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Here we are on the verge of September with only one-third of the year left! Many of us are talking about where the summer went and how school can have resumed already. Labor Day is almost here and … more
The reality of my age is settling in. I’m not talking about my feeling old. I’m talking about the fact that I am watching my contemporaries, those with whom I have shared the past 40 or … more
Three years ago, after man-handling a tiller for more than an hour to prepare the garden for the season, I realized that as I aged, this way of gardening was not sustainable.  My garden was a … more
I recently sampled a very novel wine, the Art of the Earth Sangria, that was also presented in a very interesting bottle that was sealed with a crown cap but also had attached the very popular (in … more
I am a pro-lifer.  In popular American parlance, that usually equals “anti-abortion,” and I am that too.  But being pro-life in the Christian sense of the term also means … more
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, … more
Popular customs dictate that the white and rosé wines rule the warm weather.  The red wines, however, also have their place too when the temperature is high and that place is … more
The passage of time is a funny thing. For example, this week feels like it has dragged on for two, but it also seems like it hasn’t been a year since I announced I was starting a weekly column … more
An interesting thing happened between last month’s column and this one. During the extreme heat wave in Great Britain, I heard an interview with British climate activist and writer George … more
Just in time to save wine lovers from the rapidly increasing price of wine, Italian winemakers have sent over to us a whole series of their popular Rosato (rosé) style of wines and all at … more
The challenge of our national denominational leadership that each congregation develop new ways to serve as “Jesus in the Neighborhood” has inspired the members at The Church of the … more
My 5-year-old wants me to write a story about “fruits and vegetables,” and so I shall.  I come from a long line of fabulous gardeners. My paternal grandmother fed 10 kids (eight … more
Our contracts professor told us that sometimes, judges decide an answer to a case, and then they just find a way to get there in an opinion that sounds plausible. He called that “bad … more
What cheese to serve with what wine is a question that has perplexed, confounded and perhaps even terrified wine lovers for as long as there has been wine to accompany cheese. You do not wish to … more
We use a variety of excuses for our sinful behaviors. There’s no end of scapegoats to blame, including God. I know we often say, “the Devil made me do it,” but it’s not … more
In the last few weeks, I’ve gotten several questions about our Opinion page. How do I contact columnists about a recent column? Can so-and-so write about this particular topic next week? Why … more
It’s 100 degrees outside and the last thing on your mind is starting more seeds as you are just trying to keep what you already have alive. However, now is actually the time to start seeds for … more
If Riedel Glassware, the primer glassware maker of the wine industry, has designed a glass specifically for Missouri’s own Norton grape wine, then I believe that Missouri wines should be worthy … more
A number of weeks ago, another American school was hit by a senseless attack. While there are a number of articles attesting to the attack, I want to focus on a rather asinine comment given by Texas … more
COVID and Monkeypox, by virtue of their highly visible physical symptoms, have received nearly all the attention of the scientific community and the public over the past two years.  But … more
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