About the Book
After a thirty-five-year teaching career at Rock County High School in Bassett, Nebraska, I retired and moved to Lincoln. In late 2000, Mariel Fegley, owner and editor of the Rock County Leader newspaper in Bassett, asked me to consider writing a column for the paper. She told me that she thought friends and former students back in Bassett would be interested in knowing about my life in Lincoln, especially since I was serving as a fraternity housemother on UNL’s East Campus. Because I loved to write and had worked closely with the Leader staff for some time while teaching the RCHS journalism class, I was interested. Additionally, I thought it might provide an opportunity to show how positive fraternity life could be.
About the Author
A native Nebraskan, Kay Lynn was born in Holdrege, grew up in Orleans, taught in Bassett, and now lives in Lincoln. A lifelong learner, she holds three degrees from the University of Nebraska: a bachelor’s in music education, a master’s in music, and a doctorate in leadership studies. She is a retired teacher of English and vocal music at Rock County High School; retired adjunct faculty in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication at UNL; retired National Housemother/Director Coordinator for Alpha Gamma Rho (a social/professional agricultural fraternity) after being Kappa Chapter’s housemother for eleven years; and retired columnist for Bassett’s Rock County Leader. She is president of Kalkowski Enterprises, Inc., part of Kalkowski Family Ranches in Boyd County, and mother of four sons, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her books include Life with Larry Kalkowski (2010), The Button Jar (2011), Heart Songs (2015), Roots and Stalks (2019), A Line a Day (2020), and Postcripts from a Pandemic (2022).