Diana Staresinic-Deane

If you had asked me back in high school what I expected my career path to be, I would have told you I was leaving Kansas for good. I had accepted a nice scholarship/grant package from the University of Southern California and had grand plans of getting my degree in biomedical engineering and doing something world-changing with my science and math skills.

So understanding how I ended up getting my degree in English at USC and then working in university communications, library reference, mental health, a county history museum, and writing about Kansas places and Kansas true crime is a study in serendipity, good luck, and bad luck.

Which is why this month’s topic is so interesting to me. I’ll be blogging not just about those happy moments, but also the rotten ones that forced me to be brave and change my path. In many ways, those moments of bad luck did more for me than the moments of good luck.

I grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, the first child of a couple who immigrated from present-day Croatia (which was part of Yugoslavia back then). I was that kid could spend hours riding her bike because it gave her time to think. I loved making up stories, mysteries, and reading, and I especially ghost stories. I loved, loved, loved learning, and I was good at math and science (“You’re much too smart to be an English major” was the kind of nonsense I heard on a regular basis) so I was practical and majored in engineering and HATED it. Then I became an adult and changed my major to English and lived a scholastic dream the rest of my undergraduate career.

After breaking up with a longtime boyfriend and swearing off men forever, I ran into an old friend while visiting family in Kansas over Christmas and the next thing I knew, I was giving up my SoCal life and job and moving back to — gulp — Kansas. And not Kansas City, where I grew up, but Emporia, which was, after Los Angeles, a rather shocking experience.

Skip ahead 15 years and you’ll find me, a woman who wanders the Kansas countryside, looking under rocks for the area’s story. I will periodically startle someone who doesn’t know me when I point to a drainage ditch and say, “Wow, that would be a GREAT place to hide a body!” And I’ll share the joy and wonder of the Kansas-y things I find on my blog, Diana Staresinic-Deane: Unearthing Stories on the Prairie.

You can already see the good luck, bad luck, and serendipity working in my personal timeline. I look forward to sharing my luck (and hard-luck) stories with you this month.

Diana Staresinic-Deane, is a Kansan-gone-Californian-gone-Kansan, former library assistant, county history museum manager, writer, history junkie, cemetery photographer, and guinea pig enthusiast. Fascinated by little Kansas towns and their histories, she’s happiest when she’s digging through old newspapers and exploring old cemeteries. She is the author of Shadow on the Hill: The True Story of a 1925 Kansas Murder.

 

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Snow Much Fun in Kansas

February 28, 2015

Most of Kansas saw snow this week.  Here’s the view from around the state, as our members see it:

Jennifer Heim: {Heim Dairy} “Feeding calves this evening outside Leavenworth”

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Erin Kelly {It All Matters Mom}: “From Wamego, KS! I love the look of this tree.”

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Erica DeSpain (Whimsical September}: Sledding with my husband with all the neighborhood kids.

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Erin Perry O’Donnell {Fearless Editor at KSWB}: Snow Dog in action

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Erin Perry O’Donnell {Awesome Editor at KSWB}: Lack of ‪coffee‬ in the house is the only good reason to go out in the ‪‎snow‬.

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Sandy Keathley {Sandyisms…..}: 4 inches in our yard – near Haysville

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Kim Moore Fritzemeier {Kims County Line}: Peace Creek in rural Reno County, Kansas

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Kim Moore Fritzemeier {Kims County Line}: From the Stafford/Reno county line

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Kelley Nuttle {From Kansas with Love}

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Nicole Small {Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom}

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Cassi Jones {Keeping up with Mrs. Jones}

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Cassi Jones {Keeping up with Mrs. Jones}

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Amanda Topinka {The Procrastinating Mommy}: Me and my mini

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Amanda Topinka {The Procrastinating Mommy}: Brothers.. and best friends

Sitting in the house with our families and watching the snow fall is pure happiness. Especially when it falls over the weekend and we can just sit back, enjoy, and take pictures of it.  We hope you enjoyed our Kansas snow photos! We enjoyed taking them!

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Sunday Link-Up {Feb. 22, 2015}

February 22, 2015

Welcome to the Sunday Link-Up! This is the place for our members to post their best work of the week. Remember to visit & comment on your KSWB sisters’ blogs and leave a comment to let them know you found them on KSWB! To add your post, use the “Click here to enter” link below. […]

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What Does It Really Mean to Adore?

February 16, 2015
Adore

By Naomi Shapiro, Blogger of the Month for February The word “adore” gets tossed around pretty casually these days. I’m often guilty of jumping to superlatives myself, but this month’s theme is a great opportunity to think about the value and weight of our words and what they really mean. Who or what do you […]

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Sunday Link-Up {Feb. 15, 2015}

February 15, 2015

Welcome to the Sunday Link-Up! This is the place for our members to post their best work of the week. Remember to visit & comment on your KSWB sisters’ blogs and leave a comment to let them know you found them on KSWB! To add your post, use the “Click here to enter” link below. […]

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How to Make the Most of BlogLovin {Blog Tips}

February 12, 2015
BlogLovin

February is the month of love, so we thought, what better time to talk BlogLovin? We asked KSWB member Erica DeSpain of WhimsicalSeptember.com to share her tips for making connections and growing your readership with this popular tool. About a year ago one of my readers asked me a simple question that completely changed how I network […]

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Sunday Link-Up {Feb. 8, 2015}

February 8, 2015

Welcome to the Sunday Link-Up! This is the place for our members to post their best work of the week. Remember to visit & comment on your KSWB sisters’ blogs and leave a comment to let them know you found them on KSWB! To add your post, use the “Click here to enter” link below. […]

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Meet Naomi Shapiro, Blogger of the Month for February

February 4, 2015
Naomi Shapiro

Hi there! I’m Naomi. I grew up in Hawaii and spent my adult life in Texas, Washington state, and Memphis, Tennessee, before moving to Wichita a little more than a decade ago. My then-boyfriend, now-husband and I were expecting to spend a summer here with my parents before moving north, but it’s ended up being […]

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Sunday Link-Up {Feb. 1, 2015}

February 1, 2015

Welcome to the Sunday Link-Up! This is the place for our members to post their best work of the week. We would especially love to see any posts you have written on our January theme of BEGIN, even if they were posted earlier in the month. Remember to visit & comment on your KSWB sisters’ […]

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Sunday Link-Up {Jan. 25, 2015}

January 25, 2015

Welcome to the Sunday Link-Up! This is the place for our members to post their best work of the week. Remember to visit & comment on your KSWB sisters’ blogs and leave a comment to let them know you found them on KSWB! To add your post, use the “Click here to enter” link below. […]

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