It happens each year precisely on July 5. Sparklers and smoke bombs on aisle four are replaced with boxes of crayons and bargain notebooks and the back to school season officially begins. I’m never quite ready for it. I usually put off the purchase of glue sticks and number 2 pencils for as long as I can because school supplies signify the end of summer
Years ago I lost a friend to suicide who had bipolar disorder. He was a middle aged, highly capable, caring, and sharing man who truly suffered from the psychological pain caused by this condition. He had lived his whole adult life with the low and high rollercoaster emotions of his disease
The phrase “in the closet” has always rubbed me the wrong way. I’m not sure if it is because I used to be “in the closet” and I was scared of coming out, or if it was because of the misconception of what it actually means to be “in the closet.” I believe most people who are openly gay would agree it is not just a dark quiet place. It’s a closet so small you literally can’t move. No turning, no bending, no squatting, nothing. Along with the pitch black atmosphere, there are sharp needles pointing at you everywhere and any time you make too big of a movement it jabs you
I was watching a program on television with my husband this past weekend about addiction. In this movie, the star said, “If is hard to live with.” I see clients weekly that live with the word “if.” “If only we had not been drinking.” “If only I had not let my child go to that party.” “If only I had insisted he go to the doctor."
Over the last several months, legislators and state officials have looked carefully into our state’s economic development programs. I believe that government should always deal with issues in a straightforward and transparent way. When I first learned about allegations against a former economic development official in the spring of 2013, I immediately asked the Attorney General to initiate an investigation, and I released the Attorney General’s findings as soon as I received them last fall.
Superman, Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk all possess superpowers, but I enjoy supremacy even greater than x-ray vision, unlimited strength or the ability to fly. My capabilities come from grocery lists in my pocket and canned goods on aisle seven. It’s the power of food acquisition and I’ve assumed extreme control.
Listening carefully, I mean really listening, is the most important diagnostic tool in the doctor's bag, but it is rarely straightforward. "It's that pesky ulcer again," she said. "Just prescribe me more of that heartburn drug, and I'll be better..." But the pain progressed; the after-afatty-meal and recurrent nature of the pain story came out.
Fledgling birds know instinctively when it is time to leave the nest. Thing is, for them there is no going back. Bird nests are high up in trees, making it impossible for baby birds to hop back up. Once they jump out, they are on the ground and must learn to find food, fly, get up early and otherwise survive on their own. Baby birds do not have any time for hokey pokey or fooling around.
Last year, we passed historic legislation in South Dakota to reform our criminal justice system. These reforms were enacted to improve public safety, hold offenders more accountable and reduce corrections spending. When we met with stakeholders before drafting the legislation, tribal members brought a parole issue forward. Today, nearly 30 percent of the inmates in the state prison system are Native American.
Welcome, everyone, to the big celebration weekend. We hope you see some old friends, meet some new ones, and enjoy the entertainment. And to those of you who will be working in all the many ways necessary to make the Days of 1910 celebration a success: THANK YOU! I know you don’t get enough of that.