Passed into Kansas (a good while ago).

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Submitted by fellow human on Fri, 2008-08-01 06:03.

Click on the audio blog file if you want to hear, among other things, my tired voice just before slumber.



Northwestern Oklahoma's red soil provides for good contrast with it's greenery after a hard rain.

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07142008061The dew be-speckled grasses outside my tent door catch the morning light.



The only thing to sit upon other than the ground in most places.
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Passing into Kansas.
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The highway signs here seem to mock me with depictions of a merciless sun. 103 degrees with a heat index of 115 is the high prediction that has graced my walk thus far.
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They grows 'em big around here: I was minding my own business, eating a sandwich when this "click" beetle just flew into the side of my head. It is huge compared to the ones where I come from, and also sports markings previously un-seen by me.
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But they also grows 'em small: this little chirper found its way into my pack in the night.
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But they grows 'em big: this is one of the giant, neffarious black flies (I don't really think they're neffarious) that plague the animals around here.
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But they also grows 'em small: here is a tiny mantis, praying for food.
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07242008113But they grows 'em freakishly humongous(!): this thing has the shape of a grasshopper, but surely any blade or stalk of grass unfortunate enough to be chosen as its perch would buckle under its massive bulk.

07242008116I've seen a lot of bugs in my time but never have I seen a single hopper like this. I bet it weighed more than a large mouse. It also lacked wings.



Here are Torrion and Brittany, a couple of extremely sweet kids who accompanied me for a bit in Wichita. They asked me where my financing came from and when I mentioned that I often receive help from the common person as part of my explanation, Brittany suddenly wisked off with no explanation of her own and shortly returned with a contribution. For reasons well beyond this, I just loved these kids.
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Dew surrounding tent and shadow in the same location as photo number 1. but from the opposite perspective. The structure surrounding a public pool---closed for renovation---comprises the backround, and my sleeping bag hangs drying to the side.
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Here is a picture of myself in my tent talking on a "phone". I sent this in an email to the Art Fennel Reports show the morning that they interviewed me live over the phone so they could display it for their viewers durring the course of our conversation. The quotes above are because I had to use my phone to actually take this picture. What I'm holding to my head is in truth a tin of sardines used as a phone stand in.
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Submitted by Marla Shannon on Mon, 2008-08-11 02:54.

Kansas is blessed to have you travel her long and lovely roads! You are getting people talking!! We discussed you and your mission to open peoples eyes to what is really going on and what is truly at stake during our BBQ today! I'm emailing your site to these people and a few more. :o) Sorry I couldn't help out more. We most assuredly enjoyed your company!! Keep your chin up, your mind open and you heart forever full of the goodness you are surrounded by! God Bless!!!

Your Fellow Human Teacher,

Marla ( & Brandon ) :o)

Submitted by fellow human on Sat, 2008-08-16 20:38.

That's great to hear. Thank you very much Marla, any help whatsoever is greatly appreciated. I will do my best to follow your closing prescription. May you do the same!

-fellow human