Signs of our Times

I live in a small Midwestern town, Lawrence, KS, with our biggest feature being the University of Kansas. One feature I find attractive is our vibrant downtown.

I noticed different signage during our Safer-at-Home times downtown, and am sharing them with you all.

Yep, I love Lawrence too! And our local used bookstore.
Our rockin’ indie bookstore; thriving!
Our city is tolerating the use of their sign by the Framewoods store.
Signs of encouragement.
This coffee shop opened in February and is continuing to thrive with curbside service.
Our local department store, continuing to show up for us since 1857.
An awesome toy store; we did an online purchase, with free home delivery. They are our go-to store for presents for the grandchildren.
A local quirky store.
Always nice to include other-abled. Our Chamber of Commerce promoting #riselawrence as a way to communicate and help each other during the pandemic.


This makes me chuckle: the Chamber is promoting the “Unmistakably Lawrence” slogan. And while catchy (I bought a colorful mug with this saying on it) what has a life of its own is Lawrence being referred to as LFK, (Lawrence F**king Kansas). Good luck getting that to change, Chamber!
This is one of our fave restaurants, The Roost. I loved the crowded, cozy atmosphere, back in pre-pandemic times. They just started curbside service a week ago. Unfortunately for them, we have been able to replicate some of their menu items at home, so no curbside services for us.
Our local concert venue, being creative. I love this sign, as I have driven by so many times, seeing long lines of people waiting for the doors to open for that band they are excited to see. No lines now.
Lawrence Arts Center; a venue for classes of dance, fine arts, theater.
Lawrence Art Center shares a Kurt Vonnegut quote.
And their third window, in the bottom right corner, besides my shadow, is this quote: “Art and love are the same thing. It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” Chuck Klosterman
A great sentiment for all times: create art and love.

Published by Lorna

I spend time hanging out with my husband, those two young adults I had the privilege of momming, and two grandchildren. I love connecting with my friends and talking about what’s important to us over a cup of local jo. You can find me outside taking walks, bicycling, tending our wild yard, or inside cooking Gluten-free yummy food, knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, and catching up with my large extended family. After exploring approaches to life, I have decided the guide for me is Love. And that keeps me grinning.

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