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Almost every memory I have from my childhood is outdoors. I think my parents used to send us outside as an attempt to keep us out of trouble. To this day I am still more comfortable in my jeans and … more
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 KJV Lately, it seems that I have had more than my fair share of funerals to attend. Some of those who have died were family … more
Every day, late in the afternoon, Deloris, Darlene or Dorothy hoofed it, often barefoot, out to the pasture to get Boss or bossies headed home for the evening milking. My sisters all remember … more
I’m always up for a good breakfast recipe, and this week I’m sharing two great ones that go together well. You can make up a batch of English muffins and use a dozen of them for the breakfast … more
In my State of the State Address, I talked about the Freedom to be secure. We are so fortunate to live in a nation where we have many Freedoms, including the Freedom to feel secure in our own … more
Sprinkles and Mudcat purred and rubbed against my legs as I sat on the front step. My sisters were inside making supper. Mom and the guys were out doing evening chores. Suddenly, both cats lifted … more
For those of you who come here every week hoping to find another new recipe to try out, I would like to suggest picking up the Kingsbury County Cancer Cares Recipe Book for a ton of great new … more
Is there anyone else that has the spring-cleaning bug? The nice weather has stirred up a bit of desire to clean parts of the house I avoid. This week, I came across a mystery tote in my storage room … more
“I’ve got this cough that just won’t go away,” my patient says. I know this story all too well. Chronic cough, a cough that lasts more than two months, is a common ailment which in most cases … more
In South Dakota, we respect the freedom to work. That is how America was built. We each have the freedom to get up every morning and to provide for ourselves and our families. That’s the American … more
The house smelled of lemons. Voice and vacuum noise echoed from the living room. Mom and my sisters were spring cleaning - dusting, polishing, vacuuming behind furniture. For some unexplainable … more
“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:2 If you know me, you know I love a meaty conversation, but I'm also a huge fan of humor. Laughter was a valuable … more
If you’re trying to eat healthily, there is nothing worse than biting into a limp piece of lettuce or a soggy crouton. This week, I’m sharing some tips on how to store salads, so they last longer … more
“No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” This is the beginning of a poem from 1624. In it, the poet John Donne appreciates how humans … more
As I travel the state, the biggest challenge that I hear about is a shortage of workers. We’ve been taking action to fill open jobs, but for some folks, their past mistakes stand in the way of the … more
I love the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector found in Luke 18:10-14. You couldn’t find two people who were more different than the two guys in this bit of scripture. One was a Pharisee. … more
There it was - the loose white thread in the corner. A Rrriiipp resounded through the garage as I tugged the string. Just like that, the 50-pound bag of chicken feed gaped open, ready for scooping. A … more
I have to say that Super Bowl Sunday didn’t disappoint. Not only did the Chiefs win, but I was able to come up with some food out of frozen chicken breasts. The only part of the game I missed on … more
I confess that occasionally even doctors get squeamish. Perhaps, more honestly, this doctor does. My personal list has gotten pretty short, but one of the things that still makes me squirm is … more
Growing up in rural South Dakota, shooting sports and hunting were a big part of how I was raised. Some of my favorite memories with my family are of our time hunting and shooting guns. One of my … more
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