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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
In last week’s column, I spoke about the joyful events around the birth of Christ. This week I want to speak about how Christ is revealed to us as the light of the world. How did Jesus bring light … more
This would have to come as close as any written words to explain how I see my life, despite my mistakes and missteps. You're welcome to join me at the front of the train! The Train of Life At birth … more
Two days of sustained 40 mile-per-hour winds. “Gusts up to 50 miles-per-hour,” the weather radio droned this morning. “A wind advisory….” How long could it continue? No excited quacking … more
Imagine a condition with symptoms that present differently in each person who has it, and no currently approved lab test can definitively confirm the diagnosis. Imagine that the symptoms can flare up … more
It’s a new year, but it feels like a repeat of the past with COVID going around again. As usual, it seems like I never have enough time to get everything done. I start a new year, planning to get … more
This is a joyful time of year as we just celebrated the birth of Christ. We ought to take the time to reflect on the events that surround Christ’s birth.  As this joyful mystery of Christ’s … more
What does it mean to practice humanity in medicine? The phrase is used as a tagline and in book titles. Humanity and compassion in medicine is touted as something to aspire to, a noble … more
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