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Sometimes, life has lessons for us that we don’t truly appreciate until much later. Many years ago, when I was a very wet-behind-the-ears new doctor, I had the privilege of being part of the … more
Every day I’m excited to check out my garden, as things are really starting to get going now. I’ve gotten a few bell peppers and a couple salsa peppers, and my onions are ready and … more
If you’re a fisherman/woman or a boat enthusiast, you probably relate to the story of Jesus walking on the water. Many times, we are captivated by Jesus’s miraculous act, and we look past … more
Tails waving in the air, young calves frolic through the pasture as their mothers stand by, contentedly chewing their cuds. A cow bends to sniff her baby as it lies curled up, hiding in the grasses. … more
Last week, when I was in Sioux Falls to discuss reopening schools with parents and superintendents, I saw a great bulletin board in a 4th grade classroom. It said, “Put your positive pants … more
Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, with many people spending a lot of time at home, a wise friend told me that people will likely come out of this “a chunk, a hunk or a drunk.” So, … more
The temperatures have finally gone down, and I’m taking advantage of them while they last. I love all the seasons, but the low 70s are the perfect temperatures for me. The break in the heat has … more
“Do I HAVE to take a bath? But, I’m not dirty!” The age-old objection to soap and water has befuddled parents of every generation. Manufacturers responded to their pleas for help … more
When a group of forward-thinking South Dakota farmers decided more than 30 years ago to lobby for a corn checkoff program, they envisioned the vast achievements that could be made by earmarking one … more
As the calendar turns to August, we are getting closer to that time of year when kids go back to school. In South Dakota, our kids will be in classrooms this fall. I met with both parents and … more
People are intrigued by secrets. Secrets entertain us. Movies and television shows always have a secret to be revealed later in the show. If you knew the whole storyline from the beginning, the rest … more
Is there any aroma more tantalizing than that of homemade bread, fresh from the oven? The cinnamon-spice scent of warm apple pie could take a close second. During this stay-at-home time, people have … more
“Doctor, I need an x-ray.” As a rheumatologist, I hear this statement many times from patients who believe imaging will help determine the cause of symptoms, such as back pain or knee … more
My favorite doll growing up was my Cabbage Patch Kid named Sandy. She had long brown hair, freckles, a bright red dress with white polka dots and cute little ruffled bloomers, but my favorite part … more
We are living in very challenging days. Discernment of God’s will is even more challenging than before. Voices all around us declare that we must do this while others, full of the same … more
Since my time in Congress, I’ve had a good relationship with President Trump and his administration. We worked on tax reform together, he helped bring back fireworks to Mount Rushmore earlier … more
One of the first recipes I ever learned to play with was fajitas. Since I started out with baking, I had always thought you had to follow a recipe to the letter, no matter what. I’d tried … more
The crappies are biting in area lakes! This spring, more people are enjoying the water, picnicking, hiking and fishing. Across the nation there has been an increase in the number of fishing licenses … more
My friend broke my nose at an after-prom party in high school. It was nothing deliberate, such as fighting over a girl. Rather, we bumped heads while wearing those big round air-filled sumo wrestler … more
I came home to South Dakota after eight years serving in Congress because I love our state. I missed working with cows and horses. I missed our beautiful wide-open spaces.  But more than … more
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