A Last Thanksgiving Thought

All are home now if they traveled far to family. The meals are digested. The work week begins our cycles anew, with all the usual commitments, enthusiasms, and furors. We were in Nebraska, with Julia’s family. From my sister-in-law Anne, I received this by email. It was a sad day for me, thinking about all […]

Ethnic Cleansing in the United States, Historic & Contemporary

. I tried to keep up with posting while in Nebraska last week, but then the pace of the workshop – the NEH Legacies and Landmarks of the Plains Native Americans, conceived and hosted by Central Community College – was fourteen-hours-a-day relentless, with lots of travel and a couple of times, by night, I confess, […]

How We Lived on It (22) – Broken Bow, Nebraska

Julia Dean, of this blog, was born in the town of Broken Bow,  population 3,491 (give or take), in Custer County, Nebraska. The town’s environs are home to Nebraska’s largest cattle feedlot. Julia’s father, Henry Judson “Bud” Dean, a sign painter, was once the mayor of Broken Bow. His grandfather, James R. Dean was an […]