Variety Is Living In Kansas
After moving to the Flinthills in November 2001, my family and I have experienced a variety of seasons during the course of a single day. This phenomenon often occurs during the months of March and October. However, each season appears to be precisely balanced and equal to each other. I have noticed over the past twelve years that 91 days is exactly the length of each season, even though summer is actually 93 and winter is 89. Yet, here in Kansas we live on level ground, which always provides us with a sense of balance even during a day when all four seasons come and visit.
Our sense of place here in Kansas has given us an appreciation for how the people reflect their environment. Being level or balanced is probably the most prevalent attribute I can identify. Another attribute I appreciate is what appears to be an even kiel or centeredness. This balanced and centered characteristic serves us Kansans well when the weather changes swiftly and our best laid plans require alterations.
As we continue to face the swiftly changing weather patterns of our daily lives, may that which is best for all of life come to pass as we act within our reflection of a sense of place, which always provides us with a level head and even kiel.
written by the Reverend Dr. Matthew Cobb
St. Luke's Episcopal Church