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A Sense of Place

February 25th, 2014 at 10:09 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   Hiking Trail, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Chase County, Kansas   A SENSE OF PLACE I love it when a writer, in her poem or short story, gives me the native’s tour of a small town. Maybe she takes me to her town’s only tavern […]

columns, life on the ground, places

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 […]

buildings, cities, columns, Flint Hills, history, Kansans, nature, places

Water feature

May 7th, 2012 at 9:20 am

South of the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan is a small park which includes a water feature. I didn’t get a good shot of the water jumping, but it jumps in curves, one after another, like its playing leapfrog.

cities, Flint Hills, life on the ground, places

New Staircase

August 2nd, 2011 at 8:04 am

Dave and Leon and I headed up the circular drive at Pawnee Rock State Park the other night, after dark, and in the car there was mention of the urban legend about the man with the claw who scraped the roof of a parked vehicle. Because one can no longer drive around the pavilion itself […]

life on the ground, places

Flint Hills Discovery Center

June 28th, 2011 at 11:40 am

This week’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: FLINT HILLS DISCOVERY CENTER Its exterior walls have varied layers of limestone, similar to what can be seen in road cuts along area highways. A four-story cylinder of glass will allow the Kansas sky to dance into the atrium. Inside this building under construction, […]

buildings, columns, places

8 Wonders Book

April 16th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Harland Schuster and Marci Penner sign copies of their brand new book “8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook” – released today at the Eisenhower Presidential Library  and Museum in Abilene. Over the past few years, the Kansas Sampler Foundation has had nine contests voted on by the public to determine the various 8 Wonders of Kansas. […]

events, Kansans, Kansas Explorers, Kansas sesquicentennial, other people's stuff, places

The Big Dipper

November 18th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Bob Judd lives in California, but Bob’s father grew up in Garden City, home of the World’s Largest Concrete Freshwater Free Municipal Swimming Pool. ***

other people's stuff, places

In Lourdes Park

November 10th, 2010 at 5:44 am

Lourdes Park at the Sisters of St. Joseph Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia. This grotto in Concordia was built to resemble Our Lady of Lourdes grotto in France. This one in Concordia was designed and built by Edward J. Koenig of Chicago in 1916.

places, small towns, traveling

Closed on Mondays

August 15th, 2010 at 7:56 am

Last Monday, my brother and mother and I went to Newton from Great Bend. On the return trip, we had hoped to visit the Underground Salt Museum in Hutchinson. We had forgotten that it was a Monday. I think every museum in the state of Kansas is closed on Mondays. But, Dave has long wanted […]

nature, places

Octave Chanute

March 19th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

A tribute to Octave Chanute  – in downtown Chanute, Kansas. It’s a charming art installation. Mr. Chanute designed several railroad lines in this region of Kansas and so a town was named after him. These sculptures, both on the ground and in the air are kinetic sculptures – moved by the Kansas wind.

other people's stuff, places

Kansas Museum of History

March 9th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: KANSAS MUSEUM OF HISTORY World War II ended before I was born, so it seemed like ancient history when I studied it in high school. And after all, by 1976, the U.S. had already been through two more wars – in Korea and Vietnam. But […]

columns, history, places