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By the time I came along, the Golden Age of Radio had faded to silver or bronze; television took over as the primary broadcast media. However, the radio in our South Dakota farm kitchen continued to … more
NOVEMBER IS A great month to reflect on all the blessings that God has generously given us during the year. At the same time, it might also be a little easier to remember to thank God for these … more
As I sit writing this on Saturday afternoon, it’s snowing. I’m glad we were able to get all of our outside things put away, but it’s just one more reason I dread winter. For anyone who isn’t … more
Maybe I see the world all wrong in 2023. It just seems that our leaders, neighbors or people at all levels want to be important. They desire to be served rather than to serve. In seeking information … more
The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants … more
A common lament I hear from my patients as they try to discuss a real concern they have about their body: “I’m sorry; this is so disgusting!” Their cheeks burn with shame as they tell me how … more
When I was pretty close to being a teenager, I decided I wanted a small transistor radio. I don’t recall if my friends had them, but for some reason I NEEDED to own that small box of sound I could … more
LAST WEEK, WE TOOK a look at the first chapter of Habakkuk. I’ve labeled this the “WHY” chapter because the prophet Habakkuk questioned God’s way of dealing with the Israelites, who had … more
Halloween is right around the corner, and it sounds like the dreaded “S” word, snow, is also. Thank goodness I got most of my canning from the garden done. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to … more
Back in the depression-ridden days of the early 30s, the American Legion grew concerned over public statements to the effect that Democracy was "on the skids." How, it wondered, could America train … more
Does it seem to you that it's a "me" type of world? Is anyone seeking to serve? At any level? Thinking about that recently led to rediscovering this old poem. Too much truth to ignore. I'll leave it … more
I stepped off the school bus to a farmyard bustling with activity. A tractor pulled a trailer behind the barn. A scraping sound blended with the engine noises. A hint of fall hovered in the cool … more
Did you know an oven has zones that are the key to perfectly baked goods and roasting veggies? I’m going to share where to place oven racks in a standard oven for the perfect finish when broiling, … more
How do we make sense of our lives when the circumstances around us seem out of control? Where do our hearts turn, and what do we start thinking when it seems that God doesn’t hear us or care about … more
It's hard to imagine how far America has fallen since the era of "Make America Great Again." I'm not talking politicians but rather the era of pride in our country. I dug out this little piece that I … more
Aristotle is said to have referred to the female as a mutilated male, and this philosophy seems to have carried forward into much more modern times. In 1977, official FDA guidelines recommended that … more
I would like to inform the readers of some of our American Legion Youth Programs, beginning with the South Dakota Youth Trooper Academy. This is a cooperative effort between South Dakota’s Highway … more
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