Category Archives: Editor’s Column

Column: Press staff earn WPA honors

This weekend, I and a couple of Sheridan Press staffers attended the Wyoming Press Association Conference. Industry or organization conferences are always interesting to me and this one in particular is one I look forward to each year. Weird? Yes. To many people, conferences are a snore. They are an excuse to get out of… Continue Reading

Column: Sharing stories of our neighbors

The longer I’ve lived in Sheridan, the more I’ve learned about all of the amazing things area residents have done in their lives. Some have attempted to summit Everest, others have started nonprofits to better the lives of others and still others have succeeded in their careers to extents that would likely surprise you. For… Continue Reading

Column: Do your homework

Now that we have officially entered the year of the 2016 presidential election, I’m sure the coverage by media organizations of the races — while seemingly impossible — will only multiply. American citizens will likely be overwhelmed by information about all of the candidates. We’ll hear sound bites from candidates that may or may not… Continue Reading

Column: New faces, talents at The Press

It is time, once again, to introduce a couple of new faces working in the newsroom here at The Sheridan Press. I’ve been here more than seven years, and I’ve seen many reporters come and go. Such is a fact of life in a small-town newsroom. Many times reporters use The Press as a way… Continue Reading

Changing traditions

It is funny how traditions change over the years. You think by their very nature, they’d stay the same. But as new generations are born and included in holiday festivities, the same-old traditions get altered, slowly, over time. My family always used to go Christmas tree shopping together. We’d head down the road to the… Continue Reading

The joy of giving

This time of year is a joy. Beyond the Christmas cheer and the holiday glow, there is a sense of community and giving that doesn’t exist other times of the year. That isn’t to say Sheridan isn’t always full of giving, caring, philanthropic individuals. You need only look around Sheridan to see proof of local… Continue Reading

All I want for Christmas — better candidates

I try to avoid writing about politics in my column. The Press and other media sources are typically full of columns, news articles and cartoons regarding the politics of our nation and the world. But, I’m going to break my own rule and talk about our presidential candidates. Let me start by saying this: I’m… Continue Reading

Taking on a new adventure — native ads

Last week, The Sheridan Press embarked on a new adventure in the products we offer to our advertisers and to our readers. We added the use of native advertising to our repertoire. Native advertising is an odd term. It sounds like it is supposed to be there, or perhaps, was even there first. But what… Continue Reading

Column: Keeping up with social media

These last several days of my social media feeds have been pretty interesting. Because of my work, I follow or “friend” a large number of people on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with some of the happenings about town. Some of those folks I only know tangentially or at a distance. As a result,… Continue Reading

Column: Getting to know, exploring TED

Recently, as I’ve said in previous columns, I have had very little time to read for fun. My graduate school classes seem to consume most of my free time and the time I used to set aside for reading. Instead, I’ve started listening to TED talks while I study and while I work. I downloaded… Continue Reading

Bright lights, big city

Now that I’ve been back from Chicago for a little more than a week, I’ve had time to think back and thoroughly laugh at all of the adventures we had back in the Midwest. We got into the city pretty late on Oct. 23, a Friday night. We checked into our hotel and crashed pretty… Continue Reading

Column: Cheering on our workplace

Nothing makes a business better to work for than the other people who work there. Here at The Sheridan Press, we’re always up for a giggle. So, the last few years for Halloween, the staff has dressed up for a costume contest and several employees dish up their best pot of soup for a cook-off.… Continue Reading

Column: Could this be it?

I know our sports editor Mike Pruden has written about the Cubs advancing to the National League Championship Series already this week. But as a fellow Cubs fan, I cannot help but chime in on the excitement. I didn’t grow up in Chicago, but my dad did. He has been a Cubs fan for as… Continue Reading

Column: Failing gracefully

I failed. Recently, I attempted a task — one I thought was pretty important — and utterly failed. I knew as soon as I had finished the task that it hadn’t gone well. I immediately started rummaging through notes to figure out what I had missed. I went back through the task several times to… Continue Reading

Column: Some habits die hard

Some habits change as you open new chapters in your life. Other habits stick around and are nearly impossible to break. For example, I buy a lot of books. I have always spent a decent amount of my income on books. Well, to be more specific, on reading material of all kinds — books, magazines,… Continue Reading

The life of a student: Relearning the ropes

Things have been hectic. OK, that’s a bit of an understatement. As fall takes its sweet time arriving in Sheridan  — for example with this 95-degree Saturday at the end of September — I’ve been using all of my time to try and be a student again. I really shouldn’t say “again.” I like to… Continue Reading

Column: Millenials are more engaged than you think

Over and over again, many of us here the lament that the youth of our country just don’t care about what is going on around them. They are disengaged and seem uninterested in politics, policy and the future of this country. Yet, on Wednesday, while more than 23 million people tuned in to CNN to… Continue Reading

The exhaustion, love of pet ownership

Sometimes the ups and downs of pet ownership can be exhausting — both physically and emotionally. A little more than a week ago, my weimaraner Toby got sick. I have no idea what he got into, but he was a very unhappy dog that left very unhappy gifts for me in the house for about… Continue Reading

Column: Going above and beyond

Despite all of the glory and excitement, sometimes sports can be rough. You don’t get as much playing time as you want, you lose, you get knocked down. This summer, I convinced a friend of mine to play on The Sheridan Press softball team — also known as the Muckrakers. Jenny Turner eagerly agreed and… Continue Reading

Column: More excuses to play tourist

Having company in town provides a fantastic excuse to play tourist. This weekend, it’s my brother’s visit to Sheridan that allows me the privilege. We plan on taking full advantage of what Sheridan has to offer for the four days he will be in town. We’ll start off with some hiking in the Bighorn Mountains… Continue Reading

Celebrate women who serve

Friday was a day women could celebrate. Really, everyone should celebrate, but women in particular. On Friday, two female soldiers became the first of their gender to graduate the U.S. military’s Ranger School, one of the most challenging courses in the world. They endured incredible physical and mental hardships and achieved not only a personal… Continue Reading

Column: Feeling like a poor college kid, again

Last week, I registered for classes to begin studying for the master’s in business administration program through the University of Wyoming. Between the classes, books and fees, I feel like I’m a 20-year-old poor college student again. Don’t get me wrong, UW has a very affordable program and I’ll have help through loans to pay… Continue Reading

Column: A simple thank you

This has been an interesting week for me. On Sunday, my husband left for work and I began to putz around the house. I did laundry, did the dishes, turned my music up loud and danced with my vacuum. Then I heard chatter coming from my bedroom. My husband’s handheld radio was on and there… Continue Reading

Column: The end of summer months

So the countdown begins. Today is the first day of the last of this year’s summer months. Sure, we’ll have some warm days in September, but with school starting and fall sports starting later in August, it will be hard to restrain myself from reaching for a blanket on cooler evenings. Fall will soon be… Continue Reading

Column: Trimming the unnecessary from life

I started doing some pruning in my life in the last several weeks. As my calendar days became more crowded with appointments, activities and duties, I decided I needed to trim the things from my life that had no lasting impact or didn’t make me happy. For example, there were certain things I did on… Continue Reading

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