The Start of it All

2013-06-30 17.36.22“Kansas?” the woman said with a faint lift of the eyebrows. “I could never live away from the ocean or the mountains. There wouldn’t be anything fun to do.”

“Oh,” I said blankly. “I love the Midwest.”

That was the end of our airplane conversation, but I awoke at two then next morning, fuming over her dismissive attitude. After I thought of six witty comebacks I could have made, it occurred to me: What if she’d asked why I love my home? What would I have said?

This blog is my answer. In this space I celebrate the people, places, events and food of America’s Heartland. Please join me in a spirit of discovery.


  1. Being from MN, I also often get asked from my fellow Minnesotans, “why do you still live in KS?” Since living here for the past 20 years, I have to admit, I do miss all the lakes in MN, of course I miss my family, but I do not miss the long winters. One reason I love living here is our fabulous fall and spring weather. It’s hard for me to explain that, but maybe you can relate, and then paint the picture with your words some day.

    Thanks for sharing your blog! I can’t wait to read more Jane!

    • That’s a great suggestion, Christina! I will certainly talk about Fall in the Heartland in the coming weeks.
      Isn’t it funny how judgmental the Midwestern states are toward each other? Every state looks down on its neighbor as somehow inferior. Yet we’re all the same in the eyes of the coasts.

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