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With each passing minute, the crowd grew. Seats filled quickly, and even the highest rows morphed from dark blue to a colorful blur of faces and movement. The chatter of excited fans buzzed through … more
When in life does one come to confront the tough truth that each of us will eventually die? In my years as an internist caring for young and old alike, some people understand this early, and some … more
From my friend Chris Isaacs ... nothing much needs saying other than the introduction: COWBOY POET CHRIS ISAACS I never I never saw the Old WestIt was gone before my time, Just the stories told by … more
The celebration of Presidents’ Day always brings attention to South Dakota. When people think of our state, they think of Mount Rushmore – and rightly so. In a lot of ways, that mountain is a … more
Last week’s blizzard kept me inside, but I was able to spend some time in the kitchen. I enjoyed baking for everyone … even our dogs! The weather forecast told us a blizzard was coming, but I … more
Long before the term “teachable moments” was coined, parents determined to prepare their children for life. No university class included such valuable lessons. Looking back I believe our folks … more
Valentine’s Day is about caring and supporting others. Last Friday, De Smet School hosted the regional in-service for the area teachers. The keynote speaker, Mitch Reed, spoke on Little Things That … more
When I first came to winter in Arizona, I didn't own a pair of shorts nor even a short-sleeved shirt. I had been at rodeos each weekend during the summer and had gotten used to the heat. I eventually … more
Although I’m hoping the weather forecast is wrong, it sounds like we may have a perfect day or two for baking. It seems like this winter we’ve been warned about several big storms heading our way … more
Lovingly, she lifted a fragile glass piece from a shelf in the curio cabinet, moving it to the table we had set up. Our goal (I thought at the time) was to dust or wash the items and shelves then … more
Many people find themselves being told, “your blood pressure is pretty high today!” You might be at the dentist’s office for a filling, in the emergency room getting stitches after an avocado … more
Valentine’s Day is blessing our family and friends. In the Old Testament, when it was time to die, the patriarchs would call their family together. They would place their hands on their sons’ … more
I've been golfing in Arizona each winter, and though we don't use caddies, I've been making notes of the best caddy responses that my friends have heard. These are some doozies. Number 10 Golfer: … more
“Frostbite could occur in as little as ten minutes,” the weatherman warned this morning, adding that the wind-chill factor hovered around 40 below zero. So, I was prepared for the arctic blast … more
If I asked you to name a chronic disease, you would probably think of conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer or dementia. The odds are, one of the most common chronic diseases would … more
I hope everyone had a great weekend. I would have to say that the highlight for my weekend was Super Bowl Sunday. I had a lot I wanted to do before the big game began, so while I worked on my … more
Agriculture is the bedrock of South Dakota. The ag industry is tough, and it’s often thankless, but it truly is how we feed the world. As a lifelong farmer and rancher myself, I take great pride in … more
Back to last week’s story. Recall the Michigan man who used candy hearts inscribed, “Marry Me!” to propose to his sweetheart. The wordy confections, which came out in heart form in 1902, … more
Valentine’s Day means treating others the way you would like to be treated. My grandmother was very typical for her time. Her life revolved around her family, her home and her church. She was … more
I love inspirational stories. After football season there have been many. Here's one that gives you good sermon material. Once upon a time there were a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a running … more
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