Archive for the ‘small towns’ Category

A Return to Mayberry

August 7th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

  From my archives: downtown Holton A RETURN TO MAYBERRY While I was growing up in the ‘60s, I noticed that my grandmother seemed to prefer the days of her youth over the current times. Grandma clung to the old ways. On wash day, she pulled her old wringer washer onto the front porch. At […]

columns, life on the ground, small towns

The Midget Malt Shop

July 10th, 2012 at 11:49 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: The Midget Malt Shop was in the small building on the left. (Originally published in July 2006) THE MIDGET MALT SHOP The decision of the day: chocolate almond or chocolate chip? On a hot Saturday afternoon, Dave and I visited Braum’s for an ice cream […]

columns, life on the ground, nostalgia, small towns

10 miles

May 12th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Follow K-177 from Matfield Green 10 miles and you’ll be in Cassoday – where you’ll find the correct spelling of the town’s name.

small towns, traveling

Portrait of an Artist

April 24th, 2012 at 10:20 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST For a while now, I had been hoping to interview Erika Nelson – because she drives a vehicle with dinosaurs tarred onto the hood, has taxidermy forms in her living room, and because she seems like one of the coolest kids […]

Art, columns, Kansans, Kansas Explorers, small towns

Ah, Kansas.

April 21st, 2012 at 10:09 pm

A gorgeous place, Pottawatomie County Ah, Kansas, I’ve missed you. The past few months, I’ve been incredibly busy. Lots of commitments, obligations, work to do. Plus, I’m trying to co-write a book. Lately, I’ve just been so tired of having something to do every minute of every day. I goof off 10 minutes here and […]

Flint Hills, Kansans, life on the ground, small towns, vittles

Dinner at Elaine’s

April 20th, 2012 at 7:24 am

The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs

April 10th, 2012 at 9:55 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:     THE GALLERY AT PIONEER BLUFFS Sitting in the shade on the spacious front porch at Pioneer Bluffs, it felt as if time had slowed to the small-town pace that I remembered from childhood. On the porch I visited with Matfield Green residents, Bill […]

Art, columns, Kansans, small towns

Where the Glaciers Roamed

March 13th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: Luigi’s Limoncello WHERE THE GLACIERS ROAMED While Dave and I were in Atchison to visit the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum recently, we also stopped in to take a look at Benedictine College. Our niece is planning on attending Benedictine next year, so we wanted to […]

churches, columns, small towns, traveling

Amelia Earhart Bridge

February 29th, 2012 at 9:59 am

ATCHISON – Looking across the Missouri River from the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. In the background is the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge and its replacement which is being built. This is really cool – a webcam. You can zoom in or go back in time on the calendar to see the progress.

history, Kansans, small towns


February 27th, 2012 at 8:07 am

On a Saturday road trip, Dave and I took a detour into Effingham. This is the hometown of our good friend, Roger Heineken and so we wanted to pay the town a visit. It’s a nice little place, friendly. We spoke to several people there and they remembered Roger and the Heineken family. Unfortunately, I […]

small towns


February 25th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

During a road trip today, Dave and I paid a visit to Oskaloosa– the best-sounding name of any county seat in Kansas. This is across the street from the Jefferson County Courthouse.

small towns