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Things aren't always as they seem: A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and … more
The act of breathing is essential to life and can be done with or without thinking about it. You can control your breath and vary it, but eventually air must come in, and air must go out.  The … more
An optimistic mindset can change more than just how we see the world – it can change everything about our lives. Winston Churchill summed up how when he said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in … more
For two days the north wind has howled through the trees and rammed into windows here in southwest Iowa. Fifty-five miles per hour gales put us in a wind advisory area more times than I care to … more
“Mom, what are you doing?” one of my boys asked in amusement, looking over my shoulder. I quickly moved the photo, embarrassed he had seen it. What was I doing? I had zoomed in on a photo of my … more
Some of my favorite folks are cowboy poets. I met Chris Isaacs many years ago when he was a guest on my radio show. I love his work, and with his permission, here's one that will make many of our … more
It was another weekend of working on the kitchen, but I’m so excited to finally have my kitchen back! We still have a few minor details to finish up, but all of the big stuff is done. Saturday was … more
From Babe Ruth to John Wayne, Americans have seen chewing tobacco in popular culture for over a century. Spitting chew has been a trademark of cowboys and professional athletes alike, and chewing … more
Everywhere we turn, we see symbols of renewal and rebirth. Spring snows blanket Custer State Park while buffalo calves are being born on the prairie. Elsewhere, the snow has turned to rain showers … more
Now that I'm golfing regularly while wintering in Arizona, I tend to listen to stories "about" golf. This is the best one so far, and one to be shared over coffee. The mothers-to-be class was in full … more
Thursday morning, as I crossed the Boyer River Bridge, a flock of birds approached my car, flitting and darting like children playing tag. They circled directly above, and I could see their … more
“Well, hellooooooo there!” These are my favorite words to hear on a Sunday morning. The person saying them has become one of my favorite people. My friend Canon, no matter when he enters the … more
I hope everyone had a great Easter. It was a nice excuse for us to take a much-needed break from our remodel job and to enjoy some time with family. With the long Easter weekend, we probably could … more
Skin is the largest organ in the human body, but it’s easy to take it for granted. Unless we notice pain or itching or funny spots, most people don’t give it much thought. However, the skin is … more
I love learning about history. When I see the granite faces on Mount Rushmore, I always want to learn more about the men enshrined there. When I walk through downtown Rapid City and see the bronze … more
It's my favorite time of year... Holy Week. The truth of Easter is beautiful and powerful and emotional, and I look forward every year to embracing this week, to get completely lost in the symbolism … more
Nearly every night of my growing-up years, at least some of the family spent our last waking hours in front of our 15-inch black and white Zenith. Sponsors paid to air the shows, so commercials … more
The kitchen remodel continues with lots of stumbling blocks along the way, but we are getting closer to the finish line. Even though there is still plenty of work to do, the award for most help given … more
April marks Month of the Military Child, an annual celebration where communities across the country lift up the sons and daughters of our military heroes. During this time, we remember that the men … more
A while ago, I was in a local business and ran into several people I knew. As I was leaving, someone new introduced himself to me. We visited for a few moments, and then he ended the conversation … more
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