Let Kansas be Kansas, in all its beauty and nuance

My love of northeast Kansas is braided with my affection for my spunky grandmother.



June 22, 2022 - 3:24 PM

West of Topeka, the Flint Hills contain the country’s largest remaining tallgrass prairie ecosystem, showing just how glorious the Kansas landscape can be. KANSAS REFLECTOR/LILY O’SHEA BECKER

Last fall, eating out with friends, my pal Marcia asked us sister expats how we felt when we first moved to Kansas. Except for me, all expressed negative reactions, although each has made her peace with her adopted state. I had moved from Texas.

“I felt like I took a step up,” I said.

“What did you like about Kansas?” my friend Harriet asked.

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