Jane Tahti

The Magazine, part three Cuba, curds and Lazy Liver candy

Apparently, many Victorian women were itching to break loose from their corsets and try their luck at earning some spending money.  Toward this liberated end, the magazi ...

Dresser drawers The magazine, part one

It's an old, old dresser, belonging to my great-grandparents.  Old as it was, it seemed as if it had enough life left in it to allow the wood to grow back together, almos ...

Tax Time in Lincoln, part one Money, honey

They sat in the corner of one of Lincoln's quiet little restaurants. He'd already finished his taxes and set them off to the side.  He watched h ...

Out of the Classroom, Part 3 The show-and-tell shell

I mentioned the forbidden book incident in this column two weeks ago but there was another incident that I've never forgotten, one that seemed actively dangerous.   ...

Out of the classroom - Part 4 Call me Ishmael

During one brief Moby Dick moment of teaching, I caught a glimpse of two white whales.  In the course of that sighting, I lost all credibility. No, I wasn't on the ...

Out of the classroom, Part 2 An Immigrant Boy

            I was walking to my classroom, when I heard my name called. My neighboring teacher rushed up to me, her face full of concern. ...

Irish all the way – part 7 "Treasures in the Potato Patch"

Ireland was the last stop for the Celts.   Pushed west, ever west, to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, their culture rose up as if against a seawall instead of slipping ...

Irish All the Way Part One- An Irish World of Words

On their way west to California in 1853, the Fleming family stopped at Salt Lake City in search of their Mormon relatives, the Grahams. That night, family affection brought the tw ...

A children’s Christmas story The wooden horseman

It was Christmas! The ornaments were so happy! The sleepy loneliness of the rest of the year vanished as soon they were taken out of their tissue-filled boxes. They were thrilled ...

High school hi-jinks Part two – “Breaking Bad,” starring my friend J.

Fate dealt an unkind blow to J.  She got in big trouble.  Such big trouble that she was called into the principal’s office.  As if that wasn’t bad eno ...