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The word “fan” is short for “fanatic,” and the behavior of people at sporting events the past couple of weeks has provided a sad reminder of that fact. During recent NBA … more
I believe I have stirred up the proverbial hornet's nest.  I recently wrote about a company that was importing affordable finished wines from all over the world and putting them under one … more
On Tuesday I had one of those “I don’t want to do this/I’m glad I did this” kind of days. I have been summoned for the current circuit court jury pool, and Tuesday was my … more
Are you a Republican, a Democrat, an independent, a conspiracy theorist, an impartial observer or what Winston Churchill called a mugwump, with your mug on one side of the political fence and your … more
I was putting my groceries in my trunk at the big box store last week when I heard someone say, “Hi! Have a nice day!” I turned to see if the person was talking to me and to my … more
There is a well-worn adage that those who don’t know their past are doomed to repeat it. The fact that it is relevant so often is beyond disappointing. The Venn diagram of the nitwits … more
Please forgive me if I seem to have been writing too much about the Spanish, Italian, Chilean and Argentinian wines.  I am in no way financially or ancestrally bound to those areas. I had my … more
Gardeners can spend hours in their gardens, puttering about or working on myriad projects, and easily lose track of time until another family member calls out to them or hunger forces them indoors. … more
When we told our daughter that face masks were becoming optional at her school, she let out a joyous, high-pitched “SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” and then deadpanned: “I am never wearing a … more
It looks like the people at Tussock Jumper wines are trying to send wine writers like me into retirement.  Not only are they going to the countries that made a particular variety famous for … more
What an amazing spring we’ve had for flowering plants.   For some reason, the trees and flowers have blossomed more fully than in most years, so I hope you’ve taken the time to … more
The teenage babysitter gets a call on the landline phone: a sinister voice. “Have you checked the kids?”  The man calls over and over.  Finally the babysitter contacts the … more
As I have consistently preached, ad nauseum, there are no longer any bad wines made.  If, by some mischance, you should get a “bad wine” it is bad because something got into that … more
It is said that all politics is local, and that stance also applies to many societal issues. The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin concluded last Tuesday with guilty … more
This spring has been an extraordinary one for those who seek the lost and pursue justice for the grieving.  Last week, the Sedalia Democrat reported Pettis County Coroner Robert … more
When I first started writing about wines, only two languages were needed: French to read the “better wine labels'' and English for the rest of them.  As time progressed, and German … more
I received my order of trees from the George O. White State Forest Nursery recently and set about planting them along with a few fruit trees purchased locally.   Whenever I lose a tree, … more
When the challenge is greater, the reward is sweeter. Nicole Cooke, editor of both the Sedalia Democrat and the Warrensburg Star-Journal, has faced complication after hurdle after heartbreak this … more
It all started when toilet paper disappeared from store shelves followed closely by the paper towels and now it’s ketchup and pepperoni.  The question must arise, what's next? I am not … more
I hope you’ve been able to get some dirt under your fingernails since my last column and are enjoying the beauty of the springtime flowers, trees and birds.   I said last month that I … more
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