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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
Every wine-producing country has discovered an area where grapes grown there have proven to make the best wines consistently.  In Chile, it is the Central Valley that is the main … more
Today’s edition of the Star-Journal includes our second annual 20 Under 40 special section, and I’m excited for the community to see it. This section takes quite a bit of work, from … more
A few years ago, my wife and I spent the better part of a week in Cape Coral, Florida. It was our “headquarters” as we visited Sanibel Island, Pine Island and nature areas in that part of … more
In the midst of his pastoral epistle to Timothy, Paul says, “Avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.” Of course, the next sentence is, “A servant of … more
Current economic conditions have caused a rise in the price of all goods, with wine being among those that has been very hard hit.  However, what is happening now to the wine industry has … more
This past month has been a rather rough month for me. What should have been a time of settlement and calm quickly grew into a period of chaos and pain. Kids back in school? Here are 20 more things to … more
Dear Editor:   I enjoy reading your continued coverage of area 4-H events and want to celebrate the success of these young people during this National 4-H week (October 2-8, 2022).   … more
October means many things — fall festivals, cooler weather, homecoming celebrations, and Halloween. It also means the appearance of pink in hospitals and communities across the country for … more
Italians have been making wine since as far back as written history goes and probably even a good bit before that.   It, therefore, stands to reason that they should have the process … more
Out on my morning walk today, I came across a snail shell. I always pick up a shell when I find one to see if it still houses a snail or not. Often there is still a snail inside, so I chuck the … more
With winter on the way, the wines that I call the Burgundy Twins, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, are in line to replace the softer, fruitier wines that dominate the warmer seasons.  I was … more
According to a Georgetown University study, the cost of higher education has increased 169% over the last 40 years. And according to Sallie Mae’s annual How America Pays for College survey, … more
Smile — it makes people wonder what you are up to! No, maybe that’s not the reason for smiles, but have you ever noticed how it makes you feel when you encounter someone that seems to be … more
While I spend most of my working hours in my office at the Sedalia Democrat, once a week, I make the 40-minute drive to work in the Warrensburg Star-Journal office. On the way there, I usually listen … more
There is something afoot.  Something spectacular is about to happen and I have no idea what it is or when it is going to occur. I know this because never, in almost 40 years of writing about … more
September brought hints of autumn mornings and the coolness in the air was much welcomed. Recent temperatures in the 90s can make us forget that we are only three to four weeks from our first … more
This weekend, I’ll be attending the Missouri Press Association convention along with newspaper editors and publishers from across the state. It always ends with an awards luncheon Saturday … more
Finally the nights are cooler, though we are still experiencing daytime highs in the 80s and possibly 90s this weekend.  This has allowed our houses to cool down at night because we can open … more
If you are anything like most wine lovers, you often head toward a label that you are familiar with, a label that looks interesting, a name that might intrigue you or one that your brother-in-law … more
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