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The Capitol: A Nebraska Masterpiece

Capitol Exterior

Truly the Nebraska Capitol is one of my very favorite places across the whole state.  Why it has taken me a year to feature Nebraska’s most recognizable building on this blog I am not sure.  Maybe this is because writing this post is STILL daunting to me!    How can you narrow down a building that contains so much architectural beauty, cultural significance and Nebraska symbolism.  I think this is why this post has never been written.  Today, in my own feeble way, I will attempt to give you a”quick” tour of this Nebraska Masterpiece.

Nebraska’s Capitol building is filled with murals, mosaics, tapestries and distinguishing architectural details.  Because I am pretty certain that no one will take the time to read 32 pages of one blog post, I am setting those details aside.  Additionally I plan on writing a separate post on my kids’ favorite part of the building: the tippy top.  To ride to the “14th” floor, one must climb into a rather small, older elevator.  By the way, in case you were wondering, despite its appearance to the contrary, you CAN in fact fit a double stroller inside to ride up.  We have done it successfully several times!

Back to the purpose of today’s blog … Just like our national government, our Nebraska state government has three branches.

Capitol Judicial Branch

The Judicial branch.

Capitol Legislative Chambers

The Legislative Branch.

As long as the judges and senators are not work, both of these sections are part of the daily tours that run hourly (except at noon.)  Now we also happen to have an executive area where the governor and his staff are busily at work.  Since they are a bit more involved in the daily aspects of government, this section is usually closed to the public.  As we once had a special family event take place inside the Capitol, I do have a picture of the executive press room.

Capitol Executive Press Room with family

Cropped and from my scrapbook, really you only get a good idea of the official press conference desk.

These are the main sections that exist inside of the capitol.  Of course, the basement is filled with legislative offices and the cafeteria and a gift shop.  Statues of famous Nebraskans line the rotunda, but I think that is another post as well.  Guess you will be hearing about the Nebraska Capitol for a long time to come!

Capitol Walkway

Another favorite area – the outdoor mezzanine.  By walking around the outdoor platform, one can learn the names of all of the Nebraska counties.  One could also learns the basics of the history of government.  The relief carvings above the walkway are not necessarily in chronological order, so I do recommend getting the explanatory pamphlet from inside the capitol.  By the way, I wrote a more detailed article on walking around the Capitol with children for the May/June/July issue of the Lincoln Kids Newspaper.  You can pick up a copy from many area Lincoln places, or you can look online.

The Capitol Website has a wealth of information on all of the history and interesting facts of the building.  NET Public Television has also produced an excellent documentary on the Nebraska Capitol.  Our family was rivoted – okay, I definitely was, but my husband and kids also enjoyed the show!

Nebraska’s Capitol Masterpiece

Would you look at that?  I used the same word to describe the capitol that they did!  If you have never been to the Nebraska Capitol, I HIGHLY recommend you visit.  The Capitol Website also has downloadable building, Abraham Lincoln and civics scavenger hunts.  Completing these will help your older kids be engaged in the experience.  As for your younger kids, have them go on a shape and color hunt as you walk through.  The Capitol is filled with all sorts of possibilities!  In fact, below is a picture of one of the courtyard areas I have yet to explore.  Maybe someday I will figure out how to do that!

Capitol Courtyard

One more important item to note: The Nebraska Capitol Building can be found on both the “Lincoln: Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” passport and the Nebraska Passport.  When you go visit, make sure to get a stamp.  The programs run through the end of August and September respectively.




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Cars in Nebraska: Going on a Wild Ride with Nebraska Stories

Tomorrow night is the premiere of the next edition of Nebraska Stories.  The topic may almost be more suited to Father’s Day as both segments are on special car events in Nebraska.  But as a mom of 3 boys (and a girl who will play that with her brothers) and the fact that I am definitely married to a car guy, I am looking forward to watching the event myself.  One of the last editions of “Nebraska Stories” featured a quick excerpt about the large Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction that took place last summer.  My family was hoping to see more details, so I am glad that they are showing more.  Also on this episode is a story about a father-son car restoration project over many decades that won a prestigious award.  As my husband has spent many an hour working on cars with his Dad, I know that this story will be a meaningful one to see.

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A Chevrolet being put to good use in a Nebraska field!


Here are the official promo from NET (including a link to a clip) …

Nebraska Stories: Wild Ride

A special “Nebraska Stories,” airing takes viewers on a ride to the wild side as the NET Television series features two Nebraska car stories that garnered national attention:

  • Lambrect Chevrolet Auction: Last year’s Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction in Pierce, Neb., attracted people from all 50 states and 25 countries to bid on 500 vintage cars, including several with less than 20 miles on the odometer. While some came to buy the cars, many wanted simply to be part of a unique experience in automotive history.
  • Detroit Autorama Ridler Award: Then in Bennington, Neb., the fifty-year father-son project of Gordon and Ron Cizek won the Detroit Autorama Ridler Award at the nation’s leading indoor custom car show in 2013. Their 1940 Ford coupe was customized by Andy Leach, an up-and-coming fabricator whose work on the “Checkered Past” was as much about art as it was about muscle.
  • A Preview Clip is available here:
  • Air Times & Stations:

o   NET-1: Sunday, May 11, at 9 p.m. CT, and repeating Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m. CT

o   NET2 World:  Monday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. CT; Saturday, May 17, at 1:30 p.m. CT; Sunday, May 18, at 5 p.m. CT; and Wednesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. CT

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How Gaming Can Negatively Affect All Nebraskans: Watch “Growing Up Gambling” On Nebraska NET tonight

What do “Candy Crush,” “Playstation,” “Fantasy Football,” and “March Madness” have in common?  They are all subtle ways that your child can grow up to become addicted to gambling.  NOW WAIT JUST A MINUTE … before you go and throw out your video box OR before you stop reading, STOP and let me tell you where I am getting this from.

