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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
What we remember and when we recall it can be baffling at times. Earlier this week, I saw a garbage can and mumbled to myself, “I want traaaash bags.” I caught myself midstep and … more
Like most of the nation, I have been watching and waiting with trepidation to see what the Joe Biden presidency is shaping up to be. Will his government set to work quickly to rectify the worst … more
With the price of wine as well as everything else going up, it’s hard to deviate from those varieties that are old and familiar.  By staying with “old faithful” one cannot … more
Dear Editor: On behalf of the Early-Bird Rotary Club, we would like to thank the community for their continued support each year on our annual fundraiser: The Taste Of Johnson County.  We … more
The emerging lesson of the 21st Century is that, try as we might, we will never exercise full control over nature. It is faster, stronger, and sneakier than we are. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, … more
You don’t judge a book by its cover nor do you judge a wine by its price.  In more than 30 years of writing about wine, I have sampled some monumental stinkers that sold for more than … more
Many of us, as we progress through the trials and tribulations of life, have lost track of or have completely forgotten an old friend who helped us through our college years, consoled us during our … more
Wow! Just two months ago I said the move to all-electric vehicles was starting to grow exponentially in some countries and I’ve learned since then that nine countries have set a final date to … more
Winter is upon us but it is a great time for a cup of tea and a seed catalog.  Planning future gardens is an important winter activity for gardeners.  We dreamily envision our … more
Dear Editor: For the 47th year, our community supported the Christmas Store, a church-based mission to provide families with the food necessary for a holiday meal. With your contributions, 253 … more
LDear Editor: Johnson County just scheduled the second COVID vaccination clinic for 1/29. The 260 slots were filled within 10 minutes of the text notification. The same thing happened following … more
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