Each week, Journal Star staffers will share what we’re listening to, reading, eating, watching, wearing or otherwise generally loving right now. These are real, actual ravings, not paid content.
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All-star cheer: This isn't the "rah rah" pompom cheer of old. It's an extreme sport with stunting, tumbling and dance and is one of the fastest-growing in the nation. My daughter goes to Nebraska Cheer Center, which in addition to having a beautiful new gym has amazing owners and coaches and some of the best athletes in Lincoln. Teams range from tiny (3-5 years old) to senior (through high school), and I love watching all of them perform.
-- Victoria Ayotte Brown
Simple Human Butterfly Step trash can. After years of searching, we finally found this dog-proof trash can. Sure, it is a little pricey at $160, but it is solid, sturdy, well-made, nice-looking and smarter than our two garbage hounds. I can’t begin to describe the peace of mind this brushed stainless steel contraption with its snout-proof top has brought to our home -- not to mention coffee grounds-free floors. I'm in love. Seriously!
-- Erin Andersen
The Pacific War. When thinking of the Second World War, my mind would typically hop the Atlantic to the battles splayed across Europe. That is, until I visited the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. Inspired by the impressive and remarkable 33,000-square-foot exhibition, I picked up the bestseller “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. I assure you, both the book and the museum are well worth the journey.
The book, a nonfiction tale of the life of Army Air Force bombardier Louis Zamperini, reads like a thriller. Beginning with an entertaining, quick-paced ride through his youth, the book takes a turn when the war begins and his plane goes down over the Pacific. The reader is left in page-turning suspense as life takes shape on an inflatable raft surrounded by endless ocean, circling sharks and relentless thirst. Just when the heavy weight of the realities of the war sets in on the reader, Hillenbrand smartly delivers a tiny victory to lift your spirit and keep you — and Zamperini — going. As I wind through the chapters of war, the book — just like the museum — has me eagerly reading in astonishment.
-- Kristin Streff