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Everyone needs a good story for coffee meetings with friends. Here are a couple of my favorites. Have a good time telling them! A seaman meets a pirate in a bar, and talk turns to their adventures on … more
Fairness in girls’ sports matters This week, the 2022 legislative session kicked off, and I presented my State of the State address to the people of South Dakota. I described how South Dakota is … more
I nibbled the last bits of meat off the chicken wing and laid the bones on the edge of my plate. The skin and the crispy coating were my favorite, fried and seasoned to perfection. I used my spoon to … more
On January 5th, I joined several state and local officials for a deployment ceremony honoring the 235th Military Policy Company. The unit from the South Dakota National Guard is heading to Guantanamo … more
In last week’s column, I spoke about the joyful events around the birth of Christ. This week I want to speak about how Christ is revealed to us as the light of the world. How did Jesus bring light … more
This would have to come as close as any written words to explain how I see my life, despite my mistakes and missteps. You're welcome to join me at the front of the train! The Train of Life At birth … more
Two days of sustained 40 mile-per-hour winds. “Gusts up to 50 miles-per-hour,” the weather radio droned this morning. “A wind advisory….” How long could it continue? No excited quacking … more
Imagine a condition with symptoms that present differently in each person who has it, and no currently approved lab test can definitively confirm the diagnosis. Imagine that the symptoms can flare up … more
It’s a new year, but it feels like a repeat of the past with COVID going around again. As usual, it seems like I never have enough time to get everything done. I start a new year, planning to get … more
This is a joyful time of year as we just celebrated the birth of Christ. We ought to take the time to reflect on the events that surround Christ’s birth.  As this joyful mystery of Christ’s … more
What does it mean to practice humanity in medicine? The phrase is used as a tagline and in book titles. Humanity and compassion in medicine is touted as something to aspire to, a noble … more
Last night, two pairs of headlights moved in and out of sight in the field across the road. Far into the night, an engine whirred as the machine rolled back and forth among the hills and valleys. … more
I honestly never knew that whether or not to put beans in chili was a debate until recently. I grew up thinking beans were always in chili, but I’ve seen a lot of recipes for no-bean chili lately. … more
I had a couple of free hours last Saturday and decided to run some errands and try to find a few last-minute Christmas gifts for my family. Walking into a local small business, I immediately spotted … more
Our parents grew up during the Great Depression. Later, they experienced the rationing of World War II. Being prepared for lean times was a way of life for them. Though Mom worked next to Dad on the … more
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We had a busy weekend with all of our Christmas gatherings with family and friends. It was great to see everyone, but I’m ready to get back to normal … more
This has to be some of the best advice I've ever gotten or given. I share it with you to tack to your refrigerator or bathroom mirror or cut out and put in a file somewhere you can find it when you … more
For generations, South Dakotans have held true to the values that make our state a special place to call home. I spend every day working to keep South Dakota a special place to live and strengthen it … more
A man approached a little league baseball game one afternoon. He asked a boy in the dugout what the score was. The boy responded, "Eighteen to nothing — we're behind." "Boy," said the spectator, … more
The tree was a sapling spruce. Dad cut it from the fence line in the west pasture. A homemade star of foil-covered cardboard sparkled on the top spire. Strings of popcorn and cranberries draped over … more
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