I am a 40-something-year-old mother of three daughters ranging from grade school to college age. My husband and I have been married for more than 25 years. While we don’t make our living in agriculture, we make our home on part of my husband’s family’s cattle ranch about 5 miles from town in western South Dakota.
I received my bachelor’s degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in the early 90s, just before the Internet explosion. I have completed all the coursework (sans thesis) for my master’s degree in journalism through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s distance education program. Throughout my professional career I have worked:
* as a newspaper reporter and copy editor,
* in graphic design and commercial printing,
* in public relations and marketing,
* and as a college instructor of Mass Communication.
I currently own and operate my own graphic design and marketing business from my rural home.
My husband works in the finance industry. My kids have been active in sports, debate, band and 4-H.
I work hard to parent my kids, be a companion for my husband, maintain our household, manage my own business and continue my education. It’s an interesting juggling job sometimes, especially when it involves making two or three trips to town most days. Life is just a bit different for those of us living in the country – so I thought I’d write about it here.