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Rough gray columns of every size extended to the sky; cottonwood and boxelder trunks formed the walls on three sides. Patches of stinging nettle (I called them burning weeds) sharply jutted between … more
“So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving … more
You can’t be a constitutional conservative only when it suits you.We are now seeing a battle in the Republican Party between the populist wing and traditional limited government conservatism. … more
I witnessed something a couple weeks ago that drastically shifted my day. In response, I texted some friends for prayer over the stressful situation. Later, I was amazed by how much I felt God work … more
It may not surprise many here at home, but South Dakota is leading the nation in recovery! Moody’s Analytics and CNN track how far along the nation’s economy is at getting “Back to Normal,” … more
Not a breath of air stirred that warm South Dakota night as I followed my farmer dad and brothers into the front yard. Through the open kitchen windows, silverware clattered and kettle covers … more
School has started (or will be soon) for many. As many are trying to adjust to the new schedules with school and sports kicking off, there is often less time to spend making meals. With everyone … more
It is often said that laughter is the best medicine, yet I have never written a prescription for a funny movie or a television comedy show, and I have no clowns or rubber chickens in my office. On … more
The color brown seems to be contagious for us. My husband, Josh, and I have been working on painting our house brown for a few weeks, and I’ve noticed my bean plants in the garden have … more
“Hey, DeAnn! Come help me. It’ll be fun!” he said. When I was six, I idolized my older brother. Seldom did he have to work too hard to persuade me to follow in his adventures, and this was no … more
I have a confession to make: I crave control. You know—as in I like to be in charge; the shot-caller; the boss. I'm pretty sure I was born ready to be in charge. As a toddler, I lined my frilly … more
It’s back-to-school season; a busy time filled with excitement for students and teachers, as well as parents eager to snap those “first day of school” photos. The outpouring of positivity for … more
This past week has been crazier than usual. I’ve been working more hours than usual, trying to keep up with my suddenly growing garden and a wedding to top things off. For those of you who don’t … more
When patients and their families are asked to meet with palliative care specialists, it commonly triggers a wide range of emotions. Some may feel uncertainty about having an additional care team … more
“We have to look at your garden before we go, Mabel.” Summer guests at our home loved to see Mom’s garden. It was beautiful. With a little help from the kids and Dad, Mom raised potatoes, … more
I have a request for you today. Don't read your Bible. If I could put the big eye surprised emoji here, I would. Surprised? Relieved? Angry at worst? Curious at best? There have been many days in my … more
America is the land of opportunity. We’re a nation where anyone can make anything of themselves if they work hard and play by the rules. But when those rules are abandoned – when we lose respect … more
Does anyone else ever go searching for a specific recipe, only to find themselves sidetracked by all the other recipes they find along the way? I follow a bunch of different recipe sites online, and … more
Twenty thousand years ago, a glacier covered eastern South Dakota. On its amazing trek over mountain ranges, it broke off, moved and deposited rocks. The rocks varied in size and shape and mineral … more
Do you remember the Looney Tunes cartoons? Are you old enough to remember waiting for Saturday morning so that you could sit in front of the console television that was as big as your refrigerator … more
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