Tarzan is Swinging into Omaha’s Rose Theater this June

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All photos courtesy of the Rose Theater.

Last night, Tarzan premiered at the Rose Theater in Omaha.  This is part of the official Rose Theater press release:

(OMAHA, Nebr.) TARZAN® (OMAHA, Nebr.) TARZAN® swings onto The Rose stage with high-flying animal energy in the final show of the theater’s 2013-14 season.  Filled with acrobatic choreography and bursting with African jungle adventure, The Rose’s production of TARZAN® the Disney film, dares audiences to get in touch with their wild side, June 6-22, 2014.

Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” and the smash hit 1999 Disney animated film, TARZAN®, is a touching story full of fun and adventure that will appeal to all ages.  TARZAN® tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan – now a man – encounters strangers like himself for the first time and finds himself suddenly caught between two worlds. The musical, written by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, follows Tarzan’s personal journey as he discovers what it means to be a man. As in Burrough’s original book, the character in the musical adaptation is driven by his own curiosity about who he is and where he belongs.

The Rose’s production of TARZAN® focuses on what it means to be a family and what family means in an ever-changing, chaotic world. It challenges audiences to realize that true family provides unconditional love, understanding and compassion. Our version is relevant to families because it embodies the idea that love knows no boundaries when it comes to an individual’s background. We are all worthy of love, and it is our birthright as human beings to make sure we give and receive it,” said Rose artistic director Matthew Gutschick.

The show communicates this message with heart-pumping music written by rock legend Phil Collins, including “Son of Man,” “Two Worlds,” and the Grammy and Oscar winning song, “You’ll Be In My Heart.”

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If you would like to go see this musical live and in person, you have several more available options, starting this afternoon!

Saturday, June 7 2 pm
Sunday, June 8 2 pm
Friday, June 13 7 pm
Saturday, June 14 2 pm
Sunday, June 15 2 pm
Thursday, June 19 7 pm
Friday, June 20 7 pm
Saturday, June 21 2 pm
Sunday, June 22 2 pm

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Since this is considered a premiere show, tickets are $25 for main floor and $20 for balcony seats.  The show lasts for 2 hours (with an intermission) and is recommended for kids age 4-11.  Swing in for a great time!

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Lindbergh Learns in Lincoln (to Fly)

I love to find unexpected places!  This one I discovered when my husband and I were dating 15 years ago.  Walking a few miles was enjoyable for us then (amazing what time you have without four kids).  In the entrance to the next neighborhood or two over, we came upon this little commemorative sign.

Lindbergh Aviation

Upon closer examination we discovered a piece of Lincoln history that most people are completely unaware exists.  I enjoyed showing our kids this sign although the significance of just what happened here they probably will not grasp until we study American history again this year.

Lindbergh Aviation Sign

The sign is a bit hard to read, but these are the details.  While now filled with houses, once upon a time part of this Country Club area was Page Field.  Probably many people utilized planes here, but no one was possibly as significant as Charles Lindbergh.  You see this is where he earned his wings – flying a “Lincoln Standard” plane and taking lessons in March 1922.  What he learned would serve him well when he made the first solo Transatlantic Flight May 20-21, 1927 (87 years ago THIS week!)  As Memorial Day is also happening shortly, I decided honoring an an Army Air Reserve Captain was fitting as well!

If you would like to see the monument, head to 20th and E. Pershing Road (just south of Van Dorn) in Lincoln!

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Where Were We (in Nebraska)?

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Safety Saturday: Nomophobia and Dstrctd Drvng (Mlt Tsk)

Are you a nomophobic?  Read more to find out.

When I first was asked to preview the NET television show, “Dstrctd Drvng,” I cringed.  Although I do not text while driving, except occasionally at stop lights, I definitely do talk on my cell.  After all, I have justified, when else can a busy homeschooling mom of four find a moment where no one is interrupting?  But I am pretty certain that I have been denying the truth.  That talking while driving is distracting to me.

In fact, being on my cell did contribute to a minor accident I was involved.  I was on the phone at the time.  While I maybe could not have avoided rear ending the woman (after all, she did basically come to stop in the highway merging lane), my chances would have been better.  I was five months pregnant at the time with my other three precious kids in the back.  The other car held a mom with her kids.  The results could have been catastrophic if any more speed would have been involved.  You would think that would have been a wake-up call for me.  But it wasn’t.

Watching the television documentary definitely caused me to open my eyes.  Not even just about driving, but to the fact that when I try to multi-task, I am crowding my brain and causing difficulties in processing.  I may think I am getting more done, but I am simply dividing my productivity.  This will be a hard lesson.  Learning how to focus and be all there will be a challenge.

Basically , I need to work on a negative condition I have developed.  According to ask.com, nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.  My smart phone can lure me in – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – all at my finger tips.  Something to do to keep busy.  This device stops me from the two most important tasks:learning to be still and to enjoy those that are with me!  The ones that I can touch and converse with  and not just from a screen.

Dstrctd Drvng gives evidence that shows that driving while distracted is similar to driving drunk.  Although as my husband pointed out, if you decided to drive after having a few drinks, you are aware that you might need to concentrate more.  Those who are using cell phones really have no idea just how distracted that they are.  I know because I have been one of them who can suddenly not remember all the roads that led me to home because I was talking and not really paying attention.

Just the title of the show had convicted me enough to change part of my habits this week.  I made a point of not being on the cell with my kids in the car.  After all, they are often distracting enough.  But after watching the show, I am convinced that my phone belongs safely in my purse when I am in the car.  Close enough to reach in case of an emergency, yet far enough away to not be a temptation.  So, that is my new goal.  And I am going to try hard to be patient and let others call me back when they are not driving as well.  This habit might take me awhile to break, but I think the results with be worth it.  As was stated in the show, “the person sitting next to you is worth far more than a text.”

