Journey to the Center of the Nation

Thursday, I took a field trip to the center of the nation. Don't worry, it wasn't far. Only about an hour from home. That stop was the beginning of a seven-hour day that would take me on a giant loop through the northern Black Hills, from Belle Fourche to Spearfish to Lead and Deadwood before … Continue reading Journey to the Center of the Nation

Dying to Tell You About This Dream I Had…

A friend whom I Slack with regularly was rather disturbed on Friday after dreaming that a coworker died. I know the feeling! I had a similar dream once. It's weird enough having dreams about people you work with even when they're alive and well. I see these people eight hours a day (well, I used … Continue reading Dying to Tell You About This Dream I Had…

Variety is the Spice of Life

We made a Target run this morning, but managed to stay within budget for a change, only spending $150 when our shopping list totaled about $60. If you're questioning how spending 2.5 times what we'd planned constitutes fiscal responsibility, then clearly you have never shopped at Target. Last time, we dropped $295 after planning on … Continue reading Variety is the Spice of Life

London Calling

I've learned some really cool things about the Black Hills during the course of my job. Like the fact that there is a secret chamber behind Abraham Lincoln's head on Mount Rushmore that functions as a time capsule of sorts for future generations. It contains copies of important historical documents like the Declaration of Independence, … Continue reading London Calling

[Name of Business]

The Pitfalls of Copy-and-Paste I fell victim to my own copy-and-paste transgressions this week. I'm not really surprised that it happened, but rather, that it took so long to happen. I'm working on a feature story about locally-owned bakeries for the upcoming spring/summer issue of our visitor magazine and have been reaching out primarily through … Continue reading [Name of Business]

I Didn’t Want to be Don Draper

We recently started watching "Mad Men." I have no idea what took so long; I graduated from college with a BA in Advertising, after all, and once dreamed of living the Madison Avenue lifestyle. There's no way I wouldn't find the show compelling. What I did not find compelling was advertising. I knew I wanted … Continue reading I Didn’t Want to be Don Draper

What’s the Latest Buzz?

Mosquitoes, that's what. They have been relentless this summer, no doubt because of all the rain we have had. And they seem to be impervious to mosquito repellant. I sprayed myself with Off® one morning before my walk and still managed to come back with half a dozen new bites on my arms. Little bastards. … Continue reading What’s the Latest Buzz?

In-tents Weekend

Wow. It's June now. Meaning we are rapidly approaching our one-year anniversary in South Dakota. Yet, living here still feels like a novelty. I have no idea how that is possible. It's going to be a pretty busy but exciting week for us. We officially close on our house at noon on Tuesday. There is … Continue reading In-tents Weekend

A Dynamite Day

OK, now I've officially had a first full week of work, and my impression of the new job has only gotten better. There is so much fun and variety there! I went out into the community one day to interview the director of a local United Way reading program for an upcoming story. My supervisor … Continue reading A Dynamite Day