Archive for Sunday, April 15, 2007

Beautiful city

April 15, 2007


To the editor:

What a thrill it is to have retired to Lawrence!

Lawrence is so special, adorned in spring blossoms or fall foliage. I wonder if those of you who have always lived here appreciate what a lovely city it is?

This time of year, we all appreciate and share in the foresight, the time and the effort the city and the townspeople have spent to produce such a beautiful place in which to live. Nothing shows pride and care and concern for others like giving the gift of beauty.

Massachusetts Street downtown is vivid and colorful with planters lining the sidewalks filled with clumps of yellow jonquils, red tulips and purple hyacinths. Flowering trees and bushes and flowers and bulbs fill the parks, the curbs and the medians of Clinton Parkway and Bob Billings Parkway and along Inverness Street in my end of town.

I love to take meandering routes through the streets in Old Lawrence, drive on Ninth Street and along Monterey Way and all around Lawrence to enjoy the blooms and blossoming bushes and trees and flowers in the yards and malls and parks.

In fall, I will enjoy the wonderful change of colors of leaves and foliage and flowers again.

What a joy it is to live in Lawrence.

Thank you, Lawrence, and the people who live here and make it beautiful for all of us to enjoy.

Barbara Nordling,



roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 1 month ago

Time for more insulin. That was way too sweet. Just kidding. Nice to hear positive attitudes in the paper too.

Steve Mechels 11 years, 1 month ago

Hey pcrack, what is wrong with someone having a positive attitude?

temperance 11 years, 1 month ago

Since right_thinker is missing dark and cynical ranting, I thought I'd take a shot at critiquing Barbara's letter. How about this? "Barbara pro-beauty propaganda is only distracting the masses from the immanent horrors of ecological collapse and a permanent state of scarcity and war. As part of the Stepford shock troops, Barbara dangles in front of us a false image of hope lined in purple hyacinths."

sourpuss 11 years, 1 month ago

Whew, I'll take five ounces of whatever she is rubbing into her belly. I hope that letter was written in the context of some epic musical that is taking place around her life. Swelling soundtrack, singing and dancing to the post office to mail it, a song afterward about what a great letter it was, and a cast of thousands dance number when it is discovered to have been printed in the paper. "Oh what a beautiful morning..."

redfred 11 years, 1 month ago

Go live for a year on the prarrie and you'll understand what she is talking about.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 1 month ago

The care for downtown planters and new landscape was a long time coming. It is great and good for downtown and the colors are sometimes awesome. I hope it evolves into an even more beautiful Kansas prairie landscape as time moves forward.

Thank You Boog,Schauner,Rundle and Hack for moving this downtown beautification along. Thank You park department. Thank you taxpayers. Job well done. Thanks Barbara for reminding us.

Thank you citizen landscape and wildscape lovers for doing your part.

Think drought resistant and organic = conservation of natural resources.

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