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The common earthworm is a segmented annelid worm with a mouth at one end and an anus at the other end.  They lack a skeleton and are typically only a few inches in length. They are found … more
Black pepper is the world's most traded spice, and is one of the most common spices added to cuisines around the world. Black pepper is native to the Malabar Coast of India. It is produced by a … more
So, this is my first column. Not just since I’ve started a new job here as a reporter, but ever. I guess I should probably make it count. As a reporter and a writer, I can tell you your life … more
Queen Elizabeth II died on Sept. 8. She was a monarch, “a person who reigns over a kingdom or empire; a king or queen; one who holds preeminent position and power.” She ruled over the … more
This summer I have been traveling less and enjoying my yard and gardens more. In the spring, I planted a new native perennial garden and I have enjoyed watching it take shape and grow.  As I … more
It's time to go to war with my cat. Nearly two years ago, I took my then-skinny calico, Annie, off the streets. She lost her previous home in a fire and the owners never came back for her, so she … more
Who here needs a pep talk?  Everyone is doing the best they can. There’s so much to deal with in life and gas prices can be the least of troubles for many.  I, like many people, … more
Mother’s Day can be a little emotional when you are missing the people who are named for this day – your mother. more
The Earth's outer surface consists of a rocky crust of varying thickness. It is broken into 20 or so huge fragments called tectonic plates. more
This weekend was for the birds - literally. I ventured out to Kearney Saturday morning with my family to see the sandhill crane migration. It wasn't my first rodeo (now I'm picturing a crane … more
It can be an adventure traveling with 9 out of 10 people in my immediate family – at least all of my Omaha family. We had the opportunity to travel from Omaha to Houston to see my brother, niece and nephew.  more
Our country was built on the truth that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” The Declaration of Independence goes on to say … more
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