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Don’t you just love statistics? Today, we are bombarded with statistics of all kinds and types to prove some point or other. more
As he was dying at the young age of 45 on April 4, 1774, the sharp-witted English writer Oliver Goldsmith was asked if his mind was “at ease,” to which he replied, “No, it is not.” Unease often accompanies people when dying, but it also does while living too because of unforeseen circumstances and puzzlement about how to respond. Many might dream of a life of ease, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be! more
Have you ever been so tired you don’t even know what you’re doing anymore? So tired that even coffee won’t put a dent in the impenetrable wall of sleepless fog? So tired you’re giddy? more
We experienced a rather scary situation within the Sedalia School District this week when an anonymous person called to report that there had been a shooting at Smith-Cotton Junior High School. more
Among the greatest conundrums to befall the wine industry in recent years is the question of the pull or the twist – the pull being corks and the twist the screw top. The best way to research this question is to look at the history of both closures. more
In today’s culture, there is no phrase I hear more than “I am too busy.” We often make our lives so busy that adding anything else seems impossible. more
“Molte grazie, ai nostri amici, i vignaioli italiani” or in English, many thanks, to our friends, the Italian winemakers. more
Daffodils are the unofficial heralds of spring here in mid-Missouri. Once those yellow, or white, or orange trumpets start showing, gardeners start itching to get things started. Those bright flowers also seem to stir possibilities in new gardeners. Regardless if you have gardened for many years or if this year will be the first that you put a seed into soil, there is always something to learn. more
My mother’s people have two passions: farming and reading. I inherited the love of both. more
The 50-year golden anniversary of Missouri’s Sunshine Law has led me to reflect on what could be done to restore the vision of Missouri’s original Sunshine Law sponsors. more
As a child, when you woke up one morning, didn’t you suddenly know that it was the beginning of spring and the beginning of all the fun and games that come with that season? Out came the roller skates, the baseball glove and bat, the jump ropes, and all of the other paraphernalia that children associate with springtime. more
Hope you are anticipating the bursting of spring and the awakening of the plants in Warrensburg — greening grass, budding and flowering trees, blooming crocuses and daffodils. more
Wine will occur without the intervention of the hand of man. Mother Nature has endowed our world with yeast, an entity that consumes sugar and excretes alcohol. The proof is right before your eyes: the white “dust” that you see on fruit is yeast. more
Things are not the same as they were when I was growing up. I believe that every generation has said this from the beginning of time and that’s because of the one constant: change. more
A few weeks ago, my family and I made a long drive to Tennessee. For us, it was a routine trip. Our family is no stranger to long drives. Yet this time, it was different. Both my wife and I seemed unprepared for the trip. My two children, who normally do pretty well with their backseat entertainment, were tired and frustrated, and no matter how much caffeine I pumped into my body, I couldn’t shake off the feeling of exhaustion. Sadly, I don’t expect this to be a one-time thing. The older I get, the more I expect this to happen, not less. more
I have written many election-related columns as editor, but I tend to publish them just before Election Day. This year, I thought I’d offer my election reminders a little sooner. more
I recently wrote about the white wines for spring and how they reflect the coming of the warm weather seasons. While writing that, I believe that I more or less threw the red wines under the bus. In a host of accolades for the white and rosé wines and pronouncing them as the wines of summer, I totally neglected the important place the red wines play during the warmer seasons and in their most popular use as the accompaniment to outdoor grilling or as it is often called, barbecue. more
“God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” — 1 John 4:16 more
The summer after I graduated from college, I had no job and zero prospects. I opted not to return to my summer job as I had done every year since high school in case I found full-time employment. So when my boyfriend asked if I wanted to tag along to his family’s annual Fourth of July vacation, I quickly agreed. more
It’s Lent. Forty days of dedication to prayer, penance, almsgiving and fasting in the name of the Lord. Not fasting like medical fasting before a scan or surgery. Not trendy intermittent fasting for weight loss, either. This is fasting invented by those mean old religious people. They want you to eat less meat and just eat less in general, and they expect that to have some kind of an effect on your relationship with God. Ridiculous. more
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