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Home and the Holidays
It's Finals Week at K-State and our thoughts move towards "Home." Whatever and wherever home is for you, we hope that you enjoy Winter break and make a little history.
After decades in the city
I'd grown tired of the drone of Loop 610, Houston.
A frenetic freeway has its virtues, but tranquility not one of them.
Dozens of house and porch plants eased the pain,
but country called.
The feelings I had growing up in Kansas,
the rustle of the cottonwoods as the river coasted by.
I told Cheryl I wanted to hear a distant crow.
An extensive searched netted Almosta Ranch,
one side a distant vista of grazing cattle,
woods on the other.
In our backyard, deer feed gently and sometimes bed down for the night.
The pines whisper nice things while
Spanish moss undulates in the oaks
gently flowing like curtains in an open window.
Cardinals, finches, and hummingbirds, all manner of fowl fill the air,
cooing doves serene background music.
Hot, dry summers calm the soul.
Only a few showers wanted to cool the earth
and add a green complexion.
While mallard ducks claimed our ponds,
the picture was complete, the journey finished. I'm home.
December 21, 2010
Mark Chapman, Native Kansan, K-State Alum, and Friend of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies
Have you visited our blog,"The Rural Telegraph," featuring original student research or swung by the Chapman Center for Rural Studies on Facebook and Twitter? #MakeHistory and come on by.
Adams' Collection Research Honors Family
Six Months of Research Pay Off
The Goodland Identity Project
In Loving Memory of Mark A. Chapman (1943-2014)
Tweets from the Teens:
Generations of Success, A Photographic History of Kansas State University
The Chapman Center for Rural Studies is an undergraduate research-based center that provides hands-on experience in doing the real work of historians. We are located in 111 Leasure Hall in the heart of the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, KS.
The office hours are Mon/Tues: 10:30am-5:00pm, Wed/Thur: 8:00am-2:30pm, F: 8:00am-12:00pm.
Call us at (785) 532-0380.
Search through the Chapman Center's on-going project, the Lost Town Digital Archive: Lost Kansas Communities.