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For years prior to the internet, I found many great stories for my radio programs. I had to dig deep, but here is a small part of that collection: HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! ‘I met my husband while I … more
I stopped and stared. No! It couldn’t be. There on an endcap in the seasonal card section was a very elaborate, sparkly, red and pink castle. Not just a castle, it was a castle VALENTINE BOX! The … more
Do you ever feel like it is impossible to make a difference? Sometimes, life can be so hard and so defeating that we are tempted to stop trying. I have felt that way in every aspect of my life, … more
Are you ready for some football? Whether you’re a football fan or not, you can’t help but notice the big game is right around the corner followed by Valentine’s Day. I’ve always watched the … more
When you watch a medical drama on television, the main characters are generally doctors, nurses and patients. We rarely learn about the many extras in the background. In an actual hospital, patients … more
In his first hours in office just over one year ago, President Joe Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and delivered a severe blow to South Dakota families and American energy independence. A few … more
In the late 1930’s, on the arid plains of eastern Colorado, lived a family of seven children, ranging in age from six to 21. Their parents had died, leaving them on a rented farm with no savings or … more
“It is recess time, students. Please leave your papers on top of your desks.” Pencils clinked into their slots. Eyes lit in anticipation. “George (name changed to protect the innocent), … more
Regardless of age or position in life, we all need encouragement. Here's a ditty credited to Steve Maraboli: Take it with my blessings. Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration. Why … more
We’ve been trying to get into a routine of having at least one day to relax, and I have to say it’s nice to be able to look forward to Sundays. The rest of the week is busy, but it’s worth … more
It is no mistake that when Thomas Jefferson declared all men are endowed with the “right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” LIFE came first. The Constitution clearly delegates … more
It is a new year and with it, perhaps new challenges. Here is a piece called "Meanings" to give you some perspective. Author unknown. Use it regularly: Standing for what you believe in, regardless of … more
This past Fri., Jan. 20 was the Walk-for-Life event in Washington, D.C. The Walk-for-Life in our own state of South Dakota will be held this Sun., Jan. 30, in Pierre. The walk starts at 12 … more
Macaroni and cheese is a common side and even main dish for many households. There are several options for making it, and since I love almost anything covered in cheese, I’m a big fan. Whenever my … more
In the split second before the crash, a warning flashed through my brain. I am pretty sure I squeezed my eyes shut and waited for the sound of breaking glass, but it was not the glass that broke. … more
Last spring, I was at home washing my hands, and as I glanced up into the mirror, I noticed something unusual. My bathroom light hit my neck just right as I swallowed and there it was: a prominent … more
Everyone needs a good story for coffee meetings with friends. Here are a couple of my favorites. Have a good time telling them! A seaman meets a pirate in a bar, and talk turns to their adventures on … more
Fairness in girls’ sports matters This week, the 2022 legislative session kicked off, and I presented my State of the State address to the people of South Dakota. I described how South Dakota is … more
I nibbled the last bits of meat off the chicken wing and laid the bones on the edge of my plate. The skin and the crispy coating were my favorite, fried and seasoned to perfection. I used my spoon to … more
On January 5th, I joined several state and local officials for a deployment ceremony honoring the 235th Military Policy Company. The unit from the South Dakota National Guard is heading to Guantanamo … more
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