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Family Stories

November 5th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: FAMILY STORIES Clouds hung low over Highway 50 as I drove westbound toward Chase County one October morning. Leaves were beginning their brilliant farewell. A few days earlier, Ila Mae Whitlock who lives near Elmdale, had called, saying that she had stumbled across a few […]

columns, history, Kansans, life on the ground

My Soaps

October 29th, 2013 at 11:44 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: MY SOAPS In the store the other day, I stood before an array of bath soap. Blue packages, green ones, yellow ones, white. Which brand to choose? There’s Irish Spring – which I don’t buy because its scent is overwhelming and because 20 years ago […]

columns, life on the ground, nostalgia

Library Love

October 23rd, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: Here’s a photo I swiped from my brother’s blog (Too Long in the Wind). This part of the Pawnee Rock fire station building was the city hall/library. Photo credit: Leon Unruh.   LIBRARY LOVE When I was a little kid, the best thing about my […]

columns, life on the ground, nostalgia, small towns

‘Dog of the Afterworld’

October 15th, 2013 at 9:55 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   ‘DOG OF THE AFTERWORLD’ I’m keeping my eye out these days for handsome Russian assassins. I had never considered the possibility of one roaming freely around Kansas until I read my brother’s newly released first novel, “Dog of the Afterworld.” His story is a […]

columns, Kansans, life on the ground, other people's stuff, small towns, writing

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 […]

columns, seasons

Great American Market

September 24th, 2013 at 9:30 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:     GREAT AMERICAN MARKET At 4:00 a.m. the sky is full of stars. I assumed that, of course, but now I know for sure. A few minutes later, looking at Facebook, I noticed that Casey Woods had posted a photograph from downtown Emporia showing […]

columns, E-town, events, life on the ground

A Time Capsule

September 17th, 2013 at 9:58 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:       A TIME CAPSULE Where were we 10 years ago? Step back in time with me, a decade, if you will. While cleaning my junk room over Labor Day weekend, I found newspapers and clippings, all from 2003. I started writing this Flyover […]

columns, E-town, history

The Junk Room

September 10th, 2013 at 9:49 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: THE JUNK ROOM During Labor Day weekend, boxes were scattered about in our living room, the kitchen, the hallway. Stacks of books leaned like the Eiffel Tower. Dave and I moved century-old, real-wood furniture. A cabinet went into the bedroom. Dave removed three interior doors […]

columns, life on the ground

Generations Past

August 27th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   GENERATIONS PAST My cousin Laramie contacted me last week and made arrangements to pick up our great-grandmother’s china cabinet. The cabinet had been handed down to me by my father. When I was ready to let it go, Laramie seemed like the logical cousin […]

columns, life on the ground, nostalgia

Royals Rebound

August 20th, 2013 at 11:57 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: ROYALS REBOUND The Kansas City Royals are having a good season. I don’t watch baseball, but the team has been playing well enough that even I have paid attention. During the past two decades, I’ve observed a pattern. Each April as a new season begins, […]

columns, history, nostalgia, on the radio, small towns

Where the Highway Ends

August 13th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: WHERE THE HIGHWAY ENDS In the summer of 1965, my parents took my brother and me to the Arkansas River, a mile south of Pawnee Rock, to see the flood. Heavy rains in Colorado had sent a crash of water downstream. This was a mighty […]

columns, E-town, Flyover Weather, life on the ground, nature, weather