Category: Kansas

+

Parenting

  At heart my father was a naturalist. He took my trembling hand and told it to catch garter snakes to slither as I slept on the bedside table to eat as I gagged hands empty of crickets

+

Bistro Patio

  The coffee molting in that licked cup is stale already, gone the steam, gone the beans, gone the money-bagged Peruvian bean man, never stood a chance against this batch. Doesn’t matter anyhow the cup’s not there for consumption anyhow, the cups there are all for aesthetics—my fancy word for look at me in my mood, look at

+

Summertime Afternoon in the Midwest

  The sky is thick and dreamlike with clouds, great battleships of cotton and luster sailing to an endless azure tune— on my back beneath the poplar tree I listen to the steady whine of the horse fly. Rain has come over the central plains in torrents, heavy running along the window panes heavy with oblong droplets pelting skin, duck from backdoor to garage, … Read More Summertime Afternoon in the Midwest

+

Theatre of Nostalgia

Yesterday I had it in mind for an evening of theatre. I imagined rocking up in my fancy shoes (of the three pairs of shoes I have, one pair is fancy), my hair freshly washed and voluminous–to keep all my secrets and spare change—and politely inquire after one ticket please, adult–obviously. I imagined swirling a glass of red wine at intermission, sipping gently, letting … Read More Theatre of Nostalgia

+

It’s Not Travel that Will Change Us

The world fills steadily with travel blogs, and my blood pressure—I find—rises alongside. I don’t invest time in browsing through “Top 10 Kiwi Destinations” or “Best Ways to Make Friends in Hostels” or “250 Ways That Travel Changes You”; partly because, being a snob, I don’t tend to like the things that the social people like. Partly because I often disagree with the principles … Read More It’s Not Travel that Will Change Us

+

Time Traveling

Almost every morning I snuggle into cross-legged position with a cup of coffee and write for a while. Clear the cache. Explode a bit. Stream of conscious all the mindless rumblings of my soul until I can begin the day as blank a slate as possible. It’s a form of meditation; I actively practice non-judgment and non-attachment to my thoughts and ideas. I’ve detailed … Read More Time Traveling

+

Sleeping in Caves and on Presidential Library Lawns

  The school day ended and I whipped myself back home, taking a quick shower and shoving a pair of wool socks, and extra sweater, my trusty hammock, a sleeping bag, an avocado and a beer in my backpack. I snagged a peanut butter and honey sandwich for the road and bid adieu to the comforts of standard living for a night. My drive … Read More Sleeping in Caves and on Presidential Library Lawns

+

Friday Adventures

Today I am going on an adventure. An endeavor of sorts. It is the last day of teaching both my senior and sophomore English units, the last day before Spring break, the last day before I am free to go sweat, sing, and not speak to anyone for seven days. I will pack a backpack. Pack an avocado. A hammock. Franz Kafta’s The Trial. … Read More Friday Adventures

+

What running 100 Miles taught me about curbing Anxiety

I’m moving to Jakarta, Indonesia on April 6th for a four-week teaching internship through my university. I have a 60-day visa and a one-way ticket. Now you and I have exactly the same amount of information. I haven’t been told yet where I will live. I haven’t been told what school I will teaching at. I don’t know what grade, subject, area I will … Read More What running 100 Miles taught me about curbing Anxiety

+

On the move; new epidemic sweeps Kansas

The epidemic first reared its head in late April of this year, and has already reached a suspected case count of over 350,000 as of July 17th In 2017, several states have experienced acute outbreaks already, namely Michigan, Kentucky, Utah, Colorado, and California. Each state varies in regards to outbreak onset and population affected, but one similarity has emerged among these states where those … Read More On the move; new epidemic sweeps Kansas

+

How to Accomplish Much

Would you like to have a super productive day? Tell yourself you’re going to get up early and spend the entire morning writing. If you tell yourself this, and truly carve out the morning for this purpose, you’ll get to the afternoon with a load of things accomplished: Your hair will look fantastic albeit a little flat, because you’ve gently combed it and then  scrunched it and styled … Read More How to Accomplish Much

+

Your Dog on Walk

Stanley Coren describes the dog’s sense of smell like this: Let’s say you have one gram of a component of human sweat, called butyric acid. Humans can actually smell this proficiently. If you were to release that one gram of butyric acid in the space of a 10-story building, we could detect a faint odor upon entrance. Go ahead and slap yourself on the … Read More Your Dog on Walk