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The older I get, the faster time goes, or so it seems. Once Thanksgiving leftovers are polished off, it is Christmas. This was not so when I was a kid. I remember counting down the days, beginning in … more
We have entered the season of Advent. Many of us perhaps feel that we have actually entered the Christmas season, but we are not going to get into the secular vs. church seasons. If you have an … more
For most of us, we hope to never need help from emergency responders. But when our darkest moments come, we depend on them to be there for us. And they answer the call. They put their lives on the … more
I love dogs. Many dogs fill my memories: Cubby, Mitzi, Bear, Cloudy and others. My travel in rodeo and radio has taught me to enjoy other people’s dogs. Our neighbors just brought home a puppy. My … more
She tied her small gingham apron in the back, just like Mom, and followed her into the porch. They pulled back the heavy rug that covered the wooden basket and began filling a porcelain bowl with … more
Advent can be a devout and joyful time of preparation for the coming of Jesus, but this is usually not at the top of everyone’s mind right after Thanksgiving. I’m guessing, but most of us have … more
It was an exciting weekend for my husband Josh and me. It took several days of hunting, but Sunday night, I finally took a shot at my first deer. During the past couple weeks, we spent several nights … more
This year, nearly 250,000 patients will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and 130,000 will die from it. In South Dakota, 660 people will be diagnosed, and over 400 will die from the disease. Lung cancer … more
The wind howled wildly outside the bedroom, wrenching her from her dreams. Suddenly, a plunking sound added to the cacophony. Something soft pummeled the window. A blizzard! On Thanksgiving Day. … more
No gifts to worry about … just enjoying the smells from the kitchen and eating turkey (the white meat), mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce. MMM... I got this memory from an old friend some … more
The holidays can be stressful for many who are hosting big family gatherings, but they shouldn’t be. The holidays are about enjoying time with family. My mom’s side of the family has taken this … more
"But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love … more
A three-pound baby entered the world in recent days. This precious child was born after his mom spent seven weeks in the hospital on bedrest. At home, Dad and two siblings were working, going to … more
I am proud to be Governor of the best state in America to live, work, and retire as a veteran. That’s important – the state that sets the gold standard for Freedom should also lead the … more
A summer Sunday drive…Mom’s right-hand fingers wrapped around the handle on her wing-vent window. On his side, Dad’s elbow stuck out, darkening his farmer tan. The folks commented on various … more
As we get older, eventually, we slow down. That used to trouble me, but thanks to Tony Bulat, my old Air Force fighter-pilot friend, I have a new philosophy. It’s called Slower, Older, Smarter. The … more
The holidays are fast approaching, and everyone is starting to get ready by planning Thanksgiving get-togethers and pulling out the Christmas decorations. It seems like the stores start putting out … more
The Feast of Christ the King is Nov. 20. Nov. 20 this year is the last Sunday in the Liturgical Year. The new Liturgical Year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, which is the Sunday after … more
Recently, while visiting from out of state, my father had a “health hiccup.” As we navigated getting this problem investigated and addressed, he was very concerned that we keep his primary care … more
If you look across the nation, economic growth has ground to a halt. The price of everyday items – like milk, eggs, and pretty much everything else – has skyrocketed, making it harder for … more
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