Archive for the ‘E-town’ Category

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

Thurs. Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.

August 28th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

  I’m thrilled to be giving a book talk/reading at the future home of the Lyon County History Center, 709 Commercial in Emporia, on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 6:00 p.m., The Lyon County Historical Society is in fund-raising mode, working at bringing in money to renovate the building in downtown Emporia. Right now the museum […]

E-town, events, history, 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

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

Emporia Main Street Photo Contest

January 29th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

To celebrate May as National Historic Preservation month, Emporia Main Street will hold a historic photo contest. Three winners will be chosen and receive Main Street gift certificates. * Photographers must fill out entry form for each photo and attach to photo (limit of 3 photos per photographer). * The deadline for the contest is […]


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

At the Car Show

September 3rd, 2013 at 11:42 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   AT THE CAR SHOW At the Cruisin’ the Campus event recently, classic cars were parked along the circle drive at Emporia State University. I stuck my head inside of an old Chevrolet and remembered the car interiors of my youth: the metal dashboard, AM […]

E-town, ESU, life on the ground, nostalgia

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

Around Town on Foot

June 25th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: AROUND TOWN ON FOOT “Walking is also an ambulation of the mind,” essayist Gretel Ehrlich wrote. This is my new addiction. Last fall I began a somewhat regular outdoor walking program. Winter kept me inside for months, but spring put me back out on the […]

E-town, life on the ground

Looking for Joy

December 18th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: LOOKING FOR JOY It was the third week of December, 1986. Depressed, I sat alone in my new apartment. The divorce from my (first) husband had been finalized that week. Even if a divorce is the best thing for everyone concerned, it still turns your […]

columns, E-town, nostalgia, on TV, seasons