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There is an invasion happening at our southern border. It is a war zone. People are dying every day because of the crime, drug and human trafficking flowing into our country. President Trump is right … more
Curtains…What images open (or flutter) into your mind as you see the word? The curtain in the temple that ripped in two? The heavy velvet drapes in the auditorium that open to the first scene? The … more
We celebrated Easter for a second time last weekend with my side of the family in Dell Rapids. It was a much smaller gathering for us with my mom, brother and his family and my daughter and her … more
“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6 This week, we celebrate the holiest day in the Christian calendar – the day of Jesus’ … more
The last week of the earthly life of Jesus was an intense concentration of all that He was, is, did and does all the time. Entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday with acclimation, Jesus would be arrested, … more
The red, white and blue stripes spiraled in circles and disappeared like magic at the top. I stared in wonder at the lighted barber pole on Calumet Avenue that rainy April morning. Dad opened the … more
I hope everyone had a happy Easter! I know we did. For us, it was especially nice this year; it gave us a much-needed break from getting ready to move and an excuse to take a day off from packing and … more
As a general internist who does primary care for adult and elderly patients, I talk to patients a lot about arthritis and joint-replacement surgery. This type of surgery, also known as arthroplasty, … more
When you think of South Dakota, you might think about rolling fields of corn and soybeans and hills full of cattle, the Black Hills or Mount Rushmore. You probably don’t think of the Chinese … more
I love finding a good copycat recipe, and it’s even better when it is made with ingredients everyone can find. The recipe I’m sharing this week is one of the best copycat recipes I’ve found, … more
Do you ever realize, mid-stroke, that you have suddenly forgotten an important password? Ever forget a phone number - maybe even your own? Do you notice this happens more than in the past? How can … more
As I begin writing this meditation, it is Palm Sunday morning, the beginning of Holy Week, and we are at the very start of our latest “weather event” (one of my favorite weather-people … more
The days and weeks leading to Easter have long been a time of self-examination. It’s a time to deepen our faith by searching out what keeps us at a distance from communion with God. So, my thoughts … more
I have one fence. It is three-foot chicken wire attached to steel posts. Its main purpose - to keep the rabbits out of my garden. The fence was a success until July of last year. One industrious … more
There is nothing better than the smell of homemade bread, and there is nothing worse than going to enjoy a piece of bread only to find it covered in fuzzy blue-green spots. This week, I’m going to … more
When I was growing up, my dad would always gather our family together, and we would pray for Israel. It was instilled in me from a very young age that the Jews were God’s chosen people, that Israel … more
“ Will you please bring me two sticks of oleo?” Mom asked, as she prepared to mix up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Elbows on the table, I watched her get out her big crockery mixing bowl and … more
For anyone who may have driven by our house this weekend and picked up some free items, it was a win-win weekend for us all. You got something for free; we got rid of something we didn’t need. … more
Does it sometimes seem that we live in an increasingly “What have you done for me lately” world? As we become ever more entitled and presumptuous amidst our blessings, we are ever less grateful … more
Almost every memory I have from my childhood is outdoors. I think my parents used to send us outside as an attempt to keep us out of trouble. To this day I am still more comfortable in my jeans and … more
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