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“Keeping up with the Joneses” was a big part of life when I was growing up. Having the right clothes, shoes, hair, makeup and car were paramount to your reputation. Because there was … more
At the end of the 19th and into the beginning of the 20th century, a new type of woman appeared on the public scene. She was well educated, articulate, informed about current issues, and interested … more
Did you find it difficult to give thanks this Thursday? Looking back at the bleak memories of this year, you might have found it nearly impossible. But I don't want to remember this as the year … more
I write this in the midst of Thanksgiving Day, as I enjoy the now-baking pie’s aromas of sweet potato pecan pie loveliness. It’s been a nice few days of preparation for the “Whole … more
Like so many other people, my wife and I are planning different kinds of holidays this year. The holidays of the past with our home overflowing with children and grandchildren will not happen this … more
At the back of my closet hangs a shirt that likely will never be worn again, but it also is assured of hanger space for years to come. The green-and-black flannel was the property of The Captain, … more
Growing up, Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. I loved the food — you just had to watch out that you did not mistake the mashed cauliflower for mashed potatoes! That was a mistake you only … more
“I need more patience.” “I don’t have enough patience.” “I have to learn to practice patience.” “Please, Lord, give me … more
Lynching, which involves mob violence directed against a supposed lawbreaker without the involvement of law enforcement or the courts, was not common in Pettis County. Only two were known to have … more
John Husong’s priorities are faith, family and the frontier. Husong saw all three come together recently when he shot a nine-point buck with his son, daughter and other family members … more
Columnist’s note: A previous version of this column originally ran in my own blog in 2018 as part of a series titled “Holy People.” “Brothers and Sisters: No one can say … more
Well, it’s my favorite time of year, and this year stinks. This was to be my “cousins for Thanksgiving” year, when my Kansas City cousins and my Spokane cousin were to come to upend … more
When I was in the Graduate School of Journalism at MU in the 1960s, the professor who taught newswriting was a stickler for straight reporting, devoid of opinion. If you were writing about a … more
The troubles of life can make us cranky and out of sorts, but we should never excuse these bouts of bad behavior, for they can wither the hearts of those we love and spread misery all around us. We … more
In 1843, British citizen Daniel M’Naughton, under the delusion that British Prime Minister Robert Peel was conspiring against him, attempted to assassinate Peel, but instead shot and killed … more
My Christmas shopping is complete. That’s right, I am done! I can’t believe that I am, but I made my list, checked it twice and everything has been checked off. Several years ago, … more
A hand-written note seems both antiquated and welcome. Send it by mail and your recipient is likely to raise an eyebrow or have their spirits raised – in some cases, both. Through statewide … more
This column’s gonna be a short one. I have a lot to do at home, and precious little energy with which to do it. I’ve spent the past few days laid out with a migraine. A bad one. One of … more
You won’t believe this. Only three weeks after our new shower first sprayed water, after the paint was dry and the drawers filled, after all the “stuff” was placed gently in the … more
As a boy I thought I was invulnerable, like Superman. I even wore a cape made out of one of mom’s towels, which gave me the false courage that allowed me to jump off of a high building. more
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