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I believe the hardest thing in the world is to go into a store and slap down your hard-earned cash for a bottle of wine and, most of the time, not even knowing what you are getting.  You … more
While the rains have put a damper on some activities and a strain on sump pumps everywhere, they have certainly been good for garden growth. The daylilies are blooming profusely with more than 25 … more
You’re in a big city, walking past a hospital. Someone runs up to you on the street, frantic.  “I need your help! My wife! We have to save her!” You can tell he’s … more
Sherry is a wine that is very sweet, very flavorful, very popular, very Spanish and also very affordable.  Sherry falls into the class of after-dinner wines where it is served as, with or … more
Water, the most important molecule for living things of Earth.  As our Native American friends say, who are working to stop oil pipelines from crossing their land and going under their rivers … more
I’m not sorry for bringing this up. The up-front apology – “Sorry, but …” – has become a regular speech pattern for many people. Earlier this week, a friend … more
There is a difference between being happy and having joy in your heart. Happiness comes when things go our way and make life easier or sweeter. It makes me happy when I make a sale at work or when … more
I will have to admit that the name of this wine, Kind of Wild, did pique my interest.  After I got past the name, there is even more to discover about these wines.  The first thing of … more
Sherry is a wine that is very sweet, very flavorful, very popular, very Spanish and also very affordable.  Sherry falls into the class of after dinner wines where it is served as, with or … more
I will have to admit that the name of this wine, Kind of Wild, did pique my interest.  After I got past the name, there is even more to discover about these wines.  The first thing of … more
Happy Independence Day! What’s on your Fourth of July playlist?  I consider myself patriotic, and I’m proud of the United States of America. But I’m not much for rah-rah … more
If you have been interested in wine for any length of time the name, Bordeaux must have come up on numerous occasions.  To the serious wine lover, Bordeaux is the epicenter of the wine … more
Here’s a phrase I haven’t used in a couple of years: I’m on vacation. This weekend closes out the first full week of time away from work that I have enjoyed since before the … more
6:18 a.m: Awake. Gotta write today. But not yet. I think I can go back to sleep for a while. Maybe an hour?  7:35 a.m: Awake!! There is now a little boy with Mickey Mouse pajamas in my … more
If there was ever a national holiday that is more widely and wildly celebrated in this country, it's Independence Day, the Fourth of July.  It is, to put it simply, the day that Americans … more
I still remember Petey. Petey originally belonged to my parents, but when they found out I was on the way, they gave Petey, some sort of shepherd, black with golden brown markings, to Grandpa and … more
As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal. Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation ceremonies … more
The one fact that cannot be denied, Missourians love the outdoors.  I believe that if they ever add up all of the walking, bicycle and driving trails in this state, it will probably be the … more
A little more attention and some better understanding by motorists will make roadways safer for area cyclists. A few months ago, I wrote about Sedalian Matt LaCasse and his regular bike rides from … more
June is the time of year when our gardens do exactly what we want them to do: grow. Buds are swelling, flowers are opening, vegetables are starting to form and we couldn’t be happier, except … more
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