entries by topic: kansas

2017/7/19 My Uncle retired from decades as the pastor of two Lutheran congregations in Kansas this past weekend, so I rented a car in Boulder and drove across a swath of the High Plains to hear him preach a final service and attend a retirement party, followed by loading boxes onto a U-Haul.
2016/10/17 (nobody wants another meditation on mortality / some days it's just hard to write any other thing
2016/6/1 in my life it seems like / there's a measure of imbalance / in the warp and weft of things
2016/5/2 there's a picture on the wall of kurt cobain / playing in this bar in like 1990 / a good deal has happened since then / this bar doesn't even look like it did in 2004 / or whenever it was i last lived in this town
2016/4/24 Purchased at the Friends of the Loveland Public Library Book Sale, for $5 in total:
2015/9/7 It’s a little over a week before we drive to Kansas. I’ve talked to Minnesota Dave, and David M., and made sure Shawn is going to be there. h is likely coming, with some complications about a wedding in Minnesota. Toni is making solar power supplies for twinkly string lights. CarolAnn and Ben got a sun shelter.
2014/7/6 It’s hot out. I’m not sure what month it is — July, at a guess, but with Kansas weather what it is, it might be anywhere from June into early September. School’s out, I know that much. High summer is what it seems like in memory, the grass shifting towards that pale, pale golden brown, hissing and trilling with insect life. The sky vast and clear. Me and Beau are going fishing.
2012/1/10 — it's a strange winter in the middle places / bare ground in nebraska, the land is full / of the golden color of an october-november not yet / wrung out by ice and snow
2010/10/22 you know i was our economies in trouble
2009/4/5 it's still the early years of a century / the kind of time our survivors and theirs / might understand hazily / as an age undone in the succession of catastrophe
2009/3/15 i wake up at noon or maybe one / go down for coffee / sun out, blue sky haze / brown grass by the railroad track / check the mail on the way back / it's empty again
2008/9/26 yeah yeah yeah - points a & b
2008/2/9 the cellular telephone is a powerful innovation / you can sit by one while it doesn't ring / just about anywhere you feel like / from here i can see all the way to the / front of this half-empty display case / for boilerplate boulder eccentricity
2007/9/12 drosophila melanogaster or a close cousin circles in the dead air of the kitchen. I have a squash in the oven. There was supposed to be hamburger casserole and stir-fried frozen vegetables (“California Style, with Broccoli, Corn, Black Beans, & Peppers”), but Elizabeth brought home slices of pizza instead, saying that she couldn’t do hamburger again. Now I don’t know what will become of the squash.
2007/4/18 It’s been rainy here in Boulder County, and the landscape is as green as it seems likely to get this year. I should have learned by now, though, not to make predictions based on so little experience of a place. After 26 years Nebraska and Kansas still surprise me. 78-year-old men sit in gas stations over bad coffee talking about the weather and shaking their heads. Certainly this is a piece of deep routine, but partially it is because the weather still surprises them too.
2005/6/26 notes in the direction of a larger work
2004/11/21 resistance & futility - glass beads?
2004/9/20 winfield, pt. 1
2004/5/26 John M. Ford is a genius.
2004/4/4 dominica in palmis
2003/9/25 lately i have been saying / 'i only hope i can remember this' / a lot
2002/12/31 the last day of the year is fading fast / on this particular drafty farmhouse / and all its jumbled contents
2000/10/18 Wednesday, October 18, 13:35 CDT / Done with classes for the week. Gotta love fall break.