Great Plains, amen.

This Soils and Streams column first appeared in the June 8, 2019, issue of the Kearney Hub. Some places beautiful to me because they’re mine Geography interests me — it always has. I don’t know if this is true for all people who travel a lot as kids, but personally, I think that’s where myContinue reading “Great Plains, amen.”

How to while away a winter.

This Soils and Streams column first appeared in the March 9, 2019, issue of the Kearney Hub. Pass the time this winter with an ag-related book Is there someone in Hub Territory who hasn’t complained about the weather? That’s a rhetorical question, although I guess it’s possible someone enjoys winter enough that this streak ofContinue reading “How to while away a winter.”

Everything is from somewhere.

This Soils and Streams column first appeared in the Dec. 8, 2018, issue of the Kearney Hub. Forget holiday fuss; focus on gratitude Holidays are not super high on my list of priorities. I don’t require the biggest meal of the year to happen on the day of Thanksgiving. Everyone should have the opportunity toContinue reading “Everything is from somewhere.”

Optimism, please.

This Soils and Streams column first appeared in the Sept. 10, 2018, issue of the Kearney Hub. Simple things can turn around discouragement of daily life Life ebbs and flows. In some ways, there’s a rhythm, some predictability. School begins as the growing season comes to an end. As kindergarteners in Bertrand, our oldest threeContinue reading “Optimism, please.”

Summer detours and a pinkie problem.

This Soils and Streams column first appeared in the June 9, 2018, issue of the Kearney Hub, but it didn’t make it into the online edition. Bummer. Summer at the Nelson house is different this year. In the past, our younger kids have been in day care through the summer. Choose any personality test —Continue reading “Summer detours and a pinkie problem.”

Math meets real life.

This Soils and Streams column first appeared in the March 10, 2018, issue of the Kearney Hub. Agriculture is ‘sweet spot’ where math, real-world problems mix Kids who don’t enjoy math are prone to ask, “When will I ever use this?” Teachers attempt to give real-world examples, and students remain skeptical — it’s a time-wornContinue reading “Math meets real life.”

I have a wish list.

The older our kids get, the more defined their gift requests and expectations become. Advent is the season of waiting, and wow, sometimes that waiting comes with a hearty side of whining! Personally, I have ambitions and dreams, and while some of them do come with dollar signs, I’m fortunate to be content with myContinue reading “I have a wish list.”

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.””