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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 don’t know about you, but I am ecstatic that Hannah and Matthew Petree took the plunge and rescued Sedalia by purchasing Reader’s World. Not only does the bookstore offer a refuge in a … more
I’ve often expressed my disagreement with President Biden, so when he does something right, fairness requires that I recognize it. That something is the recently announced AUKUS agreement … more
Thanksgiving is a time of the year where we pause and get together with family and friends. It is a time to eat turkey and other great food, play games, watch football, and get ready to shop on Black … more
​​On Nov. 22, Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Green ruled that health orders issued by the Department of Health and Senior Services regarding COVID-19 restrictions are … more
During the 19th century, several ideas came together in a way that influenced the architecture and decorating of homes. One was the idea that a person who had wealth was entitled to a large, opulent … more
I know that by the time Democrat and Star-Journal readers take a look at this column, Thanksgiving will be in the rearview mirror and thoughts of the Christmas season will be full steam ahead. But … more
t’s my favorite holiday – Thanksgiving. This year, we did “Franksgiving,” as Emily couldn’t get home until late Thursday night. We ate on Friday. Food was plentiful and … more
For more than a century, a statue of Thomas Jefferson has stood in the city council chambers in New York. But it’s earmarked for removal, as the cancellers have struck again. That Jefferson, … more
As I looked out of my window when I got up this morning, I saw leaves all over the ground; that yesterday was still clinging to the trees. It was mainly the product of the strong winds that came … more
Matthew 25:35-40 is that familiar passage in which Jesus tells his followers that when he was hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, a stranger, or imprisoned, they provided for him. Puzzled by this … more
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. It provides us with an opportunity to pause and reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for that are otherwise taken for … more
Col. Anderson D. Jaynes, one of Sedalia’s leading early citizens, came to Sedalia in 1864, just four years after Sedalia’s founding. Accordng to the 1882 History of Pettis County, Jaynes … more
The Kansas City “Star” reported that a parent group in Liberty is pushing back on the school’s proposal to ban some books from the school library.  The arguments began when … more
When it gets close to the end of the year, there are only two types of Americans. And both of them live in my house. I recently overheard my children “arguing” in the bathroom as … more
Depending on when you read this column, I’ll officially be a homeowner this weekend.After years of living in a dorm, the Sigma Kappa Sorority house, apartments and a rental house, I’m … more
I recently read a meme on Facebook that said this: “Imagine if my husband monitored my bank account, forced medical treatment on me that I didn’t want so that I could work, charged me … more
In his pamphlet “A Feast of Cold Facts,” Sedalia booster I. Mac DeMuth described the First Christian Church dedicated in 1889 by noting the seating capacity, the range of utilities, the … more
I know there were some snow flurries this week and many people have already decorated their Christmas tree, but we still have another national holiday before the calendar turns to December: the … more
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