Snow

After a few weeks of heavier topics, I felt snowed under and it sparked my memories about snow. One winter we missed A LOT of school. The newspaper delivered orange balls to be put on car antennas so they could be seen around corners. That was, of course, when cars had antennas that orange balls…

$2 Dream

Whenever the lottery nears or reaches record levels, there is always a lot of conversation about the $2 dream. People buy a ticket and think of all the things they can buy or do or who they could help. So what’s wrong with a $2 dream? Nothing and everything. When I started my teaching career,…

Touch Points

When I was a child, my brother and I stayed with our grandparents on a farm in North Dakota.  There was a small, public swimming pool in the closest town and we would go for a dip when visiting in the summer. On this particular trip, my parents had been away a couple days and…

Movies and God

We had a few days off over the Christmas holiday, so we watched more than our normal number of movies. Two of them really impacted me and I have been struggling with how to write my reaction. The first was 12 Years a Slave. An historical account of a man who had a productive life…

Word for the Year – 2016

Over the holidays, the city of Sioux Falls transforms Falls Park into a “Winter Wonderland.”  There are lights and lighted decorations on most of the trees and buildings and flood lights turn the waterfalls into vibrant colors. It was great to see this through the eyes of my 3-year old granddaughter.  We drove through the…