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 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    November 25, 2015 

Thinking Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, people are listing what they are grateful for. I, along with millions of other people in our nation, have much to be thankful for. But I am also thankful for things I don’t have. It isn’t necessary for me to be in a...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    November 18, 2015

The Trouble with Teaching

This past week an incident happened that reminded me of another time when the same thing occurred. I was staying at my nephew's in Billings because of medical appointments I had. The last day I was there, I ordered two pizzas delivered to his...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    November 11, 2015

Service Freely Given

A while ago I wrote about companies that include sexual overtones in their ads. One such ad was for a popular candy. Since then I’ve been asked how to contact a company who uses this type of ad and register an opinion. You can usually find an 800...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    November 4, 2015

Spot Those Collection Boxes

By the time the sun set on Dec. 28, 1983, it had started to sink in that my family and I were homeless. We had found shelter with my husband’s parents. The reason we were homeless was because we’d lost our house and everything we had in it,...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    News    October 28, 2015

Homecoming in Nashua

Saturday was a perfect Fall day for a Homecoming parade, bazaar, a hot bowl of soup, and the last home volleyball game in Nashua. A pink convertible in which were seated Nashua Homecoming King Joe Dun...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    News    October 28, 2015

Governor, Canadian Consul Honor Nashua's Shirley Ball

Recently, Montana's Gov. Steve Bullock joined with Canadian Consul General Marcy Grossman in welcoming guests to a retirement reception in honor of Honorary Consul Shirley Ball of Nashua. The...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    October 28, 2015

The Simplest Things

Last Saturday, as I was walking to the Nashua School to watch the volleyball games, one of my grandsons met me. He walked beside me for a few moments, then took off skipping. He returned to my side, still skipping. I smiled as I observed his energy....

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    October 21, 2015

Hip Replacement, Tenacity and Endurance

I’d been experiencing increasing pain in my right leg and decided I needed to find out what was causing it. So for most of the past month I’ve been in Billings for medical tests and consultations that resulted in the total replacement of my...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    September 16, 2015

"Just the facts, ma'am."

Some years ago there was a program on television called Dragnet. One of the detectives in the show would say “Just the facts, ma’am.” So, here are the facts. In October of 2014 I was told my cancer had metastasized to my bones. A malignant...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    September 9, 2015

Picnics Past and Present

This coming Sunday, the congregations of Queen of Angels in Nashua, St. Albert’s in Hinsdale, Holy Family in Glentana, and St. Raphael’s in Glasgow will gather for an outdoor Mass followed by a potluck picnic at Kiwanis Park in Fort Peck. As I...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    September 2, 2015

Looking with Hearts

Every once in a while we are surprised at what happens in this journey called Life. Our day-to-day existence often becomes rather routine, but occasionally our lives receive a bit of a jolt to remind us how good life really can be. Several weeks ago...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    August 19, 2015

Appreciating Ancestors

While watching my granddaughter vacuum the carpeting in my house not long ago, the thought struck me that she has never known any other way to clean carpets. As child of 11 years of age, I remember the carpet in my folks’ living room. It wasn’t...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    August 5, 2015

Exhibiting Creativity

Last Saturday there was a flea market in Glasgow. As I looked around at what people had brought to sell, I was struck by the thought of how creative people can be. There were several tables with handmade jewelry. One vendor had collages she had made...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 29, 2015

Faith Built to Last

In a couple of weeks, the parishioners of Queen of Angels Church in Nashua will have a special service and a potluck dinner to celebrate their parish. In June of 2017, the 100th anniversary of Queen of Angels will take place at the church. As I was...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 15, 2015

Cap Holter and Classic Country

Last Saturday night I went to a dance at the Nashua Senior Citizen Center. The Cap Holter family provided the music. As I listened to the songs I thought how great it was that Cap Holter, who is in his 90s, was joined by his daughter, Joyce, who...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 8, 2015

Contemplating Colors and Time Outdoors

Sometimes when looking at nature, I get curious about things I see. For instance, have you ever seen a rainbow that has jagged edges? I haven’t. And the colors are always in the same order. Why is that? Watching rain or snow falling, I wonder what...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 1, 2015

Bits and Pieces

Once again it seems time for a bits and pieces column. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to dye my hair. No particular reason for it other than I thought it would be fun to do. Because my hair was completely white, the light golden brown dye I chose...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    June 17, 2015

The Touch Of A Hand

This column originally ran Aug. 27, 2014. We are reprinting it due to its author's recent win for Best Column Writing at the 2015 Montana Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest. In church last Sunday, I felt a very light touch on the back...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    June 10, 2015

Describing the Prairie

Beautiful, harsh, breathtaking, difficult, inspiring. What do these words describe? The prairie. With the arrival of spring, bright yellow sweet peas begin to open their petals to the sun, followed by bluebells covering the prairie with beauty and...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    June 3, 2015

What's It Like Being Diagnosed with Cancer?

Last week Tom Brokaw appeared on the Dr. Oz show to talk about his cancer diagnosis. Because of prior commitments, I missed seeing it. I’m sure it was a very moving interview, as Brokaw is a master of words. As a cancer survivor since 2010, and...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    May 20, 2015

Simpler Times

A longtime friend, Bill, sends me a trivia question each day. So far I’ve managed to answer each one correctly. One of the more recent questions was to give the name of a game he described. the answer was jacks, a game I played for hours on end eit...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    May 6, 2015

Packing Bags Made Easy

Up until November of 2005, the only trips I’d taken were to southeast Iowa to my birthplace to visit my brother, nieces and nephews, and some lifelong friends. Over the last eight years or so, I’ve been able to take some long desired trips. For i...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    April 8, 2015

Spring Cleaning

Spring is here and with it comes planning vegetable gardens and which flowers to plant and where. And, of course, spring housecleaning. Going through closets, dressers, storage containers, and those hidden corners in the basement and attic. Washing...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    March 4, 2015

Do Simple, Happy Things

Many times I've heard someone say "All I want is to be happy." When a person is asked about what would make them happy, you'll hear, "Winning the lottery," "Being able to buy a new car," "Getting a bigger house." And the list goes on and on. Well,... Full story

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    February 25, 2015

Enough With The F Bombs

Since I don't have access to cable television, and refuse to pay $60 a month or more for a satellite dish, I decided to sign up for a company that offers a person the ability to choose not only movies but television programs to watch on their... Full story


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