Highs and Lows in Kansas

“It’s easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top.” — Henry Ward Beecher   If you know me, you know I refuse to get caught up in politics. I try to know what’s going on in the world; to understand how government works; to enjoy the history that surrounds the democratic proc…

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Friday, Dec. 30, 1870: “Stormy with wind from southwest… carried away our fore top mast sail and the sailors (could not take it off) until it was in ribbons.

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“Kodachrome, they give us those nice bright colors. Gives those greens of summers.

Flights of fantasy

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it … so it goes on flying anyway.” —Mary Kay Ash   My first flight was from the top of the barn.

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Highs and Lows in Kansas

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