Category Archives: Columns

When we moved to suburbia

Howdy, friends. This is a sneak peek at my column for this Sunday. I apologize for the weird paragraph issues. No matter how many times I copy and paste it into here, it keeps deleting the breaks. I’ll try to … Continue reading

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Running: Why I’m not taking a shower

If you see me in the afternoon at work, chances are my hair is in a ponytail. And most of my makeup is gone. It’s all because I have a secret. A dirty little secret: When I go for a … Continue reading

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On being afraid to be helpful

Here is my column from the Sunday features section: Every day, I see kids walking to school. Sometimes there’s a little brother or sister trailing a big kid. Sometimes it’s a few primary grade kids doing the distracted walk that … Continue reading

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Column: Christmas Traditions

Howdy, friends. Here is my weekly column: Everyone knows that when you get married, you have to make some compromises. OK, a lot of compromises. I prefer it when my husband is the one who bends, but it doesn’t always … Continue reading

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Why we just say no to ‘Elf on a Shelf’

My coworker Mike and I started joking about Elf on a Shelf one day. Turns out, he and his wife and their four kids adore the creepy little elf. We decided to write dueling columns on our elf feelings. I … Continue reading

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Why I won’t call my daughter’s butt her “booty”

Here is my column for this week: What ever happened to your butt? I’m talking about the word, not necessarily the body part (although after two kids, it would be fair to wonder, what did exactly happen to my entire … Continue reading

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How much gun talk is normal for kids?

Friends, here is my parenting column this week: A few weeks ago, I called a friend of mine who has four sons. I was desperate for advice about an issue I never expected to come up in our house: Guns. … Continue reading

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I got up at 4 a.m. for this?

Howdy, friends. This past weekend was my last chance to do a 20-miler before the marathon. You know, since I am cramming all my training into two weeks and all. So I got up at 4, and met some friends … Continue reading

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First day of school … but not at our house

Friends, here is my column from this Sunday’s paper. When I was in kindergarten, we were the otters. Each class had its own little animal, and that was ours. I don’t remember much about my first year of school besides … Continue reading

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The Fitty and the Foodie!

Howdy, friends. If you’ve read this long enough, you probably know that I’m the local news editor for the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Well, this week we launched a new little project — because I have so … Continue reading

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