Category Archives: Hometown

Realization

My trucker friend, Jorge, stopped by yesterday on his way to Sioux City, Iowa. My pal said he had just had an epiphany or a mental flash that caused him to slow down on the road in order to avoid … Continue reading

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Norfolk, Nebraska’s Sister City

In late April of this year officials in the small city where I live, held a sister cities signing ceremony. The City of Norfolk, Nebraska hosted Malawi’s ambassador to the US, Yakobe Sawarengera and the mayor of Blantyre, Malawi, Wild … Continue reading

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Weltschmerz

I have previously extolled the virtues of the German language, including its usage of highly accurate words that describe states of mind. Many speakers of English have adopted such words as Schadenfruede that deliciously describe what we sometimes feel.  There’s … Continue reading

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The Wayne Chicken Show

We people in Northeastern Nebraska are familiar with one of the few festivals that rival the State Fair as a summertime highlight… The Wayne Chicken Show. It’s a festival held each second weekend of July. As far as I know, … Continue reading

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ZIP Code

I’m old enough to remember when ZIP Codes were never used on envelopes and parcel packages. As a boy, I learned that my address included the name of the city, the postal zone, and the name of the state. At … Continue reading

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Lonesome Dreamer (Review)

I finally got around to reading the latest biography of the former poet laureate of Nebraska, Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt. The man was a noteworthy figure in Northeast Nebraska who grew up and worked for awhile … Continue reading

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There Are No Eighteenth National Banks

While waiting at a traffic signal yesterday, I noticed there was a First National Bank located catercorner at my left. Then a childhood question popped into my head–“Why are there so many banks with the number one in their names?” … Continue reading

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