February 2017 THE REAL NEW YEAR

February 2017 THE REAL NEW YEAR

After trudging through January in low gear, it was time to accelerate. The real business New Year kicked into action on February 1, as I joined thousands of jewelers in their annual pilgrimage to gemstone mecca, the Tucson Gem Show. The seemingly infinite volume of...
December 2016 WINDING DOWN THE YEAR

December 2016 WINDING DOWN THE YEAR

It had to happen eventually. After a long, gloriously warm and clear Indian Summer, the cold winds of winter have blown in. The fresh herbs in my kitchen garden are sad, soggy heaps. I’m wearing my Uggs every day, and the down jackets are now hanging “on...
October 2016 ADJUSTING MY FALL FOCUS

October 2016 ADJUSTING MY FALL FOCUS

Is anyone not stressed as we slog through the final couple of weeks of this Dante-esque election process? It’s been nearly impossible to find inner calm as we are relentlessly pelted by a hailstorm of news reports and Facebook posts. I’m working to...
September 2016 NORTHBOUND: ICELAND

September 2016 NORTHBOUND: ICELAND

People want to know what’s the big deal about Iceland, why go? I think the appeal lies in its remoteness, exotic in an orderly, Nordic way. Iceland is, at least for now, still a place where you can get away from everything and find quiet solitude in its raw,...
July 2016 ANGLE OF REPOSE

July 2016 ANGLE OF REPOSE

…but this doesn’t look much like Nebraska, does it? After a busy June I’d been craving the simple life of just hanging at home with friends, riding my bike, and sitting on my patio with birds, squirrels and fireflies for company. I lounged around for...
June 2016 JUNE!  FULL-ON SUMMER

June 2016 JUNE! FULL-ON SUMMER

The first of June slammed us with a sucker punch. Seemingly in the span of a few moments, we were rudely dropped into 109-degree Las Vegas heat after weeks of an idyllically green, beflowered Nebraska spring. Ouch! Continuing our annual challenge to discover the...
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