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This past week has been crazier than usual. I’ve been working more hours than usual, trying to keep up with my suddenly growing garden and a wedding to top things off. For those of you who don’t … more
When patients and their families are asked to meet with palliative care specialists, it commonly triggers a wide range of emotions. Some may feel uncertainty about having an additional care team … more
“We have to look at your garden before we go, Mabel.” Summer guests at our home loved to see Mom’s garden. It was beautiful. With a little help from the kids and Dad, Mom raised potatoes, … more
I have a request for you today. Don't read your Bible. If I could put the big eye surprised emoji here, I would. Surprised? Relieved? Angry at worst? Curious at best? There have been many days in my … more
America is the land of opportunity. We’re a nation where anyone can make anything of themselves if they work hard and play by the rules. But when those rules are abandoned – when we lose respect … more
Does anyone else ever go searching for a specific recipe, only to find themselves sidetracked by all the other recipes they find along the way? I follow a bunch of different recipe sites online, and … more
Twenty thousand years ago, a glacier covered eastern South Dakota. On its amazing trek over mountain ranges, it broke off, moved and deposited rocks. The rocks varied in size and shape and mineral … more
Do you remember the Looney Tunes cartoons? Are you old enough to remember waiting for Saturday morning so that you could sit in front of the console television that was as big as your refrigerator … more
In the past when Americans were planning their vacations, their top destinations were always beaches and big cities. For the first time in decades, that’s changing. Now, the American people want to … more
Examples of accelerating scientific progress abound in human history. Mendel’s experiments with plants demonstrated inheritance in the mid-1800s. Over the next 100 years, researchers across the … more
When we have guests coming over, I always try to make something special for them. This weekend we had a guest who specifically asked me to make potato salad. I’ve never made potato salad, but I … more
Nancy Sinatra boldly proclaimed the purpose of her boots in her song back in 1966, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin.’” A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stated that when you see someone putting … more
But, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:17 Is the United States of America exceptional? Is such a statement quantifiably true? Does empirical evidence support such a … more
One of the main reasons why we study history is to learn from both our triumphs and our mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes are painful to admit, but we study them nonetheless so that we can ensure … more
We finally got some measurable and much-needed rain Saturday. With the extremely dry conditions we’ve been having, I think it was appreciated by everyone. I know it was impossible for me to … more
An unusual silence hovered over us as we sat at the supper table that night in early May. A warm breeze drifted into the kitchen window, a reminder of the heat of the past week. Heat and wind that … more
Water is an essential gift from God. Did you know that there is the exact same amount of water on the earth today as there was when God created it? This summer has reminded us of the tremendous … more
America’s meat supply is a matter of national security. If we don’t control our own food supply, then we don’t control our own destiny. South Dakota feeds the world, and we do it better than … more
With the recent rain and hopefully more on the way, gardens will be taking off soon. I know my garden is full of blossoms and the start of some vegetables, but I haven’t gotten anything out of it … more
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the … more
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