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If you have been interested in wine for any length of time the name, Bordeaux must have come up on numerous occasions.  To the serious wine lover, Bordeaux is the epicenter of the wine … more
Here’s a phrase I haven’t used in a couple of years: I’m on vacation. This weekend closes out the first full week of time away from work that I have enjoyed since before the … more
6:18 a.m: Awake. Gotta write today. But not yet. I think I can go back to sleep for a while. Maybe an hour?  7:35 a.m: Awake!! There is now a little boy with Mickey Mouse pajamas in my … more
If there was ever a national holiday that is more widely and wildly celebrated in this country, it's Independence Day, the Fourth of July.  It is, to put it simply, the day that Americans … more
I still remember Petey. Petey originally belonged to my parents, but when they found out I was on the way, they gave Petey, some sort of shepherd, black with golden brown markings, to Grandpa and … more
As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal. Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation ceremonies … more
The one fact that cannot be denied, Missourians love the outdoors.  I believe that if they ever add up all of the walking, bicycle and driving trails in this state, it will probably be the … more
A little more attention and some better understanding by motorists will make roadways safer for area cyclists. A few months ago, I wrote about Sedalian Matt LaCasse and his regular bike rides from … more
June is the time of year when our gardens do exactly what we want them to do: grow. Buds are swelling, flowers are opening, vegetables are starting to form and we couldn’t be happier, except … more
I have always been very aware of price when writing about a wine.  A wine should always return quality and enjoyment to the drinker. If you spend $5 for a bottle of wine you should at least … more
I hope you’ve taken time to visit the Turkeyfoot Prairie in the last month.   I wrote last month that in the prairie on the west side of Warrensburg, but, more specifically, if you turn … more
The word “fan” is short for “fanatic,” and the behavior of people at sporting events the past couple of weeks has provided a sad reminder of that fact. During recent NBA … more
I believe I have stirred up the proverbial hornet's nest.  I recently wrote about a company that was importing affordable finished wines from all over the world and putting them under one … more
Dear Editor: “Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” — United States Novelist, James Lane Allen On March 13, 2020, COVID-19 reached the Knob Noster Public Schools … more
On Tuesday I had one of those “I don’t want to do this/I’m glad I did this” kind of days. I have been summoned for the current circuit court jury pool, and Tuesday was my … more
Are you a Republican, a Democrat, an independent, a conspiracy theorist, an impartial observer or what Winston Churchill called a mugwump, with your mug on one side of the political fence and your … more
I was putting my groceries in my trunk at the big box store last week when I heard someone say, “Hi! Have a nice day!” I turned to see if the person was talking to me and to my … more
There is a well-worn adage that those who don’t know their past are doomed to repeat it. The fact that it is relevant so often is beyond disappointing. The Venn diagram of the nitwits … more
Please forgive me if I seem to have been writing too much about the Spanish, Italian, Chilean and Argentinian wines.  I am in no way financially or ancestrally bound to those areas. I had my … more
Gardeners can spend hours in their gardens, puttering about or working on myriad projects, and easily lose track of time until another family member calls out to them or hunger forces them indoors. … more
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