HPPR Culture http://hppr.org en Fewer farms kids but record Future Farmers http://hppr.org/post/fewer-farms-kids-record-future-farmers <p></p><p>The blue corduroy jacket worn by high school students in FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America, is an icon of rural life. To the average city dweller the jacket is a vestige of dwindling, isolated farm culture, as fewer and fewer young people grow up on farms. The numbers tell a different story however. In spite of that demographic shift, a record number of kids are donning blue jackets this year.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Luke Runyon 30016 at http://hppr.org Fewer farms kids but record Future Farmers Last dance for Kansas Polka Lovers Klub http://hppr.org/post/last-dance-kansas-polka-lovers-klub <p></p><p>After 31 years, the Kansas chapter of the Polka Lovers Klub has schottisched for the last time to the steady oom-pah-pah beat.&nbsp; Membership has been declining, volunteers willing to serve as officers were hard to find, and most dancers are over 70 years old.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29904 at http://hppr.org Last dance for Kansas Polka Lovers Klub If only I'd paid attention in art class http://hppr.org/post/if-only-id-paid-attention-art-class <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone for another year. With the flip of that calendar page went the need to wear green and an urge to search lawns for lucky four-leaf clovers. The more common three-leaf variety representing faith, hope, and love symbolized Ireland’s most famous saint. Add a leaf to that trefoil and you get luck as well. Finding a shamrock with that extra something is the difficulty. According to some statisticians, only one in 10, 000 possesses the lucky fourth.</span></p><p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Karen Madorin 29407 at http://hppr.org If only I'd paid attention in art class Let Mother Nature release your inner artist http://hppr.org/post/let-mother-nature-release-your-inner-artist <p></p><p>Recently, a friend sent me a link to “Scott Wade’s Dirty Pictures.”&nbsp; It sounds like something that should make me blush; however, it is actually a site detailing a clever artist who turned his dirty car windows into canvases for spectacular drawings.&nbsp; With recent snow melt and the resulting swampy driveway, I&nbsp; wondered if I couldn’t save some money on canvas and take up sketching on our pick-up and car windows.</p><p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Karen Madorin 29008 at http://hppr.org Let Mother Nature release your inner artist Bread dough by hand is best http://hppr.org/post/bread-dough-hand-best <p></p><p>Here’s a challenge: can you tell the difference between handmade and machine made bread? Handmade means no mixers, no dough hooks, and no electronic devices of any kind until it’s time to pop those risen loaves or rolls in the oven. If taste buds can’t tell a significant difference, why would anyone choose an old-fashioned technique to do a job?</p><p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Karen Madorin 27621 at http://hppr.org Bread dough by hand is best Snow day brings new revelations http://hppr.org/post/snow-day-brings-new-revelations <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like my students, I appreciate occasional snow days. Waking to hear a DJ listing my school on the school cancelation list reminds me of finding an unexpected twenty dollar bill in an old pair of jeans.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Karen Madorin 27613 at http://hppr.org Snow day brings new revelations A prairie rabbit shows me the Zen way of life http://hppr.org/post/prairie-rabbit-shows-me-zen-way-life <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One part of Eastern thought that intrigues me is the Zen &nbsp;concept of intentionally living in the moment and experiencing that moment fully. I suppose that is a&nbsp; major reason &nbsp;why I enjoy the out of doors so much.&nbsp; It’s hard to hike, camp, bird watch, fish, or hunt if you aren’t fully aware of your surroundings and the relationships of those elements with one another. Not long ago, I spotted a Zen rabbit on one of my walks, and it gave me much to consider.</span></p><p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 06:00:04 +0000 Karen Madorin 27611 at http://hppr.org A prairie rabbit shows me the Zen way of life Small business creativity is alive and well on the high plains http://hppr.org/post/small-business-creativity-alive-and-well-high-plains <p></p><p>City dwellers take for granted easy access to services. With strip malls in urban areas sprouting like weeds in a wet summer, finding a groomer and pet care is as easy as taking a drive around a section is for me. During that four-mile drive in a city, people have to choose which business to support. In small prairie towns on two-lane highways where customers are in short supply, it requires ingenuity to figure out how to meet people’s needs and make a buck at the same time. