Articles written by Sandy Laumeyer

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 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

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    February 18, 2015

Life's Not Fair If You Let It Be That Way

I will get a check on Friday for $400," a young man told his mother, "and I won't get to keep one penny of it because my car insurance is $400. It just isn't fair." My answer would be, "There's a lot in life people think isn't fair. But there's a... Full story

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    February 4, 2015

My Grandparents, The Immigrants

For quite a long time now immigration has been a hot topic in our nation. There are so many facets to this it is extremely difficult to address all of them. In reading article after article concerning immigration, I was reminded of all four of my...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    January 28, 2015

The Goodness Of Our Youth Far Outweighs The Bad

Last Saturday I attended the basketball games at the Nashua School. When the school band started playing the national anthem, three elementary students – I'm guessing third or fourth grade – began singing the words. How wonderful, I thought,...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    January 21, 2015


Victory. It doesn't always have to be a huge one. In the case of people working to overcome serious health issues, the little victories can be and often are the sweetest. For almost five months, I was unable to turn over on my left side in bed at...

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    January 7, 2015

Little Jimmy Dickens

The music world has lost a true legend with the passing of Little Jimmy Dickens. No one promoted the Grand Ole Opry and country music any more than the diminutive Dickens. During the early 1960s, the KRNT Theatre in Des Moines, Iowa, hosted a... Full story

 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    December 31, 2014

New Year Remembering Old Friends

In just a few days another year comes to an end. Somehow the years seem to pass much more quickly than they used to. Before I know it, I’m looking at a new year beginning before I’m finished with the old one. Each year fills our lives with...

 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...


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