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Alcoholism, and addiction overall, isn’t a character flaw or a weakness of self-control. It’s a disease. And, if you are like most of us, you’ve probably been affected by it. Maybe you struggle … more
I couldn’t find him anywhere! Mom had sent me outside to find Dad. He was not in the barn. He was not in the shop. I headed to the Quonset. The farm machines were parked neatly in their places … more
“And a young man ran and told Moses, ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.’ And Joshua, son Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, ‘My lord Moses, stop them!’ But … more
The Buffalo Roundup is one of my favorite events to host as the governor. Once a year, tens of thousands of spectators gather on a hillside at Custer State Park to watch 60 cowboys and cowgirls … more
It is September; fall is in the air, and what we might call “respiratory season” is nearly upon us. Respiratory season refers to the colder months in which we spend much of our time indoors, … more
I’ve come to the realization that when it comes to trying new things, I’m more likely to stick with what I know … at least when it comes to going out to eat at a restaurant. I’m obviously not … more
Just south of the house a large cement tank extended up eighteen inches from the ground. A heavy round cover fit perfectly over the top. It took a lot of muscle to move the cover, but at a very young … more
“Then [Jesus] took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not … more
Do you find yourself wondering where your tax dollars go? In South Dakota, the simple answer is to education, health care, public safety, and other state government operations. But if you really want … more
I always try to look at the positive side of things, but some days are harder than others. As I was standing outside earlier waiting for our new puppy, Daisy, to go to the bathroom, I struggled to … more
She was 19 years old and just starting her first semester of college. She had been transferred to our level 1 trauma center, intubated and in a medically induced coma. I was a third-year medical … more
A mother and father and their six children sat around a long kitchen table. A wren’s cheerful song floated in on a gentle breeze from the open windows, providing background music. At a nod from the … more
“Jesus said to her, ‘Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ But she answered him, ‘Sir, even the dogs under the table eat … more
I heard about it on the radio.The fall morning of Sept. 11, 2001, was a regular day driving in my truck to the family farm. Until it wasn’t. The first reports were coming through my pickup … more
The kidneys may be called the Rodney Dangerfield of the body, as they often “don’t get no respect.” The National Kidney Foundation estimates that one in three adult Americans are at risk for … more
Brilliant gold took turns with dark green on the rolling South Dakota hillsides; fields of ripening small grains lay between corn and alfalfa. The thin stems bent to the wind in glorious sun-kissed … more
This has been a hard week for me. My daughter, Alyssa Eining, and her boyfriend, Travis Cuperus, moved to Denver, Colo., over the long weekend. After a ton of research, I finally came to peace with … more
“He said to them, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ You abandon the commandment of God … more
I love the fall. Cooler days. County fairs with youth livestock shows going on almost every weekend. And, of course, heading out to the fields to shoot the state bird.As tourism season draws to a … more
The weather is finally cooperating, and my garden is loving it. We’re enjoying the cooler days and nights, too. Hopefully, the nicer weather is here to stay, so we can finally get some things done … more
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