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The drought we are in is taking its toll on our gardens and on us. Keeping up with the watering needs of our gardens and containers is becoming a part-time job.  Remember to water deeply to … more
Have you noticed that as the temperature is rising, so is the price of wine?  I am not going to dwell on anything philosophical, political, intellectual or even religious, but times right now … more
I hope you and your plants are dealing well with the hot and dry weather we’ve been experiencing this summer.  So far, our garden plants are producing quite well with twice-a-week … more
There is one thing of absolute certainty, a red wine will make a positive and discernible statement and it is that statement that will determine if you like the wine or not.  White wines do … more
My boyfriend and I made our annual trek to Michigan for the Fourth of July weekend. Each summer, the entirety of his dad’s side of the family (we’re talking dozens of people) travels from … more
Amazing creation….have you ever stopped to think about this world we live in and all that was put into place just so that life could exist here? This amazing, world, universe, multiple … more
It feels like the world is on fire these days. No one can agree or find a compromise. Not only is common ground becoming harder and harder to find, but it seems that most people have lost interest in … more
“How can you expect to pass this class if you don’t do the reading?” Do you remember a high school teacher or college professor yelling that at you? Holding up a book and shaking … more
Among summertime's favorite wines are the beautiful pink Rosé wines.  Rosé wines are not simply a white wine that has some red wine infused with it, but rather a wine that has … more
Near the southernmost portion of Norway is the county of Rogaland. And, within this region, you’ll find one of the most photographed places on earth. Its name is Kjeragbolten. It consists of a … more
My paternal grandmother would have been 92 this week.  She was a beautiful old woman with curly white hair, piercing blue eyes, and a sly, puckering smile that she passed on to her sons and … more
What a whirlwind of a week surrounding the Supreme Court! As of this writing, we have seen the SCOTUS overturn Roe v. Wade and rule in favor of Joseph Kennedy in Kennedy v. Bremerton School … more
Currently, the white wines are the “in” wines as is customary during the warmer seasons.  The reason for this is simple: as the temperature goes up, so does our desire for cooler … more
I know that by the time you read this article, Father’s Day will be over, but I still felt compelled not only to wish you a happy Father’s Day, but to speak to the issue of fatherlessness … more
In October, I wrote a column titled “Feeling the burnout, big time.” It’s not uncommon for me to get feedback about some of the columns I write, but by far, that one received the … more
The heat of a mid-Missouri summer is hard on people and plants. Staying hydrated is important for both and protection from midday sun helps also.  Not only are we experiencing very high … more
There are white wines in the marketplace that are so little known that they are almost invisible.  These are excellent wines that just have not had the publicity and/or recognition as have … more
This past weekend featured two different celebrations: Juneteenth and Father’s Day. Even though the two call us to stop and remember our past in different ways, we must also consider how to … more
When I first took over the editor’s office in 2017, I mentioned to former Democrat Editor Bob Satnan, then a contributing columnist, that I was thinking about writing columns for the Opinion … more
I hope you have spent at least a little time thinking about how you could reduce food waste in your family, and even some ideas that could affect food waste in our city, country and world. If we … more
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