Archive for the ‘writing’ Category

A Rumor of Coyotes

September 18th, 2016 at 3:31 pm

  *****   Hey, friends! I’ve started a new blog called A Rumor of Coyotes. You can find it here:  The new blog will focus more on writing and… life, I guess. Come on over!   *****


Notable 2015

June 15th, 2015 at 9:02 am

***** ********** I’m happy to announce that my second book of essays about Kansas, Waiting on the Sky, has been selected as a 2015 Kansas Notable Book! Here’s the list of Kansas books/books by Kansas authors selected as Notable Books this year.   To order a copy of Waiting on the Sky, click here.  *****

Waiting on the Sky, Waiting on the Sky book, writing

Review by Terry Needham

August 17th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Terry Needham   And today, a lovely review came in from Terry Needham, an author from Illinois. Terry’s review of Waiting on the Sky:   Cheryl Unruh is one of my favorite Kansas authors. She gives this place called Kansas a voice. Sometimes it whispers, sometimes it roars . . . and occasionally, but rarely […]

Waiting on the Sky, Waiting on the Sky book, writing

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


April 23rd, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Just to let you know, my friends, yesterday’s Flyover People piece was my second-to-last column. Next week’s column will be my Farewell piece. I’ve written it for 11+ years, and it’s time for me to move on to other writing possibilities, without the pull of a weekly deadline. Deadlines are a mixed blessing, sometimes they […]


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

‘Dog of the Afterworld’

October 15th, 2013 at 9:55 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   ‘DOG OF THE AFTERWORLD’ I’m keeping my eye out these days for handsome Russian assassins. I had never considered the possibility of one roaming freely around Kansas until I read my brother’s newly released first novel, “Dog of the Afterworld.” His story is a […]

columns, Kansans, life on the ground, other people's stuff, small towns, writing

Southern States

June 11th, 2013 at 10:05 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   Rowan Oak, Oxford, Mississippi SOUTHERN STATES Interstate highways allow you make good time while traveling, but having a good time on those highways is not guaranteed. Those slabs of concrete are like run-on sentences: no periods in sight. If you want to cover miles […]

columns, out of state, traveling, writing

Three New Books

May 26th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Hey everyone – This week I learned about new books by three author friends. A book I just started reading and am enjoying is Mystery at Snake River Bridge  by Richard Uhlig. Originally from Herington, Rick Uhlig now lives and writes in New York. He hasn’t really left Kansas – his young adult fiction books, this […]

Kansans, other people's stuff, writing

‘Dragging Wyatt Earp’

May 14th, 2013 at 10:17 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: ‘DRAGGING WYATT EARP’ “Returning home is like that. The future gets left behind, a piano dumped on a stark prairie. Suddenly you’re left with nothing but your life and the past. You have returned. Full circle. Everything else is just a blur.” Those are the […]

columns, history, Kansans, other people's stuff, writing

Little House on the Prairie

April 30th, 2013 at 8:35 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE Every afternoon, Mary Louise Wilhite read to her second grade students at Pawnee Rock Grade School. Following our after-lunch recess, my classmates and I came in from the playground, windblown and energetic. But we settled down quickly when we sat […]

columns, Kansans, life on the ground, nostalgia, other people's stuff, writing