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The View From Rural Route #8

A friend found in a file the bottom one-third of a daily afternoon newspaper that featured a photo of corn being planted on her family’s land in April in the Kaw Valley in 1980. The exact date was nowhere to be found in the clip, but there was a reference to a Monday as if […]

September 19th, 2010 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »

The View From Rural Route #8

From the resurgent wheat industry in Kansas something has risen and expanded like yeast dough over the last two decades from a biennial competition inside the Wheat State to a contest for home bakers across America called the National Festival of Breads. Cash and prizes totaling $15,000 will be awarded winners after the eight finalists […]

September 9th, 2010 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »

The View From Rural Route #8

The radio station going in Saturday morning to the farmers’ market in Topeka was filled with both good bad egg jokes and bad good egg jokes. All week prior I had been following the egg recall story, which had grown to two large Iowa egg producing companies and at least half a billion eggs in […]

August 28th, 2010 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »

Town Crier

by Clarke Davis Returning to one’s native land after 45 years can be a surreal experience even if that home area is no more than an afternoon’s drive away into the Iowa corn fields. It was Marveta’s 45th class reunion and I went along having graduated one year ahead of her. It gave me the […]

August 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Columns,Town Crier | Read More »

Running with Scissors: Turn the page

by Sara Peterson-Davis I can’t say there’s just one book that has caused a seismic shift in my life. Instead, books have had a glacial influence on me, slowly and steadily shifting my mental landscape. I thought about this last week when I heard the news J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of “Catcher in the […]

August 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Columns,Running with Scissors | Read More »

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