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Do those you love really know how much you love them? When we are first married, the honeymoon period is fantastic! All we think about is how much we love each other and how sparkly life is going … more
This time of year, we evaluate many areas of our lives and look for ways to improve. It is also a great time to evaluate our gardens’ plants and performance over the past year.  One of … more
The white wines of Bordeaux have never achieved the aura of magnificence that surrounds the red wines of that district.  In truth, the white wines of Bordeaux, except for a very few, are … more
Baptism is one of two sacraments in the United Methodist Church with the other being communion. Sunday’s sermon was the second of three on baptism.  Baptism by water is a symbolic act … more
I’m 30, so I remember the days of loud dial-up sounds and selecting which VHS, and eventually which DVD, we wanted at Blockbuster for a weekend movie night. I didn’t get a cellphone (a … more
As 2022 begins, I’d like to encourage everyone to make two resolutions that have the environment in mind, along with one that is strictly for personal enjoyment.  The enjoyment … more
To many familiar with the world of wine, the name Bordeaux on a wine bottle translates as “big bucks.”  That is true when it comes to the historic labels, but what about Marie and … more
While playing a game not long back, a boy questioned how his team could have 11 points already as his father quickly pointed out it wasn’t 11 but two, in hash marks. That got me thinking about … more
My Christmas wish came true this year! It all started 36 years ago. Darren and I started dating when I was 18. He already had a daughter who was 3 years old. Three years later, she would become my … more
One thing I could never understand: when wine experts, gurus, aficionados and geeks get together, all they talk about are the great vintages of dry (not sweet) wines of the past, which many of them … more
Dear Editor: What has happened to Warrensburg? Warrensburg was once a nice town to live in. A place where you could leave your doors unlocked, windows down on your car, and let your kids roam to … more
And just like that, she’s 33. When did 33 years pass? How did they simply fly by? How did things change so that when I see her, she lives in a house and cooks dinner and does her own laundry? … more
Many gardeners put their houseplants outdoors in summer and bring them in when temperatures start to dip below 55 degrees. This means that many of you, like me, are now surrounded by an indoor … more
Have you ever had a wish that came true?  Josh Cellars (is that the name of the winery or that of the winemaker) has released a fantastic affordable college-like course on wine based on the … more
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my jo, for auld lang syne, we'll … more
As I write this on Christmas Eve Eve (“Friends reference, anyone?) in my office at the Democrat, things are pretty quiet. Only a few of us are at work today, with many of our coworkers starting … more
Christmas is here.  Are you happy?  Or do you always end up feeling let down and depressed, surrounded by a sea of stale decorations and crumpled wrapping paper?  Does it feel … more
I have an ear worm: Placido Domingo’s “Once Again It’s Christmas Time This Year.” It circles round my brain unceasingly, probably because it seems impossible that another year … more
La Crema wines have been around for over 40 years and if a winery can be around for that long, they must be doing something right; and they most certainly are.  Part of the secret to their … more
For those familiar with Christian scripture, the Annunciation is an oft-heard story around Christmastime. The angel Gabriel appears to Mary and lets her know that she will give birth to the son of … more
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