Category Archives: Editor’s Column

Column: A personal challenge

This week a friend of mine sent me a TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert titled, “Success, failure and the drive to keep creating.” The talk focuses on what you do when you’re faced with either the blinding glare of success or the blinding glare of failure. It turns out that both endings fling you far… Continue Reading

Column: Collaboration over competition

Earlier this week a juvenile male stole a truck. He drove through town until law enforcement pulled him over. When the officer got out of his squad car, the juvenile man drove off, leading officers in a pursuit that traveled onto the interstate. Once on the interstate, the juvenile ended up on the wrong side… Continue Reading

Column: Gaining perspective over the years

Our education reporter, Alisa Brantz, started an interesting conversation in the newsroom the other day. She was talking about a group of kids at a local school district who didn’t know about the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. The kids have often heard the mantra “Never forget,” but were either too young… Continue Reading

Remembering my favorite titles

I’m not usually a fan of social media posts that call on you, and then others, to make lists. You know the ones I’m talking about. “List five words that describe our friendship,” or “List the top five most-played songs on your iPod.” If that wasn’t annoying enough, they then ask you to list 10… Continue Reading

Landmark day for women

Whether or not you knew it, the 94th anniversary of a pretty important day just passed us by this week. On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment — the one that granted U.S. women the right to vote — was signed into law. Voting is a right so many of us — and by us… Continue Reading

Taking the time, effort to give thanks

When is the last time you received a hand-written note from a friend? Whether it was a thank-you letter, an invitation to a gathering or just a way to catch up — can you remember? There is something very special about somebody taking the time to write, not just type, a note. The penmanship, the… Continue Reading

Little taste of life at Thorne-Rider Sunday

My neighbor, Nancy Silla, helps organize the Taste of Sheridan at Thorne-Rider Park each year. The event highlights the restaurant choices in town and let’s everyone see and learn about some of the projects happening in the northern neighborhoods. I’ve attended the Taste of Sheridan nearly every year, partially because I can hear the live… Continue Reading

No campfires, but many memories

Life usually gets in the way of everything I plan. Some would say I let it, others would say I need to learn to say no. This weekend, “life” simply took a turn and caused a change in events. I’ve written, several times now, about a trek to the top of Cloud Peak scheduled for… Continue Reading

Baseball teams around town prompt memories

Driving home from work at lunch Friday I passed by the Best Western on Main Street and saw a group of ballplayers hanging out in the parking lot. They must have been waiting for the rest of their team, coaches and parents to head to lunch somewhere. I forget, sometimes, how many teams travel to… Continue Reading

Small staff, good team in newsroom

One of the things about small newspapers, nearly every small newspaper, is that staff often come and go. Young reporters accept positions far from home to gain experience, but the plan is nearly always to move up and on. I’ve said many times, that was my plan. Why else would a twenty-something move 16 hours… Continue Reading

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

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