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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
Recently, reporters and I have heard from more than a few people who were upset due to a lack of coverage in a particular area. A grandparent emailed to ask why her grandchild’s high school … more
After writing my last two columns about the different waters that leave our homes and properties that the city of Warrensburg is responsible for (stormwater and wastewater) and how we as citizens can … more
When I first began writing about wine, I was invited to a wine press luncheon with some Italian winemakers sponsored by a wine distributor.  The required translator never showed up and, since … more
 Christmas is a good time to question the existence of God. It is this holiday that claims the Incarnation – God becoming man. If God doesn’t exist, Christmas isn’t worth … more
OK readers, the time is finally here: Christmastime. Enough of me complaining about people celebrating too early (but really, if decorating for Christmas in October or November brings you joy, … more
Christopher M. Wickern passed away on Sunday, Nov. 21. I knew him as a deacon and a friend, but you might know him as “The Real Santa Claus” of Sedalia. Chris and his wife Patsy acted as … more
I have always lived by an ancient Japanese motto, “take the obvious and reverse it,” and that is my suggestion for wine at your holiday celebration.  Since sparkling wines are … more
A while ago, I thought of that quote from the movie “Legally Blonde” where Reese Witherspoon’s character says, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you … more
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