For what seems like an eternity, I have followed the UND nickname controversy and largely kept my opinions to myself. That's because I did not want to become a target of the pro-Sioux nickname supporters' wrath, nor did I want to start a feud with some of my friends and extended family who are among the supporters' ranks. But now I've decided to state my views, because there have been several letters in the Herald in support of the nickname from people who describe themselves as loyal UND alumni.
I was disappointed to see the Herald publish a positive, bordering on adoring, story about the play "Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody," which was performed recently at the Chester Fritz Auditorium ("A sexy spoof: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' parody comes to Chester Fritz," Page C1, Feb. 27). The headline called the play a "sexy spoof," and the story went on to quote actress Anna Marie Scheffler saying that the audience could expect to be entertained and "laugh their heads of" at the show. Really? What should people find funny about the show in which Scheffler's character is introduced to BDSM?
For the past six years, besides reporting news and feature stories for the Herald, I have written a weekly personal column, sharing my family, farm and faith life with readers. Today will be my last opportunity to do that. The Herald has made a decision to no longer run my column.
As someone whose grandparents and great-grandparents had last names that included Foley, Sweeney, Kelly and Barrett, I knew from an early age that my ancestors came from the Emerald Isle. My parents encouraged me and my brothers and sisters to be proud of our Irish heritage and St. Patrick’s Day was always celebrated. In the morning, we were sent off to school wearing something green and with a shamrock pinned on our shirt.
Though the Winter Olympics in Sochi have concluded, we’re still in the thick of the Rural Olympics at our farmstead near Larimore, N.D. Like the Winter Olympics, our Rural Olympics require competitors to be fleet of foot, have good balance and possess nerves of steel. But unlike the brief two-weeks athletes spent in Sochi, our Olympics lasts for at least three months, beginning in November and ending only when spring decides to show up and melt the snow and ice. Challenges One of the most chal
With less than a week left in February and only a little more than three until the official start of spring, there’s a light at the end of the winter tunnel. Though, it’s unlikely that spring will arrive for at least a couple of months, there definitely are signs it’s coming. One of the most obvious signs, of course, is more hours of light. Today, there are 10 hours of daylight, two more hours than there were two months ago. As the days lengthen, my energy level increases.
LARIMORE, N.D. — Teachers at Larimore Elementary School are giving a new wellness program at their school high marks. The program, launched earlier this month by Kirby Newhouse, speech and language pathologist at the school, is designed to encourage teachers to develop healthy eating and exercise habits. In October, Newhouse turned 29 and, with what she referred to as the “big 3-0” looming, she vowed she would “get healthier,” she said.
Two months ago, I left a traditional job to be a stay-at-home mom/writer. Since then, I often get asked how things are going, so I thought I would share some of the challenges and rewards of making a career change. One of the things I was most apprehensive about was how I was going to fill my days so I wouldn't go “stir crazy,” especially during the long month of January. I was used to being extremely busy and worried that I might not have enough to do.
When I became a “wrestling” mom, I thought that as time went on, it would become easier to watch my sons when they stepped out on the mat. I was wrong. With every passing year, it has become more difficult. Now, five years after Thomas, then a fourth-grader, and Brendan, then a sixth-grader, decided to wrestle instead of play basketball, my stomach is churning so much as I watch them that I sometimes wonder if I should leave the gym until they are finished. Competitive But, of course, I don’t.
Besides spending my hours writing, another pastime that I have been enjoying the past couple of months is reading. Reading long has been one of my top three hobbies. My mom introduced me to the world of Nancy Drew when I was about 10. The entire series she had purchased for a dime each was stored in my grandparent’s attic and I read every one. I also read her “X Bar X Boys’ and “Bobbsey Twins,” books, my brothers’ “Hardy Boys” and “Happy Hollisters” series and many more that I purchased from Scholastic Books and checked out from my school’s library.