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Happy birthday, America

July 3, 2010 Happy 234th Birthday America! As America blows out another candle on the birthday cake this weekend, I will be making a wish that Barack Obama and the democrat party will stop transforming Americ. more »»

The joys of gardening

June 13, 2010 So, I have to admit that I don’t have a green thumb, on either hand. But, I do have a willing heart, as well as time and some money to invest in a “real garden. more »»

It's just the way it is

June 6, 2010 Small towns in North Dakota have a secret. The mayors don't brag about their secret. The townspeople don't put up signs about the secret. more »»

How smart is Wall Street?

May 30, 2010 It should be no surprise we’ve gotten ourselves into some fine messes: the Wall Street crash that almost brought down our economy; the mine disaster with miners killed; the oil rig blowout with... more »»

100 years of Boy Scouts

May 16, 2010 This past month, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in Washington, D.C. more »»

No, life isn't always fair

May 9, 2010 When I was a little girl I remember telling my dad that something wasn't fair and he told me "Life isn't fair.” I remember being so angry because I thought things should be fair. more »»

Breaking our dependence on foreign drugs

May 2, 2010 When I ended the last column mentioning illegal drug use as topic for another column, I hadn’t thought of this being one issue where liberals and conservatives would be of the same opinion. more »»

Random thoughts and other things

April 18, 2010 What’s a columnist to do when you have lots on your mind, but not enough to cover just one subject? Here are some slightly organized, random thoughts. more »»

Suffering the consequences

April 11, 2010 Elections have consequences. more »»

Walking inside the Dome

April 4, 2010 Walking in the Dome – it’s free, it’s sheltered from the elements, it has the slightest hint of good old gym aroma so you feel you are in the right place for a little exercise. more »»

As American as apple pie

March 21, 2010 It’s as American as baseball and apple pie. No, I’m not talking about the March Madness of college basketball, (even though that would probably qualify!) I’m speaking of the 10-year Census. more »»

Don't be afraid of debate

March 14, 2010 Opinions are like bellybuttons. Everyone has one. But unlike bellybuttons that don't change, opinions do. Sure bellybuttons get bigger or smaller but it is still a hole in your belly. more »»

Taking pleasure in misfortune

March 7, 2010 The Germans have a name for it, schadenfreude, or taking pleasure in other people’s misfortun. more »»

Controversial start to Olympics

February 22, 2010 The Olympic Games are designed to be a celebration of culture and sports, a connection to the best the world has to offer, a time of joy and triumph combined with disappointment and defea. more »»

Reality strikes my husband

January 31, 2010 Unlike professional athletes such as Brett Favre, most common people and their aging bodies just know when to retire and start taking it easy in sport. more »»

Going viral, in a good way

January 24, 2010 Up until about eight or nine years ago, if someone mentioned the word viral, it usually referred to something pertaining to or related to a virus (that’s the “technical” definition). more »»

Buckle up: The choice is yours

January 17, 2010 When I was a child growing up in the ’70s , I did not wear a seat belt. I would sleep in the back window or on the floor of the car and no one thought twice about it. more »»

Health care experience

January 11, 2010 I should have known better than to write a column on the controversial topic of health care reform. Doing so was like tempting the fates. more »»

2009 blizzard behavior

January 11, 2010 The Christmas Blizzard of 2009 will long be remembered. Twenty six inches of snow in three days. One house. Me. Two kids. One dog. One cat. One set of stranded grandparents. more »»



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