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In one of my previous Thanksgiving columns, I wrote about some of my traditions for the fall holiday. Some involve favorite foods, some involve the people I spend the day with, and some are unique … more
Now that we have finished the rush of protecting and preparing plants for the cold weather, it is finally time for a slower pace for the gardener. If you are lucky, you may be growing some greens … more
At some time or other, we have all run into the “wine expert” who pans sweet wines as wines for amateurs.  First, the definition of said expert; X is the unknown and a spurt is a … more
The holiday season is here. Beginning with Thanksgiving, our society moves into a season filled with traditions from the menu items to the decorations, even to travel plans. Calendars fill with … more
As a reporter and editor, part of my job is telling people’s stories. We often cover breaking news or government meetings, but we also publish feature stories about community members. Through … more
Just under 50% of Pettis County voters participated in last Tuesday’s election. That is nothing short of pitiful, and it’s certainly disappointing. For the life of me, I will never … more
I nostri amici italiani (our Italian friends) have sent over to this country a shipload of white wine just in time for our Thanksgiving feastivities.  Italian white wines have always lived in … more
As I write these words, it’s 10 days after All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1). For centuries, Christians have heard together on that day Jesus’ Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount. That … more
My kids didn’t want to get up in the total darkness this morning. I don’t blame them. I didn’t want to get up either. When they did make it out of bed, they were disoriented and … more
“Will you do your part” (about our climate emergency) was how I ended my article in September.  An immediate thing you can do, since the leaves are finally dropping after an … more
I am a bit annoyed with the American wine industry as I believe they are attempting to price themselves out of existence and are currently working hard to do just that. Wine has become a  … more
Dear Editor: A week ago, I noticed a small black dog who obviously had been dumped or left behind when the occupants vacated a house nearby.  I have a dog and a cat whom I love dearly, or … more
Dear Editor:  On October 22, the West Central Missouri Solid Waste Management District (SWMD-F) held a County Wide Community Clean Up hosted at the City of Holden Street Maintenance … more
Would somebody please tell Mr. Ashcroft, and the self-righteous base he's trying to impress, that today's youths are not getting sexually explicit material from the school or public libraries, but … more
I’m tired of broken campaign promises. Red vs. blue binary thinking. Pre-determined “hot-button issues” meant to stir up drama and emotion and distract voters from our … more
I would like to digress from my usual review of wines and go to the question or problem of what to do with a bottle of wine that has not been finished.  There are many gadgets and gizmos on … more
And those Italian wines just keep on coming.  This time, the wines are from the Island of Sicily, which is located just off of the toe of the Italian “boot'' and has a very hot and … more
As book challenges continue to rise in America, seeing a decades-long high last year, according to the American Library Association, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has also decided to turn … more
Autumn leaf color seems to be lasting a bit longer this year.  I thought the three nights of weather in the 20s might mean immediate leaf drop, but the colorful leaves seemed to hang on. The … more
One of the Ten Commandments forbids that the faithful make idols. I would imagine that when many of us hear this, what comes to mind is worshiping physical idols. But Richard Rohr, in his book … more
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