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The garden is reaching peak production during the month of August.   Cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, green beans and, of course, zucchini seem to be taking over kitchen counters … more
Dear Editor: In last night's Warrensburg R6 school board meeting, our school board decided to encourage, but not require, masks in our schools. I feel compelled to express my disappointment in … more
Who knew we’d all miss the Missouri State Fair when it went on a hiatus in 2020? OK, maybe I’m just speaking for myself. Still, I know August 2020 felt incomplete without watching … more
We all know of the regal, costly and almost canonized red wines of California's Napa Valley, which are followed closely behind by those of Sonoma County. Other counties in that state produce red … more
When I wrote my article for July, it was during the first part of June, and our plants at home were experiencing very warm, dry conditions; some of them were beginning to yellow because of the lack … more
I’m a bit of a sentimental person. It might not always be obvious, but anniversaries, milestones, birthdays and the like are important to me. I love the fanfare of celebrations, whether the … more
I have just had the opportunity to sample some really interesting wines from the Rias Baixas region of northwestern Spain.  The wines were all based on the albarino grape.  A few of … more
Decorated U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from Olympic competition this week after a botched vault attempt. Her decision shocked fans and caused controversy in the media (mostly among men and … more
It was Horace Greeley who once said, “go west young man, go west.”  If good old Horace was talking to a wine grape grower, he should have then added, “and when you get … more
How much responsibility do parents have for the education of their children? When I was a youngster, I was privileged to have had an excellent babysitter who taught all of the children in her care … more
Writing is both therapeutic and agonizing. Writing with purpose consistently requires commitment, passion and creativity. These are lessons I have learned every week since January 2009, when I became … more
I believe the hardest thing in the world is to go into a store and slap down your hard-earned cash for a bottle of wine and, most of the time, not even knowing what you are getting.  You … more
While the rains have put a damper on some activities and a strain on sump pumps everywhere, they have certainly been good for garden growth. The daylilies are blooming profusely with more than 25 … more
You’re in a big city, walking past a hospital. Someone runs up to you on the street, frantic.  “I need your help! My wife! We have to save her!” You can tell he’s … more
Sherry is a wine that is very sweet, very flavorful, very popular, very Spanish and also very affordable.  Sherry falls into the class of after-dinner wines where it is served as, with or … more
Water, the most important molecule for living things of Earth.  As our Native American friends say, who are working to stop oil pipelines from crossing their land and going under their rivers … more
I’m not sorry for bringing this up. The up-front apology – “Sorry, but …” – has become a regular speech pattern for many people. Earlier this week, a friend … more
There is a difference between being happy and having joy in your heart. Happiness comes when things go our way and make life easier or sweeter. It makes me happy when I make a sale at work or when … more
I will have to admit that the name of this wine, Kind of Wild, did pique my interest.  After I got past the name, there is even more to discover about these wines.  The first thing of … more
Sherry is a wine that is very sweet, very flavorful, very popular, very Spanish and also very affordable.  Sherry falls into the class of after dinner wines where it is served as, with or … more
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