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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

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

Parents – teenager training

Parenting a teenager is not for weenies.  Those of you who have undertaken it know the struggle is real.  Those of you who have only been teens should remember the awkwardness, the endless moments of humiliation, the fear of being noticed, the fear of being unnoticed.  It's just brutal. The surging hormones mean teens are [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|Community, Community Events, Introspections|2 Comments

Birthdays and funfests

  I love March.  It means so many things.  Daffodils (my all-time fave flower) from the American Cancer Society.  The chance that spring (my all-time fave season) might actually arrive.  March Madness, which pretty much annually features the Kansas Jayhawks (my all-time fave team).  In addition and most importantly, it’s the month of my birthday!  [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|Community, Community Events, Introspections|0 Comments

Take time to be kind

I’m back!  Four pounds lighter, perhaps a few inches smaller and feeling very pleased with self for surviving the Whole30.  Thanks for the votes of confidence! Today, I’m using my column for something other than what’s become a bit of my personal blog post.  Instead, I’m going to share both my disappointment and my hope. [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|Community, Introspections|2 Comments

Bring on the tacky tidings

It’s the Christmas season! Yippee!  You know how I know this?  Not because the decorations are up in stores. That happened in September.  And not because the snow finally started flying, although that did help.  Nope, the Christmas music has started on the radio stations.  At least the radio has the decency to wait until [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Community, Introspections|0 Comments

Join the support staff for our community’s children

I am the parent of two boys, ages 11 and 14.  I came to the parenting gig late so I had plenty of time to watch my friends raise their children.  I also had plenty of time to be incredibly judgmental about what I saw as their mistakes and shortcomings.  In my head I was [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|Community, Community Events|0 Comments