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It’s that time of the year again. The time when all traces of winter begin to dissipate and the fresh new palette of spring begins to unfold. more
Did you know that Wednesday, April 17 is officially National Malbec Day? It is a day devoted to celebrating one of the most underrated red wines in the whole of Windom. more
I'm lucky that my first professional writing job was in a newsroom because it taught me something important: You don't need a perfect environment to get work done. You don't need silence, an organized room, a particular candle, or a big chunk of time. more
I’ve been married just shy of 12 years. That’s (barely) long enough for me to feel qualified to give the young’uns some advice as we head into the 2024 wedding season. So here it is, ladies and gentlemen, brides and grooms: more
"You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness." James 1:19-20 more
Two days ago, while sitting at my desk attempting to be a productive human, a noise broke my focus and nearly broke my window, too. more
I was always a fan of Rev. Doyle Sager. He once said something profound I can’t forget: He prayed, “God help us through this time when relationships are so confused.” I also liked this: My friend Lisa told me, “When he’s going to talk about something controversial, he says, ‘I don’t want anyone to misunderstand me. I’m going to say this three times.’” And then he did. more
Among the more popular white wine varieties throughout Europe is the riesling, a wine that for centuries had been presented in various levels of sweetness in an attempt to mitigate its often high acidity but rarely, if ever, as a totally dry wine. When the most famous riesling in Germany called Berncasteler Doctor was sold in 1882, the final price was a whopping 17 gold marks per vine, which indicated the popularity of the variety. more
It’s very likely that you’ve already heard people talking about Easter being over — and maybe even said so yourself. While I’ll agree that Easter Sunday is past, Easter is a season of 40 days that Christians have observed for centuries — reminding us of this reality of the Risen Jesus that St. Luke wrote in The Acts of the Apostles: “He [Jesus] presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God” (1:3). more
I’m concerned about my eyes. Oh, not my vision. It’s still bad. No, I’m concerned because the “German” is coming and coming quickly. more
Chardonnay is a name that indicates the height of excellence and, at times, the pit of mediocrity. more
For months now, I've been eating breakfast with a goose. more
I have a long to-do list waiting for me after I write this column. So long, in fact, that I might be able to get through the day without thinking too much about what day it actually is. Today is March 15. The Ides of March. The day before my son’s birthday. Diagnosis day. more
Wines, like clothing fashions, have their distinct seasons. Now, it is the season that we move away from the heavier red wines of winter and move toward the lighter white and rose wines that are popular during the warmer seasons. more
Instructor: “Now, wrap the fabric around your wrists and then pull yourself upside down to do the inverted starfish.” more
For Christians, the season of Lent is often perceived as a time of giving something up as a formal practice of fasting that imitates Jesus’ 40 days in the desert. This can be a very meaningful practice, but it is also something that can become a yearly habit that is unexamined. But Lent is a time when we do need to examine our hearts, minds and behaviors; it is a time to assess the ways we have fallen short of our dedication to bringing God’s kingdom to earth and the ways we have strayed from the path of love, justice, and mercy. more
My mom taught me not to brag, but I’ll make an exception this one time. Because after my last few trips to the store, I’ve decided I’m the best of the best when it comes to these three abilities: more
Let’s be very honest: you wouldn't buy a wine with a label that says “Chateau Gar Bahge, a wine made from some kind of grapes.” As normal consumers, we always gravitate toward things that are familiar and the idea of plunking down hard-earned dollars for an unknown product is something that we instinctively try to avoid. more
Citizens for Environmental Action hosts an annual Earth Day festival as part of the University of Central Missouri’s Earth Week. more
Everywhere you turn, there are cries of impending doom. We’re constantly warned of financial crisis, castigated for climate change brought on by our fossil fuels and carbon emissions, and told democracy is threatened by white supremacy and Christian nationalism. more
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