Category Archives: Editor’s Column

Column: Failing gracefully

I failed. Recently, I attempted a task — one I thought was pretty important — and utterly failed. I knew as soon as I had finished the task that it hadn’t gone well. I immediately started rummaging through notes to figure out what I had missed. I went back through the task several times to… Continue Reading

Column: Some habits die hard

Some habits change as you open new chapters in your life. Other habits stick around and are nearly impossible to break. For example, I buy a lot of books. I have always spent a decent amount of my income on books. Well, to be more specific, on reading material of all kinds — books, magazines,… Continue Reading

The life of a student: Relearning the ropes

Things have been hectic. OK, that’s a bit of an understatement. As fall takes its sweet time arriving in Sheridan  — for example with this 95-degree Saturday at the end of September — I’ve been using all of my time to try and be a student again. I really shouldn’t say “again.” I like to… Continue Reading

Column: Millenials are more engaged than you think

Over and over again, many of us here the lament that the youth of our country just don’t care about what is going on around them. They are disengaged and seem uninterested in politics, policy and the future of this country. Yet, on Wednesday, while more than 23 million people tuned in to CNN to… Continue Reading

The exhaustion, love of pet ownership

Sometimes the ups and downs of pet ownership can be exhausting — both physically and emotionally. A little more than a week ago, my weimaraner Toby got sick. I have no idea what he got into, but he was a very unhappy dog that left very unhappy gifts for me in the house for about… Continue Reading

Column: Going above and beyond

Despite all of the glory and excitement, sometimes sports can be rough. You don’t get as much playing time as you want, you lose, you get knocked down. This summer, I convinced a friend of mine to play on The Sheridan Press softball team — also known as the Muckrakers. Jenny Turner eagerly agreed and… Continue Reading

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

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