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World’s Largest Ball of Twine

Sure, wandering through cemeteries, sitting in libraries and writing haiku is a great way to spend a vacation but what about the World’s Largest Ball of Twine? Not far from Eisenhower’s grave is Cawker City, Kansas (population 469) home of … Continue reading

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Charles Curtis’ Grave

The final grave of this roadtrip is Vice President Charles Curtis, the first vice president with acknowledged non-European ancestry and the only one, so far, with a Native American tribal affiliation. His tombstone reads “Son of the Kanza Nation”. He … Continue reading

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Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Grave

Turns out I didn’t need to buy that ticket after all. When I arrived yesterday in Abilene, Kansas, I swung by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and expected to be able to saunter up to his grave, take my … Continue reading

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Driving across Kansas

Driving across Kansashighways straightas wind shear Rain drapes the roadwipers useless against the stormheadlights losing to darkness Flat applause of large dropsagainst the windshieldchanges to sharp cracksas white peas bounceoff the hood I hear a traintires lose tractionspinning against the … Continue reading

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