HPPR Culture http://hppr.org en Chinese Cadillac enthusiasts get their kicks on Route 66 http://hppr.org/post/chinese-cadillac-enthusiasts-get-their-kicks-route-66 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re traveling Route 66, you might see a caravan of Cadillacs getting their kicks traveling the open road.&nbsp; They’ve traveled all the way from China for the experience according to a recent article in the </span><a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-07-21/chinese-reality-show-heads-amarillo" style="line-height: 1.5;">Amarillo Globe-News.</a></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 34892 at http://hppr.org Chinese Cadillac enthusiasts get their kicks on Route 66 The City of Brotherly Love: Reading Terminal Market http://hppr.org/post/city-brotherly-love-reading-terminal-market <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a recent trip to Philadelphia Skip explored a treasure trove of local food, fresh produce, and other special items just made for those who love farms and&nbsp;gardens and what they grow.&nbsp; A historical setting that once&nbsp;served the Eastern U.S.&nbsp;as a&nbsp;huge train station&nbsp;has now become a&nbsp;huge market for all things tasty and tasteful.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Skip Mancini 34640 at http://hppr.org The City of Brotherly Love: Reading Terminal Market How many critters can get under that one tree? http://hppr.org/post/how-many-critters-can-get-under-one-tree <p></p><p>All eyes in the stands focused on a bright yellow Volkswagen parked in the center of the Big top.&nbsp; Both doors opened simultaneously, allowing two clowns wearing towering top hats and oversized, floppy shoes&nbsp; to step into the spotlight.&nbsp; Then two more characters in bright, outsized&nbsp; attire squeezed out, and then two more and two more and two more &nbsp;like an out of control tube of toothpaste until there were 12 clowns crowding around that little&nbsp; VW.&nbsp; If those weren’t enough to dazzle the crowd, two more popped out.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Karen Madorin 34427 at http://hppr.org How many critters can get under that one tree? Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids http://hppr.org/post/mutton-busting-rodeo-tradition-rough-and-tumble-kids <p></p><p>A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Luke Runyon 34388 at http://hppr.org Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids Survey says... High Plains fizzles on Fourth http://hppr.org/post/survey-says-high-plains-fizzles-fourth <p></p><p>If you’re looking for a great place to celebrate the 4<sup>th</sup> of July, the High Plains is not the place to do it.&nbsp; <a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-july-4th/4651/">WalletHub</a> did a nationwide ranking of 100 places to celebrate based on how well they balance cost and fun.&nbsp; Fourteen metrics were used including the number of food establishments, fireworks laws, attractions, and weather.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 33644 at http://hppr.org Survey says... High Plains fizzles on Fourth The best smoked beans you'll ever taste http://hppr.org/post/best-smoked-beans-youll-ever-taste <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Howdy, Folks!</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite outdoor recipes with you. &nbsp;Give it a try! &nbsp;You won't be sorry.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:00:01 +0000 Luke Clayton 33499 at http://hppr.org The best smoked beans you'll ever taste Report: Farmer Suicide Rate Higher Than All Other Workers http://hppr.org/post/report-farmer-suicide-rate-higher-all-other-workers <p>U.S. farmers are more than three times more likely to commit suicide than other workers, a new study has found.</p><p>University of Iowa researcher Wendy Ringgenberg&nbsp;compiled a study based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration farm death statistics from 1992 to 2010. <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-workers-far-more-likely-die-suicide-why" target="_blank">In a recent interview with Iowa Public Radio</a>, Ringgenberg said suicide rates have likely been underestimated and underreported. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:20:57 +0000 Cody Newill 33600 at http://hppr.org Report: Farmer Suicide Rate Higher Than All Other Workers Stitching lives together at the Cottonwood Ranch http://hppr.org/post/stitching-lives-together-cottonwood-ranch <p></p><p>Old houses intrigue me—especially those with formal parlors. In today’s world, the concept of an appointed sitting room is alien to our interactions. However, after participating in the Donna Day Craft Workshop at Cottonwood Ranch Historical Site, I’m rethinking my feelings about fancy salons folks once used only for weddings, Sunday visitors, or wakes.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Karen Madorin 33169 at http://hppr.org Stitching lives together at the Cottonwood Ranch The life cycle of a hunter http://hppr.org/post/life-cycle-hunter <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Howdy, Folks!</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week Cindee asked me to talk about the way my hunting experience has changed with time. &nbsp;When I think about it, as a young man it was all about bagging the tags and having a bigger gun. &nbsp;Through the years, I was challenged by the skill bow hunting required, and moved that direction. &nbsp;Now, I'm experimenting with air rifles, and the different skill set they require. &nbsp;As I think about it, hunting at this time is about the experience.