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 06:01:01 +0000 Karen Madorin 27414 at http://hppr.org Small business creativity is alive and well on the high plains Cosmic Sand Pile http://hppr.org/post/cosmic-sand-pile <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember the joy you found digging in a great dirt pile or a big sand box when you were a kid? As youngsters, my brother and I spent hours creating our own geography, which included mountain ranges, deep valleys, sloping hills, and raging rivers. All we needed was sand, a couple of spoons or trowels, and water.</span></p><p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 06:00:04 +0000 Karen Madorin 27005 at http://hppr.org Cosmic Sand Pile The Best Dining On the Plains is Found in Small Towns http://hppr.org/post/best-dining-plains-found-small-towns <p></p><p>City friends sometimes ask if I miss eating at popular chain restaurants. When I first moved to rural Kansas, I did miss running to Olive Garden or Red Lobster. Now days, I’m happy to wait until a local organization hosts a foodie fundraiser. I’ve learned that’s where you find homemade-by-neighbors fine dining. These cook’s reputations are on the line, so they don’t serve just anything.</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 06:00:04 +0000 Karen Madorin 26866 at http://hppr.org The Best Dining On the Plains is Found in Small Towns A Photo Journal of Low Times on the High Plains http://hppr.org/post/photo-journal-low-times-high-plains <p></p><p><a href="http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2014/01/06/low-times-on-the-high-plains-rj-sangosti-photos/6537/">RJ Sangosti</a> spent the past year in high plains communities of Eastern Colorado.&nbsp; It is a time of struggle for the region.&nbsp; Years without rain are pushing changes in agriculture, the region’s main industry. &nbsp;Farms are getting bigger, pushing small farmers out.&nbsp; Young people are leaving to continue their education, and not returning. &nbsp;Corporate stores in nearby cities are strangling main street businesses. &nbsp;Housing values are declining. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But, a handful remain-the hardy and determined ones. &nbsp;Enjoy this photographic vignette of life in Eastern Colorado by </span><a href="http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2014/01/06/low-times-on-the-high-plains-rj-sangosti-photos/6537/" style="line-height: 1.5;">RJ Sangosti for the Denver Post by going here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 26835 at http://hppr.org A Photo Journal of Low Times on the High Plains Satanic Temple Shares Monument Design for Oklahoma Capitol http://hppr.org/post/satanic-temple-shares-monument-design-oklahoma-capitol <p></p><p>The Satanic Temple started a campaign in December to place a monument of their own next to the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol according to <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2014/01/economist-explains-3">The Economist</a>.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 26846 at http://hppr.org Satanic Temple Shares Monument Design for Oklahoma Capitol Ode to the Public Library http://hppr.org/post/ode-public-library <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Watching how much my toddler granddaughter loves books reminds me of a seven-year-old,&nbsp; toothpick-legged child who thought she was a big girl when her momma handed her anallowance on Saturday mornings. Along with that shiny dime, that little girl’s mother permitted her to trek uptown-- first to the dime store and then to the library. The coin was spent in no time.&nbsp; It took much longer to wander up and down the bookshelf aisles searching for the perfect three or four titles to carry home so she could escape into those well-turned pages for a week of exciting adventure.</span></p><p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Karen Madorin 26615 at http://hppr.org Ode to the Public Library Black-Eyed Peas: New Year's Good Luck http://hppr.org/post/black-eyed-peas-new-years-good-luck <p></p><p>We'll kick off the new year with a look at a tradition that grew from the traffic of slave ships to the farmlands of the American South. &nbsp;Whatever you call them -- black-eyes, crowders, cream peas or purple hulls, these legumes have long been a basic element of survival. &nbsp;Thought to be a symbol of good luck in the future, they could definitely bring you the wealth of good health, as they are nutritious and delicious dished up on a New Year's Day.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:07:00 +0000 Skip Mancini 25967 at http://hppr.org Black-Eyed Peas: New Year's Good Luck Frugal Good Times http://hppr.org/post/frugal-good-times <p></p><p>Go to enough auctions of people who survived The Depression, World War II, the blows of the 50s, and the one car families of the 60s, and you’ll find&nbsp; boxes of small square table cloths and probably more than one deck of regular or pinochle playing cards and maybe a box of dominoes. These inexpensive, reusable items were ingredients for Friday and Saturday night good times as well as the center of family gatherings at holidays.