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My kids didn’t want to get up in the total darkness this morning. I don’t blame them. I didn’t want to get up either. When they did make it out of bed, they were disoriented and … more
“Will you do your part” (about our climate emergency) was how I ended my article in September.  An immediate thing you can do, since the leaves are finally dropping after an … more
I am a bit annoyed with the American wine industry as I believe they are attempting to price themselves out of existence and are currently working hard to do just that. Wine has become a  … more
Dear Editor: A week ago, I noticed a small black dog who obviously had been dumped or left behind when the occupants vacated a house nearby.  I have a dog and a cat whom I love dearly, or … more
Dear Editor:  On October 22, the West Central Missouri Solid Waste Management District (SWMD-F) held a County Wide Community Clean Up hosted at the City of Holden Street Maintenance … more
Would somebody please tell Mr. Ashcroft, and the self-righteous base he's trying to impress, that today's youths are not getting sexually explicit material from the school or public libraries, but … more
I’m tired of broken campaign promises. Red vs. blue binary thinking. Pre-determined “hot-button issues” meant to stir up drama and emotion and distract voters from our … more
I would like to digress from my usual review of wines and go to the question or problem of what to do with a bottle of wine that has not been finished.  There are many gadgets and gizmos on … more
And those Italian wines just keep on coming.  This time, the wines are from the Island of Sicily, which is located just off of the toe of the Italian “boot'' and has a very hot and … more
As book challenges continue to rise in America, seeing a decades-long high last year, according to the American Library Association, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has also decided to turn … more
Autumn leaf color seems to be lasting a bit longer this year.  I thought the three nights of weather in the 20s might mean immediate leaf drop, but the colorful leaves seemed to hang on. The … more
One of the Ten Commandments forbids that the faithful make idols. I would imagine that when many of us hear this, what comes to mind is worshiping physical idols. But Richard Rohr, in his book … more
Every wine-producing country has discovered an area where grapes grown there have proven to make the best wines consistently.  In Chile, it is the Central Valley that is the main … more
Today’s edition of the Star-Journal includes our second annual 20 Under 40 special section, and I’m excited for the community to see it. This section takes quite a bit of work, from … more
A few years ago, my wife and I spent the better part of a week in Cape Coral, Florida. It was our “headquarters” as we visited Sanibel Island, Pine Island and nature areas in that part of … more
In the midst of his pastoral epistle to Timothy, Paul says, “Avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.” Of course, the next sentence is, “A servant of … more
Current economic conditions have caused a rise in the price of all goods, with wine being among those that has been very hard hit.  However, what is happening now to the wine industry has … more
This past month has been a rather rough month for me. What should have been a time of settlement and calm quickly grew into a period of chaos and pain. Kids back in school? Here are 20 more things to … more
Dear Editor:  I enjoy reading your continued coverage of area 4-H events and want to celebrate the success of these young people during this National 4-H week (October 2-8, 2022). … more
October means many things — fall festivals, cooler weather, homecoming celebrations, and Halloween. It also means the appearance of pink in hospitals and communities across the country for … more
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