Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Where ya' from?


The picture at the left gives you a big, broad hint as to where I'm from. Though I currently live in Minnesota, I wasn't born or raised here.

Dorothy Gale and I have the same home state. (And no, it's not in black and white.) Superman/Clark Kent and I have the same home state. Other famous people from my home state are:

Amelia Earhart
Buster Keaton
Martina McBride
Mark Schultz
Danny Manning
Walter Chrysler
Kirsty Alley
Annette Benning
Don Johnson
Dennis Hopper
Erin Brockovich

Sunflowers, buffalo, meadowlarks, Jayhawks, and wheat fields. You guessed it. I'm from the great state of Kansas. I was born in Salina, in the center of the state.

So, where do you hail from. Do you currently live in the same state in which you were born? What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the state of Kansas?

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25 comments:

  1. This caught my attention since my next book has a Wizard of Oz theme. I've lived in Ohio since I was 7, before that AZ and Alaska, but I was born in Kansas too! :) The first thing that comes to mind is that I was born there. I only lived in KS for the first 3 months of my life, though. (Army brat.) But the other thing that comes to mind is tornados. Baum picked the right setting. :)

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    1. Cindy! Were you born at Fort Riley? My dad was stationed there. How cool that your next book as an Oz theme. And I sure remember the tornadoes. Wild times. :D

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  2. I'm from West Virginia and yep! I've lived here my whole life. :)
    The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Kanas is my wonderful friend who lives there! Which reminds me - oops! - I've forgotten her again! I meant to call her and still haven't done it. I shall have to rectify that soon. :)

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    1. I've been to West Virginia a couple of times. A beautiful state, and so very different from the Kansas plains. My father was born just over the border in Ohio...near East Liverpool.

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  3. All of my grandpa's family live and farm in Salina! (The Martins) I am a proud Texas girl living in the Sooner State, which isn't so bad unless Texas loses to OU in football :)

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    1. Sweet! They would know Bogey's and the Cozy Inn and St. John's and the Wesleyan College and all my old haunts! :) Football...the other religion in Texas and Oklahoma. :)

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  4. Okay, I have to admit that I was born in Iowa and lived there for 10 years, but have lived in Minnesota since then. I love Minnesota, although this winter was about to put me over the edge. Not so much because of the snow, but because of the ridiculous cold! When I think of Kansas, I think Wizard of Oz.

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    1. It was WICKED cold this winter! I had no idea until I moved here about the animosity between Iowa and MN. :D

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    1. Not sure why my original comment posted twice. Strange!

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  6. I live and was raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, also home of the University of Alabama.

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    1. I've never been to Alabama, but I'm hoping to visit there this summer on my way to or from Florida. :) So are you a 'Bama fan and Auburn loather?

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  7. Born and raised in the great state of Ohio. Except for a brief 2 1/2 year stay in the state of Virginia, I've lived in Ohio all my life. My dad has traced his side of the family back to the early 1800's so we've been here for a while. And yes, when I think of Kansas I think of Oz - especially this week as my kid's school is putting on the Wizard of Oz. :)

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    1. You have set down some roots there. The early 1800's? :D

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  8. Born in Noo Joisy, lived almost everywhere else, currently in New Mexico,

    Kansas? From a pilot's point of view, it's a cool state to fly over. Lose then engine and you can land almost anywhere.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2014/04/lost-comms.html

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    1. Andrew, I visited New Mexico for the first time almost a year ago. What a spectacular state for scenery! I was enthralled!

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  9. Actually, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the state of Kansas is: my son and his family, as they live in Stilwell, Kansas.

    I was born and raised in Kentucky, and currently reside there - however, have lived in Tennessee and Michigan - on 2 different occasions, each.

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    1. I love how many folks have some ties to my beloved Kansas. I'm heading through Kentucky this summer on my way to Florida. Is there anyplace special that I should try to take in?

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    2. Lots of national landmarks and historical buildings/sites in Ky, Erica!! In Louisville - the Ky. Derby Museum and Churchill Downs is interesting if you like horses. The bluegrass area is beautiful, as are
      the horse farms around Lexington and the Ky. Horse Park there. Louisville is home to Locust Grove (George Rogers Clark's last residence), the Belle of Louisville - one of the last working steamboats and numerous other beautiful historic homes. Author Liz Curtis Higgs lives in the Louisville area. Bardstown, Ky. is a quaint historical town where My Old Ky. Home (home of Stephen Foster) and accompanying outdoor musical drama, The Stephen Foster Story, is located. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is an interesting restored settlement of the Shakers - author Ann Gabhart lives nearby and has written numerous books on the Shakers set there, as well as a book set on an actual event in Louisville. Berea is another quaint, historic town - author Laura Frantz has based some of her books on the early Ky. settlements, her ancestors were early settlers in Ky. - she lived in several areas in Ky. and her grandparents were from Berea. Mammoth Cave is interesting, and if you love cars - the Corvette plant near Bowling Green is open for tours. And don't forget Fort Boonesboro !! Ky. has many beautiful lakes and state parks with numerous recreational/sporting activities available. Just a few of the sites in my beautiful state - have fun!!

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  10. Actually, yes I do live in the same state that I was born...although I was raised in another. My parents live in IL, just 1/2 mile from the WI border, so the hospital I was born in is in Monroe, WI, even though we never lived there. I currently live near Wisconsin Dells, WI.

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    1. That's similar to my daughter's story. We lived in Missouri for a time, just over the Kansas border, and though she lived in Missouri right after she was born, we had her at a hospital over on the Kansas side. :)

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  11. I love reading where everyone is from! I was born and raised in Indiana. I've lived here my whole life, except for going to school in none other than Kansas for 2 yrs.

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    1. Yay! another tie with Kansas. Where did you go to school, Anne?

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  12. I'm from Maryland. I was born in Aberdeen Maryland - on a military base. When I was ten, after my dad retired from the Army, we moved to North East, Maryland. When I went away to college, I went to UMD College Park (in Maryland.) I've stayed in the College Park MD area (outside of WDC) since college - currently living in Greenbelt, MD. Needless to say, I've lived in the same state for my entire life.

    ~Cecelia Dowdy~
    http://ceceliadowdy.com/blog/

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    1. Cecelia! I didn't know you were from Maryland! I was trying to do some research on the history of Baltimore, and boy howdy are those books hard to come by. The state historical society suggested I visit to get more information...,but it's a bit of a road trip for me!

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