I’m Done Being “North Dakota Nice”

Yep, you read right. I’m done with “North Dakota nice.” My patience has worn too thin, I’m tired of avoiding conflict and I’m done saying sorry all the time. Now before you get upset at me for hating on nice people, just hear me out. I don’t hate nice people. In fact, they are very…
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I Can’t Go Home Again, And That’s OK

They say you can’t go home again. I always thought that saying was silly. Who said that? What does it mean? And what the heck is stopping you? I guess money, family, distance and other reasons could play a part in decided whether to head back to your native land. Until recently, the farthest I’ve been…
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Through The Eye Of A Camera

“What would you like for your birthday, April?” “Hmm,” my high-school self pondered. “I know! I want a camera, Mom!” When my 18th birthday rolled around, I opened my present to find a point-and-shoot. The cameras were just becoming popular as photography entered the digital era. It was unreal at that time a camera could…
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Private Meetings Protect The Elite, Not The Public

There are a lot of reasons why the colonies went to war for independence from England, but the most prominent was they had no voice in issues that affected them. That’s why I don’t understand that no matter how often the topic is brought up, government officials somehow think it’s perfectly fine to hide public…
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101 Years Of Raising Cattle, And My Life, Started With A Dowry

  What if I told you I’m alive because a man married a cattleman’s daughter and got several cows in return? Most people would cringe at such an archaic practice, but it’s true. I have quite the history behind my existence. But it’s a history that is actually pretty cool, if you think about it. …
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