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Ken Winston, a life-long Nebraskan and a parent of an adult child and two teenagers, has had a private law practice since 1999 and is the policy advocate for the Nebraska Sierra Club and the Nebraska Library Association. Born and raised in Rushville, Ken has degrees from UNL and the University of Nebraska College of Law. He was on the staff of the Nebraska Legislature for 17 years, working for Senators Chris Beutler, Peter Hoagland and Stan Schellpeper. Ken believes it is important to do everything we can to protect our vital natural resources on behalf of our children and all those who will follow us. In his spare time, Ken enjoys running with his dog, playing guitar, singing in the church choir – and writing!
Dad had Parkinson’s disease, or at least that’s what the doctors said. In most of my memories he is slumped over in a chair, or bent over, struggling to walk. In later years he needed help to do almost everything. I hated all of that. I was ashamed of him then and I feel the shame rushing back in as I think about it now.
“For surely it is a magical thing for a handful of words, artfully arranged, to stop time. To conjure a place, a person, a situation, in all its specificity and dimensions. To affect us and alter us, as profoundly as real people and things do.” – Jhumpa Lahiri
In front of the living room window, the young woman liked to sit in her favorite oak rocking chair singing to her baby girl, and peek at Hazel’s face when she was out in her yard raking leaves. Hazel’s face was like watching an old movie, or reading a topographical map where contour lines take you some place you’ve never been before. One afternoon when the young woman was at the window again, she saw Hazel lean over, pick up two pie tins, and start banging them together like a crazy person. A little black and white rat terrier came busting around the corner. The young woman didn’t know what to think of Hazel.
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