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

Civility can and should reign

I’m proud and deeply grateful to live in a democracy.  It’s a privilege and most times a pleasure.  That is, until the political season. Then it’s a hideous slog through vitriol flung from all sides until election day. I don’t listen to talk radio (I don’t count NPR as talk radio), I don’t watch national [...]

By | November 12th, 2018|Community, Community Events, Introspections|0 Comments

No covered wagons, bonnets for me

I write this from the center of South Dakota on the road home from Illinois.  Yep, Cuz-o-Rama Road Trip 2018 has been a roaring success so far. There has certainly been some snarkiness and a marked lack of civility at times. However, considering we’ve got four adult-sized people and a lengthy 13-year old wedged into [...]

By | August 27th, 2018|Introspections|0 Comments

Treasure troves of knowledge, advice

Next month, I’m taking the McDougal and Albrecht kids to Peoria to see their grandparents. I hope it will be an epic adventure of cousinly bonding and laughter, motoring across the heartland.  In reality, it will probably be eighteen hours of unrestricted Snapchat, Youtube videos, and music in headphones.  All punctuated by snarling and sleeping. [...]

By | July 23rd, 2018|Introspections|0 Comments

Looking for hope? Look to our future leaders

Another year, another CampFIRE in the books.  The CVC’s youth leadership camp is the official start of summer for us. For those of you who have real fears about the country’s youth and our collective future, I urge you to drop into Camp Roberts some year and meet these graduating eighth graders.  You’ll feel much [...]

By | June 20th, 2018|Community, Community Events, Introspections|1 Comment