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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Frugal Good Times

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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  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.

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Religion
8:00 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Oklahoma: Satanic Temple Wants Monument Placed Next to Ten Commandments at Capital

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In 2009, the Oklahoma legislature passed a bill allowing a monument of the Ten Commandments to placed at the capital.  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 The Economist.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:01 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Ta Da! Christmas Magic: From Tumbleweed to Christmas Tree

Credit prairietayles.blogspot.com

Despite stickers embedded in fingers and palms, I don’t want to give up my beautification project.  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.

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Values
8:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Pot Shops Give Growing Opportunity to Another “Garden City”

John Rotherham owns Nature's Herbs & Wellness Center in Garden City. His relatives work as trimmers. From left, aunt Judy Gochenour, mom Mary, dad John Rotherham and uncle Elmer Gochenour.

Garden City… Colorado, is on the edge of a busy highway intersection, nestled between Greeley on three sides, and Evans on the other.  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 the Denver Post.

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Values
6:07 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

Life Along the 100th Meridian is America at Its Plainest

Credit Andrew Moore / nytimes.com

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.  Life Along the 100th Meridian from the New York Times.

Prairie Ramblings Episode
6:07 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Solstices Remind Us of Rhythms Our Hearts Know

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I can’t imagine living in times prior to scientific understanding of the year’s shortest day and longest night, the winter solstice.  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.

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Values
8:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Amarillo: Medical Center Park Stocked with Trout Friday

Trout stocking at Medical Center Park in Amarillo, Texas
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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.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Annie, get your gun-- and a mixing bowl

Jillian, Ellerbe, N.C., Winchester SX 3 in Mossy Oak Duck Blind finish.
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Who says a woman's place is in the home?

Not so long ago,most  people considered serious women hunters a rarity.  Their appearances on outdoor channels were uncommon, and you couldn’t find camouflage or blaze orange specifically designed to fit feminine  curves.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
4:00 am
Sat November 30, 2013

The Force: Music

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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.

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Arts
8:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Marshall Allen Bailey Sits for Painter John Seerey-Lester

Marshal Allen Bailey and artist, John Seerey-Lester

John Seerey-Lester recently released a new book, “Legends of the Hunt, Campfire Tales.”  Marshal Allen Bailey, the Saturday host of Western Swing and Other Things, sat for Seerey-Lester.  He is featured in the painting, “Grizzly Adams.” 

Seerey-Lester is a well known wildlife painter.  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.

Holiday Traditions
8:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Maps Show Celebration Differences

What time do you sit down to eat Thanksgiving dinner?
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Not every one celebrates Thanksgiving the same.  Recently, eBay’s Deals Blog released a series of maps showing the differences across the United States.  

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Tomatoes

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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.   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.  So this year I'm giving thanks for The Return of the Ripe Tomato!

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Poetry
8:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

A Thanksgiving Poem

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Thanksgiving

(Edgar Albert Guest, 1881-1959)

Gettin' together to smile an' rejoice,
An' eatin' an' laughin' with folks of your choice;
An' kissin' the girls an' declarin' that they
Are growin more beautiful day after day;
Chattin' an' braggin' a bit with the men,
Buildin' the old family circle again;
Livin' the wholesome an' old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Holiday Baking Cooks Up Memories

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As soon as nights get longer and colder, I find myself scouring cook books and magazines for festive recipes.  The irony is that I may whip up one of two of these temptations, but always, always, I return to childhood standbys.  While new flavors tease family taste buds, traditional recipes comfort and connect us to loved ones and times long gone.

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Language maps (2)
9:01 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

THANKSgiving in the Panhandle and ThanksGIVing in Kansas – speaking of food on the High Plains

Residents of the Texas Panhandle are more likely to use the more southern pronunciation of emphasizing the THANKS in Thanksgiving (light blue shading).

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.  There’s commonality in how we speak across the High Plains but also differences.  Click through the slide show above to view some food-related differences in pronunciation and usage across the region. 

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Religion
8:00 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Happy 125th Birthday Polk Street United Methodist Church

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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 the Amarillo Globe-News.  

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Jack Rabbit Coming Down a Country Road

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Having learned to drive in Southern California where merging with rush hour traffic was a driver-ed mandate, I relish our area’s slow-paced traffic.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

From Pumpkin Patch to Kitchen Delight

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Seeing photos of my granddaughter’s visit to a pumpkin patch reminds me why these seasonal venues draw visitors from miles around.  Walking among vines to eyeball and then pick and carry home these great orange globes connects people to the soil that grew that particular squash and to the sun and rain that nurtured it. It’s like holding an electrical wire and getting the full buzz, only without the shock and spasms.

