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Editor's note: This column was initially published Saturday, Jan. 6 in the Sedalia Democrat, prior to Monday and Tuesday's snowstorm. more
My mother is radioactive. You wouldn’t know it by looking at her. She’s dozing in a recliner, and the only hint that something is wrong is the sign on the door, which reads “Caution: Radioactive materials.” more
There are times when only the finest will do, and I was recently able to sample some wines from the Paso Robles district that well fit that description. more
There’s no month quite like January. It wants us awake at the stroke of midnight for parties, fireworks, a kiss, and a toast to the New Year. But then it steamrolls in at daybreak with demands that we drop and give it 50 push-ups before the first cup of coffee. more
One cannot deny facts, and the fact is that wine sales have been increasing at a steady rate every year, indicating that wine has become a very popular dinner-time beverage, replacing the sugary beverages of the past that have been proven to be detrimental to your health. more
At this time last year, the column I wrote to mark the end of one year and the start of another lamented that the 2020s weren’t turning out how anyone had hoped or predicted. Well, here we are again at the end of yet another year that feels like the poster child for a dumpster fire that we’ve all learned to just deal with in the background of our everyday lives. more
Many of us, whether Christian or not, have just celebrated Christmas. How many Christians this Christmas season have or are thinking about what it means that the great I AM became incarnate? Outside of beautiful Christmas songs, trees, decorations, food, gifts, and celebration, have we made space to wonder at the Word being made flesh and “tenting” among us in the person of Jesus? more
The New Year's holiday seems to have been made to be celebrated with sparkling wines. The problem, however, is “which sparkling wines.” As with anything, it is the choices that make the difference and the wrong sparkling wine could wreck what should be a festive evening. more
When I was a free-range kid in the early ‘80s, I had a Pink Panther bicycle – also known as the coolest bike a girl could have in that day and age. I rode it everywhere. more
At the end of every local news article we publish in the Democrat and Star-Journal, we include contact information for the writer. That makes it common for readers to call our offices with a specific question about an article they read, not realizing we’re the writers and aren’t affiliated with the organizations we interview. more
What some people call "the most wonderful time of the year" can also be the most exhausting. With all the extra events, shopping, cleaning, cooking, traveling, hosting and more, it can make us want to crawl into the nearest stocking and take a long winter's nap. more
While I am constantly on the lookout for affordable wines to tell you about, I have ignored the wines with a more costly price tag. When a wine displays a formidable price, the question invariably arises, “Is it worth it?” That is where wine columnists come in to tell the reader all about the wine and then give an unbiased opinion of it. more
It started with a limp. What we’d hoped was just a muscle sprain in the dog’s hind leg lingered for two months, landing us in the office of a veterinary orthopedic surgeon for x-rays. more
There can be little doubt that Argentina is a major wine-producing country. The Argentinian wines from Mendoza province have proven to be exceptional, regardless of their often very affordable price. more
As we approach the solstice, I find myself naturally turning inward. It feels like a reflective time to me as the light diminishes and the weather turns colder. Hikes on the trail with my dogs finish up as darkness closes in for the night, and I return home where it is quiet and cozy. more
If you believe that the rosé wines are strictly for the spring and summer, I have some news for you. A rosé wine can and will brighten even the most dismal days of winter. more
There’s a popular meme which reads: “I just saved a ton of money on Christmas gifts discussing politics during Thanksgiving Dinner.” more
One of the things my dad taught me about the working world is that it’s always good to have “multiple revenue streams.” That way, if one stream dries up or slows to a trickle, you’ll have another one to keep you going. more
Hey friend, how is your heart today? Are you one of those folks who is super eager to hear all the Christmas carols or are you wishing everyone would simply leave it alone for a while? Are you ready to celebrate the babe in the manger, or are you not sure that you have anything worth celebrating this year? more
I’m not a Black Friday shopper. I’m a Black Friday sleeper. While the stores see black on the bottom line, the only black I see is the inside of my eyelids while I dream about which Thanksgiving leftovers to eat first. more
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