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FAB Committee bringing film to Sheridan

April 4, 2014

The countdown has begun to the FAB (For. About.By.) Women’s Conference — at least for me. In 174 days, this year’s conference will begin. That means Sept. 27 at Sheridan College’s Edward A. Whitney Academic Center, women of Sheridan County, the state of Wyoming and potentially areas of Montana and South Dakota will gather to Read More

Holding each other accountable

March 28, 2014

I went out for a drink with a friend and colleague of mine several weeks ago. We talked work, we talked life and we talked goals. She let me know that one of her “bucket list” items included summiting Cloud Peak. Most of us have things we “always wanted to do” but never found the Read More

Dreaming of dirt, sprouts and goodies

March 21, 2014

Wednesday night, instead of lying in bed mentally drafting the next day’s to-do list, I decided to plan this year’s garden. My husband and I have had a plot at the community garden near Sagebrush Elementary School since it got started a few years ago. Each year, for the most part, we’ve planted the same Read More

Fear of flying; fascination with missing plane

March 14, 2014

I’ve never been a terrible flyer — no nausea, white knuckles or panic attacks — but I’ve never enjoyed it. Forget the uncomfortable seats, cramped spaces and rude passengers; I’m not a fan of flying in a large metal tube thousands of feet above the ground. I’ve said before that heights are my biggest fear. Read More

Clearing the air on council sessions

March 7, 2014

We all make mistakes. Those mistakes are not always spiteful or premeditated, sometimes they are simply mistakes. A demonstration of genuine remorse can go a long way. Attempts to right the wrong go even further. On that note, The Sheridan Press incorrectly referenced a comment made by Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey at the March 3 Read More

Good neighbors

February 28, 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about what it means to be a good neighbor. With all the snow we’ve gotten lately, my husband and I are often out trying to help keep our driveway and our neighbor’s driveway clear of snow. We hate the ice sheet that builds up at the curb, preventing Read More

Press reaches Facebook milestone — 1,000+ likes

February 21, 2014

The Sheridan Press reached a milestone this month. It wasn’t a birthday or the hiring of the first female sports editor, no, it’s a Facebook milestone. We’ve officially reached more than 1,000 likes on the world famous social media site. I know, I know, we’re no Rihanna (she has more than 82 million likes) or Read More

Cultivate courage in those around you

February 14, 2014

Courage isn’t a trait with which everyone is born. Some people just have it. Others have to cultivate it as a skill. When I was younger, I typically only did the things I was afraid of when I was pushed to do so by others. Sure, I’d jump off that swing — but not before Read More

Leave your #SochiProblems at the door, just compete

February 7, 2014

No water. Dead bees in honey packets. Stray dogs. A missing Olympic ring. Comparisons to the Hunger Games. The Twitter community has been overwhelmed with complaints about the facilities in Sochi and the games have only just begun. Despite all of those problems and the threat of terrorists, though, I would love to attend the Read More

No Broncos fever here

January 31, 2014

If you’re not a Broncos fan, this week was either entertaining or extremely annoying. Fans have donned their orange and blue all week. They’ve talked stats and chances, organized parties and made sure guests who plan to attend know that they actually plan to watch the game. No tomfoolery allowed here. I can laugh this Read More

Expressing your love of music

January 24, 2014

Oh my gosh! Turn up the radio, I love this song! That’s my jam. Rock those beats. Those are some nifty tunes. The number of ways people express their love for music is endless. They vary from region to region and across the world, but most people have been moved by music at some point Read More

Finding a bigger purpose

January 17, 2014

In the last several weeks individuals at varying stages of their lives have broached the topic of purpose in conversations with me. The level of depth in the questions asked covered a broad range. Am I meant to take this job? Should we try for a child? Would this radically different hair style work on Read More

Arts and crafts, not for me

January 10, 2014

I’ve never been a very crafty person. I admire the skills others have, but have rarely found the patience or talent necessary to create something pretty, handy or artsy. Trust me, I’ve tried. When I was a kid, I was surrounded by the finer arts. Several of my aunts quilted, my mom did cross-stitching and Read More

Hot tea remedy

December 27, 2013

Hot tea can make you feel good no matter what is ailing you. Have you ever noticed that? Have you come down with a cold? No problem, drink some tea with honey to soothe that aching throat. Have a headache? Breathe in the hot vapors and sip the tea down slowly. You’re guaranteed to feel Read More

Good reads for a cold winter

December 20, 2013

Books are my weakness. Ask any good friend of mine and they will tell you, a good book to me is a little piece of heaven. Whenever my husband is out of town I go through at least one or two books a week. I know our publisher, Stephen Woody, talks a lot about books Read More

Winter warmth found in the kitchen

December 13, 2013

One of the best parts about this time of year — I mean winter, not the holidays — is the ability to bake your heart away without dying of heat stroke in your kitchen. Baking just isn’t the same in the summer when you are dripping sweat. I don’t recall watching any TV cooking shows Read More

Giving a little less this year

December 6, 2013

Like many others this time of year, I’ve been struggling with finding the perfect Christmas gift for some of the special people in my life. I’ve spent hours searching online deals, googling “gifts for…” and asking friends what they are getting for their friends and family. Gift boxes, TVs, iPads, laptops, movies, music, books…. The Read More

Winter is when true movies shine

November 29, 2013

Most people who know me well know I’m kind of a movie nerd. Those who know me really well know I will watch just about any movie except horror films. I hate horror films. Anyway, as a film geek, I get pretty excited for the winter months. Summer blockbusters are great. You get the action-packed Read More

Where we draw the line on paid and free advertising

November 15, 2013

The need for another “how newspapers work” article came up recently. We’ve gotten some questions on how we choose our local briefs and why some things are included while others are not. The Sheridan Press decided to expand the local briefs section of the newspaper more than a year ago. Prior to the fall of Read More

Vision, its the little things that count

November 8, 2013

I went to the eye doctor for an annual check up this week. We went through the usual routine. Stare at the little barn while it gets blurry, click the little button when you see blurry circles on the screen. Now, take your contacts out and let’s see how you’re doing. While the doctor filled Read More

Name dropping: When anonymous is OK, when it’s not

November 1, 2013

There has been a lot of talk in the newsroom lately about when to include names of individuals in articles and when it is OK to use anonymous sources. First, let me say that it is our policy to avoid anonymous sources. The primary reason is motive. Why would somebody who believes strongly in something Read More

Well-deserved ‘thanks’ to federal workers

October 18, 2013

I try to avoid politics in my columns, but after the last couple of weeks it is hard to resist. While some posted comments on Facebook about being happy the government was shutdown, I quietly fumed. Jokes were made about the “gooberment” and how too many people rely on government for too many services. I Read More

Warmth of friends helped get us through

October 11, 2013

The storm last weekend really got me thinking. I’m kind of a pansy when it comes to not having any power. Most of the time I like to think I could rough it with the best of them. Live off the grid, fetch water from the well and pretend I live on the wild frontier Read More

FAB down but not dead

October 4, 2013

Well, schucks. Months of planning, speakers lined up, goodie bags ordered and catering planned. I kept looking out the window last night at the rain, telling myself it would be OK. No snow had stuck yet and I was sure things would work out. Yet the best laid plans are always subject to Wyoming weather, Read More

Alittle me time goes a long way

September 6, 2013

In the 24-hour news cycle that dominates journalism today, it is easy to find yourself run a little ragged. Everyone who calls believes their event is the most important thing to be covered, and in an attempt to do it all, you work way more hours than you ever planned and still, not everyone is Read More

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