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First Book Event

June 4th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

The first book event with my new book, Waiting on the Sky, will be Friday at Emporia’s own Town Crier Book Store. Thirty-some authors till be there. Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Town Crier 716 Commercial, Emporia. Waiting on the Sky is a second collection of my Flyover People columns as seen […]


May 23

May 23rd, 2014 at 5:54 pm

May 23 Sometimes thunder comes as a teenage boy, reckless, loud, a demolition derby in the clouds. But today, thunder is an old man, hesitant, lurching across the sky, the pain of age pulling at his bones.


It’s Kansas Day

January 29th, 2014 at 4:51 am

*** Celebrate Kansas Day, buy a Kansas book! May I suggest… A collection of 80 essays about the Kansas experience: Flyover People – Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State. I write about the wind and the weather and the seasons. I write about people and places, about growing up in a small town. […]

Flyover Book, Kansans, other people's stuff, Uncategorized

Springtime in January

January 30th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Go back to sleep, daffodils, it’s only fake spring, not real spring. And, it’s a contraily kind of a day: 7 second video… Contrails. At 12:30 p.m., it’s 62 and mostly clear. Heading up to 69 today.    

nature, seasons, Uncategorized


January 15th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Midland Railway – Baldwin City


Wiper workout

October 9th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

When I looked at the weather symbols on my computer this morning, it showed partly-cloudy for Emporia with a high of 74 degrees. So, I left, wearing short sleeves. I didn’t throw a jacket in the car, didn’t think I’d need one. It’s been in the 80s around here for a week or so. My […]


Vogts’ book giveaway

October 20th, 2010 at 6:16 am

Fellow Kansas writer Deborah Vogts has an author event coming up at the Gridley Public Library (Coffey County) on Saturday, October 23, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Deborah writes Christian romance novels based in the Flint Hills. So far, she has published Snow Melts in Spring and Seeds of Summer and is working on a […]


Big Well Gift Shop

October 7th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

The Big Well Gift Shop in downtown Greensburg now stocks Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State. The book has an essay about the tornado/town, so I’m pleased that they are carrying the book there. A new gift shop/visitor’s center will be constructed near the Big Well itself, so this is temporary […]

commerce, small towns, Uncategorized, vittles

School Colors

September 28th, 2010 at 7:59 am

Carrying the school colors, flag girls walk behind the Hartford Jaguar marching band in last Saturday’s Hartford Harvest Day parade.

small towns, Uncategorized

Signing Desk

September 20th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

The Governor’s ceremonial signing desk. With a Robert Sudlow painting overhead. (Sudlow lived in Lawrence and died earlier this year.)



March 7th, 2010 at 9:35 am

An ag-related building in downtown Lamont (Greenwood County.)