Blue Kansas Sky

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A tale of snooker on the Kansas Prairie, set in Larned, KS. Larned State Hospital is but a few miles outside Larned, Kansas. Jim, who lives on the grounds where he father, the dentist of the mental hospital, has housing. He rides the bus with the few patients who are granted permission to visit Larned on Saturday mornings. Jim goes to meet a friend to play snooker and learns a valuable lesson. More

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Words: 4,360
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465930057
About Randy Attwood

I grew up on the grounds of Larned State Hospital, where my father was its dentist. That was interesting. I went to The University of Kansas during the tumultuous 1960s. That was interesting, too. For the first half of my adult career I worked in newspaper journalism. You couldn't call that boring. I won my share of honors, twice winning the award for investigative reporting from the William Allen White School of Journalism at KU. For the second half of my career I was Director of University Relations at The University of Kansas Medical Center. There were some boring times, but the exciting episodes made up for it. I retired at the end of 2010 from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, where I was its media relations officer. You see, my degree from KU was not in journalism, but in art history. Unfortunately, my father died when I was 21 so I couldn't make him eat his words about that art history degree not being worth anything. I've had stints living in Italy and in Japan.

During all this time I've been putting words on paper, creating fiction. My works don't fit into neat genres, unless that rather new genre "quirky" applies. And each work is quirky in its own way. What that means for me is that in each work is evidence of a deep search within myself. Sometimes it's scary what you find in there.

I'm semi-retired now in Kansas City, keeping busy with a lot of things, among them promoting my fiction and creating new works. That search within yourself never ends.

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Review by: Katy Sozaeva on Sep. 03, 2011 :
Told from the point of view of a person who lives the same life as Brad in “Crazy About You,” but has a very different attitude toward the inmates of the Larned Asylum, the main gist of the story is about playing snooker. But, like all of Randy’s works, that is not all there is to it. I’ll say this much - I don’t know squat about snooker, but he made the game – which is, I think, a metaphor for other things – very exciting. I won’t tell you what I think it is a metaphor for; I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. Check it out.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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