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

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