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“Winter storm warning …windchill advisory…winds up to 45 mph…” My weather radio drones on with foreboding forecasts of the arctic blast to come. Growing up on our South Dakota farm, I … more
1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” I have seen this verse used as encouragement that the world … more
To readers of the Good Stuff: It's time for me to stop writing this column. Thank you so much for your response over the years both on radio and newspaper. I have enjoyed sharing the material I have … more
In South Dakota, we value living a healthy life, no matter where we live. Every South Dakotan should have the freedom to live where they want – but they shouldn’t have to choose between a rural … more
One of the joys of doing my radio show, The Country Cafe of the Airwaves, or this column, The Good Stuff, is the submitted stories and poems I receive. This is from a 103-year-old lady from Missouri … more
“Ha! Ha! I laugh at danger!” Ralph, fearless explorer, sets out for the one place he’s never been before - the North Pole. In this delightful children’s book, “Ralph’s Frozen Tale,” the … more
Genesis 50:20 “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Joseph and his brothers had just returned … more
After giving tips on how to clean out the refrigerator and pantry last week, I realized I should probably take my own advice and do so myself, especially after hearing about the age of some of the … more
I recently delivered my State of the State Address to a joint session of our State Legislature. Toward the end of my speech, a small kiddo started crying up in the gallery. To some, that might be an … more
I was flabbergasted at a recent post on social media that listed words that have fallen out of use over time. This awakened childhood memories. Yessirree, Bob! Dad often made it clear that we never … more
I forgot all about New Year’s resolutions. Of course, that's standard as I always forget them. However, here are some thoughts that might help you in 2024, without too much effort. new years … more
Proverbs 15:3 "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." Many times, I have read this verse as a reminder that God sees the good of the righteous people and the evil … more
I hope everyone is staying warm inside with these frigid temperatures we’ve been having. If you’re stuck inside more than usual, it’s a good time to clean out the refrigerator and pantry. Here … more
“A new year is like a blank book; it has 12 chapters and 365 pages, and you are the author. My wish for you is that this year you write the most beautiful story possible for yourself.” I received … more
Recently, I wrote about a New Year's Eve gathering that Rod Nichols attended at Cutter Bill's. Today, I offer an update on that and a bit of an eerie ending! Happy New Year, All. SHARING ONE FOR LOU … more
We are finally getting our first real snow, and although many may not feel the same, I can’t complain. Heaven knows we have been due for some snow for a while; the fact that it’s January, and … more
Joshua 14:12 "Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be … more
My father-in-law is a farmer. He grew up on the family farm in southwest Minnesota, where his dad grew up, too. Blessed by fertile soil, the farm has provided for the family for several … more
“Hey, Buddy, what do you say?” My heart smiles every time I hear this or a similar phrase from a parent who is teaching his or her child good manners. My siblings and I may have been young enough … more
During his life, my old friend Rod Nichols wrote many poems for my radio show. Though Rody passed a few years ago, his poetry remains. He has a favorite haunt that he loved to write about. This is … more
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