From Lied Lodge

Night 1 of the annual Christmas expedition. Our family is strung out from Texas across Oklahoma and into Kansas, my native state. Nobody wants to visit us at Fargo in winter–go figure. So this time of year we drive south to spend Christmas in Texas, then work our way north for New Year’s in Kansas. This involves a deer hunt in Barton County just before heading home. Angie the History Dog and Willa the Book Beagle are with us–they are great travelers, especially Angie. Tonight we’re at Lied Lodge, Nebraska City, our favorite port of call on the Missouri River. We got here later than we hoped, but in time to have a splendid supper in the lounge and to spend some time writing and editing in the lobby before the massive stone fireplace. The Ladies are sleeping in the truck.

We never really leave work behind, but on this expedition, it defers to family and restorative time. Tomorrow we drive on to Fort Worth. I’m doing most of the driving so far, as Dr. K is on the rebound from cataract surgery this week (which seems to have been successful, thanks).

Blessed holidays to all.

Thomas D. Isern

Professor of History & University Distinguished Professor, North Dakota State University

2 thoughts on “From Lied Lodge

  • December 23, 2023 at 6:24 am

    Glad to learn Suzzanne is recovering. Please travel safely. Talk to you in the new year.

    • December 25, 2023 at 1:29 pm

      I’m particularly glad ZZ is recovering, and swiftly! It was a hard drive through rain getting to Texas, but she took over when I played out. Amazing improvement already in her far vision and night vision. A wonderful Christmas to you and your house, with a great new year to follow.


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