More turkey, less talk

I’ve written past columns about civility, divisiveness, throwing babies out with bathwater, and the pure vitriol being spewed about all things political. On this weekend before Thanksgiving, I decided the time was right to offer some strategies to possibly save family unity, preserve everyone’s sanity, keep the gravy from curdling, and the food from flying. [...]

By | November 26th, 2019|Community, Introspections|0 Comments

Word of the day: unique

Dear Readers, today’s Word of the Day is unique.  Or as my mom would pronounce it, you-nih-kew. Unique, no matter how you choose to pronounce it, is defined as being the only one of its kind, not like anything else. We all have that relative who can only be described as unique (looking at you, [...]

By | October 22nd, 2019|Community, Community Events, Introspections|0 Comments

Stoicism admirable, just not me

When you attempt to describe a person, adjectives usually come easily.  Take me for example. (I’m sure my family often wishes you would.) I have been described as enthusiastic, loud, happy, and loud. Shy and withdrawn will seldom be words used to illustrate me, nor will quiet.  However, the quality I am Least Likely to [...]

By | August 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Expressing gratitude with an old fashioned note

Hello, everyone!  I’m just back from a riotous time in Huron, South Dakota, at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo.  That weeklong road trip was preceded by the statewide nonprofit conference, Collective Voices.  The week before that was filled with 33 graduated eight graders at CampFIRE, the CVC’s youth leadership camp at YMCA of the [...]

By | July 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Deep breath: make (summer) time last

Please help me out here.  I’m having anxiety and need coping skills. It’s now June.  June is my favorite month of the entire year.  Both boys’ birthdays (two cakes!), warm weather, everything florescent green outside, and exuberant birdsong are hallmarks of June.  Adorable goslings, bunnies, ducklings, and fawns abound.  I exhibit misplaced optimism about the [...]

By | June 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Make new, different memories now

My, how time flies.  I just returned from a trip home and was stunned that it’s been nearly 14 months since my dad had his stroke.  After spending some time marveling over what seems like a miraculous recovery, I thought more about time and its elasticity. It’s been over seven years since my mom died.  [...]

By | May 22nd, 2019|Introspections|0 Comments

How will you get involved in the community?

I am a proud graduate of the Leadership Sheridan County (LSC) Class of 2018, the 25th class, and clearly the best. Part of being in LSC is making the commitment to be involved with one of the modules for the next class. You and a couple of classmates are assigned a month and in charge [...]

By | April 1st, 2019|Community, Introspections|1 Comment

Embarrassment of riches seen at Chamber luncheon

I’ve had a rather huge week. I was nominated for the Chamber’s Spirit of Sheridan award a few months ago and, glorious luck, I won! It was so completely unexpected that I didn’t even invite my husband to the luncheon. I barely mentioned it in passing other than to tell my family that I was [...]

By | February 26th, 2019|Community, Introspections|1 Comment

Don’t throw it all away. Talk about it.

I’ll tell you right now – writing this particular column petrifies me. Unlike my past columns, which are mostly non-controversial, this one has a little something to offend nearly everyone if they try hard enough. But that’s why the CVC is hosting Community Conversations, constructive dialogue about difficult subjects. We’re tackling hard topics in a [...]

By | January 18th, 2019|Community, Community Events|0 Comments