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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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"First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen..."  - Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee

For his was the singular destiny and merit, of leading the armies of his country successfully through an arduous war, for the establishment of its independence; of conducting its councils through the birth of a government, new in its forms and principles, until it had settled down into a quiet and orderly train; and of scrupulously obeying the laws through the whole of his career, civil and military, of which the history of the world furnishes no other example. . . . These are my opinions of General Washington, which I would vouch at the judgment seat of God, having been formed on an acquaintance of thirty years. . . .I felt on his death, with my countrymen, that 'verily a great man hath fallen this day in Israel.'  - Thomas Jefferson

An homage to my favorite red-headed president... )
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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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Ala Tiny Tim, Briscoe would like to say,"A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, every one!"

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