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A Maker’s Delight – Rye Bread and Aronia Berry Jelly

A Maker’s Delight – Rye Bread and Aronia Berry Jelly

Bronze and mahogany leaves twist off their stems and flutter down to remind the grass that the season turns, and it too will turn from soft and green to a brittle brown. A brilliant autumn day in October, and I’m inside looking out from my kitchen window thinking…

TIME TO STORE SUMMER AWAY by Patty Abrahamson

TIME TO STORE SUMMER AWAY by Patty Abrahamson

  A ride in the county in a late afternoon, My Honey beside me relaxed to a tune. A farmer’s tradition we’ve always held dear, We’re checking the crops—Autumn is here.   Stop the car!—turn off that noise–let’s revel in today. Wrapped…

The Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska:  the Guns, the Knives, and the Eskimo’s Wives

The Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska: the Guns, the Knives, and the Eskimo’s Wives

The Museum of the Fur Trade located just outside of Chadron, Nebraska, is a museum I have wanted to visit for many years as many historical aspects of trapping and trappers themselves have been of interest to me for several years—I have odd obsessions. This September, I had the…

A Scenic September Ride on the Peckerneck Trail

Harlan County Reservoir is home to many tracks and trails, but one has been especially developed for horses and hikers alone. Peckerneck Trail Riders are hosting a fund raiser to pay for trail improvements. They invite you to join them. Call Christine Bruce for more information. See their invitation below…

The Real Nebraska “Way.”

I so admire people like these, who go their own way avoiding and ignoring the “big” store mentality, dedicated much more to the spirit of the land they live on and the people who live there: “Homestead Country Store is a small, privately owned country store, featuring…

Photo Montage – All the Fun in 36 Hours

Photo Montage – All the Fun in 36 Hours

Where: Harry Strunk Reservoir near Cambridge When: A weekend in July Photographs by Shirley Butz Smiles, paddles, boats, fishing, cooking, exploring, resting, laughing, splashing! 36 Hours at Harry Strunk Lake near Cambridge, Nebraska, a playful landscape for creating fun, stories, and memories that will cultivate peace and hope far into…

Does your local educational system need a “toolbox?”

Parents, educators does your school system need a “toolbox?” Here is a brief description of what I mean by toolbox: “TOOLBOX™ is a Kindergarten through 6th grade program that supports children in understanding and managing their own emotional, social, and academic success. The foundation of TOOLBOX is 12 human capacities…

The Country Store

On a visit to see her grand daughter in Houston, Texas, Angela Davis, our world traveler, writer and story teller discovered a country/corner store in their neighborhood that sparked memories of her own childhood in New Orleans and shopping at her neighborhood country/corner store. I too remember a…

Bee with Us in Our Apiary

IMG_0349 Join Scott Monthey at our apiary in the Platte River Valley near Overton, NE. Scott is introducing 4 packages of spring bees to their new home in the apiary. Can you pick out the queen? See Scott’s video by clicking on img-0349 above: Videographer, Scott Monthey…

The Worst and Most Irritating Pollution in the Sandhills.

Several times a day I experience the worst and most irritating pollution in the Sandhills – Union Pacific train horns. I live near a railway road crossing on the UP coal route and several times a day(and night) a train sounds its horn and destroys the natural serenity of…

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