I’ve lived in
three different times in my life. First time, we lived on the grounds of Kansas . I thought we’d moved to the middle of nowhere! Second time, we moved to a southern suburb of Ft. Leavenworth . Amazed, I wondered why I hadn’t seen that side of Kansas City before. And one last and final move brought us back to Kansas where we reside now. Kansas
and people wonder about The Wizard of Oz. One shopping center had a yellow brick road painted on the floor for customers to walk on as they walked through the mall. Kansas
Wizard of Oz souvenirs run rampant here. Can’t go anywhere without seeing something in the way of Dorothy, Toto, etc. Even the airport has Oz promotional items.
Like Dorothy, I found that being here was where I wanted to be. After moving many times and living in six different states, I can honestly say Kansas is my favorite place to reside.
We’re in a great location…halfway between coasts and halfway between the northern and southern borders of the US--definitely in the middle of the country.
Weather: In the
area, we get less snow than you’d imagine. Lots of storms go north or south of our area. We get ice at times, some snow…but most winters are not what people imagine for Mid-Country. Kansas City
Tornadoes: We have tornado seasons and practice siren tests once a week. We have a tornado shelter/wine cellar. We figure we can go into it and share a bottle of wine if needed! Have some “needed” supplies stored there, too.
became a state in 1861. Made it through the Civil War and is now mostly a conservative state. Visit this website for more details and information about historical markers: http://skyways.lib.ks.us/history Kansas
is in the Kansas Midwest grain belt, produces natural gas and oil, cattle, sheep, wheat, corn and more. is known for beef and barbecue…lots of beef and plenty of barbecue places all over the state. Kansas
Famous people: Former President Dwight Eisenhower, Amelia Earhart, Bob Dole, George Washington Carver, Buffalo Bill Cody, Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, Carrie
Nation, and many others. For more information about famous Kansans, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Kansas
Hutchinson is home to a rock salt mine. Parts of the mine are used to store original movie and TV tapes, etc., like The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and Star Wars.
: The Hutchinson Cosmosphere and Kansas . Wonderful and impressive museum and they run space camps for kids. For more information, visit: http://www.cosmo.org/museum.cfm Space Center
In writing my books,
is a popular setting. In Gone to the Dogs, I have a reverse Dorothy theme: the heroine must leave Kansas and go to New York City for a job. She wants nothing more than to leave and return “home”…until the hero and her fondness for the area change her mind. I even through in a Halloween scene…with The Wizard of Oz characters! Kansas
“Write what you know” seems to include the area I’m most comfortable with…
and the neighboring areas of Kansas on both sides of the State Line between Kansas City and Kansas . Missouri is where my heart is! Kansas
I write both Fiction and Non-fiction and have several titles available.
For more information on all my work visit my website http://www.mariannestephens.net/
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