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Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m an animal lover. Every time I see a picture of a baby animal, I say I want one. Since we live in town, I have to settle for our two labs and my chihuahua. At … more
Almost every summer the relentless sun beat down, “hotter than a pistol,” especially on haying days. Whether out in the hayfield, at the top of a stack or in the sweltering haymow, the memories … more
As a parent, I have definitely felt the pull and the necessity to be in two places at once. Can you relate? My kids have something going on, I have a meeting miles away. One kid has baseball here, … more
The Constitution doesn’t always use plain language, but when it comes to our right to defend ourselves, the Second Amendment is quite straightforward: “The right of the people to keep and bear … more
I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. I definitely enjoyed Easter Day with my family for so many reasons. First, I don’t think we could have asked for nicer weather. There was no snow or … more
Every year I anticipate and very much appreciate a gift from my husband: a small bottle of my favorite perfume. If I am really, really careful, I can make that beautiful scent last the entire year. … more
Elizabeth Stout, 4, from Lincoln, Neb., reads a mule book to “Larry” the mule while visiting her grandparents, Dave and Shelly Stout, of rural De Smet. more
The patient knew something was wrong. After appointments with several specialists, multiple scans and tests, she was given a diagnosis. Still, she felt certain something was not right. I sat down … more
“Make sure Mama Kitty gets plenty to eat. She’s looking pretty thin,” Dad instructed me one afternoon in late March. I stared at the floor for a moment. She was not thin last night when I fed … more
Everyone knows that I am willing to fight for what I believe in. Some have even accused me of fighting too much! And one fight that I’ve taken on for years is fairness in women’s sports. And … more
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go away, I will send him to you.” John … more
Easter is right around the corner, and plans are starting to be made. As I was browsing through my recipes to decide what to take to our family gatherings, I was reminded of the time I decided to try … more
I recently had the privilege of hearing from two impressive young South Dakota college students. Hattie Seten is the Students’ Association President at South Dakota State University, and she was … more
The Golden Age of Millinery was nearing the end of its sparkle when I was born in the fifties. Headdress as fashion began during the Industrial Revolution and continued through mid-twentieth century. … more
Saint Patrick’s Day is here, and I thought I should share a good recipe to celebrate the day. Unfortunately, I’ve realized I don’t have any recipes for the occasion, so I had to search for a … more
I was drying supper dishes and made the mistake of mentioning to Mom that I had a book report due tomorrow. Actually the report was done; I just needed to type it. She offered to finish dishes. I … more
As a primary care physician, I walk with my patients as they face many of life’s challenges. Facing the diagnosis of dementia may be one of the hardest. Any chronic illness involves loss, but … more
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