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Flyover People by Cheryl Unruh

This book is about the Kansas experience: wind, long horizons, clouds, storms. It’s about life in a small town, a childhood in a community of 400 people in the center of Kansas.

Available Now! Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State.

Eighty of Cheryl Unruh’s Flyover People columns from pages of The Emporia Gazette, Emporia’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, family-owned newspaper. Cheryl has written her weekly column since 2003. Eighteen of the essays in this book have also aired as commentaries on Kansas Public Radio.

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  4. Council on Aging says:

    I am the office manager the Council on Aging in Leavenworth, KS. We are having a Senior Citizens Picnic honoring senior citizens on May 13th. The month of May is Older Americans Month and to honor our seniors we host a picnic. This year’s theme is proud to be a Kansan. This year’s special guest is Joel Nichols, Channel 9 News. Would you be willing to donate a book and some bumper stickers? We expect about 250 seniors attending this event. Thank you.

    Scarlet Ross

  5. Judi Carpenter says:

    If I order two books, can they be shipped together? If so, would that reduce the price a little? I would love to give this book to another native Kansan transplanted to Illinois soil somewhat reluctantly (at least, some of the time) but still connected by heartstrings to the state of Kansas. I’m also a KSTC (then) graduate, so Emporia continues to have a special place in my heart.

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  7. Scott Harber says:

    Too often in life beauty goes unappreciated because of socitey’s and life’s pressures. It is far too easy to dismiss taking a moment to appreciate what one has because of the desire to add to one’s wealth. It is far easier for one to appreciate nature’s beauty when they are surrounded by it. Kansas is the perfect place to do so. Its openness lends itself to displaying the wonder of nature without reserve. Unruh represents in many more words what the greatest religions of the world have known to be true for ages: one cannot be satisfied if their spirit is deprived, nor can they be satisfied if their physical body is deprived; there must be a balance. Unfortunately society today tends to focus on the material rather than the ephemeral. This book is an invitation at first to live vicariously through another and to begin to whet the appetite of the spirit for more sustenance. Cheryl Unruh invites the reader on a journey through a life being lived to the fullest, to a life where individuality is appreciated more than society’s demands, to a complete life. It is through the magnificent narration of Cheryl Unruh that the audience is taken on a grand journey. However, despite the masterful expressions Unruh uses to describe and praise Kansas, even she realizes when old words speak louder than new:
    How often at night when the heavens were bright
    With the light of the twinkling stars
    Have I stood here amazed and asked as I gazed
    If their glory exceeds that of ours

    The air is so pure and the breeze is so fine
    The zephyr so balmy and light
    That I would not exchange my home here to range
    Forever in azure so bright.

  8. cheryl says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the book, Scott. You’re very kind.

  9. Sarah says:

    Cheryl, my name is Sarah Beylon. I am Steve Beylon’s wife. My husband and I were truly blessed to be able to call Kansas home for a brief 6 years. I am enjoying reading your book. It has brought back fond memories of living in the Sunflower State. It has also brought back fond memories of visiting with my sister, Margaret, who attend both Fort Hays and K-State. Unfortunately, Margaret was killed in the line of duty this year. She and I often spoke of moving back to Kansas to live someday, such was the strength of our love for Kansas, for the open skies and beautiful prairies, but most of all for the wonderful, hard working, down to earth, good people who are lucky enough to be called Kansans. Thank you for sharing Kansas with our family. We will always be Kansans at heart.

  10. Cheryl says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Sarah. Sending you an e-mail.

  11. Bob says:

    Hi Cheryl, my wife is wondering if your book is, or will be offered in audio book form. Thanks…

  12. Cheryl says:


    Well, sometime this summer I’ll be recording the book for Kansas Talking Books, a service for the visually impaired. I don’t know their policy, but I doubt that their version can be sold commercially.

    But, for now, no plans in the works to record it commercially. Sorry.

    Thanks, Cheryl

  13. Congratulations on writing a real book! I’m a very happy Texan now, but Kansas will always be home….and where I’m from! (Michele Wilhelm, Seward Kansas)

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