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Welcome to the new column, “Leaving a Trail,” named for one of my favorite quotes: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo … more
I have a birthday coming up soon; Edgar Guest, as I may have mentioned before, is one of my favorites. This should be learned by every child and every adult who may not have learned it as a child. … more
Several years ago, my wife and I were asked to lead the junior high youth group in the church we were attending at the time. This was long before I had entered into full-time ministry. The pastor … more
I hope everyone’s garden is doing as well as ours is this year. We’ve had a steady supply of tomatoes and peppers, and I was surprised after our last picking to find some jalapenos. I thought I … more
My mother had six siblings, 16 aunts and uncles and innumerable cousins. She was the first of them all to be diagnosed with breast cancer. I think of my mom every time one of my patients tells me … more
I launched the “Freedom Works Here” nationwide workforce recruitment campaign in June to tell South Dakota’s story to America. South Dakota has seen unprecedented economic success … more
Our mother made a lot of quilts. She grew up in times when nothing was wasted. That included fabric. Many of her creations included pieces of material salvaged from lesser worn parts of shirts, … more
Have you ever been ashamed of anything in your lifetime? That’s almost a silly question, isn’t it? I think it’s fair to say all of us have done something we are ashamed of at some point in our … more
I have a birthday coming up soon; I’m 76 this year. I don't think I'm old, but I definitely "feel" it, especially since my stroke in April. I appreciate things more, which I didn't think was … more
Last weekend, my husband Josh and I decided to go to one of our old favorite restaurants in Sioux Falls and enjoy a good meal. It didn’t go quite as planned. We had a bad experience the last time … more
On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig said these famous words at Yankee Stadium, “For the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break that I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man … more
It all began one day long ago when I headed to the medicine cabinet for some aspirin. I searched the top shelf only to find a brand-new box. On the front was printed something about “new and … more
I think it’s fair to say that almost all of us have scars. We all have some sort of mark somewhere that serves as a reminder to us and to others of a traumatic incident that happened at some point … more
I’m not sure about everyone else, but I’m ready for the cool down they say is coming and some much-needed rain. I have a new rain barrel that has been sitting dry, and I’m getting tired of … more
Considering the vast divide we have in this country and the problems we face in the world, this story seems critical to our education. I'm not sure where I got it, but it's been in my files for a … more
My son is a Boy Scout. Hopefully, he will become an Eagle Scout like his dad, his grandpa, his uncle, not to mention 11 of the 12 men who walked on the moon. Whether he does or not, it has been an … more
The girl’s gaze swept up the hill before them, the hardest part of their one-and-a-half-mile trek to country school. It felt good to wear shoes after running barefoot all summer. Though the leather … more
The Great Seal of the United States contains a phrase — “E Pluribus Unum,” meaning “out of many, one.” Out of a nation filled with many different people of many different backgrounds comes … more
My wife is a quilter. She can't have enough cloth - of all colors. She calls it a "stash." So, this poem from Yvonne Hollenbeck is meaningful to me, and it may be to you as well. Oh! It also promotes … more
I have always had a soft spot for animals, and I’m blaming my lack of getting much done lately on a pair of brown eyes belonging to our last little black lab who hasn’t found a new home yet. The … more
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