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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
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
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