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This week was an especially exciting one for District 22 and the South Dakota State Fair. A group of Huron area citizens came to Pierre and provided materials that demonstrate a strong case for the … more
This week is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a season in which the people of God prepare for the day of Resurrection. Lent lasts for 40 days and nights, minus Sundays, … more
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt appealed to Americans to “make do” with what they had at the time. Throughout our country’s history, people have … more
With the bitterly cold temperatures we’ve been having, I think we are all looking for ways to stay warm. For me, it’s normally a big pot of coffee with lots of sugar and creamer. When I was a … more
What is required of a Christian? The question would receive a different response from every person of Christian faith to whom the question was asked. Dietrich Bonhoeffer would respond like this: … more
It’s been another long week for me dealing with COVID. I’m finally starting to feel better, but I’ve been worried about my dad who was in the hospital for a week dealing with his own COVID … more
“See if you can find five more of these.” Mom pressed a light brown button into my small palm, then resumed her stitching. The plastic circle was indented in the center and had four holes. A … more
Many people are familiar with the classic Abbott and Costello comedy skit “Who’s on First?” For those who are not familiar, the routine is a hilarious interaction between the two comedians as … more
Have you ever considered how when we were children we couldn’t wait to grow up and do all the things grownups do, but later, when our lives are full of responsibilities, we long for the days when … more
It’s been a long couple of weeks at our house. Both my husband and I tested positive for COVID, and between being in quarantine and not feeling like going anywhere, our pantry is getting cleaned … more
Am I alone in being disenchanted and impatient with social distancing? Am I unique in longing for the company of friends and family without a sense of guilt and danger? Is anyone else ready to go to … more
The feeling of pressure and pain in the front of the face around the eyes is all too familiar for millions of Americans. Our sinuses include four pairs of air-filled cavities above and below the eyes … more
Anyone who has met a child or a person with Down syndrome knows that they are a gift from God. Their beautiful smiles and unique personalities bring such joy and warmth into our lives. And yes, God … more
Across America these last several months, we have witnessed a very troubling situation where violent actors are trying to do an end-run around public discourse. This is done to intimidate and silence … more
The first week of the 96th Legislative Session is in the books. The first week is largely ceremonial, and no legislation has been considered yet in committees or on the floor of the Senate. It takes … more
meditationsWe’ve spent ample time pondering the various ways we “find” God in the world. And, we do, indeed, “find” God sometimes—not because God was missing, but because our own eyes and … more
Nothing is more memorable than a smell. Scent, memories and emotions are closely intertwined, and today, the aroma of a home is big business. Candles, diffusers, spritzers and soaps of various … more
America is grappling a difficult legacy. Our society was built by the blood and sweat of slaves, on land previously occupied by Native Americans. When we won independence, only white male property … more
With the weather getting colder, I’m doing a lot more baking. As always, I tend to stick with recipes that are quick and easy. The best ones for me are ones that you can dump everything in one … more
My sister’s eyes shone as she unpacked the last item from the box of outgrown baby things she had brought to share. “Oh, DeAnn, this was yours!” She held up a small pastel-green snowsuit. It … more
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