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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

We want YOU (and your input)

Perhaps you’ll remember my last column - the civility and kindness-themed one where I illustrated the lack of both these qualities in my children and our nation’s current dialogue.  I’m sure you either posted it on your fridge as a cautionary tale to your own children or you added it to the scrapbook you’ve made [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|Community, Community Events, Introspections|0 Comments

Let ‘kind and civil’ describe us

Kindness and civility.  Has anyone ever used those two terms to describe their children’s relationship with each other?  I doubt it.  And if they did, it would be the Chardonnay talking.  It doesn’t matter how much I try to instill the importance of being kind to the boys, apparently, it does not begin at home.  [...]

By | March 4th, 2018|Community, Community Events|2 Comments

Who’s the turkey now?

Thanksgiving is almost upon us.  It is a time to give thanks, gather friends and family together, watch football and, of course, eat oneself into a turkey coma. Mike and I have been hosting Turkey Day since way before we got married and it’s always been a blast.  We take in all the orphans – [...]

By | November 17th, 2017|Community, Introspections|0 Comments

Family road trip disaster? No! Epic story!

I recently returned from a road trip to my hometown in Illinois with my niece. It's about an 18-hour drive and other than western South Dakota and Nebraska, the scenery is less than breathtaking. (My apologies to crop landscape devotees. No offense intended.).   Other than going west instead of north and not realizing it until [...]

By | September 11th, 2017|Introspections|1 Comment

This sale’s for you

I am a dude.  Not a dude in the surfer sense or as a Big Lebowski reference.  Specifically, a city-dweller, especially one vacationing on a ranch in the western United States (credit: dictionary.com).  This is why I was fortunate enough to make Wyoming my home lo these 25 years ago.  The HF Bar Ranch in Saddlestring, [...]

By | August 4th, 2017|Community, Community Events|0 Comments