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I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. I definitely enjoyed Easter Day with my family for so many reasons. First, I don’t think we could have asked for nicer weather. There was no snow or … more
Every year I anticipate and very much appreciate a gift from my husband: a small bottle of my favorite perfume. If I am really, really careful, I can make that beautiful scent last the entire year. … more
The patient knew something was wrong. After appointments with several specialists, multiple scans and tests, she was given a diagnosis. Still, she felt certain something was not right. I sat down … more
“Make sure Mama Kitty gets plenty to eat. She’s looking pretty thin,” Dad instructed me one afternoon in late March. I stared at the floor for a moment. She was not thin last night when I fed … more
Everyone knows that I am willing to fight for what I believe in. Some have even accused me of fighting too much! And one fight that I’ve taken on for years is fairness in women’s sports. And … more
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go away, I will send him to you.” John … more
Easter is right around the corner, and plans are starting to be made. As I was browsing through my recipes to decide what to take to our family gatherings, I was reminded of the time I decided to try … more
I recently had the privilege of hearing from two impressive young South Dakota college students. Hattie Seten is the Students’ Association President at South Dakota State University, and she was … more
The Golden Age of Millinery was nearing the end of its sparkle when I was born in the fifties. Headdress as fashion began during the Industrial Revolution and continued through mid-twentieth century. … more
Saint Patrick’s Day is here, and I thought I should share a good recipe to celebrate the day. Unfortunately, I’ve realized I don’t have any recipes for the occasion, so I had to search for a … more
I was drying supper dishes and made the mistake of mentioning to Mom that I had a book report due tomorrow. Actually the report was done; I just needed to type it. She offered to finish dishes. I … more
As a primary care physician, I walk with my patients as they face many of life’s challenges. Facing the diagnosis of dementia may be one of the hardest. Any chronic illness involves loss, but … more
“You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.” John 15:16 During this … more
This week, the 2021 legislative session came to a close. In South Dakota, we keep things short; the session lasts a maximum of 40 legislative days. Every bill gets a hearing, its opportunity to be … more
Whenever someone is admitted to the hospital, they are asked to stipulate their “code status.” Levels of code status include full code, meaning resuscitate and intubate if required; as well as … more
I’ve been enjoying the warmer temperatures we’ve been having, but it sounds like they will be ending soon. With the nice weather, I’ve been pretty lazy with making desserts, so I have more time … more
Dinner warmed on the back burner of the cook stove. Potato soup left from last night’s supper. And there was fresh bread. Though her husband was late, she waited to eat with him. He would need a … more
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place … more
Week eight was a whirlwind of exciting activity in the House. Even caucus sessions are longer as priorities are examined very closely now, as to which spending bills should get the most importance. … more
March 10th is a tough day. On March 10, 2020, South Dakota diagnosed our first 5 cases of COVID-19, including our first death. For many of us across the state, life changed that day as we adapted to … more
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