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 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    December 17, 2014 

Huge Small Moments

There are small moments in a person’s life that are huge. Other small moments turn into victories. As I stepped out of the church pew at the end of the service, one of my grandsons looked up at me and said, “Grandma, I’m going to light a... Full story

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    December 10, 2014

Christmas: What Matters Is We're Together

1967. Christmas. It was going to be a great Christmas because my brother had returned safe and sound from a year's tour of duty in Vietnam and had reached the end of his two years of service in the U.S. Army. He'd been discharged early in November....

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    December 3, 2014

Mr. Max Cousins

Not long ago, I read of a high school science teacher and how he has inspired a love for science in his students. The article reminded me of my science teacher when I was a freshman. His name was Max Cousins. Of course, he was Mr. Cousins to the...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    November 19, 2014

So Much To Do

This seems to be another week for a this and that column. For the past several months we've been attending Nashua volleyball games and the JAM basketball games as our granddaughter plays volleyball and we have two grandsons playing basketball. The...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    November 12, 2014

Rounding Up The Cattle

Ranchers are busy rounding up their cattle and getting the calves ready for market. Roundup can take from a few days to several weeks. One of the most impressive sights is when the cattle are being gathered up and moved to corrals on the Wittmayer...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    October 29, 2014

That Halloween Smell

Halloween – a time for costumes, ghosts, goblins and monsters. It's always so fun to see the children dressed up as their favorite character. For me, Halloween brings back the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and the Friday night... Full story

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    October 22, 2014

Fighting Cancer Again

I am writing this column from Billings, where I am undergoing five radiation treatments. The drug I was taking to keep my breast cancer at bay failed. I was told by two oncologists that some active cancer cells developed a resistance to the drug,...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    October 1, 2014

The Younger Generation Comes Through

Many of you have probably heard about Robert Back, a high school student at Belt, who sustained a head injury while playing in a high school football game. Word spread quickly about his injury and condition. A fund was set up to help with his...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    September 24, 2014

The Joy Of A Growing Fingernail

This week seems to be one for writing about this and that. So here goes. Last week, I was trimming my fingernails. When I got to the forefinger – or is it called the pointer finger – on my left hand, I stopped for a few minutes, recalling how exc...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    September 17, 2014

Mrs. Fix-It

Over the years I've found it really does help to know some basics about repairing vehicles and farm equipment. The first car my husband and I had was a Chevy four-door sedan. About a year after he purchased it, a problem developed. For some reason,... Full story

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    September 10, 2014

On The Road Again

Traveling is something I really enjoy. Several weeks ago, I accepted an invitation to accompany a friend to Iowa. A real plus was knowing I'd have the opportunity to visit with my brother as well as nieces and nephews and cousins. Getting to just...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    August 27, 2014

The Touch Of A Hand

In church last Sunday, I felt a very light touch on the back of my hair. Wondering what was touching my hair, I suddenly realized it was my almost 3-year-old granddaughter, who was ever so carefully using one tiny finger to gently go from about the...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    August 13, 2014

The Power Of One

Many times I've heard, "What difference can I make? I'm just one person." Dr. Gordy Klatt was just one person. Because of him and his determination to help as many people diagnosed with cancer as he could, and hopes of eventually finding a cure,...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 30, 2014

Friday Night's Heroes

I read a quote last week that said "Heroes are remembered, legends never die." Last Friday night I saw a lot of heroes. Some of them were bald, some had very short hair, some walked with canes but they were all heroes. They were the people who wore...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 23, 2014

Don't Feel Like A Number

Every once in a while – and especially when a person is celebrating a birthday – the subject of age always draws comments. Such as “I remember when I was 21 ... or 30 ... or 40 ...” As a child, I thought if someone was 30 or 40 they were...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 16, 2014

What's Your Story?

Not long ago I saw an ad that asked the question, "What's your story?" That question brought back memories of "old" people I knew when I was a child. Living next door to my family was a couple who told my parents my brother and I should call them...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 9, 2014

The Choices We Make

Like everyone else, I constantly have choices to make. Some choices are easy because the right and wrong are clear. But some are shadowed in doubt. There are choices that can be made in an instant and then there are others that take hours or days or...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 2, 2014

Treasures In The Closet

Have you ever noticed how something that was popular 30 or 40 years ago suddenly becomes the rage again? For instance, tie-dye clothing. In the 1970s it was seen everywhere. There were tie-dye shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, jackets. You could even...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    June 25, 2014

Strange But True Smart Animal Stories

*++++++++++++++++++ gvbhhhhhhj I'm not sure what the above line says. It was typed by my cat, Holly, who has no qualms about walking across my computer keyboard. At times she has signed me out of a website, brought up an ad, and typed comments in my...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    June 18, 2014

No Expiration Date For Making Your Dream Come True

Last week we decided to go visit my husband's brother, Bob, who lives in Boulder. Since we wanted to spend most of the week with him and it's a 400-mile drive to his home, we left on Sunday and drove as far as Havre, where we stayed overnight with... Full story

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    June 4, 2014

Mushroom Time

On my Facebook page a couple days ago, a great-nephew posted a picture of the Morel mushrooms he and his sons had found. Looking at the mushrooms, I could taste them. Oh, how I was wishing I had some to cook. I grew up in southeast Iowa, where Morel... Full story

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    May 28, 2014

For Grads, A Journey Begins

College, high school and eighth grade graduation ceremonies are taking place in the nation's schools. It is a time of joy, smiles, hugs and tears. Graduation is a major milestone in a person's life ... no matter what age they are. All the work in...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    May 14, 2014

It's Seeding Time

It's seeding time. Farmers are putting in long days preparing their fields and then seeding wheat, barley, oats, legumes and more. As I watch sea gulls hovering above the newly seeded ground, it takes me back to my first spring on the farm. When my...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    April 23, 2014

Cars Are Disposable; Memories Of Family Cars Are Not

While visiting with my daughter, the conversation turned to cars she and I remembered over the years when she, her sister and brothers were growing up. We laughed as I said I recalled a nephew telling me that my husband and I bought disposable cars....

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    News    April 16, 2014

Nashua Post Office Survives, But Hours Cut

Under the Post Plan, the U.S. Post Office has closed a number of community post offices and reduced hours for smaller towns. The plan was developed as an alternative to closing the smaller post offices. On Thursday, April 4, Rhonda Mailey, who...

 

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