Goodbye, city life: Author transitions from suits to boots

June and Bill Hilbert, and dog Cricket, enjoy life on their 160-acre farm northeast of Topeka. Courtesy photo.

Everyone is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Friends of the Burlingame Community Library on Friday, May 2, at Schuyler Community Center, and hear special speaker and Burlingame native June Michaels Hilbert, author of From High Heels to Gumboots: One Cow Pie at a Time.

The evening will begin with a banquet at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will consist of pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salad, and dessert for a cost of $10.

Following the dinner at approximately 7:30 p.m., Hilbert will talk about her transition from city work to farm life. Several years after attending Emporia State University and Kansas State University and working at a full-time job at a financial institution in Topeka, June met her future husband Bill, a part-time farmer who worked full-time for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. He wooed her with a large head of broccoli and three years later she began her internship as a farm wife.

June and Bill and their golden retriever, Cricket, live on a 160-acre farm northeast of Topeka, where they run a cow/calf operation.

Her book relates stories of some of her new titles: Bovine Fugitive Apprehension Agent, Bovine Breeding and Planned Parenthood Overseer, Certified Bovine Midwife Assistant, and General Ranch Hand. She’s even the proud owner of a hay hook. Not only skilled at evading steaming cow pies, she has also learned to play Cow Pie Frisbee.

Reservations for the dinner must be made by Friday, April 25, 2014; reservation forms for the dinner may be picked up at the Burlingame Community Library. For more information, call the library at 785-654-3400, or the Friends’ secretary at 785-654-3340.

There is no charge and no reservations are required for the speech only, but donations will be accepted for the Friends’ funds. Schuyler Community Center is at 218 W. Fremont Ave., Burlingame.

For more information about Hilbert and her book, see www.fromhighheelstogumboots.com.

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