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You've probably heard, as I did, from a parent, pastor or mentor, "Don't get ahead of yourself" or "forget about yesterday, just keep moving forward." I believe that today as much as when I first … more
As a physician with 45 years of practice, I’ve seen my share of diseases. I have usually been on the physician side of the diagnosis-treatment paradigm. However, knowing the rationale for … more
I have been struggling to keep up with weeding and watering my garden as often as I should, so this change in weather is much appreciated. Now, if I could just figure a way to keep seven curious … more
In my four years as Governor, I have focused on finding ways that our programs can positively impact the next generation. This goes beyond reading about what state government does—I go out and see … more
And it will come to pass, that before they call, I will answer. Isaiah 65:24 This past week, I got up early to do some spraying in the garden. I had readied the sprayer the night before, so I could … more
“It’s time to get up, DeAnn! There’s a lot to do this morning,” Mom called up the stairs. The tone of her voice indicated that this morning she would not be my snooze button. Sleep webs … more
Hi folks! This is one of my favorite pieces of literature. I wish I could remember when or where I first read it, but that doesn't really matter. I do know that a copy I have says: Author unknown. To … more
I’ve been asked for some help with what to do with zucchini, so this week I’m sharing some tips on picking zucchini and how this versatile and budget-friendly summer squash can be used. When … more
As a clinical professor at my state’s medical school, I frequently have medical students seeing patients with me in clinic. While the majority of patients are happy to allow student involvement, … more
Interesting people we meet around a poker table. Who knew that Todd Williams would be a poet, write a book, travel overseas to live. But he is and he did and he does. Here's a story that might relate … more
The year: 1962. The place: The Pheasant Bar, Winner, S.D. Seven young linemen sat in corner booths at the back. After a week of climbing power poles in the hot sun, they relaxed while conversations … more
The weather is heating up, and time keeps flying. Not sure if it’s the extra seven puppies we have or extra writing I’m doing for the newspaper, but I seem to be busier than ever without seeing … more
Summertime. For most, this signals thoughts of warm weather and good times with family and friends. Sadly, what brings happiness for some can trigger stress and sorrow for others. In the words of a … more
The patriotism South Dakotans display on the Fourth of July has deep roots in our state’s history. In fact, we waved the Stars and Stripes before we even became a state! The Dakota Territory in the … more
I have to admit that I didn’t know much about rhubarb before now, but I did some research and thought I’d share it for anyone else who would be interested. Rhubarb is a rare vegetable that is a … more
July 4thTain't easy, boys, to put in words, but I woke up last night and walked outside beneath a sky where stars were shinin' bright. T'weren't nothing new above my head I guess for years unknown. … more
Ivan Pavlov and B. F. Skinner were the fathers of behavioral science. They brought us dogs that salivate on cue, chickens that play the piano, words like “operant conditioning” and gave us much … more
Today, the Supreme Court announced something that countless Americans have prayed for over the past 50 years: they reversed the Roe v. Wade decision and allowed states to make their own choices over … more
It’s always good to know there are things in life we can count on. Flip a switch and let there be light. Turn a faucet and voila! Water pours forth! Every morning just before dawn, I can count on a … more
A common phrase I have heard over the years is "We are all God's children." This statement has been said time and time again with the intention of bringing everyone together. While it is true that we … more
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