Ten years ago, Lance Schwartz began producing human interest stories highlighting 'the good life' here Nebraska.
When Lance's Journal debuted on April 13th, 2004, he had no idea that it would be the first of 500 episodes.
Since then, he's highlighted hundreds and hundreds of noteworthy Nebraskans.
And speaking of noteworthy Nebraskans...he takes us back to the roots of his story-telling career as he visits with the best story teller he's ever known...his mom.
Marcia Schwartz learned to appreciate the power of a tantalizing tale at an early age, "My mother was a teacher and she liked to tell stories and I can still remember her standing at our bedroom door and telling us stories at bedtime and I think that love of a story has just come on down through the generations."
Marcia taught English at Falls City Sacred Heart for 25 years, "It was always fun to watch them under the spell and the power of a good story."
After she retired from teaching, Marcia continued to pursue her passion, "I thought, 'I've always had this dream, I wanted to write some stories and maybe get them published. Eventually, I contacted a children's publisher and they published this book, Lobo and the Rabbit Stew.'"
She was 71 years old when her first book went to press, "I know that young people say, 'You're kind of old to be writing these,' and I say, 'Well, I'm the Grandma Moses of story telling."
Marcia has had 5 books published over the past 4 years, "I feel blessed and honored. And I've found that it's fun to go out on the road even and give little talks and share these stories with other people."