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Like many Laura fans, I started reading the Little House books at age nine. I realized very quickly how many striking similarities I had in common with the Ingalls and their lives. We lived on a farm … more
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s a great time for all to do something special for the moms in your lives. I think most moms would agree that it’s not about how much you spend … more
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
The last week has included visits with veterans, school districts and community service groups across District 8 including Wentworth, Iroquois, Madison, Volga and others. As I’ve shared in the last … 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
I want to share with all of you a recent happening that once again makes me so proud to be a part of this great, giving community and thankful for people who step up in a time of need. It all started … 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
Happy Easter from our family to you and yours! With the celebration of Easter and the arrival of the spring season, the signs of new life are all around us. Every winter in the legislature, there are … more
When spring arrives, it means annual meetings and conference time. We salute De Smet Farm Mutual as they hold their annual agent-training sessions at the De Smet Event Center this week and Kingsbury … more
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