Signature Author Series in The Woodlands, Texas

January 23, 2015By

Mary Kay will be a visiting author at the 10th annual Signature Author Series in The Woodlands, Texas on November 7th.

John Cooper Signature Series

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Let’s Talk: Share your story of the broom man!

March 13, 2014By

Let’s Talk: Share your story of the broom man!

From Vanity Insanity               

              The ride home was pretty much the same as the ride to church except that every once in a while Grandpa Mac would stop by Goodrich Dairy and get two chocolate malts for us. That night on our way home, we saw a small black man walking down Blondo Street with an armful of brooms and a white cane. Mac waved at the man. The old man, in a suit and tie, wearing a capped hat, held about five brooms over his shoulder. He moved the cane back and forth as he walked down the sidewalk.

            “That’s Reverend Livingston, Ben,” Grandpa Mac said quietly. “He’s a blind man who sells brooms for a living and preaches God’s word. Makes the brooms, too. The man’s a saint, a quiet little saint weaving around the city.”

            “He’s blind? How does he know if people are paying him the right amount of money?”

            “He just trusts them, I guess. I bought a broom from him when I was working downtown. He was walking around the UP building at lunch time, but I’ve seen him all over Omaha.”

 

LIVINGSTON WILLIS

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Let’s Talk: Where were you during the tornado of ’75?

January 21, 2014By

Let’s Talk: Where were you during the tornado of ’75?

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From Vanity Insanity:

As if we hadn’t already missed enough school, in May we had another unexpected break from the classroom since, barely an hour after school kids made it home for the day, some of the classrooms were no longer there. At about 4:15 p.m. on May 6, several major tornados, with winds gusting up to 260 miles per hour, decided to blow down the center of town, turn left on Seventy-Second Street, and swing by the Ak-Sar-Ben Racetrack and Archbishop Bergan Mercy Hospital before driving out of town and lifting at 4:38 p.m. The afternoon tour chopped a path across ten miles of streets and residences. Nearly a year after Elvis Presley sold out performances in his “Tornado over Omaha” concert tour of June 1974, the real-life tornado of ’75 caught our city’s attention.

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