This morning I previewed a show that is premiering tonight on NET (Nebraska’s public television).  Before watching, I was a bit skeptical that this could ever be an issue for my family.   After all, my husband and I are not gamblers at all.  We do not play KENO.  Nor do we even buy lottery tickets.  For many grown-ups, these activities can be no big deal.

Yet after watching the show, I began to recognize several activities that we do that COULD create problem someday if we are not proactive with our choices.  Our family plans our homeschool schedule around March Madness.  Sad, but true.  This is because of me, not my husband.  I am a rather big fan of college basketball.  Our family does brackets for fun, but I do have one child that gets a bit obsessed with them.  Really with all sports throughout the year.  And this could be an issue for him someday.

Gambling has changed definitions – now many people refer to it as “gaming.”  Less of a stigma.  Our family likes games, and they like to win.  For kids who grow up playing too many video games, this can move beyond having fun to needing more of an adrenaline rush.  The need to play.  Yes gambling can be just as addictive as anything else.


What kid would not enjoy spinning a big wheel and playing with lots of fun colored chips?

So, I am very glad I watched the special, “Growing Up Gambling.”  I was completely unaware as to just how accessible gambling has become.  This is yet another area that I want to help our kids to see the potential dangers of letting a fun activity go quickly out of control.  One fact I learned – many of the video games are designed in the same format as gambling games.  And many games now have memory references – such as a Beach Boys slot machine or Avatar.  If you are into the theme, you could get subtly get into a gambling habit.

I would highly recommend this show for adults and for teenagers.  Note: a few of the games briefly shown are a bit graphic, so this is not a family show!  Here is the official description directly from NET.

Program Description:   “Growing Up Gambling” takes viewers inside the brain of an online gamer and online gambler, telling the story of a student’s downward spiral into addictive online sports betting. During the half-hour program, Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky of the International Center for Youth Gambling Problems explains that 18 to 25 year old individuals have the highest prevalence for problem gambling among the entire adult population. Blurred lines divide child’s play gaming from gambling. “Growing up Gambling” illustrates how advancement of technology makes it easy to engage in high-stakes gambling. Easy access via mobile gambling puts a tech-savvy generation at greater risk than prior generations.

·         Preview:

  Air Times:

o   NET-1: Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. CT on NET1, Sunday, May 11, at 9:30 p.m. CT and Friday, May 16, at 6 p.m. CT

o   NET2 World: Sunday, May 11, at 5 p.m. CT; Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m. CT; Wednesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. CT; Saturday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. CT; and Sunday, May 25, at 5 p.m. CT.

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Moving Monday: Shakespeare in Nebraska!

Somehow the Bard and (Ne)Braska just do not seem to go together very well.  But there are some actors in the Good Life state that would like to change that.  Since this week happens to be Shakespeare’s birthday, what a better time to find out more?

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(Image from Wikimedia Commons)

I stumbled upon the Nebraska Shakespeare Company when I was flipping channels a few months back.  NET Public Television featured this outstanding theater company as part of their “Nebraska Stories” program.  If you have 10-15 minutes, the program is worth watching.  I love how they are bringing Old English to Nebraska.

Nebraska Stories: Shakespeare Wild West Episode Excerpt

Since Wednesday is considered to be Shakespeare’s birthday – his 450th one to be precise- what a great day to throw a party!  Celebrations will be happening across the “Globe” (:-) ), along with Talk Like Shakespeare Day.    If you can attempt to sound like you are a Shakespearean actor, you may qualify for free food and prizes.  I will post any places I come across on my Facebook page in the next day or two.  There also happens to be a sonnet contest!      Talk Like Shakespeare is a national site where you can find out even more.

“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.” (The Man Himself)

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April Nebraska Stories

Tomorrow night is the premiere of yet another Nebraska Stories show on Nebraska Public Television (NET).  This episode seems to be a packed one!  I have to admit that due to a busy week, I have not been able to watch this edition yet.  But I hope to watch tomorrow night at 9:00.  (Well, basically tonight since it happens to be almost midnight 🙂 )Click here for a preview of all that you will be able to see Sunday night, including the return of our Nebraska Olympian, a topic I blogged about in February!

Nebraska Stories Episodes

Air Dates: Premieres Sunday, April 6, at 9 p.m. CT on NET1. This episode of “Nebraska Stories” will repeat several times during April on NET1 including Tuesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. CT; Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. CT; Tuesday, April 15, at 10:30 p.m. CT; Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. CT; and Tuesday, April 22, at 11 p.m. CT. It will also air on NET2 World on Saturday, April12, at 1:30 p.m. CT and Sunday, April 13, at 5 p.m. CT.


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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, 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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