School health ed.

The Nebraska Department of Education issued a draft of new state health education standards. Our school encouraged us to respond. I responded. Here is the letter I sent to members of the state Board of Education as well as submitted as an official comment. Hello — I’m writing to comment on the proposed standards forContinue reading “School health ed.”

“American Harvest” and other reading.

For our farm family with school children and cows, winter holds few respites from being busy, but when they happen, we do know how to handle it. We read. Some of us prefer World War II — fiction for one, personal histories for another. We’ve got one who’s into stereotypical Westerns and another who’s deepContinue reading ““American Harvest” and other reading.”

Home on the range, with buffalo.

The first couple weeks of September signal fall for me more than the solstice does. Kids have been going to school a while — thankfully, this is true for our district, knock on wood — and the week of Labor Day often is host to the last super hot days of the summer. At ourContinue reading “Home on the range, with buffalo.”

Summer already.

Ah, summer. Summer is my jam. Never have to grab a jacket, hands and feet always warm enough, plenty of daylight — perfect. This particular summer came in on little cat feet, I think. We know by looking at our phones that the numbers assigned to days are still advancing, yet most activities that defineContinue reading “Summer already.”

All Laura, all the time.

The seed for this column is one flattering social media comment from my college friend Chrissy Mullender: “Karen Nelson, you simply must read this. If you, I, and Laura Ingalls Wilder were on a group Facebook chat, I would have to pay special attention to which of you were responding.” The comment was under aContinue reading “All Laura, all the time.”

Slow down. You move too fast.

I stand in awe of the people who seemingly can do it all. Yep, I’m looking at you — the people who can balance home, family and work with church, sports and community and still manage to comb your hair. Intellectually, I realize that each of you who can do it all invariably stands inContinue reading “Slow down. You move too fast.”

“Taking care of you makes me happy, too.”

“Taking care of you makes me happy, too.” People who spend time with little kids and PBS most likely know those words sung by Mom Tiger on “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” The show, the successor to my childhood favorite, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” is an animated and updated version of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. “Daniel Tiger” isn’tContinue reading ““Taking care of you makes me happy, too.””

Corn nuts and soynuts.

Summer and fall play host to a perpetual string of harvest seasons. Most of these crops are building blocks for the human food supply. I’ve read time and again that farmers don’t eat the corn and beans they grow. The implication is that we’re scared of the food we raise. A little bit of mysteryContinue reading “Corn nuts and soynuts.”