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Cat Hat By: 07/02/2015 @ 9:52am

“Nice hat,” someone said. “Why, thank you,” I said, pleased, as always, when people notice the pains I take to look classy. “Hey,” I said, a few moments…

The Price of Normalcy By: 06/29/2015 @ 8:59am

You wouldn’t think that a limping kitty would cost so much.It all began a few weeks ago when Sparkles the Adventure Cat – our farm’s official feline – turned up with a…

Air Show By: 06/26/2015 @ 12:39pm

My father and I took a road trip over the weekend. There was a big air show, featuring World War II planes a few hours away, and my son suggested we all attend. He went ahead…

Aircraft Euphoria By: 06/23/2015 @ 1:46pm

“My neck hurts,” I groused to my wife. “I think my head might be stuck like this.”She glanced at me and grinned. “You look like a baby bird that’s waiting for a…

Dairy Month Memories By: 06/23/2015 @ 1:27pm

June is Dairy Month, a time of the year wherein we pause to thank the folks who risk wet tails to the face so that the rest of us can enjoy ice cold glasses of moo juice.June is…

Dog Haircut By: 06/23/2015 @ 12:54pm

I took our dog, Frances, to get a haircut.This is new territory for me.  If you’ve ever seen a picture of me, you can tell that haircuts are not a huge priority.  When…

Treed House By: 05/26/2015 @ 7:35am

A thumping BOOM! jolted my wife and I from a sound slumber. “What was that?” she asked, startled.“I don’t know,” I mumbled, hoping for a swift return to dreamland…

Lipstick By: 05/26/2015 @ 7:34am

Sometimes you get involved in a conversation that you didn’t see coming and sometimes you just don’t see a way out either.A friend of mine was visiting some friends of…

Wedding Bells By: 05/18/2015 @ 1:58pm

Lilacs were blooming in the boulevards as my wife and I motored into Omaha. Light rain spattered the windshield, but that wasn’t the only waterworks to disturb our drive.“You…

8 Miles By: 05/12/2015 @ 7:25am

Just at the edge of our grove, right next to Anna’s roses, is the spot where my great-uncle, Carl, told me to stop walking my horse and gallop. When Uncle Carl said gallop, you…

The President and Me By: 05/11/2015 @ 11:17am

It’s a big deal whenever a president pays a visit. And since he would be speaking at a technical college less than an hour away, it was impossible to resist the lure of…

Woody's Mother By: 05/05/2015 @ 7:04am

“If I could only hear my mother sing againIf I could close my eyes and hear your voice as thenAll the friends and familywould sing along with me,and set your spirit free…”We…

Ants and Grasshoppers By: 04/28/2015 @ 8:26am

I’m sitting at my desk, diligently working, but out of the corner of my eye I see the burgeoning buds of the maple tree just east of the house. This afternoon, the house has…

Of Computers and Cars By: 04/27/2015 @ 8:33am

Modern society has benefited enormously from computerization. For instance, any savvy consumer can use a smartphone while shopping to watch – in real time – as his or her…

Better By: 04/21/2015 @ 8:21am

A while ago my wife and I took a trip to Louisiana. She takes packing seriously, consulting weather reports, discussing what types of events and venues we might attend, planning…

Wedding Bells By: 04/20/2015 @ 9:43am

My wife and I are brushing off our best duds are buffing up our boogie shoes. We have a wedding to attend!Our little family will soon become a little bigger when our youngest son…

And the Winner is . . . By: 04/14/2015 @ 7:18am

I see we have another candidate for president.Good thing, too. The election is only about 20 months away . . . we need to get started evaluating if we’re going to know who we…

The First Time By: 04/13/2015 @ 8:44am

I was a late bloomer by today’s standards; my first time was when I was 16.It was a rainy summer Saturday and my buddy Steve and I felt trapped in our farmhouse. Teenage boys…

Becoming Badass By: 04/06/2015 @ 9:12am

I don’t like to brag, but my wife and I are badass.No, I’m not talking about the kind of badass that can be seen on the TV show Vikings. While I do have Norse ancestry…

Kintsugi By: 03/31/2015 @ 8:27am

Let’s talk about my dog.And Hemingway.And Japanese art.No, it’s gonna be great, trust me.The coyotes were very active last night.  I don’t know if it’s the full moon…

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