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Japan and Fashion Exhibit in Lincoln

 “Japan and Fashion: Influence and Impact” will open Feb. 24 in the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The exhibit, features Japanese-influenced garments from the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design’s historic costume collection, along with traditional Japanese garments on loan for the exhibition.  The exhibit is devoted to the interface between traditional Japanese dress and contemporary Western fashion.
More than 18 traditional kimonos in various shapes and sizes are included, along with a significant collection of obis. This feature of the exhibit is due to a generous gift from Kathryn Ericksen Lohr, an alumna of the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences, who lived in Tokyo with her husband James in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The exhibit also includes an ornately embroidered wedding kimono acquired by the Thomas Woods family of Lincoln in the late 1970s and donated to the collection by Averi Woods. Items from the collection of Omaha textile collector Jay Rich round out this unique exhibition.
The works in the show are marked by brilliant colors, rich embroideries, elegant brocades and exotic patterns. The contemporary segment of the exhibition contains modern fashions that range from the conservative to the avant garde. Designers such as Ralph Rucci, Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo are represented. Japanese influence in contemporary fashion hinges on three distinct elements that are depicted in the exhibition:

  • A critical regard for surface development of the textiles, ranging from intricate weave structures to shibori-dyed textiles to industry-driven high tech fabrics.
  • Emphasis on fine craftsmanship. The high level of craft inherent in many forms of Japanese dress is seen in the hand stitching of the kimono and in embellishments that distinguish many of these garments.
  • The Japanese emphasis on structure that impressed itself on modern designers’ sensibilities as early as the 1880s. In contrast to the Western approach of cutting and stitching fabric to echo the shape of the body, the Japanese aesthetic involved wrapping the fabric around the form to envelop the body. The articulation of space between the fabric and the body distinguishes the kimono from Western garments.

Other elements played out in contemporary fashion are the emphasis on the simple structural lines, the suggestion of the obi, the use of the large sleeve shape and the development of roomy silhouettes for anything from coats to jackets.
The Hillestad Gallery is on the second floor of the Home Economics Building, 35th Street north of East Campus Loop. It is part of the Department of Textiles, Merchandizing and Fashion Design in the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences. The gallery is open 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, call 402-472-6370  or visit



▶ Pepsi #Halftime America with Real Nebraskans

I am not big on acidic drinks like pepsi but this commercail will bring you a smile. When is Superbowl…?!

▶ Pepsi #Halftime America with Lee Brice – YouTube.

▶ Gemini 6: Christmas UFO Spotted. Audio 1:23

This was a real spoof on Mission Control. Fun to hear the serious tone they used to pull it off.

Audio – ▶ Gemini 6: Jingle Bells – YouTube.


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UNL Speakers Bureau Offers Expert Programs

