What happened to summer?

I was recently sitting at my desk  minding my own business working when an email came in that I didn’t much care for. It was an email from Custer High School activities director Jordan Likness. I didn’t dislike the email because it came from Jordan; he’s a good guy. I disliked the email because it was […]

The myth of the midlife crisis

Midlife boredom can be dangerous. Some say a midlife crisis is an inevitable, even healthy detour. I think that’s bunk.  I took a psychology class the summer before last, and in that class I got to investigate whether or not midlife crises actually exist. It turns out that some people may have a mid-point adjustment, […]

GDD was bigger, better this year

“It was a great weekend!” Those few words pretty much sum up this past weekend’s Gold Discovery Days events, but hardly do...

To sleep, perchance to dream

Insomnia is scary – lying awake at night, waiting for what you hope will inevitably come but never being able to do anything about it. It’s even the title of a Stephen King novel – that’s how scary it is. I’m not sure if any of us have escaped the clutches of acute insomnia, which […]

Shoot me a text but don’t unfriend me

A few days ago I was watching my son Matt pay for our food at a local eatery using his debit card. After swiping his card the clerk turned the small white flat screen monitor toward him and instructed him to “sign with your finger.”  At that moment it struck me that if someone had […]

I’m a bad driver, just like you

There must be something in the water in the Black Hills. I’ve seen the worst drivers of my life since moving here about five years ago. I wish I could say I was any better, but I’m not.  While I am originally from the Black Hills, I hadn’t had a whole lot of experience driving here […]

Community pulls together in time of need

It was bad last Friday, but it could have been worse. After the events of last Friday afternoon, we...

Imitation a form of flattery?

Maybe it’s the endless distractions that come with summertime — like the flies buzzing around my head and the front door open to all sorts of vehicular and pedestrian sounds — but sometimes it’s hard to think of what to write for this space. Call it writer’s block. Call it sleepiness. But when a deadline […]

The vitriol has to stop

Following the two latest mass shootings in this country the weekend of Aug. 3 and 4 resulting in the deaths of 31 people, the media in this country seems to be on a feeding frenzy in trying to pin the blame on the president. Let’s be clear about this. The only people we can directly […]

Memories are made of this

I stepped outside the other day to the familiar scent of sweet clover which had dotted my yard with white flowers. When I came home that afternoon from work, I sat down in the grass to look for four-leaf clovers. My memories carried me back to some long-buried, but precious memories of looking for four-leaf […]

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