Unplugged for a Day

I must confess that I’ve become addicted to electronics. I’m on my computer every day for several hours, longer when I’m writing and editing. Additionally, I’m on my phone more than I should be. It’s really nice for keeping in touch with friends and family, but spending hours on it

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A Tour of South Dakota

If you read my blog about Make a Map showing where you’ve traveled, then you’ll be happy to hear that I’m adding more lines to my map. Last week, Hubby decided he’s ready to sell the motorhome we named RUFINIT. He spent several days emptying it out and cleaning it

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Words that Say I Love You

There are many ways to say the words I love you that don’t necessarily use those words. Sadly, we sometimes misinterpret the words said, hearing them as admonitions or distrust. Then it starts, the grumbling, the bickering. The one who said the words ends up defending themselves, and it escalates.

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I Won the COVID Lottery

By Andrea Porter Well, folks, I won the COVID lottery.  I think Jensen did too, but our experiences were totally different.  We both contracted the corona virus in October 2020.  Jensen was sick (headache, fever) for two days and then fine.  It took me a month to get back to

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Unanswerable Questions

I’m saddened by the terrible new coming out of Afghanistan these days as the country falls to the Taliban. Hearing the news takes me back to when I met a man from Afghanistan long before there was turmoil in that country. In the summer between my junior and senior years

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Visits From Friends

The past several weeks have been eventful. We had a lot of visitors from down south. It’s nice to have a house that’s easy to entertain in. The views provide entertainment and new topics when conversation slows. That’s always a plus. The first part of July, we had visitors from

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It’s Masking Time Again

The Delta strain of the Covid virus is rampaging so it’s mask time again. Hubby and I thought we were past this when we got the vaccine. We’re ready for some sense of normal to return. I’ve never completely understood how the vaccination and wearing a mask became so politicized

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Being Hospitable

When Hubby and I lived in Boise, we rarely had visitors, and when we did, it was usually our kids. We lived so far away from family and friends that few made the trip. Since we moved into our Rapid City house the end of this last April, we’ve had

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Gifts from My Foremothers

My grandmothers were very different. They both worked but, one worked in an office all her life and the other was a homemaker. My dad’s mother raised six boys and a girl on very little money. She made sure her boys went to school in clean clothes and were fed.

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