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I'm a a professional writer and editor for a media/publishing firm in Rapid City, South Dakota. When not writing, I enjoy vinyl records, lava lamps, photography, hiking, and Bloody Marys...not necessarily in that order.

  • Ruth-Less

    I was watching an episode of House Hunters last night, and one of the homes featured a bathroom with a urinal. Predictably, the husband was thrilled and the wife, mortified. This made me wonder why urinals in home bathrooms aren’t… Read More ›

  • I Mourn Candy Corn Scorn

    I stopped by the grocery store for a few items over the weekend and nearly tripped over a display of Halloween candy…surefire proof that “fall” is coming! I ignored the M&M’s and Snickers and gummy worms but did grab a… Read More ›

  • Funny-Looking Raccoon

    Last Friday I was hiking the Skyline Wilderness trail before work, when I rounded a bend and came across this guy. What a funny looking raccoon! I thought, before quickly realizing that: A) It was not a raccoon, and B)… Read More ›

  • The Surgeon

    The air hangs heavy, stifling and still, lacking even the faintest hint of a breeze to stir up the atmosphere and provide some measure of relief. It’s draped atop us like a weighted blanket, smothering and oppressive. Isn’t that the… Read More ›

  • To All the Cars I’ve Loved Before

    Saturday morning, my brand new Hyundai Kona arrived on my doorstep. Well, technically the driveway. It would’ve been a bitch to drive up the stairs. My driver, Stan (I feel so posh saying “my driver”) arrived bright and early—about 8:45…. Read More ›

  • Ranch, Dressing

    I’ll be the first to admit I sometimes come up with crazy ideas. “Harebrained schemes,” as the old-timers might say. These have included: Creating a hamburger-hot dog hybrid called a burgerdog. Not ground beef rolled into the shape of a… Read More ›

  • Bighorns or Bust

    Our 48-hour getaway to Wyoming was a blast! We’re glad we did it. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicked off on Friday and, despite COVID, about 250,000 bikers arrived en masse to western South Dakota. Our road trip was timed to… Read More ›

  • Here’s the Chum…Where’s the Shark?

    I bought a new car yesterday. Primarily via text. It’s a wonderful time to be alive! I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was ready to take the plunge and buy a car, now that the taxman had cometh… Read More ›

  • Float, Not Throat

    Today was kind of a weird day at work. For starters, I was in the office for ten hours. Went in early and worked through my lunch. Tara and I are headed to Sheridan, Wyoming on Friday; it’s a three-hour… Read More ›

  • Less Than Zero

    If anybody still doubts I’m living in a COVID bubble out here, Saturday morning I worked a shift in our company booth at the Kids’ Carnival in downtown Rapid City, along with Chris and Meghan. Just the fact that we… Read More ›