Traffic Cone

This is an artistic and creative way to control pedestrian traffic. It gets your attention, and politely asks you to "Keep Off The Grass". Where did I find it? Outside the Joslyn Museum in Omaha, Nebraksa. Where else? Thought for the Day:If you're in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you're still in … Continue reading Traffic Cone

Joslyn Museum

Joslyn Museum The Joslyn Museum is one of my favorite places in Omaha. Kids love it too, although most of them don't realize they're developing an appreciation for fine art and architecture. This second story venue looks down on the Storz Fountain Court. Thought for the Day: Children have to be educated, but they have … Continue reading Joslyn Museum

Thrill Seekers

Golden Tower - Tivoli Gardens This scary ride is a free fall drop from 200 feet. Imagine that sensation! Thrill seekers stand in line for hours to get scared to death. Why? Thought for the Day: Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or … Continue reading Thrill Seekers

Aronia Berries

Aronia Berries When we heard nutritionists promoting aronia berries as the next greatest health food, high in antioxidants, three times greater than blueberries, we planted a bush. After six years we finally got enough to harvest -- about 3 gallons of berries. They are native to Iowa and were called "chokeberries" before the marketers and … Continue reading Aronia Berries

Hobo Convention

1929 Ford The 121st Hobo Convention was held in Britt, Iowa in mid-August. It's a small-town event that draws people from all over the country, including "retired" hobos, their children and grandchildren. It's a reunion as well as a celebration of the colorful history of hobo life. The museum is fabulous -- full of photographs, … Continue reading Hobo Convention

Iowa State Fair

18 I went to the Iowa State Fair, mainly to see the 81st Photographic Salon. Four entries per person are allowed, but only one in each of several categories. There were 2,086 entries this year -- less than the normal 3,500 or more. This is my 8th year of participation. Three of my four entries … Continue reading Iowa State Fair

Mud VB

Mud Volley Ball The Beat Breast Cancer Mud Volleyball Tournament is Pink Bandana’s signature event and major fund raiser for the organization. For the tenth straight year it was held in Prague, Nebraska. Over 100 teams participated. So much fun! Thought for the Day: It always seems impossible, until it's done.Nelson Mandela

Whopper!

6 lb. catfish As instructed by his uncle, the 9 year old was out of bed at 0700 to check the trot lines they had set the night before. The tension on his line turned out to be a 5-6 lb. catfish. Getting the fish over the gunwales was a struggle, but what a thrill! … Continue reading Whopper!

Americana

Cedar Creek, NE The volunteer fire department of Cedar Creek, NE. always leads the Fourth of July parade. The route is the same every year: the road that encircles the four lakes, with cornfields on the right and spectators on the left. Everyone is welcome to join the parade; anything that rolls: bicycles, golf carts, … Continue reading Americana

Memorial Day

Viet Nam Boots Memorial Day: formerly called "Decoration Day", when flowers decorated the graves of military veterans who died while serving their country. Today, Memorial Day is more likely seen as the beginning of summer and serves as a convenient reminder to remember any loved one who has gone before you. Flowers make the cemeteries … Continue reading Memorial Day

Olde Towne Elkhorn

Rest Area The sculpture of Willa Cather welcomes visitors to take a seat, take a rest, catch your breath, etc. The sleepy little town of Elkhorn, NE, just a few miles west of downtown Omaha, has been swallowed up by Omaha's urban sprawl and is now part of Omaha. But the two-block stretch of Elkhorn's … Continue reading Olde Towne Elkhorn

Prairie Burn

Farmers specializing in native grasses burn off last year's stubble every spring, killing all the weeds and invasive species that invaded the field during last year's growing season. This allows a fresh start for the new crop of native grass, providing an almost pure product of grass seed. Thought for the Day: No road is … Continue reading Prairie Burn

Memories

1939 Plymouth This is the driver's side rear bumper, tail light and trunk of a 1939 Plymouth. The old car was parked next to the house near Cross Creek, FL where Marjorie K. Rawlings wrote her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, "The Yearling" in 1939. Thought for the Day: One cannot and must not try to … Continue reading Memories