LEO (July 23 to August 22) An attack of self-doubt might be unsettling for the usually super-assured Feline. But it could be your inner voice telling you to hold off implementing your plans until you’ve reassessed them. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a great time for you to reward yourself for all your hard work by taking […]

Embrace seasons of change

From challenges to gratitude

Over the years (I have lived a lot of them) I have come to learn that just as the seasons come and go, so do the seasons of our life. Every August—just as you are enjoying the heat of the summer and having the time of your life sipping lemonade at the beach—all of a sudden the temperature drops, the […]


The disconnected: Life in the Internet (which never sleeps) age

My 11-yr old daughter woke me up at 6:30 a.m., loud and excited, because her school-issued iPad congratulated her on her chance to win a $1,000 gift card if she filled out a survey. It is important to note: I am not a morning person. “It’s not real,” I croaked. “It is!” Her voice rose an octave. “It says so […]

Do NOT fall for the scam

The computer pop-up scare tactic

Pop-ups have been happening a little more often again in the last couple of weeks, so I thought I’d share some information on how to get rid of the pop-ups. So you browsing the Internet, searching for something, browsing through Facebook or any number of other things while on the Internet, and all-the-sudden, bam, you have a pop-up in front […]

Healthy for Life

Recognize climate change and use energy resources wisely

Here’s to warm and some sun-filled days for everyone and everything that needs it! And, for those who were wishing for these cooler temperatures, well, it’s a little too early for them. Whatever happened to gently easing into a new season? The other day I was trying to make sense of our sporadic weather patterns and, of course, in the […]


Ethnic dishes bring back happy memories of childhood

I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but the usual author of this column hasn’t thrown me under the bus lately. It could be because she would feel a bit guilty. You see, she put thumbscrews to me as she coerced me into cooking something for the Taste of Mt. Iron event she worked on. I managed to whip up […]

The Lost Puppy Case Files

All by myself

The Man left me again. (Hear the plaintive notes of All By Myself in the background?) He went back to the Black Hills. I’m not sure what’s so special about the Black Hills, other than they’re black like me, and I’m special. So I maybe there’s a correlation. I mean, I think he likes me. I think it has something […]

Out of the Blue

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

Seems as if Einstein was on to something. How about that? An addendum: And if you’re moving backward (on a bicycle or in life), it is probably going to end badly. I was thinking about moving in general this week as I’ve been helping my friend move to the Range from the lower Dakota. I’m not quite sure what she’s […]


Put safety first. Avoid falling bottles, rolling carts and ugly witch masks

Greeting and Sallytations! I’m writing this on Thursday, Oct. 11. I woke to many inches of snow on the ground, my car, etc. This is not right. Then I think of the hurricane hitting Florida and our early snowfall really isn’t that bad. Of course, I’m not prepared to have mittens or boots handy and I can’t find the snow […]


Are you SAD? Massage might help

D o you find yourself dreading the coming months, because you know it brings shorter daylight hours? Yes, those fall leaves are beautiful to look at. Yet winter is just around the corner. To some people, it can bring with it a sense of dread. Does it make you depressed and somewhat anxious? Do you fight to keep moving in […]

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