Hairy Canary

Hairy Canary III The Hairy Canary Rally Team was formed in 1973 by a Ford Motor Company engineer and two of his friends. A 1969 Ford Mustang was beefed up to be their first rally car. They took turns driving and navigating, gaining more experience as family and friends joined the crew -- even kids … Continue reading Hairy Canary

Birthdays

7 years old Our youngest grandchild turns 7 today. Her sister is our oldest grandchild, which turns 21 in a couple weeks. That gives you some idea of how many birthdays I've had. Hard to believe. Thought for the Day: I'm not as young as I used to be, but not as old as I'm … Continue reading Birthdays

New Year’s Prank

Gazing out my back window, a bright flash caught the corner of my eye. At first, I didn't see anything, but then it flashed again ... and again. Something shiny on top of our wren house was reflecting the sun; the wind was redirecting the "flash". I walked out to the wren house and found … Continue reading New Year’s Prank

Christmas Debris

Buddy & Scout Christmas is an exciting time for everyone, probably the most anticipated event of the year. With all the built-up anticipation and anxiety of a tidal wave, it all comes crashing down in the flurry of gift opening. And after the excitement recedes, the clean-up begins. But everyone chips in enjoying each other's … Continue reading Christmas Debris

Stair Steps?

Grandkids - 2019 When the four older grandkids stopped growing, the "stair step" theme for their annual picture went out the window, but I still record them oldest to youngest (l to r). This year's photo shoot encountered additional complications. Two of the participants had schedule conflicts and couldn't make the "reunion". Rather than scrap … Continue reading Stair Steps?

Digital Trees

Joslyn Museum It looks like these four have nothing better to do than stare at the wall. Maybe they're just resting their feet after hours of touring the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE. At best, maybe they're admiring the artwork in front of them. What this picture doesn't show is the animation of this … Continue reading Digital Trees

Christmas Tree Hunting

7' fresh cut Christmas Tree - 2019 20' Blue Spruce After Thanksgiving, a person can devote 100% of their attention to Christmas. Number one on the list is putting up the Christmas tree. Finding the perfect tree for your house can be a chore. Many people resort to pulling out the plastic one in storage … Continue reading Christmas Tree Hunting

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving - 2019 Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, second only to Independence Day -- both original American holidays. I have so many things to be thankful for; twelve are pictured here. Four others are not pictured, as they had commitments in Arkansas this year. While I missed the four, I treasured the time … Continue reading Thanksgiving

Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious Apples Thunder and lightning kept me up all night, and the rain continued to fall gently during breakfast. The rain stopped, but cloudy skies prevailed as we departed at mid-morning for our annual family apple picking. The sun was just beginning to peak through when we arrived at the orchard near Mondamin, Iowa. … Continue reading Golden Delicious

Cedar Creek Sunset

Cedar Creek Sunset Labor Day weekend. Darkness is falling like a shroud; dying embers from our marshmallow roast are losing their glow as the sun falls below the horizon, and the sliver of a moon is little help. I notice that the moon is falling behind the big tree. Hmmm, I always thought while the … Continue reading Cedar Creek Sunset

Birthday Boy

11 years old There are two things that this handsome lad absolutely loves: playing baseball and following the Huskers. Playing baseball at the highest level for his age group, he maintains a great attitude for the game. Win or lose, he gives his best effort and leaves the field with a smile on his face … Continue reading Birthday Boy

Slice & Dice

Slice & Dice I took my 6 year old granddaughter out to the garden to gather some spinach leaves. She is always eager to help. Her eyes lit up when I gave her the sharp paring knife to cut the stem while I held back the leaf; this was her first experience with a "sharp … Continue reading Slice & Dice

Favorite Memory

Brady, NE My favorite childhood memories include visiting my cousins that lived on Jeffrey Lake, 5 miles south of Brady, NE. Especially in the summer, when we could swim three times a day (60 minutes after each meal), play baseball and explore the County's junk yard. What made this all possible was my uncle, who … Continue reading Favorite Memory

Big Ten

Normally, this time of year, when I hear the term "Big 10", I think of March Madness college basketball, and the Big 10 Conference. But this is my grandson's 10th birthday. He's the sixth grandchild to reach "double figures" -- another basketball term. He's not a basketball fan, and that's okay, either am I except … Continue reading Big Ten

Journey’s End

Journey's End After living through 105 cold Nebraska winters, Adela Tikalsky was laid to rest in Niobrara, just a few miles from where she was born. Adela was born in the original farmhouse on the the Holan Homestead (parent's) and lived there for 65 years. The farm and family was her life. She never had … Continue reading Journey’s End

Tradition

I have a long standing tradition of having my picture taken with wooden American Indian sculptures, sometimes referred to as "cigar-store Indians".  For some reason, in the Old West, they were always situated outside tobacco stores. This "fetish" of mine started on my honeymoon in the late 60's.  We were in Deadwood, SD and my … Continue reading Tradition

Favorite Gift

Every Christmas there is one toy that excites everyone.  The Hover Ball takes the prize this year, provided by my daughter-in-law to the four youngest grandkids. A clear plastic sphere about the size of a tennis ball, filled with lights and a teeny-tiny weightless battery, and two sets of helicopter-type wings takes off from your … Continue reading Favorite Gift

Ephraim D. Muro

I met Ephraim D. Muro in early 2016 during a mission trip to Moshi, Tanzania.  Standing in line for a pot luck dinner at his church, he insisted that I go first, which then became a point of respectful disagreement.  Knowing how age was so respected in their culture, I was somewhat offended that he … Continue reading Ephraim D. Muro