Previewing the February episode of Nebraska stories was definitely enjoyable.  While I had heard about each topic, I definitely was further enlightened by watching the show.  I am going to post the “official” summary (provided to me by NET) and then follow up with my own perspective on each of the four segments.

o    A rangeland ecologist takes viewers on a walk through the wild lands of the Wildcat Hills — a landscape that is a co-existence of prairie and mountain ecosystems, featuring rolling hills, rocky formations and habitats for unique plant and animal species.

Despite being a lifelong Nebraska resident, I had never heard of the Wildcat Hills until I read an article about this area in the January/February 2013 issue of Nebraska Life magazine.  I was intrigued then, but after watching this segment, I was even more convinced that we need to visit this area that is located near Gering.  Ruggedly beautiful!

o    We follow a group of Nebraska Korean War veterans on a visit to the war memorial in Washington, D.C., that honors their service and sacrifice in the conflict dubbed The Forgotten War.

This segment made me a bit misty-eyed.  I am so grateful for all that veterans have done for our country.  We often are quick to admire “The Greatest Generation,” as we should, yet I can definitely understand why many soldiers from the Korean conflict feel neglected.  After all, they cannot even claim victory, other than through their own heroics.  I am SO thankful that the Heartland Nebraska Honor Flight organization, based out of Omaha, is showing long-deserved appreciation to these brave veterans!   Evidently this is just one aspect of what Patriotic Productions does to keep freedom and liberty alive in Nebraska.

o    We also meet young Atkinson, Neb., native Jack Hoffman — who suffers from brain cancer — and his family as they discuss his fight against the disease and his now-famous Husker touchdown run.

I am definitely a Husker football fan, but the players’ performances at the 2013 UNL spring game definitely paled in comparison to Jack Hoffman.  I enjoyed learning a little bit more about his family.  I especially admire how they have turned their family’s trials into dedication to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer.  Team Jack is having their first annual Gala on March 8th in Lincoln.  If you would like to support this wonderful cause, you can find out more information on their website.  And just in case you have never seen his run, click below please to be inspired!

o    As part of an international experiment, Omaha artists decorate pianos which are rolled out around the city, resulting in impromptu street concerts of all types of music.

Lori Elliott-Bartles decorated this piano, which will be placed at the south stairs of Memorial Park Aug. 24 through Sept. 8.

Photo taken from Oh, My! Omaha‘s site (used with permission)

I found out about this fun event from my blogging friend’s website last summer  (Oh, My! Omaha!: Play Me, I’m Yours).  Since we had recently made a trip to Omaha and had a crowded schedule, I was disappointed when it was not realistic for us to make it to see these amazing pianos in person.  As I mentioned before, our family is quite musical and would have enjoyed seeing these in person.  (Of course, I would have wanted to see all 10 pianos, which may have not been as much fun for my younger kids especially!)  Seeing these pianos in action on this segment was almost as good as going in person.  I was unfamiliar with the Omaha Creative Institute before seeing this segment – they seem to have a lot to offer the art community!

One last note of importance …

·          “Nebraska Stories,” latest episode airs on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 9 p.m. CT on NET1. There are several repeats of the February “Nebraska Stories” including Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. CT; Saturday, Feb. 15, at 9:30 p.m. CT; Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. CT; and Sunday, Feb. 23, at 6 and 10:30 p.m. CT. on NET-1.  Below is a preview link of the show.

Nebraska Stories February 2014

I hope you get a chance to watch and enjoy!

Author: neodyssey