Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Real Test

Rather than lending the typical sympathetic ear that comes so easily to such exchanges, I instead took a different tact. Continue reading

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A Different Road

It is good from time to time
to turn away from our search for the spectacular
and take in the humble beauty
that spreads around us, Continue reading

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Getting Along

Every now and then, I do something strange. Pick up a hitchhiker, speak to someone I don’t know, stuff like that. In fact, I’ve been doing weird stuff for so long now, it’s about to get to where strange is … Continue reading

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Witness of Weakness

Passing through our middle years, we are still occasionally surprised not to see that younger memory of ourselves when we look in the mirror. Continue reading

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The Ancient of Days

Beyond the bluffs and the bare-branched ridge,

in the thin cut between the over-hanging shroud

and the blackness of frozen ground,

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The Way of Things

Last night’s mesmerizing sunset brought a splashing of reds and pinks onto the bellies of scattering clouds stretched out in fan pattern from the west. Beneath that beauty, though, the cold rolled edge of a slate blue front laid a distinct boundary of something else. Continue reading

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Cutting Edge

With the wind chill at minus four and a scattering of snow on the ground, I believe that I can say that January has finally found us here in the near corner of Kansas. Continue reading

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Reflections on the Prairie

Kansas suddenly seems vast and enormous as you drive from one ridge toward another. Rolling prairie stretches out for miles in every direction. In many places you can look in every direction and see no houses, barns or much of anything else except the lines of scrub oak and cottonwood along the ditches and creeks. The sky wraps around you, boundless, as a swollen moon rises in the dusk, above endless acres of grazing range.

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A Deliberate Caution

a very deliberate caution

that does not allow

the seem of circumstance

to overwhelm the reality of truth.

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Unseasonable

For the second time in a week, we reached sixty degrees yesterday. At the time of year when our normal high temperatures are in the teens, we’re looking at another week of the forties. The day started out with ominous omens. Continue reading

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