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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
Last week, President Biden announced a number of executive orders on gun control, which are viewable on the White House website. I will reprint them here:  ”The Justice Department, … more
If you are a person who enjoys a good glass of wine, it is hard to get away from Italian wines.  Italian wines have increased in popularity in recent years because they are well made, of … more
Dear Editor: OATS Transit is closely watching proposed state legislation that, if passed, would allow concealed-carry permit holders to lawfully bring firearms on public transportation. It raises … more
As we roll through Easter, the start of spring and the overdue arrival of warmer weather, a meaningful phrase keeps coming to me: the greater good. It’s a phrase that clearly means different … more
“Fake it till you make it.” I love that saying because it is excellent advice! It’s what I do when I don’t know what else to do. When I was young, my father suggested … more
It is easy to be a pinot noir lover as there are very few poor examples of the variety in the marketplace.  This is probably because the pinot noir grape is very temperamental and can be very … more
My sister has been after me to write more. She says I need to take more time to record my thoughts and memories because, she says, I have stories to tell. I suppose she is right; this exercise is my … more
I believe that in another life I must have been Italian and a resident of Tuscany.  I say this because, although I try to be as impartial as possible, I love the wines of Tuscany.  I … more
Many people plant potatoes on March 17, but I’ve never managed to plant on that day.   Usually my soil is too wet. However, I start seeds in March for my summer vegetables and … more
As Cicero said, and as is etched on a shelf in the Boonslick Library itself: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”  I firmly believe this is … more
The Frank Family Vineyards has just released their latest vintages and we get a preview if smoke, fire, drought or even politics that had plagued California in 2018 and 2019 has had any effect on the … more
Dear Editor: Let me take a moment to thank you for the many improvements that have come to “my local paper” since the publication has been placed under the tutelage of the Sedalia … more
A year ago this week, the world descended into the throes of the COVID-19 crisis. It’s fitting that our year of darkness appears to be ending as Sunshine Week 2021 gets underway. This annual … more
I depart from my usual column about wine to clear up a number of emails I have received concerning the ancient conundrum: price versus quality.  I will start with a line I have frequently … more
It’s hard to believe that I’m starting my second year of monthly environmental articles.  This is my 13th article, and those of you who have been following these writings know … more
Dear Editor: Warrensburg Manor Care Center would like to express it’s most sincere appreciation for Angela Wendel, its Administrator. Angela has been a key leader for the home during this … more
Prosecco is an affordable dry Italian sparkling wine that can fit the bill whenever and wherever a sparkling wine is called for; but when is that?  Usually, sparkling wines have been reserved … more
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