Homestead National Historic Park

Recently I visited Beatrice and Lincoln in Nebraska. On that trip I went to the Homestead National Historic Park. There they have a heritage center which serves as a museum along with a few other historic buildings. If you get the NPS it provides more information on the park, their historic buildings, self guided tours, grave sight, and hikes.

One display at the heritage center was a framed picture of National Park Pins. It was a multitude of pins one man collected when visiting all the park. He hoped it would provide interest to others in seeing all of our country’s parks.

Well I got my very first pin for the homestead park, and I would like to visit more parks and gain more pins!

Finally please enjoy the pictures from my trip. The first picture is a description of the heritage center and park.


Final Halloween Double Feature

Happy Halloween!

Need a final double feature for the greatest holiday of the year?

Well, we have to go with the films that have the Holiday’s name.

Halloween (2018) and Halloween Kills is the Jacobs theater’s final double feature. Following the heroine Laurie Strode many years later; we get to see Michael Myers in today’s modern world. Rent the latest Halloween and find a theater for the newest edition, Halloween Kills, which just came out this October.

Have a happy Halloween everyone!

Halloween Double Feature Weekend 22-24

He’s here!

The Phantom of the Opera!!!

…er…or… Phantom of the mythical Jacobs Theatre

either or really

This weekend we are celebrating one of the original gothic horror stories. The Phantom of the Opera. Originally a book written in 1910 by Gaston Leroux (which he claimed until his death that it was based on a true story) there are now countless adaptations.

Starting our double feature weekend off we begin with the silent film The Phantom of the Opera from 1925 which helped inspire and to begin Universal’s monster movie universe. Perhaps you have heard of the movies Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf man, or Creature from the Black Lagoon? They owe it all the Lon Chaney as the Phantom in this silent film. The silent film can be found to stream all over.

The more well known version of the story is probably the 1986 musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Therefore, we are ending our double feature with The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary which is a recorded version of the musical in order to really get the correct theatrical feel!

So keep the hand at the level of your eyes as we journey into the pits of the Paris Opera house to find the musical man…or ghost. You can decide.

Halloween Double Feature Weekend October 15-17

We are celebrating the year 1990 here at the Jacobs Theatre for our third weekend of Halloween Double Features. Why are we celebrating 1990? Because why not? The rest of the world seems to be! So, stuff your fanny packs full of candy, feed your Tamagotchi before you leave, and throw your Back Street Boys CD out the window because we are heading to the movies.

This weekend is featuring Arachnophobia and Flatliners. Both films were released in the 1990s though you can find them on modern streaming services like Hulu today.

Get your tickets ready and tighten your scrunchies because it is going to be a wild and spooky night.

Halloween Double Feature Weekend of October 8-10

Welcome to another weekend of the Halloween Double Feature at the Jacobs’ Theatre!

We all know the story. A group of strangers meet at a house on an island. One is murdered. One is a murderer. Theres no escape! Find out who the murderer is before you are the next victim!

Thats right we are going with the most classic whodunnit of them all. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

This weekend’s double feature is actually a treat because it is two parts creating one epic story. Check out on Amazon Prime for the series of And Then There Were None by the BBC.

So grab your popcorn and watch your back. There is a killer on the loose.

Halloween Double Feature Weekends

Happy October!!!

October is my favorite month of the year because I get to celebrate the best holiday of all the holidays, Halloween! And I celebrate it all month long. Two years ago I began the Halloween Double Feature Weekends at the mythical Jacobs Theater. I’ve decided to take the event to the internet!!!

Each weekend in October the “Jacobs Theater” holds a night of two movies within the theme of Halloween. Often weekends had their own theme as well, such as women of the 80s, witchy weekend, or I scream, you scream, we all scream. I would present the movies with a promotional post, so the ticket holders (my friends) knew what was playing that weekend.

I’m very excited to share the Jacobs Theater’ Halloween Double Feature Weekends with you all. I hope you find the movies and enjoy them over the weekends too. So! Let’s get started.

Another year of Halloween Double Features have begun at the Jacobs Theater this fall, and we are starting it off right with the king of Halloween. No not Michael, not Freddy, but good old Tim.

Tim Burton has a plethora of ghoulish movies, but the Jacobs Theater is presenting Edward Scissor Hands and Corpse Bride this evening.

So grab the popcorn, grab your skeleton Jack socks, and light a pumpkin candle because Halloween Double Features have risen from the grave again.

End of Summer Vacation Ideas

It is almost fall!

My favorite season of all!

Though that does not mean I cannot day dream of a few end of summer vacation ideas.

It is the middle of September, and October is just around the corner. School is starting. Cold weather will be coming. So, why not have a last hurrah? Here is a list of ten of my favorite places I have visited. Both big and small. Perhaps one will spark an inspiration in you to have one final summer adventure.

