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Coping

Not long ago, I heard of a friend who had to be placed in a nursing home because he has Alzheimer’s and it was no longer possible for the family to care for him at home. How difficult this decision had to be for his family. And how heartbreaking...

 

Bits & Pieces

On Labor Day this year, we attended the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Lauckner Farm. There were 120 people who signed the guestbook. Those who were there exchanged memories of the Lauckner family from over the years. It may have even be...

 

Day to Day Kindnesses

Every once in a while, something happens that not only surprises you but brings you back to the realization of how blessed you are. It has become increasingly difficult over the past several years for me to take a shower because I’ve had to step...

 

This Year's Fair

This year’s fair is now a memory captured in photos, ribbons and souvenirs. A change in medication made it possible for me to attend this year’s Cancer Survivor ride. Being able to participate in this event is truly an honor and fills my heart...

 

Isolated, So Much to Do

One day when I was in a chat room on the internet - one of my favorite places to go - the topic of conversation was centered around shopping. Not surprising since at that time everyone in the room was female. When a comment was made about going to a...

 

On Documentaries

Lately, I’ve been watching documentaries on wildlife from around the world. One documentary was about wildlife in the Rocky Mountains, which peaked my curiosity. Is there one about eastern Montana? About prairie dogs, gophers (the Richardson...

 

A Bozo on Breastfeeding

Recently, I’ve seen an article on social media quite a few times that is very disturbing, to say the least, not to mention downright disgusting. Apparently, New Hampshire State Rep. Josh Moore once stated [in a Facebook post archived by the online...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    July 5, 2017

Old-Fashioned Hospitality

Not long ago with a conversation with a gentleman, the topic came up about how if you happen to stop in to visit with someone, they will insist you join them for lunch or supper. I made the comment that that is just the way it is where we live....

 

Rosie

She is 17 years old. And she has an attitude. She also thinks she is entitled to have some of everything we eat, whether it is part of our meal or our snacks. She is a cat and her name is Rosie. Because of health issues, her owner had to move to an a...

 

Thankful for Every Drop

We all know how fickle Mother Nature can be. I don’t think there’s one month I haven’t seen weather that is unusual. Take this month -- June -- for example. Normally we have a pretty decent growing season. But one year, the growing season was...

 

FPST, Hope for Rain, Lucky Clovers

Sunday was a delightful day for me. Our son, Carl, and his family treated me to the Sunday matinee of Arsenic and Old Lace at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre and dinner afterwards at the Gateway. The people who worked so hard to bring live theatre to...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Pangs of Homesickness

Moving from the wooded hills of southeast Iowa to the prairie of northeastern Montana was quite a change for me. What I missed the most was the sparsity of trees. Going down the hill of Highway 438 to join U.S. Highway 2 in October of 1968, I was...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    May 24, 2017

Celebrations, Stories, and Spiritual Needs

There are two upcoming events in Valley County in June and September that are a testimony to determination, hard work, communities pulling together, but most of all to hope and faith. In late June, the Bethel Grain Church north of Nashua will...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Negative Ads, Mother's Day, A Bit of Advice

It’s a bits and pieces week again. I hope all the mothers in our area had a really nice Mother’s Day. I was fotunate to have three of my children with me, five of my grandchildren, and to receive a phone call from my fourth child. Besides my...

 
 By Sandy Laumeyer    Opinion    May 10, 2017

The Promise of Hope

Life can change in the blink of an eye. I sure found that out at 12:50 a.m. on April 29. I had gotten up to find the lotion I use on my hands because they were itching so badly. I reached out to pull the light cord on the ceiling fan and lost my...

 

Easter Thoughts

While preparing Easter Sunday dinner, my thoughts drifted back to an Easter some years ago that definitely has been unforgettable. We always hosted Easter Sunday dinner because of calving season. This particular year, Easter also fell on my birthday....

 

Accepting a Little Help

This week has started out with joy, laughter and thankfulness. On Sunday, our son, Joe, and his wife, Crystal, and their family hosted a famly dinner at their home. My husband and I were blessed with having all four of our children present. It was a...

 

Loving the Lone Star

Last week, a picture appeared on my Facebook page that brought me to tears. It’s a photo of a rancher standing near charred fence posts and burnt, twisted, and broken barbed wire as he looks across scorched and blackened grazing land. Just a very s...

 

May Your Week be Blessed

In spite of a couple rough spots the week before last, and one the week before that, it was a great one. Two weeks ago Sunday, I had a really nice visit with a friend. I’d shared with her about a doctor’s appointment I’d had. I told her a CT sc...

 

Sunshine, No Wind, Birds Singing

Yesterday (Sunday) was a stunningly beautiful day. Sunshine, no wind, birds singing, and warm. You could almost feel Spring waiting to make its entrance. When I went to one of my favorite websites, a picture of a field of wildflowers popped up. The...

 

Bits and Pieces

Saturday evening, I received a very pleasant suprise. A lovely bouquet of flowers was delivered to me. I have no idea who sent them. But whoever did, if you are reading this, thank you very, very much for your thoughtful gift. It has already brought...

 

There's More to Marriage than Rings

A few days ago I heard of a young couple who had just gotten engaged. What an exciting moment in their lives. And a memory that will last a lifetime. But there’s so much more to getting married than just a set of rings and planning a wedding. Years...

 

Internet Ugliness in a Civilized Nation

This past week, my thoughts have been filled with several things. The first one I want to address is all the ugliness that’s been in the constant forefront of not only the news but on social sites on the internet as well. Granted, there are many...

 

Exemplary Representatives

Yesterday, our granddaughter assisted with the music for church by playing her clarinet. I always smile when I hear her play. It seems to add something special to the music. And it brings thoughts of the music of the people hundreds of years ago....

 

Chances & Opportunities

It’s been said that time flies. It surely does. When a couple gets married, they really don’t think about the years ahead. They usually hope to have children. When their children are born, they don’t really understand how fast that time can...

 

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