tjohnston, Author at Redman's Work & Play

We’re expecting company, lots of company

  The month of August is usually filled with county fairs, picking sweet corn, and the sounds of cicadas singing Falls faint tune.  However this August will be a little different, because surrounded by an endless sea of crops and rolling sand hills, directly under the clearest of blue skies lies Alliance Nebraska, population 8,491 … Continued

What are we, to you?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the value of actual retail stores to you, the consumer. We know that you are changing, because we’re consumers too, but how do we accommodate you?  What are we, to you?   When Brian and I needed a new gas grill, we went to see Greg, our friend … Continued

Rolling out the red, concrete?

The front of our store is all torn up, the sidewalk is missing, there is no curb, parking spots are filled with excavators and cement trucks.  Dirt trenches, barricades, and detour signs have taken the place of customers. The yellow caution tape and orange cones would indicate something bad has happened, but really something very good … Continued

This internet thing, and the cranky toddler

“So, you want to sell things online, like Nike, or Amazon?”  “Nope”, I say,  “I want to sell things online like we do here, in our store.” And so begins the tale of how a little store, in a small town in Nebraska decided to “Go Online”. We had no idea what we were getting … Continued

Heritage Days!

Last week was Heritage Days here in our little corner of the world.  I have enjoyed this event since I was a little girl. From the first bullhorn asking people to move their cars so we could close down the streets, to the final bolt hitting the bricks as the last carnival ride is torn down, … Continued


So a couple times a week I get to go to a spin class.  Some of you may not know about spin, but essentially it is pedaling a stationary bicycle at varied resistance levels, sitting, standing or with your tail end hovering above the seat.  I say “get to go” because I feel better when … Continued

Our Amazing Customers

“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor … Continued

Senior Breakfast

Most of the churches in our community choose a day or time to honor their senior class before they graduate from high school.  This year, that day happened to be Mothers Day, and the juniors, along with their parents, prepared and served breakfast for those 17 graduating seniors and their families.  The meal is simple, pancakes, eggs, … Continued