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Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 13, 2013 — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Speakers Bureau is in its 19th year with 24 speakers and several topics from which to choose. This free service connects faculty and other university experts with Nebraska citizens through service organizations, schools and other groups who want knowledgeable, interesting speakers on a variety of topics.
The 2013-14 Speakers Bureau features speakers available on a year-round basis as well as during the academic year only. This website,, provides access to each speaker’s topic information with a form to submit to book a speaker for your event. For questions, please contact Mitzi Lenz, Speakers Bureau coordinator in the Office of University Communications, 202 Canfield Administration Building, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0424; telephone 402-472-0088 <tel:402-472-0088>  or email
The members of the 2013-14 Speakers Bureau and their topics:
Sylvana Airan, assistant director for business contracts and student services, University Housing- — “My Life Growing Up in Pakistan.”
Christian Binek, associate professor of physics and astronomy — “Magnetic Refrigeration,” “Magnetic Thin Films: From Basic Research to Spintronics” and “Physics Between High School and High Tech.”
Charles Braithwaite, editor, Great Plains Quarterly, senior lecturer in communication studies — “African Americans on the Great Plains,” “The Global Classroom: Using New Communication Technology to Improve Education” and “Tribal Colleges: Culture and Higher Education on the Plains.”
Daniel Claes, professor of physics and astronomy — “Comic Book Physics 101: Lesson 1: The Origin of Superman and Clues to the Planet Krypton, Lesson 2: Radiation — Origins of the Hulk, the X-men, and the Fantastic 4, Lesson 3: The Flash (the Fastest Man Alive) and the ‘SpeedForce,’ Lesson 4: Physics Disassembled, Lesson 5: Hard Takeoffs and Soft Landings, Lesson 6: Solar Energy as the Source of Superpowers,” “What the Heck is a Higgs Boson?!” “Are We Alone in the Universe?” and “What Happened to the Faster-than-Light Neutrinos?”
Donald C. Costello, associate professor emeritus of computer science and engineering — “The Bronx in the Middle of the Last Century,” “Information Technology — Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” “Robotics: Status Today, Impact Tomorrow” and “Investment Versus Gambling in a Digital Economy.”
Kenneth Dewey, professor of applied climate sciences, School of Natural Resources — “Chasing Icebergs,” “North to Alaska and Across the Canadian Arctic: A Photographic Journey” and “The Nebraska Weather Photos Website.”
Robert F. Diffendal Jr., professor emeritus, conservation and survey — “Pleasures and Perils of Owning Beach-Front Property,” “Changes in China Since 1979” and “Geologic Development of Nebraska.”
Stephen Ducharme, professor and vice chair of physics and astronomy, Nebraska Center for Materials and Nano Science — “Can a Photon Wave?” and “Nanoscale Science and Technology.”
Galen Erickson, professor, beef feedlot extension specialist — “How Ethanol and Cattle are Good Together (i.e., Alcohol and Beef)” and “What is the Real Impact of Feedlots on the Environment?”
Michael Hoff, professor of art history — “Ancient Roman Religion and Nebraska Football,” “Athens Under Roman Domination” and “Pirates and Romans Along the Cilician Coast of Ancient Turkey.”
Roger M. Hoy, professor of biological systems engineering, and director, Nebraska Tractor Testing Laboratory — “The Nebraska Tractor Testing Lab: Past, Present and Future.”
Gary Kebbel, professor, College of Journalism and Mass Communications — “How to Use Social Networking like Twitter or Facebook or Foursquare as Reporting Tools,” “Reaching Youth: If it’s Not on a Cell Phone, it Doesn’t Exist” and “The Changing News Ecosystem.”
Meg Lauerman, director, University Communications — “Research, Recruitment and the Big Ten: An Overview of What’s New at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.”
Bradley Lubben, extension assistant professor and policy specialist — “Growing Agriculture to Meet Society’s Demands” and “More Than Farm in the Farm Bill.”
Patrice C. McMahon, associate professor of political science — “For Good or For Ill: The Return of Nation Building,” “U.S. Power in the Networked Era” and “Partners in Peace: Nongovernmental Organizations in Peace-building.”
Tapan Pathak, extension educator for climate variability, School of Natural Resources — “Current and Future Global Climate Change: What it Means for Nebraska?”
Lisa Pennisi, assistant professor, School of Natural Resources — “Why Nebraska is a Great Tourist Destination” and “The Benefits of Connecting Youth and Adults to Nature.”
Wes Peterson, professor of agricultural economics — “A New Age of Colonialism? Land and Resource Deals in Low-Income Countries,” “The 2012 Farm Bill: Prospects for Reform” and “The Implications of Increased Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements for World Trade.”
Paul E. Read, professor of horticulture and viticulture — “Gardens of the World” “Grape Expectations: Nebraska’s Developing Grape and Wine Industry.”
John W. Richmond, professor and director, School of Music — “Does Music Make You Smarter? It Depends on What You Mean!,” “Finding the Next Mozart! Music Composition Education in the 21st Century” and “‘Speaking the Universal Language’ Without an Accent: UNL in Our Global Musical Village.”
Kelli K. Smith, assistant director, Career Services — “Developing a Top Internship Program” and “How to Effectively Recruit College Students.”
Greg Snow, professor of physics and astronomy — “Cosmic Rays from Outer Space-What Do We Know About Them?” “Did a Giant Asteroid Kill the Dinosaurs?” and “High Energy Physics and the Discovery of the ‘God Particle.'”
Sandra Stockall, professor emeritus, University of Nebraska Extension — “You Are Who You Are Because” and “Wow, That Felt Great!”
Joseph Weber, associate professor, College of Journalism and Mass Communications — “Teaching Journalism in China: A Semester of Surprises.”


WRITER: Mitzi Lenz

Crew of the USS INTREPID


Search Underway to Find Former USS Intrepid Crew Members from Nebraska for Special Homecoming Weekend

NEW YORK, NY (June 18, 2013) – August 16, 2013 will mark the 70th Anniversary of the Commissioning of the U.S.S. Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum <> in New York City.  To mark the occasion, Intrepid is putting out a coast-to-coast “all call” for former USS Intrepid crew members, including those who live in our area, to be reunited in a special Homecoming Weekend from August 16 to 18.

To learn more about this weekend and for registration information, former crew members and their family members can visit <> .

The homecoming weekend will feature a special ceremony marking the 70th Anniversary of Intrepid’s Commissioning, on August 16 at 11:00 a.m. at which former crew members will reunite and share stories of their tours of duty.  Throughout the weekend, the museum will offer guided tours of the ship and behind-the-scenes curator-led tours of their museum collection storage facility. For some former crew members, this will be the first time they have been aboard their beloved ship since the completion of their service.

