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Recent Stories by Peggy Sanders, Freelance Writer

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 lid, poked a straw-sized hole in the lid and there

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Sanders: Smooth servers

August 13, 2018 — Sometimes when we least expect it, we get "schooled." One of my early lessons in France was when I ordered in a restaurant. As I think we all do I said, "I want the ham plate." The server looked me seriously in the eye, moved

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Sanders: Science or politics

August 3, 2018 — When do you believe science or perhaps the question should be which scientists do you believe? There are a vast number of strong scientists who do not adhere to the global warming claims; they say weather is cyclical and that is why in the 1970s

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Sanders: 4-H judging

July 13, 2018 — Long after my 4-H days were over I judged demonstration days, special foods contests, dress revues and a myriad of project areas. Armed with degrees in home economics and French, the home ec came in handy while judging. Home ec is now called family and

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Sanders: Writers of the West

July 6, 2018 — Western Writers of America is a misnomer these days since there are members around the world, yet the word "writers" encompasses writers of books, magazine articles, movie scripts, songs and poetry. WWA recently held the annual convention, this time in Billings, Mont. I enjoyed the

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Sanders: The grand things in life

June 29, 2018 — You have heard, "We should have had the grandchildren first." Although impossible to do, it is true. And here is why. When your own children are growing up and doing fun (or naughty) things, you are so busy with life, you don't really have time

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Sanders: Generations

June 22, 2018 — Naming generations seems to be a past time of historians. Perhaps the most known is "The Greatest Generation," a name coined by Tom Brokaw in his book of the same name. The years from 1901 through 1924 were the ones that produced the fighters of

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It’s a small world

June 15, 2018 — "It's a small world," we so frequently hear, even when we are not at Disneyland. For sometime now, I've thought it would be fun to collect small world stories, in case anyone has one or more to send me. Many of ours revolve around the

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Sanders: Speak English

June 8, 2018 — How do babies learn to speak their mother tongue? They are immersed in the language, of course. I am constantly reminded of this as our grand-girls have begun to put words together. Knowing the language helps them develop, fit in and become good citizens. If

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Sanders: Appreciating neighbors

June 1, 2018 — How has your area landscape changed over the past few years? Is your neighborhood filling in or thinning out? After years of declining population, we are growing again. Our rural area has had the good fortune to have several young people and their expanding families

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Sanders: Personal Politics

May 25, 2018 — My observations on certain political candidates have nothing to do with endorsing or pitting one candidate against another, they are what I have seen for myself. No one works harder at campaigning than Dusty Johnson. Just like the other candidates for various offices, he was

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Sanders: The miracle of rain

May 18, 2018 — We have had a little rain this week, enough to wake things up and create mud in the yard. Rainwater is the best source for vegetation as it is 100 percent soft water. That is all it is. Falling from the sky, it has no

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Sanders: Realities of Small Businesses

May 11, 2018 — People who have always worked for someone else have a distorted perception of what it is like to own a business. They may see customers writing checks for large amounts and assume the owner is making a great profit. A wage earner who has never

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Sanders: Calving conundrums

May 4, 2018 — During a heavy winter like we've had this year, many wonder why cattlemen calve when it is cold. Choosing when to calve is always a gamble for cattlemen. It is a personal decision based on what works best for the farm/ranch as a whole. Although

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Sanders: Changing crops and machinery

April 27, 2018 — Many in agricultural production believe in the idea that each producer should be able to choose the method of work, the seeds and the crops used; others are adamant that it is their way or the highway, insisting organic is the only acceptable way and

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Sanders: Technological age

April 20, 2018 — Do you feel lost when hearing technology discussions? Do terms like Bluetooth, TiVo, PCU, HDTV and mega pixels make you wonder if you have suddenly been transferred to another planet? You can have a good idea of someone's age without seeing them if you ask

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Sanders: Location, Location, Location

April 13, 2018 — No, I'm not selling real estate, I am just enjoying where we live. Don't tell anyone but South Dakota is an undiscovered gem. The entire state is home to fewer than 750,000 residents. We have no state income tax. We know and address all three

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Sanders: Family matters

April 6, 2018 — It started out innocently enough. Ira and Harriet Tillotson homesteaded southeast of Cascade Falls, near Hot Springs, S.D., in 1883. The land is the oldest farm in Fall River County that is still in the original family. This story has to do with the descendants.

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Sanders: Earning your paycheck

March 30, 2018 — A local restaurateur said their company has hired over 35 employees in the past three years they have been in business. The high number represents turnover due to less than stellar employees. They simply were not willing to put forth effort of working, or for

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Sanders: Why garden?

March 23, 2018 — Right after Christmas the gardening catalogs started arriving. Talk about marketing genius! We know it's winter, yet we yearn for spring. We read the catalogs and almost believe we can grow flowers and other plants that will look that good. As long as we can

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