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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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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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Friday Flashback: Tornado Tragedy in Omaha (One Century Ago)

One week ago, a destructive tornado hit Wayne, Nebraska.  Since my Dad is from nearby Laurel, we know people in that area.  I was definitely glad to hear that everyone was safe.  Having been rather close to the Hickman tornadoes of 2004, I remember the intense fear and panic of having uncontrolled weather nearby.

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Photo of Wayne devastation courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Normally my Flashback Fridays involve places I wish my kids could have experienced.  Like the Capitol Beach Amusement Park and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.  But that is not the case today.  I would be fine if our family never saw a tornado again.  I am thankful that we were NOT around to witness the Nebraska tornadoes of 1913.  But I am glad that I took the time to research and recount these events.  Although tinged with tragedy, resiliency and hope are still the overriding themes of that fateful day.

I think if the Omaha tornado happened today, the coverage would have been continuous for weeks.  Back then, those were the days before adequate warning systems.  My initial thought was that with more people knowing to take shelter, the storm would have only been a small blip.  But looking at the pictures of the tornado and the destruction, I am guessing that this would have made national news for a LONG time!  Even back then, this storm made headlines across the country.  Of course some faulty journalism was involved.  One article claimed that 1,000 people were killed, but thankfully the actual death toll was much lower than that.

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When I did more research, I discovered that the devastation would have been far worse today.  Maybe not of lives but definitely of property.   The National Weather Service did some research into just what recently built areas would have been demolished.  The length of the list is staggering.

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This tragedy happened during the age of the National Weather Bureau.  A smaller government organization that made do with antiquated weather technology.  And the word “tornado” was taboo back then.  (They did not want the public to panic).  But one bureau man did correctly predict that troubled weather was coming.  Three hours before the tornadoes would begin, he sent messages to the area train stations warning people to be watching for impending storms.

Plymouth Congregational Church in Omaha in the toughest area that was hit.  Photo courtesy of

Easter Day had dawned bright, sunny and warm.  But by the end of March 23rd, 1913, a total of seven tornadoes touched down in Nebraska and Iowa.  Although they were not classifying twisters in the same way, we now know that several were of the F-4 variety – almost the biggest ones possible.  168 people were killed, and there was  $10 million worth of property devastation.  Stories abounded of tragedy, yet glimpses of hope broke through as others had miraculously survived.

Near 38th and California St.  Photo courtesy of

The destruction brought about several results.  Tornado insurance coverage drastically increased as many victims were uninsured.  Lumber companies profited from the building supplies that were now required.  Communities bonded together as they began the process of rebuilding.  One unexpected outcome – tourists flocked by the hundreds to see the devastated areas.  Maybe not much different from today – we just tend to huddle around our television sets when destruction and tragedy has occurred.

Having to see for themselves what happened.  Photo courtesy of

Unfortunately, soldiers had to be called in to protect the area from looters.  Photo courtesy of

This event was well documented by the Omaha Bee newspaper.  First hand accounts were also recorded, including a letter by one eyewitness to her mother telling about her personal experiences of the storm.  Besides the excellent photographs collected at Historic Omaha,Nebraska Education Television (NET) has many links with a multitude of angles on this story.  If you want to learn more, I would highly recommend watching their documentary, Devil Clouds: Tornadoes Strike Nebraska.  Extremely well done, this provided me with much of the research that I presented in this blog post.

Working together to restore what used to be.  Photo courtesy of

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