Mother Goose on the Loose

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 ...

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 ...

High School Hi-jinks Part four - “buzzed”

It was the 1950s. If you don’t count cow eyeballs, most school days at Lincoln Union High School moved along pretty calmly, day after day.  Classes. Studies. ...

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 three – keeping us out of trouble

In all their efforts to keep us out of trouble, there were a few other questionable presentations, besides the marijuana movies.  There was even a movie dealing with pregnanc ...

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 ...

High school hi-jinks Part one - the picnic and other eyefuls

I don’t know why those two high school boyfriends of ours got so testy.  So irritated.   What was the big deal?  They wouldn’t even have known th ...

The long road to Lincoln, part six: horses! horses! horses!

In 1852, Samuel Fleming had reunited with his family and settled back into life on the Mississippi River. But not for long. In his three-year absence, he had crisscrossed the Gol ...

City saves almost $100,000 a year through Friends of the Lincoln Libraries donations

The nonprofit Friends of the Lincoln Libraries donates $95,000 a year to the Twelve Bridges Library to present programs and buy books, DVDs and other needed materials. Some of ...

The long road to Lincoln, part five: the homecoming

An interim note regarding The Long Road to Lincoln series. At this point, I realize that the title for this series should have been the Long Long Long Long Road to Lincoln.  ...

The long road to Lincoln, part four: just imagine!

I try to imagine the stories my great-great-grandfather told to his son, future Lincoln pioneer Albert Fleming.  This is the Albert Fleming, who brought his Irish bride to Li ...

The long road to Lincoln, Part two: Mormons and 49ers

Although the Flemings were not Mormon, Samuel’s wife, Ann, had a brother who was Mormon. Their Mormon niece worked as a waitress in the Fleming Tavern. The Mormon settlement ...