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

Fallen Comrade

Sarasota National Cemetery Veteran's Day is November 11th ... as it is every year, in remembrance of Armistice Day (the end of WW 1) on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. It's nice that a day is set aside to show appreciation to those who have served in … Continue reading Fallen Comrade

Bootleggers

Hidden Treasure Twelve miles north of Taylor, NE (pop.200) there is a sign for the Bootleg Brewery, which lies at the end of a 3 mile gravel road. I'd heard of this place and was eager to check it out. Men's Restroom Expecting an old barn or some run down shack from the 50's, I … Continue reading Bootleggers

Sagging Barn

Resting Comfortably Another interesting site I found along Sargent-Ord Road in northeast Custer County, Nebraska is this barn squatting on its haunches. With the words, "Cross Wind Mercantile" painted on the front, it appears to have been a business, possibly an antique dealer. The white vinyl fence in front looked totally out of place, as … Continue reading Sagging Barn

Winners and Losers

Homecoming Queen In almost everything we do there are winners and losers, although in current society, to be politically correct, it's winner and "participants". Heavens, pardon me, no one is a loser. But I digress. I attended another high school football game and the homecoming court was introduced at half time. In this photo there … Continue reading Winners and Losers

Windmill Festival

Comstock Windmill Festival Heading east on Main Street out of Sargent, NE is a nice paved county road that eventually ends up in Ord, Ne. It has no road number, just a name: "Sargent-Ord Road". For a one-mile stretch near Sargent the road is called "Airport Road"; yes, Sargent, NE (pop. 506) has an airport. … Continue reading Windmill Festival

Monarch Tagging

Tagged Monarch Butterfly Monarch butterflies finally showed up in my back yard, although not near as many as last year. It's always thrilling to see them knowing this generation of Monarchs are on their way to Mexico. A net was used to catch this one. My daughter deftly tagged it and recorded the date, place … Continue reading Monarch Tagging

9/11 Tribute

High School Football Last week's Friday night high school football games fell on September 11, and I was very impressed by the students at the game I attended. Their respect for the American flag and National Anthem was real. No jeering, no pranks, and no one calling attention to themselves by taking a knee -- … Continue reading 9/11 Tribute

Serengeti Dusk

Serengeti Plain at Dusk Night on Africa's Serengeti Plain is total darkness. This photo was taken from the doorway of our hut on our way to dinner at the lodge two blocks away. A few lights from the lodge can be seen on the horizon just below the setting sun. No outdoor lighting exists along … Continue reading Serengeti Dusk

Tunnel Vision

Box Culvert A small stream flows through the neighborhood park. Usually just a trickle, the stream leaves the park through a 36" culvert underneath a busy street. The well-traveled street has been blocked off for over a month so I took a stroll down thru the park to see what was taking so long. Whoa! … Continue reading Tunnel Vision