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They’re coming home
Wednesday Oct 07 2015
By Jane Tahti For The Lincoln News Messenger Here they come. Silvery scaled salmon. Silvery feathered geese. Here they come, returning year after ...
The Wonderful Ravine, Part 2: Our arms were full
Wednesday Sep 30 2015
Jacquelyn lived at the very southeast edge of town. Her front porch looked across empty fields that ran down to the banks of the Auburn Ravine. We would ride our bikes down the li ...
The wonderful ravine, part 1: Swimming skeletons
Thursday Sep 24 2015
Our wonderful, wonderful Auburn Ravine! My great-great-grandparents swam in the Auburn Ravine, as did many other old time families. Back then, in its heyday, I don ...
Upstairs in downtown, part 5: walkabout on a banner
Wednesday Sep 16 2015
Our little upstairs apartment stood on its Fifth Street site since 1906. And then, on one amazing day, the stalwart little building decided to go on a city of Lincoln walk ...
Upstairs in downtown, part five: the 4th of July 'F' fest
Wednesday Sep 09 2015
Before we left our upstairs apartment, our toddler had yet another show to put on in that Fifth Street window. It was the 4th of July, at the very end of the parade. As always, ...
A deep family connection to Labor Day
Wednesday Sep 02 2015
My husband, Alvar, was always a little irritated with me when I mixed up Memorial Day and Labor Day. He had good reason. He was a World War II veteran, trained as a me ...
Upstairs in downtown, part 4: Tom saves our toddler
Wednesday Aug 26 2015
When we lived upstairs, spring and summer days found our bay windows pushed up, with fresh air streaming through the tall screens. Even in the kitchen, the windows were almos ...
Upstairs in downtown, part 3: Intoxicated
Wednesday Aug 19 2015
When we lived upstairs, our big kitchen windows overlooked the alley parking lot of the little old Lincoln Police Department. One night, a police car pulled into the lot. ...
July is for George, part 3: America’s patriotic gardener
Thursday Jul 16 2015
No, no and no! Young George did not chop down that cherry tree. No, no and no! He did not confess with that prissy little sentence: “I cannot tell a lie.” ...
The Magazine, part three Cuba, curds and Lazy Liver candy
Tuesday May 12 2015
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
Tuesday May 05 2015
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
Wednesday Apr 08 2015
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
Monday Mar 30 2015
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
Monday Mar 30 2015
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
Tuesday Mar 17 2015
I was walking to my classroom, when I heard my name called. My neighboring teacher rushed up to me, her face full of concern. ...
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