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Welcome to Flyover Country, the vast and delicious expanse between the coasts. Here is where I work and travel, writing about the ordinary, knowing that it is really extraordinary. Nonstop flights from New York to Los Angeles constantly fly over us:

Gene R. Stark Meets With Fans At Book Launch EventSilver wings and contrails paint names
Across our sky,
They fly from coast to coast.
Quick gaze at our patchwork land
Once white and black, then green and blue
Glide through, enroute.
Little glance from laptop light
To silent scenes below
They come and in a cutting shard they go.
Yet our fathers left us here
To work the space and
Pump the bounty to the coasts,
And keep the secrets of the land.
We stand, look up, wonder where they go,
Thank God they mostly do.
Excerpt from Flyover Seasons
(North Star Press 2012)
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Home Sweet Home-May 22, 2016

Home Sweet Home-May 22, 2016

5-15-16a

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The Great Equalizer-May 15, 2016

The Great Equalizer-May 15, 2016

5-16b

Being first does not always assure being ahead; at least in the gardening realm.  After recent spring frosts here in northern Flyover Country, it seems that some folks who planted tender annals early, experienced some set-backs.   Frosts were very intense … Continue reading

“Bee Friendly” May 8, 2016

“Bee Friendly” May 8, 2016

Gaillardia

Our pollinators need friends, and gardeners are their best friends.  All of our native plants benefit bees and butterflies.  Glacial Ridge Growers is state-certified as a pollinator-friendly producer of native plants.  We celebrate with the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, their … Continue reading

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