Articles written by Sandy Laumeyer

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 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

 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....


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