  • Blue Bicycle Book Shop- A lovely bookshop I went to in Charleston, SC. It had a variety of new, used, rare, and signed books. Located in the Historic District around the King Street area there is also a lot of other local and chain shopping. Plus, many fantastic dining options. I go slightly more into detail here on my post about Charleston.
  • Middleton Place- Also on my visit to Charleston, SC. A historic plantation that not only offers a house tour, but also a stable tour, roaming sheep, restaurant, two gift shops, other historical buildings, Eliza’s story and the plantation’s history of slavery, and multiple gardens with wildlife. Again, check out the Charleston blog post here for more information.
  • Jaliscos- The best Mexican restaurant in Hays, Kansas. Perhaps your end of the summer vacation is all about food. Hit up Jaliscos. I highly recommend the queso and pollo bandido.
  • The Market Shop- One of the best small business home stores I know. Located in downtown Salina, Kansas, so one can shop many other great local stores in the area. They have a cottage vibe to their home decor goods. Also, many other fun items such as hilarious tea towels, baby gifts, and clothing. I write about them for having great puzzles in my post here.
  • Wonders of Wildlife- Located in Springfield Missouri; this is actually an amazing museum/aquarium/zoo/wildlife center by a Bass Pro Shop. Being a public historian geek; I was amazed with how well they set up the museum flow. Plus, you see so many animals and fish. Truly feel like you are on an actual adventure. Did I mention you can feed manta rays?
  • Windsor Castle- Here is a big adventure, and may be hard to visit in COVID times, but oh well! Windsor Castle in England is one of the most amazing places I have seen in my life. Honestly, I could go into detail about it for paragraphs, but ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING PLACES I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFE… pretty much sums it up.
  • National World War I Museum- Located in downtown Kansas City (which is just an amazing area in itself to visit) It does not look like much from the outside, but when you step inside you see why it is the leading authority in the country on World War I. Not only is the museum exquisite and beautifully set up for visitors; it also houses a gift shop, cafes, archives and libraries, a full on no man’s land trench, a poppy field inside the building, and also a monument tower which you can ride an elevator to the top to have one of the best views of Kansas City.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art- Art. So much art. You will not get through this museum in a day there is that much amazing art. I have been twice, and I do not think I have seen the entire museum. Not only paintings and sculptures though. You could see pieces of furniture, knight’s in shining armor, or fabulous gowns. Plus, a wonderful representation of different ethnicities and cultures. Located in NYC.
  • The Wizard’s Thatch- Yet again, we visit overseas. Unless you do not live in North America…then never mind. Located in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth and resting place of Williams Shakespeare. It is essentially a knock off Harry Potter store. But, its a damn good time. Not only will they send your letters by owls, but they also offer spells, wands, brooms, and many other magical items for sale. I absolutely bought a butter beer from their cafe inside. And again, there is great shopping surrounding the area. Just honestly visit Stratford-upon-Avon all together. Great town.
  • The Majestic Theatre- Finally, my favorite theatre in the world. The home of the best musical in the world. Phantom of the Opera. At the moment… it is very closed due to the pandemic. However, I would feel unfaithful if I did not put it on the list. Hosting the longest running broadway musical; you get the epitome of New York Broadway style in this place. When the show is open I highly suggest going to visit. Hey, visit the outside of theatre even if it is not open.

Though I love the places I have been… I thought I would still offer a list of places I want to go. Perhaps you can get there before me and let me know how amazing they are.

  • Arizona… literally anywhere in Arizona
  • The Grand Canyon
  • A portion of Route 66
  • Derry, Northern Ireland
  • The Pyramids of Giza
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
  • The Evil Knievel Museum
  • Tuscany
  • The giant Van Gogh Painting in Goodland, Kansas.

The Dusty Bookshelf

The Dusty Bookshelf in Manhattan, Kansas (there is also one in Lawerence, Kansas) is located in Aggieville on 700 N Manhattan Ave. Newly renovated after a devastating fire in 2017; the store sells and trades high quality used books, sells books online using various platforms, has a monthly literary calendar, a scholarly collection, and will gladly give you suggestions on the spot in the store.

Personally, The Dusty Bookshelf is one of (if not) my favorite bookstores of all time. Not only do you have a chance to purchase books at a local and independent bookstore, but you also get a place to relax, read, work, and meet like minded humans. Sitting areas are spread throughout the establishment. Assorted coffee and cookies are always on sale for purchase. Of course, I went for my usual chai tea latte, and The Dusty Bookshelf’s chai does not disappoint.

Besides books that are reasonably priced; they also sell games, puzzles, notebooks, stickers, pins, and other knick knack items.

My last books purchased there were Calm the F*ck Down: How to Control What You Can and Accept What You Can’t So You Can Stop Freaking Out and Get On With Your Life which is a hilarious and understanding take on how to deal with anxiety, and Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library for only $5!!! I said reasonably priced!!

