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“Do I HAVE to take a bath? But, I’m not dirty!” The age-old objection to soap and water has befuddled parents of every generation. Manufacturers responded to their pleas for help … more
When a group of forward-thinking South Dakota farmers decided more than 30 years ago to lobby for a corn checkoff program, they envisioned the vast achievements that could be made by earmarking one … more
As the calendar turns to August, we are getting closer to that time of year when kids go back to school. In South Dakota, our kids will be in classrooms this fall. I met with both parents and … more
People are intrigued by secrets. Secrets entertain us. Movies and television shows always have a secret to be revealed later in the show. If you knew the whole storyline from the beginning, the rest … more
Is there any aroma more tantalizing than that of homemade bread, fresh from the oven? The cinnamon-spice scent of warm apple pie could take a close second. During this stay-at-home time, people have … more
“Doctor, I need an x-ray.” As a rheumatologist, I hear this statement many times from patients who believe imaging will help determine the cause of symptoms, such as back pain or knee … more
My favorite doll growing up was my Cabbage Patch Kid named Sandy. She had long brown hair, freckles, a bright red dress with white polka dots and cute little ruffled bloomers, but my favorite part … more
We are living in very challenging days. Discernment of God’s will is even more challenging than before. Voices all around us declare that we must do this while others, full of the same … more
Since my time in Congress, I’ve had a good relationship with President Trump and his administration. We worked on tax reform together, he helped bring back fireworks to Mount Rushmore earlier … more
One of the first recipes I ever learned to play with was fajitas. Since I started out with baking, I had always thought you had to follow a recipe to the letter, no matter what. I’d tried … more
The crappies are biting in area lakes! This spring, more people are enjoying the water, picnicking, hiking and fishing. Across the nation there has been an increase in the number of fishing licenses … more
My friend broke my nose at an after-prom party in high school. It was nothing deliberate, such as fighting over a girl. Rather, we bumped heads while wearing those big round air-filled sumo wrestler … more
I came home to South Dakota after eight years serving in Congress because I love our state. I missed working with cows and horses. I missed our beautiful wide-open spaces.  But more than … more
These words come from the book of Genesis 45, verse 4: Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you … more
By now everyone with a television or internet connection has heard of the “Opioid Crisis in America.” Deaths from accidental overdoses of opioids each year have now surpassed deaths from … more
This last week I began my 48th trip around the sun. I know, I have said that in previous writings, but this last Monday, July 6, was very profound. I lost one of my heroes, Charlie Daniels. I, along … more
Isn’t it amazing how different people remember different things, whether it be about a long-ago incident or something that happened “only yesterday?” Sometimes I think we choose … more
On July 3rd, South Dakota got to showcase our state to not only the rest of the nation but also the world. For the first time in more than a decade, we celebrated America’s birthday with … more
Life is about balance. We balance our time, our budgets, our work and our family. If you concentrate too much in one area, you will soon be wanting in another. Additionally, our bodies are constantly … more
Long before the coronavirus pandemic infested our world like an invasive species, researchers lauded the advantages of communing with nature, scratching in the soil. Besides the obvious benefits of … more
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