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I talk a lot about the American Dream. Unfortunately, that’s unusual these days. To me, the American Dream was an ideal that was embedded in my heart since I was a child. I think that had a lot to … more
I am so blessed to have friends who are talented wordsmiths. One such is Elaine Shipley in Fallon, Mont. Lainey has given me permission to use one of her musings.Inspiration and memories If at some … more
For many years the stage and the silver screen have dripped with dramatic scenes that involved a handkerchief. Shakespeare’s Othello killed his wife over a misunderstanding about a hanky. Bad guys … more
Before my junior year in high school, I returned from a Boy Scout canoeing trip to discover my sister had been killed in a car crash. I will never forget the sadness of the moment when I walked into … more
There is nothing better than homemade pasta sauce, but most of us don’t always have the time to take on making homemade sauces. Fortunately, there are several ways to make store-bought sauces taste … more
There’s a perception that South Dakota’s future is charted in Pierre. That’s where big decisions get made; where Governors have taken historic actions; where legislators go every … more
This may not relate to everyone, but for those who read printed ads or hear them on the radio or TV, today's notes will help with what one notices about advertised products.Advertising notes NEW - … more
“Oh, yoohoo! Could you please help little-ol’ me?” Picture the damsel in distress in the old movie. She twirls her ruffled parasol. She flutters her eyelashes and her lacy white handkerchief -- … more
As I was browsing at all the recipes I’ve shared so far, I realized I rarely share drink recipes. This is pretty crazy considering all the drink recipes I’ve collected throughout my time … more
After 40 years as a doctor interacting with patients, in the last two-and-a-half years the tables turned, and I have become the patient. Although most are good, I’ve found some doctors are … more
I’m hoping everyone in the nation gets on the bandwagon and follows us.” Those were the words of Ken Amundson, the president of Midwestern Mechanical in Sioux Falls. Ken’s company has had to … more
This may have been in before, but with spring training starting soon in Arizona, I had to dig this out. If you give a boy a baseball, he will want a bat to go with it. You’ll buy him the best bat … more
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect time to share a traditional Irish recipe and talk more about this special soda bread. For anyone born and raised … more
With each passing minute, the crowd grew. Seats filled quickly, and even the highest rows morphed from dark blue to a colorful blur of faces and movement. The chatter of excited fans buzzed through … more
When in life does one come to confront the tough truth that each of us will eventually die? In my years as an internist caring for young and old alike, some people understand this early, and some … more
From my friend Chris Isaacs ... nothing much needs saying other than the introduction: COWBOY POET CHRIS ISAACS I never I never saw the Old WestIt was gone before my time, Just the stories told by … more
The celebration of Presidents’ Day always brings attention to South Dakota. When people think of our state, they think of Mount Rushmore – and rightly so. In a lot of ways, that mountain is a … more
Last week’s blizzard kept me inside, but I was able to spend some time in the kitchen. I enjoyed baking for everyone … even our dogs! The weather forecast told us a blizzard was coming, but I … more
Long before the term “teachable moments” was coined, parents determined to prepare their children for life. No university class included such valuable lessons. Looking back I believe our folks … more
Valentine’s Day is about caring and supporting others. Last Friday, De Smet School hosted the regional in-service for the area teachers. The keynote speaker, Mitch Reed, spoke on Little Things That … more
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