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In October, I wrote a column titled “Feeling the burnout, big time.” It’s not uncommon for me to get feedback about some of the columns I write, but by far, that one received the … more
The heat of a mid-Missouri summer is hard on people and plants. Staying hydrated is important for both and protection from midday sun helps also.  Not only are we experiencing very high … more
There are white wines in the marketplace that are so little known that they are almost invisible.  These are excellent wines that just have not had the publicity and/or recognition as have … more
This past weekend featured two different celebrations: Juneteenth and Father’s Day. Even though the two call us to stop and remember our past in different ways, we must also consider how to … more
When I first took over the editor’s office in 2017, I mentioned to former Democrat Editor Bob Satnan, then a contributing columnist, that I was thinking about writing columns for the Opinion … more
I hope you have spent at least a little time thinking about how you could reduce food waste in your family, and even some ideas that could affect food waste in our city, country and world. If we … more
There are certain blessings about the warm seasons in Southwestern Missouri, among which is the beautiful weather that we enjoy in spring, summer and fall which permits us to grill foods … more
While in seminary over 25 years ago, an esteemed mentor asked if I would substitute-teach his class on Christianity at Lutheran College of Nursing. As the grandson and son of nurses who had also … more
I think I’ll ride the train next week. I have to meet my kids, who are spending a week at their grandparents’ farm in rural Illinois.  As a single traveler, it’s an easy … more
There are so many adults who have grown up in toxic environments. I am one of them. I don’t have the horror stories that many people do and I am grateful for that, but my life growing up was … more
For many years, the dry white wines of Bordeaux have lived in the shadow of the dynamic red wines from the same district. The sweet white wines of the Graves (Grah-vs) district of Bordeaux also … more
Who knew that my column from a mere seven days ago would ring true again so quickly? I feel like I could copy and paste the majority of it here and it would still apply. Different day, different … more
“The United States is a bad place to be a baby right now. It’s a bad place to be a mom or a dad or a kid. Since 1973, we have all of us, pro-life or pro-choice, run wild with the … more
With Fathers Day rapidly approaching, we should be thinking about what to get DOD (Dear Old Dad) to show our love and appreciation.  With the latest gadget being a home cocktail maker, we … more
All the signs are there that we’ve entered the unofficial beginning of summer. The weather has heated up, the trees have filled out with their leaves, we’re mowing the grass every five … more
Editor’s note: This column was written before this week’s mass shooting in Texas. Like many of us, I’ve become desensitized to the frequent news alerts on my phone reporting the … more
Containers are bursting with colorful annuals purchased or started from seed. Annuals provide constant color in pots or gardens.  Simple maintenance tasks can keep your plants healthy and … more
The current economy has caused some very difficult decisions on the part of consumers.  Although wine is often considered a luxury item, it has become part and parcel with the American way of … more
That’s the last time I’ll complain about damp, cool weather in May.  I read last week that the Jan. 6 committee has issued subpoenas to five members of Congress who appear to have … more
A week and a half ago, I had major back surgery. It has left me alone with my television, as the medication skews my ability to read. I needed a break from the news and documentaries, so I … more
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