Selected as one of
150 Best Kansas Books
In 2011, Kansas’ Sesquicentennial year, the Directors of the Kansas State Library chose 150 books, considered the best books written by Kansans and/or about Kansas in the past 150 years. To see the complete list Click here
Fragile Hopes, Transient Dreams
And Other Stories
An historical word portrait of the Great Plains and the men and women who lived, loved and died on America’s vast prairie during the 20th Century (1889 to 1999).
Each story presents a different theme, a different era, a different point of view. Tales portraying romance, mystery, suspense, heartbreaking challenges and heroic triumphs of the Roth family and their descendents, provide the reader with a strong sense of place as he experiences the realities of homesteading, farming, droughts, “the Great Depression”, “The Dirty Thirties,” World War II, the gas industry, infidelity, unrequited love, rites of passage, and intrigue.
Each tale stands alone, yet correlates into a larger story—a chronicle of the development of the prairie.
Located on the westernmost fringe of America’s Heartland the prairie, one of the richest wheat and gas producing regions in the world, is a significant protagonist in this Southwest Kansas saga. The reader is constantly aware of its presence and of the gradual, relentless changes beginning with the homesteading days and ending at the turn of the 21st Century.
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THE B-24 LIBERATOR
My husband, Carl L. Ungerer, received his B-24 pilot training at the Liberal, Kansas Air Base. Training completed, he was kept on as a pilot instructor. That’s where we met, and married. The essay—The Airbase—is from Fragile Hopes, Transient Dreams.
CUL DE SAC
Circle, a cul de sac in the retirement community of Paradise Village is
not "Wisteria Lane," no household is without its secrets, intrigues and
What our friends do not know is that a newcomer--an author who chose the peace and quiet of Paradise Village to write a book--is writing it all down.
Available: Amazon and Barnes and Noble; print and ebook.”
I was familiar with, most of Mexico but had never visited the Yucatan Peninsula. In order to correct this error, I set out early one January morning and headed south. I traveled “sola” and for a three months, I mingled with the natives, favored small town hotels, lived in cabanas on beaches, camped out in "motor parks" and, in every sense of the word, "made myself at home." I met a lot of wonderful people, made new friends and had a wonderful time.
As I wended my way over the highways and byways of the Yucatan Peninsula, I garnered insights and information about our neighbors to the south, as well as a few “Norte Americanos” who, for various reasons, ventured south of the border. The result—a collection of stories—stories of hopes and dreams, love, romance, doubts, regrets, determination and redemption.
Each story is preceded by a brief “on the road” essay recounting bits from my personal experiences touring the Yucatan Peninsula.
While on a mid-winter holiday in the Yucatan Peninsula—a graduation gift from her parents—Megan Lockridge finds herself stranded on an idyllic tropical beach. Playa Gloriosa provides everything she dreamed of in a vacation—friends, fun and games—and romance. Two incredibly attractive gentlemen vie for her attentions; Francisco, an amorous Latino who arouses emotions she never dreamed she was capable of and Kevin, a handsome New York advertising agent who, she suspects, might turn out to be the love of her life. On Amazon or Barnes and Noble
A full moon was streaming through the window when, for no explainable reason, Megan awakened shortly after midnight. She could hear the soft sound of the waves brushing against the sand. Sitting up, she drew the drape aside and reached for her crutches.
Except for a shimmering moonlit path, the sea was a deep indigo blue. Her heart quickened when she remembered another moonlit night, on another beach.
Since the accident, she had tried to put Francisco out of her mind and she wondered now why he returned so persistently to her thoughts. He meant nothing to her. Kevin did; she should be thinking of him.
She became aware that something had intruded on the tranquil scene—a solitary figure strolling on the moonlit beach.
It looks like—but it can’t be! Megan thought. What would Francisco be doing here?
WHY A HEALTH PAGE?
` If you don’t feel good, you’re not worth a darn. At least, I’m, not. Not only my body, but my brain as well, is sluggish and out of sorts. More
WHY AN EDOC PAGE?
A few years back, I googled my name—just to see what was going on—and was astounded to find a number of articles I’d written for various publications offered for sale as “EDocs” in various publications More
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I took the seascape (above) when I toured the Yucatan Peninsula. The beach is Playa de Chemayil the state, Quintana Roo. I rented a cabana and spent a most heavenly week there.