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The Fourth of July has always been a special day to me. It’s our nation’s birthday, of course, but it’s also the day that my husband Bryon proposed. On July 4th, 1991, I told a group of youth … more
Big reunion, lots of fun This past weekend, the Efraimson family held a family reunion at the Event Center and Washington Park in De Smet. I was told by a family member that there were approximately … more
It’s family vacation time and I’m busy trying to get everything ready. I’m not sure about everyone else, but I never feel like I need a vacation until it’s time to get ready for one. I get so … more
School was out! I had looked forward to summer for weeks. To ditch Dick and Jane for real books. To follow Mom and ride the tractor with Dad. Baby kittens needed snuggling. Bare toes longed to touch … more
For a time, several years ago, I took care of an elderly gentleman on Saturday afternoons in order to allow his daughter time to do errands and take a breath. We would watch old westerns together, … more
Horizon Health-Bryant and Horizon Health Foundation have provided three sunscreen dispensers for use in the Bryant community as a way of encouraging sun safety. The dispensers will be available at … more
What fills you up? What is satisfying and brings contentment and peace? What, in short, is your portion? If you are like most of us, your portion has changed over time; maybe, it changes every day. … more
Cottonwoods glistened in the sunshine. The unfailing click of the windmill, the mamas calling to their new babies in the pastures and the twitter of a happy robin blended in the gentle South Dakota … more
Rain, rain, go away! I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I could use a break from all the rain. It seems like we waited a long time for some moisture, and now it won’t stop. Our sump pump has … more
I recently returned from England. Because I used an "awards ticket," the preferred (i.e. direct) flight was not an option. Instead, I hopped from England to Atlanta to Detroit to Minneapolis. Between … more
This year's 5K color run/walk sponsored by Darin's Legacy took place on June 22. Darin's Legacy is a charity established by the Bornitz family of Carthage in memory of the late Darin Bornitz, a young … more
Farmers are some of the biggest gamblers I know. They go to a bank, borrow money to buy land and borrow more money to buy equipment. They go back and get an operating note so they can buy seed, … more
“There’s a nice breeze today, good for drying. Let’s get the bedding washed.” Mom pulled back the blankets on each bed and untucked the sheets, gathering them into a big round bundle. My job … more
If your go-to method of cooking during the summer is grilling, it’s important to make sure your grill is ready to work by having it properly cleaned. The more debris on a grill, the harder it is … more
Few conditions in our lives remind us more completely of our utter humanness than weariness. There are, of course, many kinds of weariness. We can be head, heart or body tired or all three at the … more
This week, I had the opportunity to spend time with a group of people involved with our foster care system and some of the young people who participate in it. Our Secretary of Social Services invited … more
It was like a Wish Book. The 170-page catalog revealed pictures of thousands of items, everything from towels and teapots to pianos and cars. A price appeared alongside each item. Unlike a Wish Book, … more
For a time quite a few years ago, our young family lived in the woods of New York in a rented house halfway up a wooded hill, which was usually very beautiful and tranquil. Usually. One early summer … more
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