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

Symmetry

Storz Fountain Court - Joslyn Art Museum The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE has something for everyone. Noted for its premier collection of 19th and 20th century American and European artists, it also has works by Veronese, Titian, Rembrandt and El Greco from the 16th and 17th century. Other areas of interest include impressive … Continue reading Symmetry

Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt And they're off! At the sound of the whistle, these three 2nd graders wasted no time reaching the scattered eggs. All of the plastic eggs held a treat, but the girls' competitive spirit was heightened to find the 1% of eggs holding cash prizes. Thought for the Day: A horse never runs … Continue reading Egg Hunt

The Long Wait

Rope Swing The Long Wait begins on January 2nd. The rope swing will hang lifeless through January, February, March, April and most of May, almost 150 days. Enduring frigid cold, deafening silence and complete isolation, the rope swing will yearn for laughing children, splashing water, barking dogs, the whirring of spinning reels, the kerplunk of … Continue reading The Long Wait

United States of America

On January 6, 2021, while Congress was in session to certify the electoral votes of the 2020 Presidential election, which elected Joe Biden as the next President of the United States, a mob of thugs broke into the Capitol. Members of the mob appeared to be some of the thousands of Trump supporters who arrived … Continue reading United States of America

Friendship Patio

Reminders The Friendship Patio is a roofless three-wall "shelter" near the flower garden in Comstock, Nebraska. It is what's left of the original electric generation plant built in the 1930's. A few donated chairs, some scattered toys and the remains of a stove and refrigerator is what welcomes visitors to the patio today. Thought for … Continue reading Friendship Patio

New Year’s Eve

There are years you remember forever, seared into your memory, etched in stone, unforgettable; e.g. President Kennedy's assassination (1963), the moon landing (1969) and the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon (2001). 2020, the COVID year, is one of those years. People began stockpiling toilet paper, hand sanitizer, bottled water and food. … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

Christmas Star

Jupiter - Saturn Conjunction, 2020 Every 20 years the planets of Jupiter and Saturn align themselves in the solar system, but not always visible from Earth. It was 800 years ago, about the time of the Magna Carta, that the two planets were aligned this close to Earth. The conjunction of the two planets was … Continue reading Christmas Star

Progress?

SW Omaha Construction Site Three months ago this was an idyllic farm setting in the Southwest corner of Douglas County, Nebraska. A crushed rock drive that wound its way through lush green corn fields to a proud white farm house where the porta-potty now sits. Large stately elms trees shaded the house and a sturdy … Continue reading Progress?

Comstock City Park

Comstock City Park The city park of Comstock, NE does not look like the typical small town city park. It's about the same size, one city block, with large shade trees, but that's where the similarity ends. There are no picnic tables, no swimming pool, no bandstand or anything else to accommodate large gatherings. With … Continue reading Comstock City Park