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My 5-year-old wants me to write a story about “fruits and vegetables,” and so I shall.  I come from a long line of fabulous gardeners. My paternal grandmother fed 10 kids (eight … more
Our contracts professor told us that sometimes, judges decide an answer to a case, and then they just find a way to get there in an opinion that sounds plausible. He called that “bad … more
What cheese to serve with what wine is a question that has perplexed, confounded and perhaps even terrified wine lovers for as long as there has been wine to accompany cheese. You do not wish to … more
We use a variety of excuses for our sinful behaviors. There’s no end of scapegoats to blame, including God. I know we often say, “the Devil made me do it,” but it’s not … more
In the last few weeks, I’ve gotten several questions about our Opinion page. How do I contact columnists about a recent column? Can so-and-so write about this particular topic next week? Why … more
It’s 100 degrees outside and the last thing on your mind is starting more seeds as you are just trying to keep what you already have alive. However, now is actually the time to start seeds for … more
If Riedel Glassware, the primer glassware maker of the wine industry, has designed a glass specifically for Missouri’s own Norton grape wine, then I believe that Missouri wines should be worthy … more
A number of weeks ago, another American school was hit by a senseless attack. While there are a number of articles attesting to the attack, I want to focus on a rather asinine comment given by Texas … more
COVID and Monkeypox, by virtue of their highly visible physical symptoms, have received nearly all the attention of the scientific community and the public over the past two years.   But … more
The drought we are in is taking its toll on our gardens and on us. Keeping up with the watering needs of our gardens and containers is becoming a part-time job.   Remember to water deeply … more
Have you noticed that as the temperature is rising, so is the price of wine?   I am not going to dwell on anything philosophical, political, intellectual or even religious, but times right … more
I hope you and your plants are dealing well with the hot and dry weather we’ve been experiencing this summer.  So far, our garden plants are producing quite well with twice-a-week … more
There is one thing of absolute certainty, a red wine will make a positive and discernible statement and it is that statement that will determine if you like the wine or not.  White wines do … more
My boyfriend and I made our annual trek to Michigan for the Fourth of July weekend. Each summer, the entirety of his dad’s side of the family (we’re talking dozens of people) travels from … more
Amazing creation….have you ever stopped to think about this world we live in and all that was put into place just so that life could exist here? This amazing, world, universe, multiple … more
It feels like the world is on fire these days. No one can agree or find a compromise. Not only is common ground becoming harder and harder to find, but it seems that most people have lost interest in … more
“How can you expect to pass this class if you don’t do the reading?” Do you remember a high school teacher or college professor yelling that at you? Holding up a book and … more
Among summertime's favorite wines are the beautiful pink Rosé wines.  Rosé wines are not simply a white wine that has some red wine infused with it, but rather a wine that has … more
Near the southernmost portion of Norway is the county of Rogaland. And, within this region, you’ll find one of the most photographed places on earth. Its name is Kjeragbolten. It consists of a … more
My paternal grandmother would have been 92 this week.   She was a beautiful old woman with curly white hair, piercing blue eyes, and a sly, puckering smile that she passed on to her sons … more
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