Category: Holidays

You still remember

May 27, 2024

Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Adam McSween lost his life. It was April 6, 2007 – and McSween (who went by Adam) was conducting combat operations...

A couple of April fools

April 1, 2024

I was pretty young when I first learned about this fabulous date called April Fools’ Day. My dad was always a big joker and loved to pull pranks on...

Oh, the joy of Easter eggs

March 25, 2024

Remember the sheer joy of holding your Easter egg basket, the spring wind blowing through your hair while you anticipated the command to start...

Homemade everything is better

February 13, 2024

With his tongue hanging out of his mouth and an intense squint of his eyes, he carefully cut the pink construction paper. His fingers were big...

Why did we stick that there?

December 29, 2023

I was in the courthouse one day and heard someone say their kid swallowed a coin. They were anxiously awaiting its return. Not because they were...

More than we could have imagined

December 25, 2023

My family was part of a community called “St. John’s.” There were dozens of big Catholic families who lived in the rural area. We didn’t have a town...

Poinsettias and rolled cigarettes

December 22, 2023

The year I was 11, poinsettias were on sale at the Neligh Flower Shop for $7.21. My mother was pregnant -- again -- for the seventh time, and she...

The magical Christmas in coveralls

December 12, 2023

“Your legs are too short!” I could hear Ron yell in the cloud of white that surrounded us. “You’re gonna’ have to jump more if you’re going to...

Christmas at Onie’s

November 28, 2023

As I walked into the freezing cold porch, I could detect the odd smell of goose baking. It wasn’t something we smelled very often, growing up — only...

I’d rather have the fever

November 24, 2023

Oh my gosh, I’ve got the fever. I’m seriously infected. I’m typically the one who scoffs at people who start craving Christmas music and all...