Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day Moon Like a Potato Chip

The moon was up in the middle of the day yesterday, looking like a big white potato chip stuck to the blue sky. And there appears to be a discontinuity in time/space at the clock tower.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

More Statehouse Crane

The crane looms over the dome of the Statehouse. It will be there about a year, I'm told.

The counterweight end. When there is nobody in the cab, the arm is loose and swings in the wind like a weather vane, to prevent the winds from stressing it.

The cab where the operator spends his day. I'm told that once up there, he doesn't come down until his shift is over. Brings up some questions I really didn't want to think about.

The dismantling of the red crane that was used to assemble the blue crane.

And, the Native American statue on the dome draws a bead on the crane workers...ready, aim...!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cheryl's Book!

I have a new book. It's Cheryl Unruh's new book, "Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State."

The book is a collection of some of her columns written for the Emporia Gazette over the past several years. She writes about the beauty and strangeness of Kansas, and about growing up in a "flyover state." When it came out late last month, she brought me my own personal signed copy, and I humbly discovered my name in the acknowledgements too. Wow.

The lovely photo on the cover is the work of Dave Leiker, Cheryl's husband. His photo site is linked on the side here, and you should look.

They are so far available in Topeka only at the Southwind Gallery at Framewoods, which is at 3074 SW 29th St. (29th & Oakley), across from the Brookwood Shopping center. They are also at Town Crier in Emporia, The Raven in Lawrence, and many other places. Check her site, Flyover People, for more locations. You can also order them online at Flyover People, here.

I have a new book and it's good. Get you one, too.