If you did not watch the show “Dstrctd Drvng” on Nebraska Public Television last night, you still have several more chances.

Dstrctd Drvng broadcast schedule

NET1 Friday Feb. 21, 7 p.m. CT

NET1 Sunday, Feb. 23, 10 p.m. CT

NET2 World Saturday, Feb. 22, 1:30 p.m. CT

NET2 World Sunday, Feb. 23, 5 p.m. CT

NET2 World Tuesday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m. CT

You can also watch the show online: Dstrctd Drvng  I know that I will be encouraging my family and friends to make watching this a priority.  This show helped me to face the reality that I need to change a bad habit before tragedy results!

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200th Blog Post: To Fly Across Nebraska

I know at some point that numbers may not mean anything to me as I continue to post on this blog.  For today, I have to admit that my 200th blog post seems rather momentous to me.  As I was debating on posting some of my favorite personal photographs from across Nebraska, I decided on a different approach. Instead, I am helping you to fly across Nebraska.  By sending you to a link to my favorite video, you are given a quick statewide tour.  If you think that our “Good Life State” is boring and flat, this video might very well change your mind.  This is extremely well done and definitely worth the watch!

P.S. In case the above link does not work, you can try going to the YouTube site.

Flying Across Nebraska

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The Place of Fairy Tales: Joslyn Castle in Omaha (Part 1)

So, did anyone guess where we were yesterday?

Joslyn Castle

We loved our family’s first trip to Joslyn Castle.  I took so many amazing interior pictures that they are taking me awhile to edit and put into collages.  So, I will be posting the interior (and a few more exterior) pictures tomorrow!  I am excited to share the Joslyn Castle at Christmastime!  So beautiful!

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Celebrate “National Poinsettia Day” at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha

I have a feeling that for most of you, “National Poinsettia Day” is not on your radar today.  This is not the case for Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha.  They are prepared to help you celebrate this day by sending the first 100 families through the door home with a poinsettia.  (And not like the ones you can buy at any grocery store either – a fresh poinsettia that they grew in their garden area!)  “Poinsettia Day” tends to be a rather popular event, and they anticipate giving most of them away by noon, so you want to go early.  They are open from 9-5.  Admission for adults is $6 and children age 6-12 are only $3.

Lauritzen Gardens Poinsettia Tree

Perhaps the best reason to go to Lauritzen Gardens – their display of poinsettia plants is truly magnificent.  But by having docents in their poinsettia area, they also want you to leave with more knowledge about this holiday flower.

Lauritzen Gardens poinsettia flowers

What we learned on our short visit yesterday – the red on the plant is actually leaves.  The flowering part is in the center and is often quite small.  So for the above type of poinsettia, the flower is the yellow part in the center.  I will be writing more about our wonderful Lauritzen Gardens experience tomorrow.

P.S.Later today I will post which home for the holidays we visited yesterday.  I decided to take a bit more time to learn a bit more information.  Otherwise my post would just be pretty pictures without as much meaning.  So, later today you will know where we were! 🙂


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Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1863


In the middle of a War caused by internal conflict, rather than by external force.  A time of uncertainty in our nation.  Certainly not a time which naturally induced gratefulness.  Yet our President felt that even in such turbulence, time needed to be set apart for being thankful.  Thus Thanksgiving Day began in the most unsettled of times.  Hoping that your day today is filled with recounted blessings!

(The below speech was copied verbatim from AbrahamLincolnOnline.org)

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

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Wordless Wednesday: Where Were We (in Nebraska)?

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Classical Music for Families: Lincoln Symphony

I do want my kids to be familiar and appreciative of the finer things in life.  Now I am not talking about caviar and truffle oil.  Instead I am talking about classical music.  While we do not listen to that style of music all of the time, I do want my kids to be familiar with different instruments and the fundamentals of music.  Especially since my oldest loves to play the piano and may pursue that further someday.

Normally for all six of us to go to a symphony can get a bit expensive.  Worth the experience but something you have to plan ahead for.  We have attended the Lincoln Symphony’s daytime Young People’s Concerts.  But that is not something that my husband can easily attend with us.

So, when I received notice that the Lincoln Symphony is performing TWO family concerts with tickets for an incredible price, my ears perked up.  You can purchase a family concert pass for $50 that will get you into TWO concerts.  The first one is November 10th and features “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” – a classical recording that we have enjoyed in the past.  The second one will be in the spring and is entitled “Adventures in Music.”

What is even better – an hour before the show, they have special activities for kids including crafts that go along with the featured theme of the day.  Plus they have a musical “petting zoo” where kids can “try out” some of the instruments.  As opposed to being at the more formal Lied Center, their usual venue, these concerts take place at Nebraska Wesleyean’s O’Donnell Auditorium.

Photo courtesy of the Lincoln Symphony’s website.

For more information, you can go to the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra for Families page.  You can also call Brittany Downey at 402.476.2211 or email brittany@lincolnsymphony.com with any questions you may have, or to request more informational regarding LSO’s educational and outreach activities.  If neither of these symphony dates work for you, you could also consider purchasing their “Pick Three” option – allowing you discounted tickets if you attend three shows.  The youth tickets average out to be $5 and adult tickets start at only $15 per show for attending three different concerts.  The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra experience is incredible, and so this ticket option is a great opportunity as well!


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