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Common syndrome

May 10, 2019

I have determined that I have a syndrome and I’d like to tell you about it. But first, I need to go start a load of laundry. While I was downstairs with laundry anyway I...


Small town businesses

April 19, 2019

Doing business in a small town has its own rewards, and not all of them can be measured in financial terms. Recently my husband took a broken hydraulic hose to get a replacement. Due to...


Where were you?

April 12, 2019

November 22, 1963 — anyone who was at least 6 years old that day will likely recall their whereabouts, how they learned of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and perhaps, like me, recall what clothing they...


Wonders of life

April 5, 2019

No matter how many children you are around it is such fun to watch them develop, grow and learn. We have two grown sons and between them, eight grandchildren, the youngest of whom is 2....


Mingling with a celebrity

March 29, 2019

It’s not every day we can sit down and visit with a world-renowned celebrity yet this week 50 people from our community did just that. We don’t have an exclusive relationship, in fact a majority...


Prairie Thoughts

March 22, 2019

When city people come to our farm the quiet almost scares them. If visitors grew up in the country but now live in a town or city, they comment favorably about the noiseless environment. We...


Angel in the Cowlot

March 15, 2019

According to the song, “God must be a cowboy at heart.” And His angels must have cattle knowledge too. Before we sold our cows to our older son, my husband did most of our calving....


Cooking lessons

March 8, 2019

When I was in the eighth grade I won an essay contest; I’m not even sure who sponsored it but the people who picked out the prize must have waited to select it until after...


Down memory lane with Stanley

March 1, 2019

My grandma, Fern Wyatt, was a Stanley Home Products dealer who served at least Fall River and Custer counties in South Dakota. The products were so good I still try to find them, one in...


Awareness

January 25, 2019

My husband has told all of our family members countless times, “Be aware of your surroundings.” It is invaluable advice. For many the idea of personal safety seems part of the city experience. Watch out...


Eye-opening

January 11, 2019

U.S. Congressman Ken Buck, R-Colo., wrote “Drain the Swamp,” a book that takes potshots at both parties and tells what really goes on with Washington. It is believable and disconcerting, to put it mildly. He...


Sanders: Loco What?

October 19, 2018

As any woman knows, someone, somewhere else dictates what clothing choices are available in stores for any given season. Never mind that the fabrics being currently used are uncomfortable and hot for summer, and sleezy...


Sanders: Old becomes new

October 16, 2018

For those of a certain age this glossary may help bring you into the current day. What is amusing is these are new terms for old actions, though today’s younger generation may think they have...


Sanders: My grandpa Moses

October 5, 2018

We have always known that my paternal grandfather, Lyston Wyatt, was adopted. Of course that made us curious who his birth parents were, their lineage and such. With the advent of old newspaper searches online,...


Sanders: Build Dakota

September 28, 2018

So much has been said about the tremendous debts incurred by students for their college education. I’m not sure I would want to hire a lawyer who decided she had to go to Harvard and...


Sanders: Diversification

September 21, 2018

Entrepreneurs come from all walks of life, including rural areas. Paula Vogelsang, who lives on a farm and ranch at the edge of the Badlands of South Dakota, is a master of diversification. In 1993,...


Sanders: Prairie thoughts

August 31, 2018

What is it about living in the prairie that both pleases and repels? After all, we are part of the prairie; we don’t live on it, we live in it. We — the six generation...


Sanders: Lucky dogs

August 24, 2018

What is a home without a dog? In a word, quiet. My dogs have always been collies. My favorite dog was a standard rough collie. He was mostly black, not blonde like Lassie. When we...


Sanders: Ranch woman image

August 17, 2018

Want milk, steak, bread, vegetables? Just go to the nearest market and there one can browse and choose one’s favorite edibles. Agriculturists have lately begun campaigns to educate the non-country populace as to how food...


Sanders: Tips and ideas

August 17, 2018

I like to take iced tea along when I go places. Since it is home-brewed it is preferable to have it in a glass, but they spill. I took a Tupperware glass that has a...