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Veeder: Rekindle passions after long seasons of work

September 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

The sun is slower to rise, and the leaves on the ash trees in the coulees are starting to give in to cooler weather. I’m sitting in my big chair watching the branches bob and sway to a chilly wind.
It rained last night. In a few weeks it could be …continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Veeder: Get to know your neighbors, strangers

August 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Did you know out in the middle of North Dakota, just above the shore of Lake Sakakawea, there’s a family who stripped and refinished the wood floors of their old barn specifically for dancing?
Then they put a bar in the corner and a deck out the b…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Veeder: Get to know your neighbors, strangers

August 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Did you know out in the middle of North Dakota, just above the shore of Lake Sakakawea, there’s a family who stripped and refinished the wood floors of their old barn specifically for dancing?
Then they put a bar in the corner and a deck out the b…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Veeder: Neighbors again, and ready for our next mission

August 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

I used to keep a wildflower book. I was 9 or 10, and I decided somewhere in that summer that my life’s work would be collecting, identifying and pressing every blooming thing that grew on the hillsides out here. 

It made me feel adventurous…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Veeder: Imagining ourselves in warmer times

July 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

When Dad was recovering in the hospital this winter, the wind howling and blowing snow across the glow of the streetlights, we took turns sitting with him in that sterile room, keeping him company throughout the night so we didn’t have to worry abo…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Veeder: Watford City celebrates 100 years

June 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

By the time you read this, the music will be over, the crowds will have cleared, the stage rolled out, all hands shaken and hugs given, saying look how far we’ve come.
By the time you read this, Watford City, my hometown, will have taken her first…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Veeder: Fishing: A summertime tradition

June 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

So here’s the thing about life out here in the summertime — there are traditions, things we must do, activities that come with the green grass and blue sky territory that scream sunburn and bug bites and dirty feet, sweat and beer in a cozies, su…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Veeder: Keeping things uncomplicated

May 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

I don’t remember the first time I was on a horse. I was too young, I suppose. It was possibly in my dad’s lap, my little body wedged in behind his arm and the saddle horn as he maneuvered us around the barnyard, three creatures combined, connecte…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Veeder: We’re not all reckless in oil country

March 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

The snow has thawed, slowly revealing a brown, muddy world, one littered with things forgotten under the five-month blanket. A pile of wood, a stack of leftover pallets, shingles from an unfinished garage roof sit just where we left them.
Like our h…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Veeder: We’re not all reckless in oil country

March 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

The snow has thawed, slowly revealing a brown, muddy world, one littered with things forgotten under the five-month blanket. A pile of wood, a stack of leftover pallets, shingles from an unfinished garage roof sit just where we left them.
Like our h…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com