Category Archives: Editor’s Column

Find the fire through the hokey

Find the fire through the hokey

Conventions bring out the awkward in everybody. They tend to focus on schmoozing and back-patting rather than productive feedback and critique. It doesn’t matter what kind of convention it is. Government agencies, high school leadership courses, etc. can all exude their own amount of hokey. You know what I’m talking about. But, sometimes, you attend… Continue Reading

Training grounds: 3 down, 18 to go

At about 6:15 a.m. today (Monday), I finished my third workout with Caryn Moxey from PURENERGY Fitness in Sheridan.  My muscles are tired and sore, but in a good way. I’ve already had a few embarrassing moments. I already feel better. First let’s talk embarrassment. Caryn and I have been meeting at about 5:30 a.m.… Continue Reading

Marching for recognition, solidarity

On Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people will march through our nation’s capitol. The Women’s March on Washington, D.C., started with a Facebook page, and once again showing the power of social media, the idea grew into a movement.  The idea from the start has been to challenge… Continue Reading

Training grounds: No more excuses

When I attended Northwestern University I competed in Division I sports. Hard to believe now, but I could exercise and train with the best of them.  When I stopped competing my senior year, I started running. I ran several miles each day nearly every day of the week. I loved it. I understood the meaning… Continue Reading

Column: Are you ready?

On Tuesday, the 64th Wyoming Legislature will convene for the 2017 session.  A lot is on the line. Budget issues have been discussed alongside voting rights for convicted felons, the transfer of federal public lands to the state and license plates sporting images of Yellowstone National Park. From what seems like a big deal to… Continue Reading

Column: Traits to admire

Working day to day, I find it easy to get wrapped up in my own little world. Come to work, report the news, ensure the paper gets published, do homework, sleep, etc. The best part of each new year, though, comes with the opportunity for reflection offered in nearly every conversation and article, movie or… Continue Reading

Best to stay indoors

I’m all for adventure. I’ve said it before; I’ll likely say it again. But, with the weather forecast for the weekend, all signs point to staying indoors. I wrapped up the fall semester for graduate school this week and look forward to the first weekend without homework in a long time.  The problem, of course,… Continue Reading

Fake news? There’s a solution

How do you define fake news? It seems pretty straight forward, but somehow there seems to be some disagreement on the definition. The concept of fake news has taken on a whole new level with the incident inside a Washington pizza shop involving a gunman and a speech from Hillary Clinton this week.  So what… Continue Reading

Worthwhile traditions

Thanksgiving topped the list of holidays in my family growing up. We always gathered for food and football, mindless television, board games and other fun. The November holiday comes with volume — too much food, too much wine, too much noise. At times, even, there seems to be way too much family. While that holiday… Continue Reading

Lessons from the road

More than a week ago, my husband and I started on an adventure across the country.  In August, my grandmother died. My family opted for a small family ceremony to celebrate her life. So, eight of us gathered on the coast at Cannon Beach, Ore., for a few days. It would have been easy to… Continue Reading

In search of adventure

Adventure is out there, at least according to the characters in the beloved Pixar film “Up.” I hope you’re willing to go find it. While hunters may be cursing the 60-degree weather the Sheridan area has enjoyed over the last few weeks, others have been reveling in the opportunity to pull one or two more… Continue Reading

More ways than one

In more ways than one — as I’ve professed many times — I’m a geek. I love to read. I love to learn. I am curious, ask too many questions and often annoy friends and loved ones with policy discussions they likely would rather pass on to discuss more light-hearted topics. Election Day, therefore, resembles… Continue Reading

Column: Stress of technology

I’m one of those crazy millennials. My cellphone rarely leaves my side. I spend most of my day in front of a computer screen and, well, I’m young. I know my way around technology pretty well. That doesn’t mean I know how it works, but I can figure out how to fix basic issues and… Continue Reading

Awards, fellowships, networking

On Tuesday night, I flew back to Sheridan after several days in Chicago. Couple of things before I get to the heart of my column.  First, being in Chicago when the Cubs won the National League pennant tops most good days I’ve had this year. The city was electric. Cubs fans were everywhere. Magic, pure… Continue Reading

Contradictions and statistics

Every once in awhile, one of us here at The Sheridan Press receives a phone call or an email that includes comments lamenting the state of news today. The feedback typically includes a wish that the news media — The Sheridan Press included — would cover more “good” news. We try to include a broad… Continue Reading

Column: Inspiration to be better

Everyone can use a dose of inspiration now and then. It’s evident if you scroll through anyone’s Facebook newsfeed. Pretty images with inspiring words often fill those feeds. Sometimes, pretty words with an uplifting message can give us that extra boost that we need. If we’re sad, we look for sayings like, “You can’t have… Continue Reading

Column: Dreading, anticipating World Series

“Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.” The Babe once said that, and he was absolutely correct. Baseball has the capacity to both lift you up, creating hope, excitement and exhilaration, and drop you like a sack of flour with a resounding thump. Being a Chicago Cubs… Continue Reading

Are we worthy leaders?

Sometimes — and I’ve said this before — all things point to one idea, one concept or one theme. Last time I wrote about it, it seemed all things were pointing me to consider friendships. This time around, it seems leadership is at the heart of it all. The first clue came from my homework… Continue Reading

Disappointed in no-shows

Sometimes social media is unbearable. People feel they can say whatever they want behind the protection of a screen and distance. One part of my job is to track social media for breaking news stories, issues that seem important and relevant to our community and just, generally, to see what folks in Sheridan are talking… Continue Reading

Learning young

Being a journalist has always been a dream of mine. I grew up watching the evening news with my family at dinner and since then, I just knew. So, in high school, I joined the school newspaper. The first time my local newspaper asked to republish one of my articles, I couldn’t believe it. I… Continue Reading

Column: Remembering solidarity

Tomorrow, many Americans will recall where they were when the world stop turning. They’ll talk about being in school, at work or driving. They’ll recall with vivid detail exactly what they were doing when they heard about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As part of that remembrance, organizations throughout the country will set… Continue Reading

Moving the dial on voter participation

Politics can often be frustrating and disheartening. Many people this election cycle have said that neither of the two primary candidates for president this year are appealing. Some say the same of local candidates. The same people complaining are often the last to get involved. They are often the last to volunteer to make things… Continue Reading

Changing friendships

Sometimes, a theme develops in your life. Some call it a coincidence, others fate. No matter what you want to call it, sometimes you find yourself having similar conversations with different people. Mine started Tuesday. A group gathered at Little Goose Liquors to catch up. We hadn’t been in the same place at the same… Continue Reading

Column: What dedication can do

These last two days have felt like fall is just around the corner. School supplies fill shopping carts, fall sports teams have taken to their practice fields, the pool will close in a couple of weeks, and soon the snow will begin to fly. In today’s edition of The Press, reporter Mike Dunn spoke to… Continue Reading

Column: Vote — it is that important

This year, voters have more options than usual. While some may argue that some of the options aren’t really options, they are on the ballot nonetheless. Your voice matters. So, get to the polls on Tuesday (or earlier) to make it heard. There are so many good movies, jokes and memes these days about voting… Continue Reading

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