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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
It is truly an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to share my thoughts regarding faith and life through this wonderful publication. Have you ever given serious thought to the heritage that … more
A number of presidents have come to Mount Rushmore through the years, starting in 1927 with Calvin Coolidge when he authorized the first funding for the carving of the memorial. I’ve been there … more
Life has flipped a U-turn for many Americans in the last few weeks. Suddenly, people discover they have time they have never had before but with far fewer opportunities for which to use it. Social … more
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