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Mower’s lament: Does this ever end?

      Mowing: “I always thought a yard was three feet, then I started mowing the lawn.” – Lettie Cowman, American author As mowing seasons go, it’s been crazy busy. At the Lyman County home place, weeds threaten to encircle, overwhelm and otherwise smother all living...

Time for summer reading slips away

     Summer reading: “There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs.” – Henry Ward Beecher, American social reformer The green, hard cover...

Hot jobs aplenty in South Dakota

     A job: “If you have a job without any aggravations, you don’t have a job.” – Malcom Forbes My wife likes to make sun tea. Last week, she set out the glass container and five minutes later it was ready. It’s been that kind of summer – when it wasn’t raining. I...

No worries, magic number is still 14

Teens and driving: “Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages as much as 20 years.” — Author unknown It was quite a trick at age 11 or 12, stretching with my left leg to reach the clutch, my right to find...

Some malls offer more than others

       Hemp: “I believe if we move ahead with industrial hemp and we aren’t prepared with it from a regulatory standpoint, from an enforcement standpoint, if we don’t have the equipment and dollars to do this correctly, we will be opening the door to allowing...

Granddad’s view of ‘changing world’

   Diapers: “Real men change diapers!” – Nick Cannon, American actor I admit I was pretty proud of myself. After a few twists and turns, the diaper on our newest granddaughter seemed to fit OK. Tight, but not too tight. We wouldn’t want any leaks, would we? And the...

Top-down fun a fond memory

     Cars: “I’ve always been into cars. Cars are part of our genetic makeup. It’s unavoidable.” – Matthew Fox, American actor Buckskin in color, the 1967 Camaro sat quietly in the stall next to my car, which was in for an oil change. After studying it from the...

Time to wise up on smartphones

       Smartphone:  “The challenge for a human now is to be more interesting to another human than his or her smartphone.” – Alain de Botton, author Up to 70 percent of school kids are suffering from depression and anxiety, according to the kids themselves, and...

A July 4 ‘salute’ to real fireworks

    Fireworks: “I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don’t have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks. It’s always fun.” – James Lafferty, American actor Sitting like a moon crater southwest of the barn, the concrete...

Scout camp always a summer highlight

        Boy Scout: “I still remember the entire Boy Scout motto. I don’t remember the serial number of my gun in the Army. I don’t remember my locker number in school. But I remember that Boy Scout code.” – Tommy Lasorda, former L.A. Dodgers manager More daring than...