</span></p><p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Luke Clayton 33167 at http://hppr.org The life cycle of a hunter Longhorns mosey through downtown Amarillo http://hppr.org/post/longhorns-mosey-through-downtown-amarillo <p></p><p>Texas Panhandle residents had an opportunity this week to step back in history.&nbsp; The Coors Cowboy Club drove 30 Texas Longhorn cattle through downtown Amarillo to the Tri-State Fairgrounds.&nbsp; They were kicking off the Ranch Rodeo said a recent article in the <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-06-05/longhorns-mosey-through-downtown">Amarillo Globe-News</a>.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 32876 at http://hppr.org Longhorns mosey through downtown Amarillo Becoming the oldest generation http://hppr.org/post/becoming-oldest-generation <p></p><p></p><p>A phone call brings Karen one step closer to becoming the oldest generation.</p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Karen Madorin 32216 at http://hppr.org Becoming the oldest generation How to can pork http://hppr.org/post/how-can-pork <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Howdy, Folks!</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's your ole buddy, Luke, and today we're talking to Mike Pullen of Frisco Spices. &nbsp;He's walking us through the process of canned pork. &nbsp;Take a listen. &nbsp;If you have questions, Mike would love to talk you through the process.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 24 May 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Luke Clayton 32217 at http://hppr.org How to can pork Mulberries: Banquet or Mess? http://hppr.org/post/mulberries-banquet-or-mess <p></p><p>It is that time when Kansas cars, driveways, and tops of heads wear purplish reminders of a passing bird’s mulberry feast. Everyone saw it coming as pale fruits of this native tree first turned from white to bright red then matured to black-purple. Not so long ago, Jayhawk-state residents looked forward to this early spring fruit as one of summer’s first harvests. Now days, most folks consider these berries a mess to clean up.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Karen Madorin 31936 at http://hppr.org Mulberries: Banquet or Mess? Canned venison better than Grandma's http://hppr.org/post/canned-venison-better-grandmas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Howdy Folks,&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's your ole buddy, Luke. &nbsp;</span>&nbsp; Today, I'm talking to Mike Pullen, the owner of Frisco Spices. &nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 17 May 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Luke Clayton 31915 at http://hppr.org Canned venison better than Grandma's Easy fajitas for your next camping trip http://hppr.org/post/easy-fajitas-your-next-camping-trip <p>Howdy, Folks!</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, I'm going to share my secret recipe for making fajitas when I'm camping. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 10 May 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Luke Clayton 31539 at http://hppr.org Easy fajitas for your next camping trip High Plains inspires Colorado artist http://hppr.org/post/high-plains-inspires-colorado-artist <p></p><p><em>Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life</em> &nbsp; - Pablo Picasso.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new exhibit at the Portal Gallery in Longmont, Colorado, not only provides an opportunity to wash away the dust of the past months from your soul, but it could also help you to see beauty in the abandoned places of Eastern Colorado.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 31397 at http://hppr.org High Plains inspires Colorado artist A homemade wedding for Barbie and Ken http://hppr.org/post/homemade-wedding-barbie-and-ken <p></p><p>Only a Grinch could hate spring’s arrival. What’s not to like about warmer days, leaves unfurling, grass greening, tulips and daffodils bursting into bloom, lilacs perfuming breezes, and white blossoms exploding on Barbie’s wedding bush. This plant is really called spirea, but for little girls playing dolls, this shrub provides bouquets enough for a hundred wedding ceremonies--hence its nickname.</p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Karen Madorin 31286 at http://hppr.org A homemade wedding for Barbie and Ken Farming, rural living and suicide http://hppr.org/post/farming-rural-living-and-suicide <p>A 2002 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that men living in rural counties were much more likely to kill themselves than urban men. (Stephen D/Flickr)</p><p>An alarming number of farmers in the U.S. take their own lives, according to the magazine Newsweek. And while we don’t have great statistics, some of the best numbers available suggest men on the farm today kill themselves nearly twice as often as other men in the general population.</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Grant Gerlock 31009 at http://hppr.org Farming, rural living and suicide The barn kitten version of the city mouse and the country mouse http://hppr.org/post/barn-kitten-version-city-mouse-and-country-mouse <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember the childhood story about the country mouse and the city mouse? I loved to read that book as a little girl. Why it appealed to me, I don’t know. However, since late this summer my daughters and I have had the opportunity see observe the differences between country cats and town cats.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Karen Madorin 30657 at http://hppr.org The barn kitten version of the city mouse and the country mouse 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