The Intrepid’s homecoming weekend is open to the public, and will feature programs and events specifically tailored for former crew members and their families. Entrance to the museum will be free of charge for former crew members and their family members.

Now a museum ship and national historic landmark, the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), was one of the most successful and stalwart ships in US history, serving in the Pacific during World War II, when it was hit by five Kamikaze attacks but refused to sink, and nicknamed “the Ghost Ship” by the Japanese. Intrepid later served three tours of duty off Vietnam and in submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War. She was also one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA during the Mercury and Gemini Space Missions, and retrieved astronauts Scott Carpenter and Gus Grissom after their respective Earth orbits and splashdowns in the Pacific.
About the Museum
Now home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum <> complex includes the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier Intrepid; the guided missile submarine Growler; and an extensive collection of 27 aircraft including the A-12 Blackbird, the fastest plane in the world, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft in the world. Guests can experience areas of the ship including the Flight Deck, Hangar Deck, fo’c’sle (commonly known as the anchor chain room), new multimedia presentations and exhibit collections, interactive educational stations and a state-of-the-art public pier.  Guests to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum <> also can experience the 12,240 square-foot interactive Exploreum – which contains a variety of hands-on exhibits – that teaches guests about the different properties of the sea, air, space and living at sea as each relates to the ship Intrepid. In the Exploreum, guests can experience a flight simulator, transmit messages using Morse code, sit on the bunk of a crewmember, learn how the Intrepid turned salt water into fresh water and perform various tasks while wearing space gloves.

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me – at the Movies?




It’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! like you’ve never seen it before! Because, well, normally you can’t see it — it’s a radio show. A live staging of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! presented by NCM Fathom Events, NPR, WBEZ-Chicago, and BY Experience, will be beamed to select cinemas across the country on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013.

Host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell will be joined by panelists Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett to play the quiz in front of a live audience. Carl reading limericks! Celebrity guests answering stupid questions! Faces made for radio! You’ve heard it in 1D, now see it live in glorious…2D.

Don’t miss Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! Live on the big screen on Thursday, May 2nd, at 7 P.M. CT at the Marcus Grand Theatre in Lincoln. Ticket information is on the web.

And finally, whether or not you can attend the show, this trailer is worth watching. Not to give it away, but this is what happens when you put a radio guy in front of a camera! Watch the video.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Nancy Finken

NET Radio Manager

Alaska’s northern lights

Best ever Northern Lights – 5:18 video
Loren Holmes March 21, 2013

Even when our sun isn’t shining, it can still give us reason to look skyward with wonder. A large coronal mass ejection from the sun that occured over the weekend created a brilliant display of aurora borealis, visible as far south as Iowa. Here in Alaska it was especially active, and with clear skies it offered one of the best displays seen in recent memory.

From sunset, the aurora was visible on the horizon. Faint and green, it could be seen moving slowly across the sky toward us at Eureka Lodge. A few hours later and it was right on top of us. Cameras pointed in almost any direction captured amazing displays of light. With not a cloud in the sky, the ribbons stretched 180 degrees.

As the night went on, the greens gave way to red, purple and blue. At times the entire sky was filled with light, easily overpowering the moon. Looking straight up we caught a glimpse of a rare coronal aurora, where the lights seemed to come down right over us. As a photographer, the intensity of the display had me scrambling to change settings so I didn’t accidently overexpose the scene.

Contact Loren Holmes at loren(at)

via Timelapse video of Alaska’s northern lights | Alaska Dispatch.

Remembering the Old Farmer’s Almanac

Remembering the Old Farmer’s Almanac
at Homestead National Monument of America

220 years ago the first edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac was printed to provide weather information and entertainment to farmers across our young nation.  This is the oldest continuously published periodical in the United States. The event has passed. – Editor

The Old Farmer’s Almanac was first issued in 1793 by editor Robert Thomas during President George Washington’s first term.  The periodical provides useful weather predictions, astronomical events, tidal information, detailed records and valuable advice.  Countless individuals throughout the nation’s history have used the Almanac.  Homesteader’s on the prairie would have found the records useful, but the information about daily life and other features would have been a welcomed source of entertainment.

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit

Intentional acts of kindness by Georg(ia)

Facebook is at —>  (9) Collaborative Transitions.

This month, I suggested a Kindness Challenge for 2013.  I encourage you to participate by offering “intentional acts of kindness”, and commenting on the blogs about how the cause (kindness) created an effect in your life, as well as the effect it had on others.

You will also note that I am posting more articles on my Facebook page you may enjoy.  I encourage you to interact and begin to create community at FB page – Collaborative Transitions.

