Category Archives: Editor’s Column

Column: More excuses to play tourist

Having company in town provides a fantastic excuse to play tourist. This weekend, it’s my brother’s visit to Sheridan that allows me the privilege. We plan on taking full advantage of what Sheridan has to offer for the four days he will be in town. We’ll start off with some hiking in the Bighorn Mountains… Continue Reading

Celebrate women who serve

Friday was a day women could celebrate. Really, everyone should celebrate, but women in particular. On Friday, two female soldiers became the first of their gender to graduate the U.S. military’s Ranger School, one of the most challenging courses in the world. They endured incredible physical and mental hardships and achieved not only a personal… Continue Reading

Column: Feeling like a poor college kid, again

Last week, I registered for classes to begin studying for the master’s in business administration program through the University of Wyoming. Between the classes, books and fees, I feel like I’m a 20-year-old poor college student again. Don’t get me wrong, UW has a very affordable program and I’ll have help through loans to pay… Continue Reading

Column: A simple thank you

This has been an interesting week for me. On Sunday, my husband left for work and I began to putz around the house. I did laundry, did the dishes, turned my music up loud and danced with my vacuum. Then I heard chatter coming from my bedroom. My husband’s handheld radio was on and there… Continue Reading

Column: The end of summer months

So the countdown begins. Today is the first day of the last of this year’s summer months. Sure, we’ll have some warm days in September, but with school starting and fall sports starting later in August, it will be hard to restrain myself from reaching for a blanket on cooler evenings. Fall will soon be… Continue Reading

Column: Trimming the unnecessary from life

I started doing some pruning in my life in the last several weeks. As my calendar days became more crowded with appointments, activities and duties, I decided I needed to trim the things from my life that had no lasting impact or didn’t make me happy. For example, there were certain things I did on… Continue Reading

Garden treats

Pretty soon, I’ll be bringing home lots of goodies from my plot at the Sagebrush Community Garden. Obviously, this is one of my favorites parts of gardening. You get to nurse those little seeds into thriving green sprouts and eventually pick the ripe veggies and fruits from the stems. I love knowing exactly where my… Continue Reading

Column: A buzz around town

By Kristen Czaban There is a certain buzz about the city this weekend as locals and tourists alike prepare to enjoy the Fourth of July weekend and roll into Rodeo Week. Whether you’re a rodeo fan or not, it is difficult to ignore the sense of excitement that fills the community and all of its… Continue Reading

Column: Soul-soothing summer weekends

Summer never feels real until two things happen. I know it sounds silly, but there are just certain things you do in the summertime that don’t feel the same the rest of the year. I don’t mean watering and weeding my garden and I don’t mean mowing the lawn. I don’t even mean the first… Continue Reading

Column: Reel back to the ‘80s with Relay for Life

Relay for Life has always been an event that I’ve admired. I remember being in high school, choosing costumes for various event themes and spending the night walking around a track laughing and crying with fellow relay participants. I hope you’ll all consider attending, supporting the cause with a donation or by joining a team.… Continue Reading

Column: Enough with the Lebron bashing

So Lebron couldn’t get it done. He must not be better than Jordan or Kobe or Bill Russell or Robert Horry or anyone who has won more than two NBA Championships. While Skip Bayless dumps the Lebron Haterade all over himself on ESPN this week, those of us who are rational thinking people should marvel… Continue Reading

Column: Morning bike rides

Each spring I anxiously await the day when I can ride my bike to work. Because I wait until it isn’t freezing outside, it is obvious I’m not a hardcore cyclist. If it’s too cold, rainy or any other weather extreme, I’m likely going to be in my car. But there is something special about… Continue Reading

Column: Sad to see colleague moving on

We all spend most of our waking hours at work. No matter whether that work is in an office, on a construction site or in the Bighorn Mountains — work is where we spend most of our time. We get to know our colleagues. We laugh with them. We get frustrated with them. We even… Continue Reading

Navigating the chaos of construction

Recently, my husband and I — with the help of his sister and a friend— started a fairly major construction project. Our garage has been leaking since we bought our house, so we’ve finally decided to tear it down and start over. This means chaos on a daily basis. We spent our Memorial Day weekend… Continue Reading

Column: Make Memorial Day personal

It’s easy as the weather warms and the days become longer to forget what Memorial Day is really about. It’s not the three-day weekend or the barbecues. It isn’t about the unofficial kick off to summer. It’s about something much more personal than that. For me, it’s about family and friends. I’ve never served in… Continue Reading

Column: Measures of devotion

Next week, The Sheridan Press will launch a series of features highlighting local veterans who have beared the burden of our country’s cause. We’ve been blessed to have individuals volunteer to sacrifice their lives, their time and their well-being for us in our nation’s armed forces. It is a debt that can never be fully… Continue Reading

Column: Remember that high school math? Me neither

If you’re reading this Saturday morning, enjoying your coffee and relaxing in your home, I’m jealous. This morning, I’m sitting in front of a computer in a testing center in Billings, Montana, taking a four-hour test. Ugh. Over the last few months, I made the decision to go to graduate school (assuming I’m accepted to… Continue Reading

Column: Always a city girl?

I’ve lived in Sheridan for nearly seven years now. Initially, when I moved here in 2008, I swore up and down I would only be here for one year. I had just graduated from Northwestern University (Go ‘Cats!) and just needed some more work experience before I could move up to a bigger newspaper. Those… Continue Reading

Column: Itching for dirt under my nails

Spring has sprung — mostly — and I’m all of a sudden eager to get into my garden and get some dirt under my fingernails. For the last several years, my husband and I have utilized a plot at one of the community gardens in town. We pay our $40 and we get to use… Continue Reading

Building each other up

Today, I’m probably taking a minute to relax and breathe a little bit now that the FAB (For. About. By.) Women’s Conference has ended for 2015. Anyone who tells you planning an event is easy is fooling you. I’m not sure I could have done it without the support of the committee of women who… Continue Reading

When it comes in threes

There is an urban legend of sorts that death always comes in threes. I’ve never believed it or seen it happen, though. Yes, I’ve known people who have died. But their deaths were not followed directly by the deaths of other friends or loved ones. So, I never believed the urban legend to be true.… Continue Reading

Column: Spring sports fever

While most sports fans are combing their TVs for coverage of the NCAA tournaments, I’m not. Don’t get me wrong. I like basketball and I’ll watch a game here and there. But, this time of year my focus is elsewhere in the sports world — college softball. I don’t know what it is about this… Continue Reading

Column: Sweaty palms, turning stomach

I’ve always slightly dreaded any need for publicly speaking in front of large groups. I do it anyway, and I get over it, but it always makes me nervous. My palms get sweaty, my stomach turns a little and my thoughts tend to get a little jumbled. So when I was invited to be a… Continue Reading

Why innovating is never easy

A colleague recently introduced me to Clay Christensen and his concept of “disruptive innovation.” The phrase is a bit of a buzzword these days, appearing in Forbes, The Seattle Times, The Economist and even leading to events like a “festival of disruption.” For those of you who don’t know him, just as I didn’t, Christensen… Continue Reading

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