Happy Birthday, Kansas!
|Among the places pictured here: Wichita (Keeper of the Plains, Wichita Troll, Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Sedgwick County Zoo, street musician sculpture); Independence (Little House on the Prairie Museum); Gypsum (old Gypsum High School); Canton (hot and cold water towers); abandoned farm house (on drive to Gypsum); Coronado Heights; Bonner Springs (Kansas City Renaissance Festival); Topeka (Kansas Silent Film Festival); Peabody (Peabody City Park); a rest area in Montgomery County (historical marker for the Bloody Benders); Lindsborg (grain elevators)|
|One year, we made paper sunflowers. It was a much colder winter.|
Sometimes Kansas drives me a little crazy. Many of my friends have left for good, running off to New York or Seattle or Chicago. Others stay and gripe. I'm a firm believer in seeing the beauty in what's around you, looking for the good in things. My roots are here. Most of my family is here, and the ones who are not are within driving distance. My own city has an arts scene I am proud of (and AWESOME Lebanese food), and there are some wonderful things to explore in our smaller towns. (See my Lindsborg posts for proof of that!) Kansas has Lawrence and the Kansas City area. There are many other places in my own state I have yet to explore. You can see so much more on my Sunflower State Pinterest board.
And yes, we get tornadoes. We get lots of crazy weather. Yesterday, January 28, it hit the mid-70s! Today, the temps should start at around 60 F then plummet through the day. While I won't count on it, there is a slight chance for snow tonight. What the hey?
Kansas, we may not always get along, but in the famous words of Dorothy Gale,
"There's no place like home."
|Taken from Coronado Heights, near Lindsborg, KS|
I'll have something kiddie lit-related to share with you tomorrow. Did any of you celebrate special regional "holidays" in school?
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