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

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

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