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Since last month, the early leaf-dropping trees like walnuts are bare and others have started to drop leaves with the frostier weather.  I trust that you have been shredding leaves for your … more
Three things happened last week which signaled the end of three worlds in three tiny, but unrelated universes. The first: In a tiny town in Illinois, a high school volleyball team played its last … more
You have got to hand it to the people at Dry Creek Vineyards for being modern and caring.  While many wines are directed toward male wine lovers, Dry Creek has opted to name one of their … more
Friday's print edition also includes the inaugural edition of the Star-Journal’s 20 Under 40 publication. As the page 2 description indicates, “20 Under 40 is a celebration of young … more
Each of us has within them a dream; a situation, a fantasy or something that they always wanted to do but knew they never could.  It is that very special and personal thought that, when you … more
It’s OK to say “no.” This is something that I have always found very difficult to do because I am a people pleaser. I have always been very self-conscious about the way in which … more
Dear Editor: Today I would like to share my support for Republic Trash Services to re-establish collecting recycling from our local community. In fact, I would love to encourage each and every … more
Pumpkin spice, falling leaves and apple cider may evoke the autumnal season for many but for me, it is the sweet potato harvest.   Yesterday was the day, and now with my wheelbarrow more … more
The time to prepare is now, right now as Walpurgis (Val pur jis) night is rapidly approaching.  You may not have heard of Walpurgis night because that is the European version of our Halloween … more
Anyone else feeling burned out, or is it just me? 2021 has felt incredibly long and very fast, all at the same time somehow. Lately, the days have dragged on, but yet I’m still amazed by the … more
Dear Editor: It was sensible of Danielle Dulin, the lately appointed city manager of Warrensburg, to have a conversation with leadership from Republic Services. It is also helpful that you … more
Dear Editor: Earlier this year, Republic Trash Services took over Heartland Waste which led to many delays in trash pickups and a complete halt to recycling services. Republic Trash's staff have … more
In a recent column, I remarked that I was not a chardonnay fan because of the many miserable examples of the variety that I have sampled in the past few years.  Apparently, I hit a nerve at … more
Well Warrensburg, you’ve officially been stuck with me for a year. October marks one year of ownership for the Sedalia Democrat and Warrensburg Star-Journal. It feels like it has been a … more
Last month I talked about the health of Missouri bodies of water. Although that is important, I think most people are more concerned about the water close to them.  Last Friday I sat down … more
Just in time for the winter holidays and the colder weather, three very interesting and affordable red wines have arrived on our shores.  These wines are from Chile, a nation whose wines are … more
Another of the world's wine-producing countries, Argentina, is coming to the rescue of this nation's wine-drinking public. The fires in California, the drought, the heat and the sun blocked by … more
Does the Republican Party have a future? I hope it does, for its voice is badly needed today. Presently, the GOP is split between the Trumpers and the anti-Trumpers. Divided political parties … more
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a … more
When the name of the winemaker or producer appears on the label of a bottle of wine, you know that the name must have an extra meaning to the wine consumer.  Here in the United States the … more
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