Archive for the ‘Flint Hills’ Category

What’s Next?

July 17th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

From a “research” hike earlier this month. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Writing a book is like making a pie: it’s a lot of work to make one, but it gets gobbled up quickly, and then people want more. So, that’s a good thing, really, that people want more, but book writin’ takes a while. And […]

Flint Hills, Poetry & Haiku, writing, yabbering

A Flint Hills Meander

April 8th, 2014 at 10:00 am

  A FLINT HILLS MEANDER A March day without wind? Yes. It actually happened. The last Saturday of March was sunny and the breezes were shallow. One shouldn’t stay indoors on a nice day like that, so Dave and I ventured into the Flint Hills. The lack of wind made it an active day for […]

columns, Flint Hills, landscape, nature, seasons, traveling

Another Trail

February 4th, 2014 at 10:10 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: ANOTHER TRAIL ANOTHER TRAIL Blue-violet clouds ride the northern horizon. I am following Kansas Highway 99 toward Admire, Eskridge, and beyond. While the clouds toward the north appear flat, perhaps that’s just because of distance. Clouds in the foreground are bulkier, boxier, and are in […]

columns, Flint Hills, life on the ground, writing

Flint Hills on KPR

December 17th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Here’s a link to the audio version of my ‘At Home in the Flint Hills’ piece: LISTEN HERE. It aired on Kansas Public Radio on Dec. 4. *** *

columns, Flint Hills, on the radio

At Home in the Flint Hills

November 19th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: AT HOME IN THE FLINT HILLS Our favorite places are the ones where we feel most like our real selves. Maybe your preferred spot on the planet is in the Rocky Mountains, or on a tropical beach, or at your grandparents’ farmhouse. Whenever you arrive […]

columns, Flint Hills, landscape, sky

More from Manhattan

May 22nd, 2012 at 11:31 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:    Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas MORE FROM MANHATTAN When my birthday rolls around each April, I usually celebrate by making a pilgrimage to Lawrence. Because I lived in Lawrence for several years, that town feels like a second home. Massachusetts Street is a big attraction, […]

cities, columns, Flint Hills, nature, traveling


May 21st, 2012 at 6:25 am

Cattle on the open range east of Matfield Green.

Flint Hills

Poet Lariat

May 18th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

In the Flint Hills Discovery Center there are several computer screens and visitors can hear local residents and experts talk about various subjects. Above is Ron Wilson, a cowboy poet, and he talks about being poet lariat.

Flint Hills, Kansans

Out the window

May 17th, 2012 at 8:12 am

Looking out the front windows of the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Off in the distance is the new Manhattan Convention Center (which has an annoying, unremovable bar-thingy across their website.)  

cities, commerce, Flint Hills

Overlooking Manhattan

May 16th, 2012 at 6:04 am

Here’s the view from one of the two terraces on the north side of the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan.

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Well done, Manhattan

May 15th, 2012 at 10:05 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: WELL DONE, MANHATTAN ‘Take me back to the Cottonwood River,” Kelley Hunt sings. “Lead me on, lead me on to where the Flint Hills roll.” Growing up Emporia, the Flint Hills likely provided Kelley Hunt with a feeling of being grounded, and the open skies […]

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