Understandably people are sensitive when others start talking about their livelihoods. I was a little skeptical when I started hearing about the research project "Bio-fuels and Land Use Project". Here are a few pictures from the books that I am including in the Spring Street Retreat library. Some of the pictures look familiar of my own experience. There are also photo's of conservation management practices and of the last small remnant of native prairie grass that we know as the Flint Hills of Kansas. I love people pictures and glad to see the photographer's own parents and "homeplace". The gallery exhibit has very colorful photo's of a variety of people who live off the land and another perspective of the resources available here.
It was another lovely dinner with fascinating Kansas author's. Enjoyed hearing Jim Hoy several years ago. This year Larry Schwarm spoke of his photography work for the "Biofuels and Climate Change: Farmers' Land Use Decisions" research project by Kansas University, Kansas State University and Wichita State University. The Wichita Art Museum currently has this work just for a few more days. As I look through the pictures I know from personal experience that what they represent are people who have the freedom to try to support their families the best they can with the resources that are available. There are many losses and yet there is great success and great abundance as this nation is very well fed and there is an an abundance to export to other people around the earth.
It's winter here in Kansas. You never know. We layer our clothing of course. As a life-long Kansan it doesn't seem like we have as much snow. But, often our snows come in March. Typically January and February can be dry. 30's and 40's probably is typical. The sunshine makes all the difference. It's time to put our Christmas trees away. Will do that this weekend. Also cleaning up the carriage house. Making plans to have the stonework repaired. Making plans for exterior painting. Learned of a local painter at the Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. Our rooms are all booked and paid for Symphony Weekend. Still have available rooms many weekends this spring and Rodeo Weekend, Dirty Kanza weekend, and Memorial Weekend. Below are some of the highlights at Spring Street and some of the places I love in Chase County. Many of these activities are free.