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When we told our daughter that face masks were becoming optional at her school, she let out a joyous, high-pitched “SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” and then deadpanned: “I am never wearing a … more
It looks like the people at Tussock Jumper wines are trying to send wine writers like me into retirement.  Not only are they going to the countries that made a particular variety famous for … more
What an amazing spring we’ve had for flowering plants.   For some reason, the trees and flowers have blossomed more fully than in most years, so I hope you’ve taken the time to … more
The teenage babysitter gets a call on the landline phone: a sinister voice. “Have you checked the kids?”  The man calls over and over.  Finally the babysitter contacts the … more
As I have consistently preached, ad nauseum, there are no longer any bad wines made.  If, by some mischance, you should get a “bad wine” it is bad because something got into that … more
It is said that all politics is local, and that stance also applies to many societal issues. The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin concluded last Tuesday with guilty … more
This spring has been an extraordinary one for those who seek the lost and pursue justice for the grieving.  Last week, the Sedalia Democrat reported Pettis County Coroner Robert … more
When I first started writing about wines, only two languages were needed: French to read the “better wine labels'' and English for the rest of them.  As time progressed, and German … more
I received my order of trees from the George O. White State Forest Nursery recently and set about planting them along with a few fruit trees purchased locally.   Whenever I lose a tree, … more
When the challenge is greater, the reward is sweeter. Nicole Cooke, editor of both the Sedalia Democrat and the Warrensburg Star-Journal, has faced complication after hurdle after heartbreak this … more
It all started when toilet paper disappeared from store shelves followed closely by the paper towels and now it’s ketchup and pepperoni.  The question must arise, what's next? I am not … more
I hope you’ve been able to get some dirt under your fingernails since my last column and are enjoying the beauty of the springtime flowers, trees and birds.   I said last month that I … more
Last week, President Biden announced a number of executive orders on gun control, which are viewable on the White House website. I will reprint them here:  ”The Justice Department, … more
If you are a person who enjoys a good glass of wine, it is hard to get away from Italian wines.  Italian wines have increased in popularity in recent years because they are well made, of … more
Dear Editor: OATS Transit is closely watching proposed state legislation that, if passed, would allow concealed-carry permit holders to lawfully bring firearms on public transportation. It raises … more
As we roll through Easter, the start of spring and the overdue arrival of warmer weather, a meaningful phrase keeps coming to me: the greater good. It’s a phrase that clearly means different … more
“Fake it till you make it.” I love that saying because it is excellent advice! It’s what I do when I don’t know what else to do. When I was young, my father suggested … more
It is easy to be a pinot noir lover as there are very few poor examples of the variety in the marketplace.  This is probably because the pinot noir grape is very temperamental and can be very … more
My sister has been after me to write more. She says I need to take more time to record my thoughts and memories because, she says, I have stories to tell. I suppose she is right; this exercise is my … more
I believe that in another life I must have been Italian and a resident of Tuscany.  I say this because, although I try to be as impartial as possible, I love the wines of Tuscany.  I … more
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