by Lynette Sheppard

September 09, 2012

This is the third time I’ve gone with best bud Theresa to see and photograph the Reno Hot Air Balloon Race. But this may be the first time I’ve actually experienced the full spirit of it.

The sight of colorful balloons rising in the high desert air, gliding gracefully on the breezes, and floating free cause my little photographer’s heart to go pitty pat and my shutter button to reach overdrive. It is truly awe… READ MORE


by Dewitt Jones

September 04, 2012

Many years ago I had to put down my dog and best friend, Strider. He’d been hit by a car and had broken his back. The vet said there was nothing he could do. “You can take him up to UC Davis,” he said, “ but even if the save him, he’ll never be able to walk again.” I couldn’t bear the thought of that (nor, I thought, could he) and made the decision. He died in my arms.

Over the years, I’ve often thought about that… READ MORE


by Lauri Gwilt

August 26, 2012

A work assignment that brings me to Nebraska for two weeks out of every four has given this Canadian a wonderful opportunity to become immersed not only in the passion and pride of American culture, but in the generous nature of the Heartland.  

It was my first Memorial Day, and one of my welcoming local friends invited me to join her, along with many other community members, to put up more than 900 American flags… READ MORE