There are many genres of books in the store including, fiction, non-fiction, best sellers, history, young adults, children, spiritual and religion, self help, art, horror, mystery, sci-fi, and I definitely feel like I am missing some. Guess you will have to stop by to see the rest.

I highly suggest going to The Dusty Bookshelf whether it be for books, coffee, gifts, or community. If you cannot stop in check our their website where you can read more about the bookstore’s history, buy gift cards, see upcoming events, or shop for some of their items. Finally, they have a great instagram page to follow, as well.

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Our last author being spotlighted not only wrote the book I am currently reading, but wrote one of my favorite books of all time, Daisy Jones and The Six. Our last amazing female author is Taylor Jenkins read. Well known for Daisy Jones and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo; Reid also has written four other novels plus her newest that came out this summer, Malibu Rising.

I read Daisy Jones and fell absolutely in love. It is the book I recommend to anyone who asks for a book recommendation. You actually feel like you are watching a documentary on a 1970s rock band instead of reading a book. I want to jam to Daisy Jones and the Six songs so bad. Thankfully, I might get to soon. The book is becoming a series on Amazon Prime in the future with Sam Claflin from the Hunger Games in it.

I am currently reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and am loving it, as well. Written in a different writing technique it still follows an idea of famous people being interviewed like Daisy Jones and The Six. I love how realistic Reid makes her writing. Even with Evelyn Hugo I still feel like I am almost watching something as opposed to reading something.

Finally, next on my to read list is Malibu Rising, Reid’s latest novel. I enjoy that it uses a character from Evelyn Hugo. I also like the idea that Reid is creating her own world of celebrities within her books. I am subscriber to book of the month (which I also highly suggest), and my June book was Malibu Rising. Goodreads summarizes the story as the following.

Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva. The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth. Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there. And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone. By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.”

Go get a Taylor Jenkins Reid book, and let yourself be enamored with her world of celebrities and stars taking you on wild rides.

Female Author Spotlight Day 4

Sally Rooney.

““Life offers up these moments of joy despite everything,”

-Normal People

Another book that has taken TV watchers by storm is Normal People by Sally Rooney. I will admit that is how I was introduced to her last year in our global quarantine. I loved the show on Hulu which I believe is a great adaptation of the book. So, if you want more Marianne and Connell in your life; I’m starting my Sally Rooney post with a recommendation of Normal People right away.

Sally Rooney is an Irish author, poet, and screenwriter. Her first two novels Conversations with Friends and Normal People have been a commercial success. One already a television series, and the other on its way to becoming one. With only two novels, and one coming; she is considered one of the best millennial writers. Did I mention she has accomplished all of this by the age of thirty? If that’s not an inspirational female author kicking butt then I do not know what is. She also has quite a few works in short fiction, poetry, and essays if you are craving more Rooney in your life.

I am a Sally Rooney fan for how she creates normal people (was that a pun?) who are yet still very unique seen struggling with what can be intense problems that appear normal by her writing. (did that make sense?) Her writing really implies the idea of we all want to feel normal even though we appear normal to others, but are still rather our own amazing individuals. I also enjoy how she explores seemingly uneventful moments in life, and then makes them extraordinary in her writing. Events such as a dinner on a Saturday, email responses, drinking a cup of tea, or enjoying literature. Who wants to read a book about that as opposed to wizard and aliens battling it out right? I do. Especially if Sally Rooney is writing it. Sure, her characters can be flawed, but who isn’t? I read her books, and my boring life seems like it could be something fantastical. The fact that I write a blog on my oak desk surrounded by my collections of books and trinkets from adventures sipping on a chai tea latte just became a sensational beginning to a story instead of an act of daily life. I mean isn’t that what everyone wants to feel about their life? I think Rooney gives one the ability to start romanticizing their lives to then allow them to become even more happy with themselves. You want to feel you are unique and normal while reading a riveting story; go get a Sally Rooney novel.

Conversations With Friends

“Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed, and darkly observant. A college student and aspiring writer, she devotes herself to a life of the mind–and to the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi, her best friend and comrade-in-arms. Lovers at school, the two young women now perform spoken-word poetry together in Dublin, where a journalist named Melissa spots their potential. Drawn into Melissa’s orbit, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman’s sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband. Private property, Frances believes, is a cultural evil–and Nick, a bored actor who never quite lived up to his potential, looks like patriarchy made flesh. But however amusing their flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy neither of them expect. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally even with Bobbi. Desperate to reconcile herself to the desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances’s intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new: a painful and disorienting way of living from moment to moment.”


Last, but not least, Sally Rooney has a new book coming out in September of this year. The new novel is called Beautiful World, Where Are You. Here is blurb from Goodreads to get you excited as me.

Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?”