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Books and Beyond

In the book “The Last Lecture,” by Randy Pausch, c 2008, he writes about his death coming up soon from pancreatic cancer. I felt pretty close to him as I read the book. My oldest sister Janice died from pancreatic cancer in 2014. As I was reading the first few chapters, I realized that I ...

Reducing wasted food

Would you like to save $30 a week? Every family in Lyon County could save at least $30 if not more just by learning how to reduce wasted food in your home. Households are responsible for most of the wasted food in the United States. Wasted food not only does just that, waste food, it also ...

Smoke shopping

It has been said that smoking is one of the toughest habits to give up. I can personally attest to the veracity of this sentiment, although the type of smoking I enjoy doesn’t involve tobacco. My chosen form of smoking entails hardwood and flames and the occasional singed eyebrow. Part ...

Too chilly inside restaurants, grocery stores

It is that time of the year once again when I have to remind myself never to leave home without my jacket or at least a light sweater. I know that winter is not about to start soon unless one thinks about how air conditioning might certainly cause one to think of the chill one gets at lower ...

The trifecta

On the final day of vacation in the Black Hills, I knew it was possible. Having landed my first brook trout along with many more and discovered swarms of willing and readily biting large rainbow trout in the same lake-and-stream complex near our cabin over the week, and staked out a small ...

Working from home: Will it become a new norm?

The COVID pandemic created a need for many people to work from home, and that’s led to new questions after the success of vaccines. It’s now possible for most workers to return to their offices. In some cases questions might come up about whether people can continue to work from home if ...