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“Everybody to his own taste, the old woman said, as she kissed her lap dog.”

How often have you said, or agreed with someone who said that nobody in the eastern end of our state understands that agriculture runs the engine of Nebraska’s economy? I’ve been guilty of that on occasion, and I’ve been wrong. So would you be, if you’re in that camp.

Firemen burn books in Ray Bradbury’s science fiction classic “Fahrenheit 451.” This aspect of the futuristic setting was a bit alarming when I read it years ago. I can only imagine a house being burned to the ground because the owner illegally had a library or even a few volumes. Today, when…

“Turn off the light when you leave the room,” is something many of us teach our kids. Mom and dad wanted to save energy and money on the electric bill. Our children even remind each other now.

I haven’t seen a woolly caterpillar yet but they surely are putting on winter coats. My coats have been moved to the front of the closet and most summer wear has been put away. I can feel winter peeking around the corner. It’s akin to discovering the first gray hair and realizing that time i…

Summer leaves in less than a week. This is the actual end of the season. The Box Butte County Fair has always seemed like the signal summer is beginning to wind down. Students returning to class often see the first day of class as the finish with hot weather and heat schedule a guarantee bef…

I’ve been thinking about old time sayings that have little or no meaning for most people on the sunny side of fifty. When I was growing up, people talked a lot about making do.

With a few clicks of a mouse, you can help make your community better. Every three years, the Panhandle calls on local residents to complete the Community Health Survey to help better serve the communities of western Nebraska. The survey is a way for us to assess community health needs and d…

Readers have grown accustomed to reading about Keep Alliance Beautiful and related topics in this space from the viewpoint of Jessica Hare. I am picking up where she left off with this column. I appreciate the information she passed along and her inspiring work with local youth while at KAB.

I was driving between line camps the other Monday, when a song on the radio peeled away a lot of years. As Willie Nelson sang about Old Friends, the first name that came to mind was my best friend from school days. “I should call Betty,” I said aloud to myself.

Many of you may know, but for those of you who do not, my husband Kyle and I are relocating to North Carolina and this was my last week as the Education Coordinator for Keep Alliance Beautiful.

The Minimalists

This summer, KAB and the Alliance Recreation Center are once again partnering to provide gardening education to our community’s youth. With this collaborative project, kids attending the ARC’s summer camps work and learn in the garden three times a week. 

If you watch any of the campaign hype on TV, you’re bound to hear someone talk about what they plan to do for the working class American. I get the impression that the candidates view themselves as a cut above those of us who do honest work for our bread and butter; that without their progra…

Live, love and laugh, you see that often on home decor. It is a nice saying. I suppose everyone would like to bury them self in that phrase. When you turn on the news I wonder how hard it is to hold onto that phrase? Fires, floods, shootings, racism, political unrest, drugs and on and on. Th…

On the job training. I think it is a pretty good idea if it works for the employer. When you have a question or a problem there is some one close by to help you out. When I was learning how to punch data in the computer it was sure helpful to have the answer man close by. I think God gives u…

Kicks, Get Your Kicks on Route 66. When I was a kid that was the slogan for one of our super highways that run from Los Angeles to Chicago. This was before interstates came along. Back in those days automobiles were more prone to break down. There were tire troubles, overheating due to broke…

My cousins and I seldom darkened the door of our kitchen when they came to visit. We were too busy hunting mice in the woodpile, playing cowboys and Indians in the barn loft, racing our horses in the meadow, balancing on the top rail of the corral fence, discovering new kittens or chicks in …

Delicious, sure are many foods that look delicious. i love a hot beef sandwich, smothered in brown gravy and a big piece of coconut pie for dessert and I am happy camper for a little while anyway. Sometimes money can look delicious, we see a big stack of bills or a picture of someone winning…

We were never meant to be a Country so separated that we do not stand for anything. We have often heard the statement...”Separation of Church and State.” This was never meant to be an excuse for an “Atheistic State.” So often, we find ourselves so Politically Correct, that we do not stand fo…

Fact or Fiction? I watched the History Channel about fact or fiction. It talked about many things that our country has done over the years. It talked about construction on the Hoover Dam and the Panama Canal. Talked about the Civil War and the Cuban Crisis. There was contrast in the stories …

Planting Seeds

May is always a busy month in general. It can’t be helped, though. It’s usually around this time that we can comfortably say, with certainty, that there won’t be any more snow until after summer. Here are some of the things going on this weekend:

For some reason it seems like I haven’t written a weekend column in so long. You are so behind on what has been going on in my life that I’m not sure where to start. What do you guys think about me writing a regular column about the life of a busy mother of three? Or maybe a mommy advice typ…

I genuinely thought it was a joke when I learned that Easter falls on April Fool’s Day. I was simply trying to protect myself from my own gullibility and all I did was make a fool out of myself instead. However, this makes for a prime pranking opportunity. Imagine your kids waking up to an E…

The title is completely unrelated to the column you’re about to read. Gotcha! It’s pretty frustrating when a headline doesn’t match up at all with the content you’re about to read. I don’t have cancer, just for the record…

Last week I introduced you to the one-of-a-kind psychological thriller known as Doki Doki Literature Club (DDLC). This game continues to haunt me in a variety of ways. The developer and his team really did an amazing job with this game — the art of poetry and writing, the code in the game, t…

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