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Finding Hope in the Bleak Midwinter of Kansas

An old-fashioned windmill stands atop the wind-swept winter landscape of northwest Kansas, near St. Francis. (Photo by J. Schafer)

Winter can be a tough time to find beauty in the Kansas landscape. Despite the lack of color in the countryside, Commentator Cheryl Unruh believes there are symbols of hope hidden in the scenery. Some lie tucked inside the barren countryside, while others tower above us.

Commentator Cheryl Unruh is a writer and author who lives in Emporia. Her latest book is called Waiting on the Sky. Find more of her essays at


Production assistance for this commentary was provided by KPR News Intern Austin Fitts, a graduate of the University of Kansas.


Finding Hope in the Bleak Midwinter of Kansas


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