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Containers are bursting with colorful annuals purchased or started from seed. Annuals provide constant color in pots or gardens.  Simple maintenance tasks can keep your plants healthy and … more
The current economy has caused some very difficult decisions on the part of consumers.  Although wine is often considered a luxury item, it has become part and parcel with the American way of … more
That’s the last time I’ll complain about damp, cool weather in May.  I read last week that the Jan. 6 committee has issued subpoenas to five members of Congress who appear to have … more
A week and a half ago, I had major back surgery. It has left me alone with my television, as the medication skews my ability to read. I needed a break from the news and documentaries, so I … more
It is easy to find a good wine at a premium price but finding wines that are both good and affordable these days can be rather difficult.  Knowing this, I donned my Sherlock Holmes … more
Our culture has been in conflict over the issue of abortion for decades. Recently, the issue came before the Supreme Court again.  The case they considered allowed the court, which is heavy … more
When I first decided to take over Bob Satnan’s column space in the Democrat last year, I figured it was a good idea. For several years since I became the Democrat’s editor, I had a goal … more
It seemed like the alternating winter and spring weather had finally ended and the cold weather plants were starting to thrive, and now this week, we jumped into summer.   We will have to … more
In the United States, there are names that have become almost synonymous with wine, among which are Gallo (if you're over 50) and Mondave.  Italy too has its classic families that are firmly … more
As I was scrolling through Twitter last week, something caught my eye that was so shocking, that I didn’t even process it until I had almost scrolled past it. Someone associated with the … more
I’m officially the ninth and final editor to lead a Sedalia Democrat newsroom at 700 S. Massachusetts Ave. After moving everything to our new home at 111 W. Fourth St. over the weekend, we … more
Happy May Day! May Day is an ancient European festival celebrating the coming of the summer. Across the pond, it’s still observed today, and in some countries, it’s one of the biggest … more
You know that spring has finally arrived by the warmer weather, the incessant rain, the blooming of flowers and the appearance of rosé wines on dealers’ shelves in anticipation of … more
Hey friends – are you enjoying this spring weather? I have to say that spring is my favorite time of year. I love living somewhere where we have the chance to experience four different seasons. … more
This weekend I’m headed home to rural Illinois to go mushroom hunting with my father. I’m hoping to return with a pound of yellow morels. Maybe even two. But even if I don’t, there … more
 have found myself pleading with time to slow down, but it doesn’t seem to be working. Just yesterday, I was a teenager patiently waiting to turn 16 so that I could drive myself … more
With the warm weather rapidly approaching, the heavier meals of winter give way to lighter warm-weather fare of springtime and summer.  With that, our choices of wine must also be … more
“A friend of mine told me to shoot first and ask questions later. I was going to ask him why, but I had to shoot him.” — John Wayne Even if we are standing sentry, we still ask … more
As anyone who reads my weekly columns already knows, my boyfriend and I bought our first home in November. The house is in excellent condition, and we patiently waited for months to find just the … more
April is upon us with its showers and warmer weather to jump-start the growing season.  I hope you are considering planting gardens this year, both a vegetable garden and a native plant … more
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