Show Me a Weekend, Part II

A decent night’s sleep, coffee and a bagel from the motel reception area got me going in the morning. Mom and Dad didn’t even have breakfast, but we made plans with Ginny to pick her up and go have brunch somewhere. It was close to 11:30 AM before we made it to her house, and…

Show Me a Weekend, Part I

After a setback caused by the onslaught of a viral infection I picked up from God knows where, coupled with a stiff neck that sent me to the chiropractor twice, we finally embarked for a weekend in central Missouri to visit a relative on my Dad’s side; the daughter-in-law of my grandfather’s brother Joe, whom…

Unplanned Excursion from the Little Apple

On Sunday I drove up to Manhattan to visit friends from my college days and stayed the night. The plan was that in the morning I would get up and have my car fixed with the part that had come in. The evening was nice, just us sitting around the kitchen table talking about random…

A Sampling of the Sunflower State

It was a long time coming, but on Saturday I finally made it to the Kansas Sampler Festival. This gathering of communities, businesses and organizations from across Kansas is the brainchild of one of the state’s most remarkable people, Marci Penner. She has virtually dedicated her life to sustaining rural communities in her home state…

Barhopping in Emmett

Two of my friends and former high school classmates invited me out on Friday night and since last time I was in town we went to Rossville, this time the choice was Emmett. Having just driven through there a couple days before, I knew they actually had at least two bars. The last time I…

A Visit to Oz

Mom wanted to go to the Dollar General and then take us to lunch at the new-to-me Chinese restaurant in Wamego on Friday, and said we could stop downtown first. Mom, Dad, Aunt Joan and I piled into the Camry and drove the short 13 miles to Wamego. Our first stop was a winery store…

College Town Revisited

On Wednesday I drove through some rain up to Manhattan to get my car checked out. I was also scheduled to meet with a former professor and advisor who had since retired from teaching at Kansas State University. Affectionately known as the “Little Apple,” Manhattan was home for me for about six years during my…