Archive for the ‘life on the ground’ Category

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

Harry Lewis at Halloween

October 20th, 2014 at 9:48 am

From Waiting on the Sky: More Flyover People Essays: “Under the shadows of cedars toward the cemetery’s north end lies Harry Lewis, a bachelor, retired from the U.S. Railway Postal Service. He kept to himself mostly, didn’t speak to kids, and he wore a city man’s hat. “One Halloween, my friends and I dared ourselves […]

life on the ground, Waiting on the Sky, Waiting on the Sky book

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

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

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


April 22nd, 2014 at 7:25 am

  Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: CH-CH-CHANGES By the time you read this, I will have mowed the lawn for the first time this year. Redbuds, crabapples and Bradford pears turn Emporia into an April wonderland, trees flowering all at once. Spring, the most elusive season of all, has finally […]

columns, life on the ground, nostalgia, seasons

Our Midwestern Home

April 15th, 2014 at 11:50 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: Sunset, rural Dodge City OUR MIDWESTERN HOME When a national weather map shows up on TV, where do we look? At the center of the screen, of course. Map-wise, Kansas is the star of the show, sitting in the heart of the country. There are […]

columns, Kansans, landscape, life on the ground, nature, sky

The Viewfinder

April 1st, 2014 at 10:01 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: One of many blurry photos I took in junior high. After track practice in 8th grade, Donna Smith Boese and other friends came over to my house.     THE VIEWFINDER Do you know what I miss? I miss having a viewfinder. I have to […]

life on the ground, nostalgia

Color Confusion

March 11th, 2014 at 10:02 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: COLOR CONFUSION On a recent weekend, snow fell overnight. Usually my first look at the world on any given morning is through our bathroom window. Through that window all I can see is the neighbor’s roof, the sky, and the tops of trees – and […]

columns, Flyover Weather, life on the ground, seasons


March 4th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   ANTICIPATION For several days this winter when I walked through the door of the post office, I thought, “Maybe it’s here today.” I had ordered a bracelet online from a Hesston business called The Rusted Chain, and was awaiting the bracelet’s arrival. The anticipation […]

life on the ground, nostalgia, other people's stuff