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About marysigmond

After four generations in Chicago, a big city transplant to the "wild west" of western South Dakota in 2004. Mom, domestic goddess, CEO of my world and fond of musing about what is becoming the second half of my life. It's a big old goofy world.

Oddities in the Wild West

Our circumstances have changed. Even though life is about change, embracing it can be hard. I now have a commuter marriage — an interstate commuter marriage– a very rural interstate commuter marriage. The queen visits the king and the king … Continue reading

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584 Songs Later

My mother had seven brothers. She was the only girl. They all grew up in a small Minnesota farm town in the twenties and thirties of the last century, where Grandpa was one of the big cheeses in town. I … Continue reading

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The Clear View Behind

Just another round of errands driving around town. Another check yet again. Yes, it is still true. The back seat of my car is empty and we are heading home alone. This time, however, confirms the permanence of the clear … Continue reading

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Small Town Sports

Maybe it’s just me. Perhaps this happens in every town where there is a high school and high school sports teams. Helicopter parents aside, high school sports can make the political arena in Washington look like pikers. I have a … Continue reading

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Small Town Sports

Maybe it’s just me. Perhaps this happens in every town where there is a high school and high school sports teams. Helicopter parents aside, high school sports can make the political arena in Washington look like pikers. I have a … Continue reading

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Getting the Picture

In a moment of reflection and a struggle to get organized (really?), I spent most of the day going through my dropbox and reorienting my photos.  2013 was fraught with tension, politics, injustice and stress.  It seems that bad guys … Continue reading

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Landing the Chopper

I have just returned from a whirlwind trip to visit colleges with one of my sons.   He wants to return to his birth state and always has.  It is not that he hasn’t found happiness and friends here; he … Continue reading

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Don’t Drink the Kool Aid

It has been “the best of times and the worst of times”. It has brought many important life lessons to our world. Honesty, integrity, and trusting in God, however you may perceive that source, have been the prevailing theme of … Continue reading

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Gifts from the Ashtray

In a recent blog, I mentioned the ashtray of our emotional garbage.  The residue that we allow to linger and grime up our lives.  If there were some kind of cosmic  “Spot Shot®’  that we could douse our lives and … Continue reading

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The Magic Drive In

Our daughter just turned 21 a bit ago. Seems like yesterday, but so does the day she was born…. She wanted a party. Okay. Unlike my birthdays as a kid, we have always strived to make our kids’ birthdays noteworthy. … Continue reading

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