March 3, 2021
Limo Ride

Our Unconventionally Perfect Wedding Day

True love. A remarkable concept I assumed was a fantasy I would never experience. Until Rene Joseph Simard. Sound familiar? Are you thinking, “I’ve read that […]
February 1, 2021
Mrs. Fernley

Mrs. Fernley and the “Cranberries” Incident

Fifty (cough-cough) years ago, I began walking two blocks every morning to kindergarten at Cotesfield, Nebraska’s School Dist. 14. When I started my educational career in […]
December 30, 2020
Diane Celebrating

There’s Always Next Year

Well, we did it. We made it to the end of the year that made no sense. Are you giddy? Gloomy? Melancholy? Grateful? Frustrated? Outraged? Me, […]
December 1, 2020
R & B

The Holly-Jolly Year of Me That Wasn’t

What a chaotically complicated, fascinating time to be alive. I keep hearing people say they are glad 2020 will finally be over soon. Are they convinced […]
September 8, 2020
Rene and Jenn

Lifetime Impact Part II: Rene’s Pen Pals from Desert Shield/Desert Storm

In early October 1990, almost two months after Rene deployed to King Khalid Air Base near Khamis Mushait, a city in southwest Saudi Arabia, U.S. mailbags […]
July 27, 2020
Rene & F117

30 Years After Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Part 1: Rene Deploys to the Middle East

It has been 30 years since my mother stopped frying my hair with home permanents, I quit wearing stone-washed jeans, and I began to say goodbye […]
June 29, 2020
July 4th

What Exactly Are You Saying?

What a confusing, frustrating, challenging crossroads we find ourselves at this summer. I am exhausted and short-fused, yet I remain optimistic. I believe we are once […]
June 2, 2020
General Wendy Johnson

Inspiring Thoughts from the Nebraska National Guard’s First Female General Officer

Although it feels appropriate to launch this post with a whiney pandemic intro, I won’t. You have heard all those rhetorically clever and incredibly annoying color […]
April 28, 2020

Moments of Reset

Living and working from home through Covid-19 feels like the movie, Groundhog Day, except Rene and I don’t wake up every day to Sonny and Cher […]