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“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
What a whirlwind of a week surrounding the Supreme Court! As of this writing, we have seen the SCOTUS overturn Roe v. Wade and rule in favor of Joseph Kennedy in Kennedy v. Bremerton School … more
Currently, the white wines are the “in” wines as is customary during the warmer seasons.   The reason for this is simple: as the temperature goes up, so does our desire for … more
I know that by the time you read this article, Father’s Day will be over, but I still felt compelled not only to wish you a happy Father’s Day, but to speak to the issue of fatherlessness … more
In October, I wrote a column titled “Feeling the burnout, big time.” It’s not uncommon for me to get feedback about some of the columns I write, but by far, that one received the … more
The heat of a mid-Missouri summer is hard on people and plants. Staying hydrated is important for both and protection from midday sun helps also.   Not only are we experiencing very high … more
There are white wines in the marketplace that are so little known that they are almost invisible.   These are excellent wines that just have not had the publicity and/or recognition as have … more
This past weekend featured two different celebrations: Juneteenth and Father’s Day. Even though the two call us to stop and remember our past in different ways, we must also consider how to … more
When I first took over the editor’s office in 2017, I mentioned to former Democrat Editor Bob Satnan, then a contributing columnist, that I was thinking about writing columns for the Opinion … more
I hope you have spent at least a little time thinking about how you could reduce food waste in your family, and even some ideas that could affect food waste in our city, country and world. If we … more
There are certain blessings about the warm seasons in Southwestern Missouri, among which is the beautiful weather that we enjoy in spring, summer and fall which permits us to grill foods … more
While in seminary over 25 years ago, an esteemed mentor asked if I would substitute-teach his class on Christianity at Lutheran College of Nursing. As the grandson and son of nurses who had also … more
I think I’ll ride the train next week. I have to meet my kids, who are spending a week at their grandparents’ farm in rural Illinois.  As a single traveler, it’s an easy … more
There are so many adults who have grown up in toxic environments. I am one of them. I don’t have the horror stories that many people do and I am grateful for that, but my life growing up … more
For many years, the dry white wines of Bordeaux have lived in the shadow of the dynamic red wines from the same district. The sweet white wines of the Graves (Grah-vs) district of Bordeaux also … more
Who knew that my column from a mere seven days ago would ring true again so quickly? I feel like I could copy and paste the majority of it here and it would still apply. Different day, different … more
“The United States is a bad place to be a baby right now. It’s a bad place to be a mom or a dad or a kid. Since 1973, we have all of us, pro-life or pro-choice, run wild with the … more
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