</p><p> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Karen Madorin 25965 at http://hppr.org Frugal Good Times Oklahoma: Satanic Temple Wants Monument Placed Next to Ten Commandments at Capital http://hppr.org/post/oklahoma-satanic-temple-wants-monument-placed-next-ten-commandments-capital <p></p><p>In 2009, the Oklahoma legislature passed a bill allowing a monument of the Ten Commandments to placed at the capital. &nbsp;The monument was not paid for by the state, but was donated by the sponsor of the bill, Mike Ritze, and his family recently reported <strong><a href="http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21591622-satan-threatens-heartland-beelzebubba">The Economist.</a></strong></p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 25852 at http://hppr.org Oklahoma: Satanic Temple Wants Monument Placed Next to Ten Commandments at Capital Ta Da! Christmas Magic: From Tumbleweed to Christmas Tree http://hppr.org/post/ta-da-christmas-magic-tumbleweed-christmas-tree <p></p><p>Despite stickers embedded in fingers and palms, I don’t want to give up my beautification project.&nbsp; Nope, I’m not digging backyard sandburs. I’m decorating a Prairie Christmas tree. Yep, I’ve gone Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I’m turning a tumbleweed into a showcase for curling green, gold, and red ribbons accented by shiny ornaments.</p><p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Karen Madorin 25853 at http://hppr.org Ta Da! Christmas Magic: From Tumbleweed to Christmas Tree Pot Shops Give Growing Opportunity to Another “Garden City” http://hppr.org/post/pot-shops-give-growing-opportunity-another-garden-city <p></p><p>Garden City… Colorado, is on the edge of a busy highway intersection, nestled between Greeley on three sides, and Evans on the other. &nbsp;It’s surrounded by communities banning recreational pot sales, but true to its history, Garden City is maximizing the opportunity presented by the legalization of marijuana according to <strong><a href="http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_24744797/garden-city-pot-shops-give-town-chance-stand">the Denver Post</a></strong>.</p><p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 25846 at http://hppr.org Pot Shops Give Growing Opportunity to Another “Garden City” Life Along the 100th Meridian is America at Its Plainest http://hppr.org/post/life-along-100th-meridian-america-its-plainest <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A story and slideshow of the Great American Desert provides a glimpse into lives and pictures that resonate with us… our values, struggles, and the hidden beauty of a place we call home. &nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/08/magazine/life-along-the-100th-meridian.html?_r=0">Life Along the 100<sup>th</sup> Meridian from the New York Times.</a></strong></p><p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 04:07:42 +0000 Cindee Talley 25457 at http://hppr.org Life Along the 100th Meridian is America at Its Plainest Solstices Remind Us of Rhythms Our Hearts Know http://hppr.org/post/solstices-remind-us-rhythms-our-hearts-know <p></p><p>I can’t imagine living in times prior to scientific understanding of the year’s shortest day and longest night, the winter solstice.&nbsp; Before easy access to candles, kerosene, and electricity, this was a worrisome season. Little besides faith the sun would return comforted ancient people through increasingly long nights.</p><p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 16:07:00 +0000 Karen Madorin 25530 at http://hppr.org Solstices Remind Us of Rhythms Our Hearts Know Amarillo: Medical Center Park Stocked with Trout Friday http://hppr.org/post/amarillo-medical-center-park-stocked-trout-friday <p></p><p>Medical Center Park in Amarillo will be stocked with trout on Friday as part of the Neighborhood Fishin’ program according to the Amarillo Globe News.</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 25454 at http://hppr.org Amarillo: Medical Center Park Stocked with Trout Friday Annie, get your gun-- and a mixing bowl http://hppr.org/post/annie-get-your-gun-and-mixing-bowl <p></p><p>Not so long ago,most&nbsp; people considered serious women hunters a rarity.&nbsp; Their appearances on outdoor channels were uncommon, and you couldn’t find camouflage or blaze orange specifically designed to fit feminine&nbsp; curves.</p><p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 06:00:02 +0000 Karen Madorin 25222 at http://hppr.org Annie, get your gun-- and a mixing bowl The Force: Music http://hppr.org/post/force-music-0 <p></p><p>It’s interesting how certain tunes and lyrics transport our minds from the present to another time and place. I can’t listen to “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” without finding myself traveling backward through time to age fifteen when I rode shotgun up and down the main drag of a small Southwest Kansas town. With our windows rolled down, summer breezes riffled our hair until a comb could hardly pass through it. Oncoming drivers blared horns to greet one another as part of the nightly ritual. These discordant sounds disrupted KOMA tunes that set the rhythm of our popping bubble gum.