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Why Do People Make Large Things?

Why Do People Make Large Things?

Well, there’s ego of course. And because they can. But often it’s either unintentional or romantic–not love-romance, but sentimental-romance. Take the largest stack of empty oil cans in Cassleton, North Dakota. A gas station just tossed them in a pile starting in the 1930’s and it grew. When the town also grew and it was […]

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When You Think of Kansas, Do You Think of Art? You Should.

When You Think of Kansas, Do You Think of Art? You Should.

Kansas, as it turns out, is ranked third in the country for “outsider” art. You won’t find outsider art in a museum, unless, well, it’s a museum dedicated to outsider art. These are folks who are self-taught, some would say quirky beyond the typical perception of an artist, and use household objects to create their […]

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We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Looks like I have to take a forced blog sabbatical. I’m in Hawaii (yay), and the internet at my charming inn can’t handle the burden of building a blog post (boo). Hopefully upcoming hotels will be better, as even my MiFi only has one bar (boo hiss). But, there’s good news to share…I won the […]

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Why is the Grass on the Tallgrass Prairie not Actually Tall?

Why is the Grass on the Tallgrass Prairie not Actually Tall?

It turns out that “tall” is relative. Think of the grass in your yard at home–then think of the grass on the prairie (which clearly you visit daily). The neighborhood association would never let the grass grow this tall, ankle-high all the way up to thigh-high. Aside from that aesthetic, there are natural reasons why […]

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Kansas Is So NOT a Fly-Over State

Kansas Is So NOT a Fly-Over State

I went to Kansas to accomplish my 44th state, and was not at all prepared to have some of the best experiences of the trip so far. One day blew me away–both from powerful wind and from stunning beauty. I finally saw wheat AND met a new crop. Plus, I have every intention of returning. […]

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