My wish for you, as always, is that you have enough…

Coach  Georgia 

How to Get to Mars. Video

6:33 Video from launch to Landing. Animated and actual pictures of the journey and landing.

This really is way cool!

How to Get to Mars. Very Cool! HD – YouTube.

Grandparents Day is September 9th – Here is a Guide

Grandparents Day is September 9th this year and it’s a time when grandparents are recognized for their love, care – and in many cases – their commitment to being a positive influence in the lives of their grandkids. At The Partnership at <>

we know that research shows that kids who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol use are up to 50 percent less likely to use than those who do not get that critical message at home.

Recognizing that grandparents often play an important role in a child’s upbringing, we created the Grandparents Guide



a new, bilingual (English/Spanish) online tool designed specifically to help grandparents play an active role in keeping their grandchild safe and free from drug and alcohol use. The Grandparents Guide offers tips and tools for grandparents to stay connected with their grandkids on this important health issue, provides current research and information on the latest drugs of abuse among teens and gives grandparents the steps they need to take action if their grandchild is struggling with addiction.


1. The Power of Grandma and Grandpa .
2. It’s All About the Grandkids .
3. Ten Tips for Communicating With Your Grandchild .
4. Spending Time Together .
5. Grandparents Getting “Tech-y” .
6. Learning About Drugs and Alcohol – and Talking About Them With Your Grandkids .
7. Understanding Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs .
8. Knowing Your Grandchild’s Risk Level .
9. How to Help If You Think Your Grandchild is Using Drugs or Drinking .
10. Grandparents Who Are Raising Grandchildren (As the Primary Caregiver)
11. Snapshot: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
12. Grandparents Play Many Roles
13. Experts Weigh In
14. Snapshot: Grandparents Today .
15. Snapshot: Teenagers Today
16. Resources for Parents and Grandparents .
17. Acknowledgments .



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First Friday Art Walk MAP by Lincoln Arts Council

Here is a nice map to see where all the art galleries are located.

Hope to see you tonight… And May 4th And June 1st And ….

April First Friday Art Walk Lincoln Arts Council.

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A Dream Come True – Misty Blue

When Arnold passed, Betty was down. Maybe adrift is a better word. Arnold was a solid character – someone you could count on. Of course she missed him – and still does but she is adjusting her life. We took her traveling – Paris was the first place – my mother came too. But Betty was just not quite in the mood to have a great time. You see, she and Arnold traveled a lot and maybe these new shoes just did not feel right.

One day, we heard Betty say that she wished she could be remembered for her music. At this point she was 78 and had never published anything. However, she had jotted down music for more than 250 tunes that came out of her love for playing piano. She had won some awards, too. The melodies just seemed to find her. We were not sure how her dream could come true but encouraged her to keep taking baby steps in that direction.

Betty looked for and found a piano teacher – Jim. She talked with him about her dream. Little did Betty know that Jim is a “Dream Maker!” He arranged Betty’s tunes so a local jazz band could play a couple of her songs in a downtown Lincoln bar. A Southeast Lincoln high school Swing Choir played her songs at a local retirement home. Word was getting out.

Betty’s cousin Jerrine sings with a Big Band in Colorado and knew how to get Betty’s music recorded. She encouraged Jim and Betty to find music professor Eric from the University who prepared her music for a 12 piece orchestra. Soon, a 5-song CD filled with Big Band music was born.

Jim also teaches dozens of vocal students and holds a recital each year. While talking to his senior students, he asked Austin what songs he would like to sing. Austin looked at Jim and said, “You probably can’t find the music but there was a song that I was supposed to sing last year for Swing Choir but I had to go to San Antonio. I think it was written by a lady from Lincoln and it was called ‘Misty Blue.’ It is a beautiful song and I would love to sing it.”

You can imagine Jim’s thoughts as he told Austin that he just might be able to help “find” the music – because Betty was his student, too.

Now imagine how Betty felt when this good looking, talented, young man sang his heart out at the recital. Betty was in tears because ‘Misty Blue’ is a song about missing a loved one. Not only did Austin sing Misty Blue with great passion, he chose it as the song he most wanted to sing. Betty’s music has already been remembered – her dream come true!

Betty’s CD release party was held at the Lincoln Country Club on August 31st and it was packed – standing room only. Cathy Blythe was the MC and the musical perfomances were outstanding. Fortunatley for us all, NETV was on hand to film the evening and will be aired on Nebraska Stories –

Arnold is Arnold Nieveen,  Betty is Betty Nieveen
Dream maker – Jim is Jim Koudelka,
Singer Austin is Austin Blankenau – Performance of Misty Blue on 8-20-11
Singer Jerrine is Jerrine Racek
Words for Misty Blue by Les Wallace
Arrangement for 12 piece Orchestra by – Eric Richard
NETV produce is Kay Hall

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