunlight sparkles in your hair. That ray of sun, sent to Earth, raced through the galaxy at the speed of light. It landed here.  It landed on you. ~ Cheryl Unruh

Poetry & Haiku

Mid-Winter in Kansas

January 29th, 2016 at 5:53 pm

To celebrate Kansas Day, I was on Kansas Public Radio today with this piece: Finding Hope in The Bleak Mid-Winter of Kansas.

history, Kansans, on the radio

Notable 2015

June 15th, 2015 at 9:02 am

***** ********** I’m happy to announce that my second book of essays about Kansas, Waiting on the Sky, has been selected as a 2015 Kansas Notable Book! Here’s the list of Kansas books/books by Kansas authors selected as Notable Books this year.   To order a copy of Waiting on the Sky, click here.  *****

Waiting on the Sky, Waiting on the Sky book, writing

Fred’s Derby

February 12th, 2015 at 3:05 pm

  FRED’S DERBY   When I moved to this town, Fred’s Derby was the place for eggs and hash browns when the bars closed down at 3 a.m.   Fred’s had been there forever, a long, white building, windows on the highway side of the diner, dead flies on the window sill, sad plastic bottles […]

E-town, Poetry & Haiku


February 11th, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Today’s poem….   ABOVE US, ONLY SKY   On summer days kids point to clouds – fiery dragons and sleeping bears, perhaps a dog chasing a butterfly.   Far off, along the horizon, the sky sometimes makes jagged, purple clouds, mountain majesties, the only mountains we see in Kansas.   Then October’s long barrels of […]

Poetry & Haiku

Man Meets Planet

January 28th, 2015 at 8:18 am

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My radio piece about Pluto aired this morning on Kansas Public Radio. Here it is: Man Meets Planet. * * * * * * * * * * […]

on the radio, sky

Sometimes We Cry

January 14th, 2015 at 7:50 pm

  SOMETIMES WE CRY   On the city’s main street, wind blows things up and out of the gutter, half litter, half leaves. It’s winter now, January. Sitting in the coffee shop I hear “Sometimes We Cry.” Van Morrison’s voice scrapes the inside of my skin as it always does. We have a past, he […]

Poetry & Haiku

Order Two Get One Free Nov. 16-17

November 16th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

  My essay books about life in Kansas make great gifts! People buy them and send them to relatives and friends who have moved away from Kansas and dearly miss our long views and open skies. And – people who still live here love these books, too. I know you can think of two or […]

Waiting on the Sky, Waiting on the Sky book

Beaver Tree

October 29th, 2014 at 11:22 am

Dave and I took a hike at Lyon County State Fishing Lake this weekend and we came across this tree that is about to fall, thanks to work of resident beavers.

landscape, nature

Paul Davis in Emporia

October 29th, 2014 at 11:21 am

With six days until the election, gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, a Democrat, is touring the state one last time before voters go to the polls on Tuesday. He stopped at the Democratic headquarters in Emporia this morning. He said that 16 months ago when he started his campaign, people said, “Paul you’d be a good […]

Kansans, life on the ground