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"Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky. The landscape one longed for when one was away ... the world one actually lived in, was the sky, the sky!"  Willa Cather

Ad Astra Per Aspera )
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Kansas celebrates her 150th birthday today.  She's a young state but has a rich history.  Our motto (on our state seal above), Ad Astra per Aspera, is "To the stars through difficulties," and she certainly has had her share of difficulties but never stopped reaching for the stars.

Auntie Em, there's no place like home! )
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We're back home after a long whirlwind weekend of moving.  Bojoette has a great little apartment in a wonderful location, but more on that later.  On our way to Kansas City, Mr. Bojo pointed out the large cargo on the semi in front of us.  He laughed as I tried to see something, and then I saw what had amused him.

A truck driver hauling a Caterpillar: )
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I posted this in a "Where I Live" community and wanted to keep it for my journal, too.  It's long and photo heavy. 

"It is a well-known fact in regard to the state of Kansas that we never know what she is going to do next,” stated Cyrus Northrup in a  speech at the University of Kansas in 1894.

Rather than localize my post, I thought I'd share the love I have for my adopted state of Kansas.  Kansas is like a beautiful young woman:  full of energy and dreams, brimming with accomplishments, sweet and wholesome--while wearing a pair of pink stilettos.

We ARE in Kansas, Toto. )
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My photos of the prairie are so inadequate in showing its beauty.  Even if I weren't shooting through a dirty window at 80 mph, I wouldn't be able to come close to Judd Patterson's photography.  Judd was a little boy in our old neighborhood.  He has grown up to be a fine artist.  I contacted him by e-mail to ask permission to share some of his photos, and he graciously agreed.  Photos are Judd's, and the poetry belongs to Rich Mullins, a man who loved the prairie, too.

From the place where morning gathers
You can look sometimes forever

Run wild with the hope... )

Rest Stop

Oct. 29th, 2009 05:01 am
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Generally speaking, rest stops on the side of the highway are generally not places one looks forward to visiting until the Big Gulp or Starbucks begins pressuring the bladder into desperation.  However, there is a rest area/travel information center just outside of Wellington, Kansas, that is a pleasure to visit.  A simple concrete colonnade begins outside the building and completes its circle inside.  Inscribed at the top of the colonnade, inside and out, is Kansas' state motto in Latin and English:  Ad Astra per Aspera; To the Stars through Difficulties.  I'm not familiar with all of the other state mottoes, but I'm very fond of ours.

Can you believe I made a post out of a potty stop? )


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