Category Archives: Editor’s Column

Love sports, but soccer not my thing

Sports have always been a big part of my life. I grew up attending my brother’s hockey, baseball and lacrosse games. I played softball and basketball for many, many years. I’ve always enjoyed live sporting events — never really mattered what it was. Granted, baseball was always one of my favorites. The game is fun… Continue Reading

My sixth anniversary

This week marked my sixth anniversary as an employee at The Sheridan Press. If you would have told me six years ago that this day would ever come, I likely would have laughed and shrugged it off. After all, I had big plans (don’t most 22 year olds?). I intended to travel the world with… Continue Reading

Politics junkie

While professionally, at the newspaper, we’ve decided to go easy on the 2014 election coverage until after rodeo so we don’t lose everyone’s interest, personally I’ve been glued to anything political I can read. As I’ve said many times before, I’m a huge nerd. I love politics almost as much as I love journalism. My… Continue Reading

Is it rodeo yet?

I know the Sheridan WYO Rodeo is still weeks away, but I already can’t wait for all of the excitement that surrounds this community’s premier event. We’ve just sent our rodeo magazine off to print and I’m excited to see how it turns out. Anyone who wants to know about the rodeo or the surrounding… Continue Reading

Cheers to my work family

If you don’t like a little sap, stop reading. Things are about to get pretty cheesy. It is not very often that you find a group of people that you not only enjoy working with, but enjoy socializing with outside the office. Yes, I know it is possible, but this is the first job I’ve… Continue Reading

Falling behind — time for a book

I’ve gotten pretty behind in my reading in the last few months. I typically have several books going at one time — one for each kind of day and each kind of mood. For example, I typically have a historical novel for days when I’m feeling reminiscent. I have a historical nonfiction, leadership or gardening… Continue Reading

Sounds of summer music to the ears

This time of year always makes me miss Chicago. Not for the tall buildings, the crowds or the world’s best pizza — though there are times I miss those too. As the grass turns green and the weather starts to warm, I long for the sounds, smells and cheers that always came from Wrigley Field.… Continue Reading

Out with the old, in with the new

My husband and I have a lot of trees at our house. Up until last October we had three apple trees, two plum trees, a buckeye, a couple choke cherries and what I think is an ash. I say up until last October because we are now down one apple tree. That early season snowstorm… Continue Reading

Finding time to dig deeper

Each of us could be better at something. Some want to be better runners or parents, while others maybe just want to perfect their golf game. In the spirit of bettering the newspaper, staff members at The Sheridan Press have participated in at least three trainings in the last several months. The entire newsroom visited… Continue Reading

Unionizing the NCAA

I know this won’t be a popular opinion, but give me a chance to explain myself. I’m sure at least some folks have seen in the news the attempt by Northwestern football players to unionize and I’m rather proud of them. I was a student athlete in college, and while I wasn’t the most talented,… Continue Reading

FAB Committee bringing film to Sheridan

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… Continue Reading

Holding each other accountable

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… Continue Reading

Dreaming of dirt, sprouts and goodies

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… Continue Reading

Fear of flying; fascination with missing plane

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.… Continue Reading

Clearing the air on council sessions

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… Continue Reading

Good neighbors

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… Continue Reading

Press reaches Facebook milestone — 1,000+ likes

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… Continue Reading

Cultivate courage in those around you

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… Continue Reading

Leave your #SochiProblems at the door, just compete

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… Continue Reading

No Broncos fever here

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… Continue Reading

Expressing your love of music

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… Continue Reading

Finding a bigger purpose

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… Continue Reading

Arts and crafts, not for me

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… Continue Reading

Hot tea remedy

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… Continue Reading

Good reads for a cold winter

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… Continue Reading

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