Mother Goose on the Loose

July is for George Part one

It wasn’t fair but that’s just the way it was. We all loved Abraham Lincoln but we just  gave a respectful nod to George Washington. Their two portraits watched ...

Memorial Day -Museum of the Forgotten Warriors

I hope Lincoln News Messenger readers take it upon themselves to travel just a few miles north of Lincoln toward Marysville. Before reaching Marysville, the traveler turns east on ...

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 ...

The magazine - part 2 Beauty the Victorian way

Browsing through the old 1899 magazine, one would have thought that Victorian women had all of our modern appliances and conveniences that free women from hands-on housekeeping cho ...

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. ...

Out of the Classroom, Part One

When you're a teacher, you can count on being rendered speechless once in a while.  My most memorable speechless moment happened when I was teaching third-grade in ...

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 Five: Closing the Celtic circle

Ireland. So lush and green. Small streams tumbling down the hillsides.  Wide rivers filled with salmon.  Craggy peaks sheltering great stags. Great slabs of stone ti ...

Support the Friends of the Lincoln Library in its membership drive

Today, I renewed my Friends of the Lincoln Library membership, I am showing my support to the Friends in their goal to keep the Twelve Bridges Library open as much as possible ...

Irish all the Way Neolithic mice - Part Three

Although we didn't kiss the Blarney Stone, we did see one of  Ireland's most famous Irish landmarks:  Newgrange.  Predating Stonehenge and the pyramids,&nbs ...

Irish all the way It's a long way to Tipperary, Part Two

With our Irish heritage in mind, our own family journeyed east, back to Ireland.  But, oh, our family's journey  was such an easy one!  We flew high above the o ...