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Architecture & Preservation
5:20 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Windows in Victoria, KS church to shine brighter

Stained-glass windows undergoing restoration at St. Fidelis Catholic Church in Victoria, Kansas, the church known as the Cathedral of the Plains.
Credit Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle

It's the Cathedral of the Plains, a landmark to travelers along Interstate 70, and its stained-glass windows will be safer and a little more brilliant now.

St. Fidelis Catholic Church in Victoria, Kansas is restoring its stained glass windows and installing new protection for the windows on this historic church, a building dedicated in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

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Literature
8:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Jodi Thomas: 'So you Want to Be a Writer' Workshop Saturday

Jodi Thomas
Credit ttu.edu

Jodi Thomas is a fifth generation Texan.  She has a degree in Family Studies, and is a marriage and family counselor by education.  She is also a successful writer, celebrating 25 years in publishing.  Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence.

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Literature
8:00 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Amarillo's Open Book Festival Has It All

If you love words, there's something to love about the Amarillo Public Library's 3rd Annual Open Book Festival, this Saturday, November 2, in the Heritage Room of the Amarillo Civic Center.  Starting at 9:30, there are activities, stories and games for kids, workshops, readings, and presentations on books and writing.  

For history buffs in particular, the event presents an opportunity to meet regional historians and get a glimpse into the process of writing historical nonfiction.  These are just a few of the authors taking part in the morning part of the Festival—Meet the Authors:

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Kansas
8:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Docking Institute: 5th Annual Kansas Speaks Survey Reveals Interesting Findings

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Kansas remains a great place to live, and Kansans are optimistic about the future, but they also revealed a significant amount of uncertainty in the fifth annual Kansas Speaks survey of public opinion in the state.

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Kansas
8:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Docking Institute of Public Affairs: 5th Annual Kansas Speaks Survey Results

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Kansas remains a great place to live, and Kansans are optimistic about the future, but they also revealed a significant amount of uncertainty in the fifth annual Kansas Speaks survey of public opinion in the state.

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Language maps (1)
9:43 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Where we don't speak the same language across the High Plains

Credit Bert Vaux (study data) and Joshua Katz (map)

We think of the High Plains as a region with a common geography, environment and economy.  But there are differences in language and dialect.  In some cases Panhandle Texans talk like other Texans and in others case they speak more like western Kansans.  And in still other cases there are differences once you cross the state line into eastern Colorado.  Browse through the dialect maps below to see some of these distinctions.  

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

The Lost Art of the Sunday Drive

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Frequently, people lament the passing of the good ol’ days but when questioned, rarely do any Sad Sams want to return to days before air conditioning, central heat, automatic transmissions, cell phones, internet, and cable TV.  While it is possible to live life without those items, most of us don’t really want to revert to life without modern technology.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:17 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

'Degeneration of the family farm' in photos

Courtesy Randy Waln

Rural roadsides are littered with neglected homesteads, long-ago abandoned. I see them all the time driving across Nebraska. Fallen farmhouses. Blighted barns. Overgrown fencerows. They even have a fanclub on Facebook.

For Randy Waln, a graphic design professor at Peru State University in Peru, Neb., there’s something about a rusted-out truck or weed-covered roadway that stokes the imagination.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

The Great Hedge Apple Insect Experiment

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Normally, I avoid sequels.  I don’t want to know what happened after Rhett left Scarlet standing in the door with his famous line echoing in her mind.  I definitely didn’t want to see Rocky triumph more than once.  However, I must write a part two to the hedge apple saga.  If I don’t, that tale’s audience may enter the next bug cycle with unfounded hope.

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Harvest Public Media field note
8:01 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

The American Dream in Garden City, via Burma and beef

Moung Thang, a Burmese worker at the Garden City Tyson plant, with his children, Micheal, 5, and Veronica, 3
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

The tiny girl who opens the door is so excited to have visitors that she shouts to them as they get out of their car, “Hurry, hurry!”

Veronica Thang, a three-year-old dressed head to toe in pink, was showing off her new nail color.

“What color?” asks Velia Mendoza, the visitor.

“RED!”

And on the other hand? “What color?”

“BLUE!”

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

A Weekend to Remember

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 Last week’s gusting winds did more than catch  arms and legs  in slamming doors, blow hair in directions it’s not intended to go, and make me tilt at a 60 degree angle in order to prevent joining a bazillion tumble weeds traveling hither and yon.  It set my nerves on fire and prepared me to enjoy a perfect weekend.

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Traditions
8:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Is This the Last Dance for the Kansas Polka Lovers?

Polka Dancing at the Gibbon Ballroom at Gibbon, Minnesota
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In December, the PolKofA Kansas Chapter, which is the Kansas chapter of Polka Lovers Klub of America, will decide if they will continue to dance according to The Wichita Eagle.  

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