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

Digging in to my summer reading list

I like to think of myself as a voracious reader.  Isn’t that a great word?  Voracious.  Rolls off the tongue.  I probably would be a voracious reader if life didn’t get in the way.  Work, family and friends tend to conspire to lure me away from my towering stack of books.  I generally have anywhere [...]

By | May 31st, 2017|Introspections|2 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

Wholly30, here we go

Happy New Year!  Yep, 2017 has entered at full throttle, complete with hideous cold and deeply unfortunate wind.  We’ve all become complete wusses after the last few winters and as someone who has been a proud Wyoming resident for 24 years and 7 months (but who’s counting?), I don’t remember it being quite this cold [...]

By | January 23rd, 2017|Introspections|0 Comments