Author: Gretchen Lord Anderson

A journalist at heart, Gretchen Lord Anderson's spiritual leadership surprises even herself when it creeps into her writing. Born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri (a wonderful place to grow up!), Gretchen has lived in Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and, now, in Wisconsin. She is married to Terry Anderson and they have three feline members of their family: Marvis, Joe, and Fern (and they give tribute to past members Lars, Walt, George, and Gracie).


When I was working as the press secretary for the late-Gov. George S. Mickelson of South Dakota, I had occasion to visit the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.  It was a work-related visit; didn’t know anyone there.  But it was my first visit to a place that housed hardened criminals (along with some…