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My last conversation with Grandpa was over the phone. He was sick and dying. I was 1,200 miles away in residency, learning how to be a family physician. I was not going to make it home in time to see … more
One year ago, I happened to see an ad asking for volunteers to help keep the newspaper going in town. Although I wasn’t exactly sure how I could help, I thought I could offer to volunteer a couple … more
Wood clunked on wood as Mom angled into the door and rested the bulky panel on the floor. She sucked in a big breath, grasped both sides and lugged it into the kitchen. The white fabric-covered board … more
Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. I Corinthians 11:1Saturday night was bath night at our house. First, a small amount of water was put in the tub, and the baby had her bath. Then, more water and … more
From the beginning, the story of the U.S. auto industry has been one of ingenuity, of taking risks and of pushing forward. At the dawn of the twentieth century, most Americans could hardly comprehend … more
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” The phrase came into use in the early part of the 20th century. At that time the words commended the effectiveness of graphics in advertising. It is … more
Last year at this point, the valley of the dry bones story was one of the appointed readings for Sunday worship. Those bones in the valley were very dry, but we had an even worse situation in the … more
The United States of America has a truly unique and wonderful history. Our nation was the first to be founded on an ideal: that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator … more
Back pain can be disabling, not only in terms of employment but also in terms of social connections. This point was never clearer to me than when I saw Maria, a 56-year-old experiencing severe low … more
It feels like it took forever, but it feels like things are finally starting to improve. The temperatures are getting higher, and I’m enjoying more time outside. COVID restrictions are being … more
“We need a dishwasher,” I sighed as I reluctantly stacked the plates on the table and carried them to the counter, plopping them down with a bit more force than necessary. I knew there was no … more
There’s a group. There’s a defined group of people that God, the Father, has given to Jesus Christ. The Father chose these people. He did not choose everyone. He chose some and not others to come … more
In South Dakota, we help our neighbors. It’s just part of who we are. My parents instilled that in me at a very young age. We’d check on families in our community who were struggling. In fact, … more
Artists and medical personnel both know the importance of art. The famous nurse Florence Nightingale once said, “Variety of form and brilliancy of color in the object presented to patients are an … more
I am getting pretty tired of this cold weather, but it looks like it will finally be warming up soon. While I wait for the warmer weather, this is the perfect time to get some extra baking done. Once … more
Jesus speaks in two different ways. Sometimes, he tells you what to do. We call these commandments. There are some really famous commandments. You get the Ten Commandments from Moses. Those are big … more
A spoon full a day keeps the doctor away. Our parents took a preventative approach to child health care, which included a daily dose of cod liver oil for Deloris and Donald. “It’s good for … more
South Dakota’s jobs market is booming. Our unemployment rate is the lowest in America. Businesses are moving to our state in large numbers. But we’re always looking for ways to continue to the … more
Nowadays, we are becoming familiar with telemedicine, or health care services provided electronically via the Internet. In rural settings, telemedicine helps provide specialty care to patients … more
I ripped open the envelope and pulled out the piece of paper. It was a check. I stared at the numbers for a few seconds, and soon the wheels in my head, treaded with dollar signs, began turning. We … more
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