My home state is 152 years old today. Happy birthday, Kansas!
Ad astera per aspera – “To the stars, through difficulty” – is our state motto. When I was growing up and we would have Kansas Day things in elementary school, that was just another factlet to recite; a bit of blazoning on the state seal with its bison and so forth that we would color and hang on the walls. These days, I don’t think about the words of it all that much anymore, but it’s a pretty great way to approach the world nonetheless: Bad things will happen; the route from here to the goal will probably not be free of pitfalls and detours, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be worth the trip.
Foam on the Range, founded here in our own home on the range, is one wild and crazy journey so far. I used to think I knew where it was going, but then I realized I’ve never been there before, and all I can do is try not to fall down more often than I can get up from along the way. But I’m pretty sure when I get there, there will be stars.