This heatwave we are experiencing showed me that animals like to have fun, just like we do. Some things I saw were almost human-like.

You have spent years building your small business, but have you taken time to consider what will happen to it when you retire, become disabled, or pass away? Although it is often hard to fathom an event that may not occur for many years, it is important to put plans in place in advance. The …

We know the Smokey Bear saying by heart: Only you can prevent forest fires. But every year, nationally, around 80% of wildfires are caused by humans. That jumps to more than 90% of fires when you look at what the Idaho Department of Lands has responded to this year. It could be a thrown ciga…

Recently while I was shopping, I noticed a couple that was intently checking the Nutrition Facts Label on items they were considering to purchase and comparing brands to get the best nutritional value. It was encouraging to see the information being put to its intended use.

Extraordinarily challenging is an understatement for the events of the past year. While we all hope the pandemic is in our rearview mirror, the impacts will be felt for some time. We must turn our focus to academic recovery and how to address the social-emotional impacts of the past several months.

It’s nice to be getting back to normal life again, even though that normal still feels strange. I am still teaching most of my classes online this semester, but I do have the privilege of teaching one computer science class face-to-face. We have had to social distance and wear masks, but the…

There is a television commercial that is using the tag line: “It’s Your Health” to promote a product with claims to improve well being. There are plenty of accurate sources of information to get healthy and to stay healthy; but in the end, it is each individual’s choice. Covid 19 has been a …

Growing up, every Sunday morning meant going to church, which I loved. But because I was an early riser, up and dressed in my Sunday best and all set to go, I had to wait for everyone else in the house to get ready before I could go and worship. So I would turn on the little black & whit…

As my mother has gotten older, she has lived with some of her children for a time. I was the last one she lived with before choosing to go into an assisted living center. “It’s not that I don’t like living here,” she said. “You make me quite comfortable. It’s just the stairs and the tub.”

I ran the item over the scanner. “Peanut butter—four-thirty-five.”

My wife, Donna, and I are hoping to build a new home. As we get older, we realize that our house with its myriad of stairs will not be sufficient for us. We have purchased some land and have started the impossible task of getting building permits, moving our current house contents into stora…

I’m writing to make you aware of a piece of legislation currently working its way through the state Legislature. The bill is being pushed by Idaho’s gas retailers and, if approved, would make it easier for these businesses to price gouge during declared emergencies.

March 13, 2020, was the date we held our kick-off event for the Idaho Women 100 yearlong celebration of women’s suffrage on our State Capitol steps. It was a large gathering with people hugging, greeting each other warmly and in tight groups for photos. It was also the date our governor, my …

It was a crazy year. We had eight children of our own and had taken in three foster children. We also had two little girls who lived down the road that came over for breakfast every morning. How that started was interesting, too. One freezing cold morning at the beginning of the school year,…

I always love hearing how married couples met. Recently, some neighbors shared their story.

Our state has again topped the list as the fastest growing state in America. People are moving here because we offer a brighter future and a way of life, they could not find in the cities they left. These folks are moving to Idaho because we offer more, not less.

January is here, and we all have high hopes for this year—especially after 2020. But here’s the thing about a new year: It’s still the same you. When midnight came on New Year’s Eve, there was no magic wand that transformed you and took all your problems away. The only way anything is going …

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My daughter, Elliana, works at a fast-food restaurant. She says that since the pandemic has started, it seems like people who come in either seem to be nicer than usual or meaner than usual. The challenging times seem to have pushed people toward the extremes.

Often in estate planning, attorneys present the idea of guardianship and/or conservatorship as a bad thing – something to be avoided. In a perfect world, we could move through our lives from cradle to grave without such things as guardianships and conservatorships. But in order to achieve th…

As if the last month of the year is not jam-packed enough for me with a busy work schedule and trying to get ready for Christmas, I have 3 annual doctor visits that happen every December. It's my health exam trifecta and I keep my fingers crossed that each doctor's visit leaves me with good news.

I love this time of year. The holidays are my absolute favorite, but not just because of the lights and food and family time. I also love that we have the opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and decide where we want to go. And if we’re being honest, we all need a fresh start after the…

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the O’Leary clan moving to Idaho. After two decades in the Gem State, I believe I can speak fluent Idahoan like a native — Esto Perpetua!

My mother is almost ninety-five and hard to buy gifts for. She always says, “Don’t buy me things. I probably have everything I need, and if I don’t, I will get it when I need it.”

What if you were hanging on the edge of a cliff and your friend leaned down and started rapping hard on your fingers, at the same time telling you it will be alright? Unfortunately, that’s what some Idaho politicians are doing to citizens who are trying to access vital services in this pande…

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) was signed into law on December 20, 2019, and went into effect on January 1, 2020. It is the most impactful legislation affecting retirement accounts in at least a decade. If you haven’t reviewed your estate plan sinc…

Adversity is part of life. There is no way to avoid it. Although adversity may seem unpleasant, avoiding it inhibits your development. The more challenges you face, the more you are prepared for challenge. Instead of shunning adversity, welcome it as a growth opportunity.

I really miss going to live performances. No middle school or high school plays to enjoy here in Emmett. Local live theatre is at an impasse. And, this pandemic has also put a monkey wrench in my own comedy shows. It’s frustrating not being able to express myself on stage and hearing the cro…

As participants in the decisions made in Congress, Idahoans contact me with valuable input about the issues our country faces. Realizing that many may not have the chance to contact me, I post information about various issues of importance on my website, http://crapo.senate.gov. One of the i…

Real estate encompasses not only one’s primary residence but also other real estate such as a vacation home or a rental property. The ideal form of ownership varies depending on the type of real estate you own. Below, we take a look at the different types of real estate and offer advice abou…

Do you know what kind of estate plan your parents have, if any? And conversely, do your kids know what your wishes are in the event of your death or incapacity? Beginning a conversation with your elderly parents or with your children about planning to prepare for eventual incapacity and deat…

While reading a book about the American Pit Bull Terrier, a black and white picture caught my eye.

I recently had a dream and it was a doozy. It was vivid! It seemed so... real! It was the sort of dream where you wake up and you’re not certain that it didn’t really happen in real life. It left me questioning everything. Here’s what went down.

You’ve been there. You open up a holiday sale email, and the colorful images of trendy new items make you drool a little. You click into the store, ready to shop for Christmas gifts. There’s a gorgeous handbag that immediately makes you think of your best friend, but even the sale price is m…

We knew the COVID-19 pandemic would affect enrollment at Idaho’s public higher education institutions this fall. But now that the numbers are in, we at the State Board of Education are feeling rather optimistic.

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