Power Yoga–A Redefining Twist


Ok, so I’m a health nut. I have a passion for a healthy lifestyle: physically, mentally, emotionally and most important, spiritually. I’ve always been into running and lifting weights; there was always a race I was training for. Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t stay active to set any world records, or even beat previous race times. I’m a social butterfly, and participating in events like a 5k … [Read more...]

An Amazing Spring Journey


Growing up on a farm in western Nebraska, spring has always held a special place in my heart. There is nothing better than the smell of a freshly worked field or spotting that first tiny sprig of green poking through the flowerbed after a long, cold winter. Nothing beats the elation of finding the first “Easter Egg” of the year (my family’s term for baby calves) or hearing meadowlarks chirp … [Read more...]

Serving Customers is a Piece of Cake

Piece Of Cake

Tom Osborne helmed one of the greatest dynasties in college football. (As a lifelong Iowa fan, let me just apologize briefly to my parents for making that statement.) He surrounded himself with assistants who were loyal to the program and to his process, which was to take good players and make them a great team. Many assistants were with him for more than a decade, building traditions and earning … [Read more...]

Holey Socks and a Few Elephants


My mother darned socks with a light bulb. If you don’t know what I mean, envision an incandescent light bulb pushed into the tattered heel of a sock until the squiggly General Electric logo pops into view. Mom would sit in her favorite recliner beneath the milky flush of a floor lamp and dutifully stitch the chasm closed in a crisscross pattern of heavy thread. Dad’s Sunday socks. Brother’s … [Read more...]

People + Passion = Power


Hello to all you BYO faithful! Let me introduce myself. My name is Kolby, and I work as a Human Resources representative with Nebraska Public Power District. I was born in-and raised in-the good life with a view of NPPD’s largest and most efficient power plant, Gerald Gentleman Station, from my front porch. Growing up, I had no idea what NPPD was or that it was even possible for a gal like me to … [Read more...]

Quiet Upholders


As an NPPD employee, it was with great pride—and maybe a twinge of envy—that I read Jamie Becker’s January 28 Behind Your Outlet blog about the rewards of restoring power to storm customers in a time of need. I’m a Nebraska farm girl, and the man who shook Jamie’s hand when his power was restored could easily have been my dad. It made me think that my behind-the-scenes position as an architect for … [Read more...]

Invest in Safety–The Payback is Outstanding


It was 1977, and I was 18 years old, straight out of high school. I thought Bob Seger was talking about me when he sang: “I was 18, didn't have a care. Working for peanuts, not a dime to spare. But I was lean and solid everywhere. Like a rock. My hands were steady, my eyes were clear and bright. My walk had purpose. My steps were quick and light. And I held firmly to what I felt was right. … [Read more...]

A Real Gut Check


I rang up my entry into the New Year in a way I never projected – in a hospital awaiting gallbladder surgery. Don’t worry, I’m OK, but as I was getting to the point that an operation could be performed, I lay in a hospital bed either reading a book or watching TV, or awaiting the next nurse’s visit to draw blood, take my temperature or blood pressure. Suddenly, a thought that intrigued me … [Read more...]

Always There When You Need Us


Nebraska is a great place with many seasons, sometimes experienced in the same month or week. As a young child on the farm my favorite season was always winter. Warming up by the wood stove after helping my dad do chores on our farrow- to- finish hog operation. I was ignorant of the hardships winter dealt as I only had to watch innocently as my dad would freeze his hands thawing out waterers and … [Read more...]

Beefy Electricity


A little while back I bought a quarter of beef at a church auction. Afterwards, I was checking space in the freezer. It had been a good summer with the garden so it was full of stewed tomatoes, okra, broccoli, pumpkin, cherries, and the most recent irresistible selection of Schwan’s ice cream. The freezer isn’t very large and I wasn’t sure that all the beef would fit. Then the beef arrived and … [Read more...]