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The time to prepare is now, right now as Walpurgis (Val pur jis) night is rapidly approaching.  You may not have heard of Walpurgis night because that is the European version of our Halloween … more
Anyone else feeling burned out, or is it just me? 2021 has felt incredibly long and very fast, all at the same time somehow. Lately, the days have dragged on, but yet I’m still amazed by the … more
In a recent column, I remarked that I was not a chardonnay fan because of the many miserable examples of the variety that I have sampled in the past few years.  Apparently, I hit a nerve at … more
Well Warrensburg, you’ve officially been stuck with me for a year. October marks one year of ownership for the Sedalia Democrat and Warrensburg Star-Journal. It feels like it has been a … more
Last month I talked about the health of Missouri bodies of water. Although that is important, I think most people are more concerned about the water close to them.  Last Friday I sat down … more
Just in time for the winter holidays and the colder weather, three very interesting and affordable red wines have arrived on our shores.  These wines are from Chile, a nation whose wines are … more
Another of the world's wine-producing countries, Argentina, is coming to the rescue of this nation's wine-drinking public. The fires in California, the drought, the heat and the sun blocked by … more
Does the Republican Party have a future? I hope it does, for its voice is badly needed today. Presently, the GOP is split between the Trumpers and the anti-Trumpers. Divided political parties … more
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a … more
When the name of the winemaker or producer appears on the label of a bottle of wine, you know that the name must have an extra meaning to the wine consumer.  Here in the United States the … more
The garden is reaching peak production during the month of August.   Cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, green beans and, of course, zucchini seem to be taking over kitchen counters … more
Dear Editor: In last night's Warrensburg R6 school board meeting, our school board decided to encourage, but not require, masks in our schools. I feel compelled to express my disappointment in … more
Who knew we’d all miss the Missouri State Fair when it went on a hiatus in 2020? OK, maybe I’m just speaking for myself. Still, I know August 2020 felt incomplete without watching … more
We all know of the regal, costly and almost canonized red wines of California's Napa Valley, which are followed closely behind by those of Sonoma County. Other counties in that state produce red … more
When I wrote my article for July, it was during the first part of June, and our plants at home were experiencing very warm, dry conditions; some of them were beginning to yellow because of the lack … more
I’m a bit of a sentimental person. It might not always be obvious, but anniversaries, milestones, birthdays and the like are important to me. I love the fanfare of celebrations, whether the … more
I have just had the opportunity to sample some really interesting wines from the Rias Baixas region of northwestern Spain.  The wines were all based on the albarino grape.  A few of … more
Decorated U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from Olympic competition this week after a botched vault attempt. Her decision shocked fans and caused controversy in the media (mostly among men and … more
It was Horace Greeley who once said, “go west young man, go west.”  If good old Horace was talking to a wine grape grower, he should have then added, “and when you get … more
How much responsibility do parents have for the education of their children? When I was a youngster, I was privileged to have had an excellent babysitter who taught all of the children in her care … more
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