</p><p> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Karen Madorin 24963 at http://hppr.org The Force: Music Marshall Allen Bailey Sits for Painter John Seerey-Lester http://hppr.org/post/marshall-allen-bailey-sits-painter-john-seerey-lester <p>John Seerey-Lester recently released a new book, “Legends of the Hunt, Campfire Tales.”&nbsp; Marshal Allen Bailey, the Saturday host of Western Swing and Other Things, sat for Seerey-Lester. &nbsp;He is featured in the painting, “Grizzly Adams.”&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Seerey-Lester is a well known wildlife painter. &nbsp;The new book is a sequel to “Legends of the Hunt,” and features over 120 paintings and 60 stories about remarkable real life experiences of the world’s greatest hunters and explorers.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 24877 at http://hppr.org Marshall Allen Bailey Sits for Painter John Seerey-Lester Thanksgiving Maps Show Celebration Differences http://hppr.org/post/thanksgiving-maps-show-celebration-differences <p>Not every one celebrates Thanksgiving the same. &nbsp;Recently,&nbsp;<a href="http://deals.ebay.com/blog/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 112, 154); font-size: 19px; line-height: 28.5px;">eBay’s Deals Blog</a>&nbsp;released a series of maps showing the differences across the United States. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 24861 at http://hppr.org Thanksgiving Maps Show Celebration Differences Thanksgiving Tomatoes http://hppr.org/post/thanksgiving-tomatoes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a series of late freezes wiped out a good deal of my garden I accepted the hard truth that I would have to buy vegetables and fruits that were not usually on my shopping list. &nbsp; But around mid-summer I discovered that a favorite fruit that had been getting harder and harder to produce had decided to literally burst upon the scene and give me a late summer season of the best tomatoes I'd produced in years. &nbsp;So this year I'm giving thanks for The Return of the Ripe Tomato!</span></p><p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 06:00:02 +0000 Skip Mancini 24761 at http://hppr.org Thanksgiving Tomatoes A Thanksgiving Poem http://hppr.org/post/thanksgiving-poem <p></p><p><font color="#6C0000" face="Comic Sans MS" size="4" style="color: rgb(108, 0, 0); line-height: normal; text-align: -webkit-center; background-color: rgb(166, 190, 177);"><b>Thanksgiving</b></font><br /><br /><font color="#6C0000" face="Comic Sans MS" size="3" style="color: rgb(108, 0, 0); font-size: medium; line-height: normal; text-align: -webkit-center; background-color: rgb(166, 190, 177);">(Edgar Albert Guest, 1881-1959)<br /><br />Gettin' together to smile an' rejoice,<br />An' eatin' an' laughin' with folks of your choice;<br />An' kissin' the girls an' declarin' that they<br />Are growin more beautiful day after day;<br />Chattin' an' braggin' a bit with the men,<br />Buildin' the old family circle again;<br />Livin' the wholesome an' old-fashioned cheer,<br />Just for awhile at the end of the year.</font> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 24860 at http://hppr.org A Thanksgiving Poem Holiday Baking Cooks Up Memories http://hppr.org/post/holiday-baking-cooks-memories <p></p><p>As soon as nights get longer and colder, I find myself scouring cook books and magazines for festive recipes.&nbsp; The irony is that I may whip up one of two of these temptations, but always, always, I return to childhood standbys.&nbsp; While new flavors tease family taste buds, traditional recipes comfort and connect us to loved ones and times long gone.</p><p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Karen Madorin 24688 at http://hppr.org Holiday Baking Cooks Up Memories THANKSgiving in the Panhandle and ThanksGIVing in Kansas – speaking of food on the High Plains http://hppr.org/post/thanksgiving-panhandle-and-thanksgiving-kansas-speaking-food-high-plains <p>If you live in the Texas Panhandle you’re more likely to be discussing plans for THANKSgiving rather than ThanksGIVing, as you might it Kansas.&nbsp; There’s commonality in how we speak across the High Plains but also differences.&nbsp; Click through the slide show above to view some food-related differences in pronunciation and usage across the region.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 24642 at http://hppr.org THANKSgiving in the Panhandle and ThanksGIVing in Kansas – speaking of food on the High Plains Happy 125th Birthday Polk Street United Methodist Church http://hppr.org/post/happy-125th-birthday-polk-street-united-methodist-church <p></p><p>The years have not been easy for Polk Street United Methodist Church, but facing challenges within the church and in Amarillo has become the legacy of Amarillo’s oldest church according to a recent article in <strong><a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-11-14/amarillos-oldest-church-turns-125">the Amarillo Globe-News</a></strong>. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 24381 at http://hppr.org Happy 125th Birthday Polk Street United Methodist Church