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“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room … more
I hope some of you have considered purchasing carbon offsets since last month’s column, or better yet, actually purchased some offsets to lessen the environmental damage we have caused by using … more
There is an annoying conundrum within the wine world that has perplexed American wine lovers for years and with no solution in sight. It has been the custom of the French to identify a wine by the … more
Dear Editor:  2022 has been a year of crisis — both seen and unseen — for families and communities. The big crises the American Red Cross has responded to include flooding, … more
Dear Editor:   This is in response to the column: “If Joe Biden is pro-labor, then I’m the Mayor of Green Ridge.”   It seems the author is upset because the rail … more
You may have heard a little bit in the news about how our heroic government has stepped in and averted a national railroad workers strike through the power of legislation. A strike at this time, the … more
Stuck on what to get someone for Christmas? Is the big day approaching too fast and your time to shop diminishing at an even faster rate?  Alcoholic beverages, in all forms, are gaining in … more
The holiday season is upon us yet again! For some, that looks like extra family time and creating memories with loved ones, but for others, this season is a constant reminder of grief, sadness and … more
I believe that we have more in common than not. All of us struggle with different battles throughout life. If we’re honest, we probably endure more struggles than joy. I try to keep things … more
I made one veggie too many, I didn’t get to make the chocolate bourbon pecan pie, I didn’t put enough stock in the stuffing/dressing, and I completely forgot the curried pumpkin soup. Oh, … more
For eons, the Cabernet Sauvignon has been considered to be the ruling king of red wines. Several years ago, that position had been challenged by the Merlot, which failed miserably and the variety … more
Mat 26:27-28 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness … more
In one of my previous Thanksgiving columns, I wrote about some of my traditions for the fall holiday. Some involve favorite foods, some involve the people I spend the day with, and some are unique … more
Now that we have finished the rush of protecting and preparing plants for the cold weather, it is finally time for a slower pace for the gardener. If you are lucky, you may be growing some greens … more
At some time or other, we have all run into the “wine expert” who pans sweet wines as wines for amateurs.  First, the definition of said expert; X is the unknown and a spurt is a … more
The holiday season is here. Beginning with Thanksgiving, our society moves into a season filled with traditions from the menu items to the decorations, even to travel plans. Calendars fill with … more
As a reporter and editor, part of my job is telling people’s stories. We often cover breaking news or government meetings, but we also publish feature stories about community members. Through … more
Just under 50% of Pettis County voters participated in last Tuesday’s election. That is nothing short of pitiful, and it’s certainly disappointing. For the life of me, I will never … more
I nostri amici italiani (our Italian friends) have sent over to this country a shipload of white wine just in time for our Thanksgiving feastivities.  Italian white wines have always lived in … more
As I write these words, it’s 10 days after All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1). For centuries, Christians have heard together on that day Jesus’ Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount. That … more
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