Category Archives: Editor’s Column

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

Exciting prospects on the horizon

There is a lot of buzz in the newsroom these last couple of weeks. Or at least there is a buzz in my office. We have the most staff we’ve had in quite some time and we’re all excited about what this means in terms of what we can do. Part of this adventure will… Continue Reading

It may be another Netflix weekend

Hi, my name is Kristen and I’m a Netflix-aholic. Well, not really, but I’m seriously considering becoming one this weekend. We don’t watch a lot of TV in our house. Yes, we have cable — but it’s mostly so I can watch the cable news channels. Otherwise, my husband and I watch the occasional episode… Continue Reading

A changing sense of home

As you grow older — moving from high school, to college and to your first jobs — the concept of home changes with you. When you’re younger, home is where your parents are. It’s where you live and where you are surrounded by loved ones. In college, my sense of home changed a little bit.… Continue Reading

Sad realizations

It is a sad day when you realize your pet is getting older. Of course, each day they age. But one day, you look up and you realize that they aren’t quite as spry as they used to be. That day happened to me a couple of weekends ago. My husband and I went snowshoeing… Continue Reading

Column: Award season buzz

This time of year is always a blast for me. I never watch the red-carpet awards shows, but I like to read the follow-up coverage on who won and who was nominated. The coverage helps me pick out the movies I may have missed throughout the year and need to either catch in the local… Continue Reading

Column: Almost time for FAB

It’s almost that time again — time for the 2015 FAB (For.About.By.) Women’s Conference. If it sounds different from last year already, that’s because it is. We heard some feedback from attendees and those who couldn’t make it that fall was just a tough time of year to get away. So, we moved the event… Continue Reading

Winter driving always an adventure

Winter travel in Wyoming is always kind of a game of chance. Sometimes it snows, sometimes it hails and sometimes its 60 degrees and sunny. Thursday, it felt like it was a little bit of all three. That day, I drove to Cheyenne with two Press reporters to attend the Wyoming Press Association convention (see… Continue Reading

Headlines we wished for, nearly achieved

Ahhh, a whole new year. The hectic 12 months that was 2014 has come to an end and I’m already filling up the calendar for 2015. In that mix are trips, hikes, meetings and the like. But really, these past few days, I’ve been getting my social media and “looking back” fix. I’m a sucker… Continue Reading

Holiday deeds that warm the heart

This time of year it is a lot of fun to be a reporter. Yes, it tends to be a quieter season, but it is also a season full of heartwarming stories of love, caring and giving. I spent this Christmas alone — well, mostly, my dog was home too. My husband was helping family… Continue Reading

Column: Joys of travel, holidays

A couple of days ago, I began a trip down to Florida to hang out with my husband and his family who live just outside of Gainesville. I haven’t spent much time in Florida, but I’ve spent many, many hours in airports. In college, I was in an airport almost every weekend between February and… Continue Reading

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