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The frustrating thing about living out in the country with nature is that the nature is also living with you.  This statement seems self-evident, even banal, until you’ve got a snake … more
When Missouri voters approved medical marijuana in 2018, it was only a matter of time before “recreational marijuana” came up for a vote, since one of the purposes of the former is to … more
While I spend most of my working hours in my office at the Sedalia Democrat, once a week, I make the 40-minute drive to work in the Warrensburg Star-Journal office. On the way there, I usually listen … more
I was going to tell you today about our garage sale next weekend, but I’ve held off as long as I can. You’re probably wondering about my lack of stinging commentary regarding the latest … more
“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42, NASB95) Being a Christian is a huge … more
The protests against the state-mandated Teachers’ Institutes by the Rev. Dr. L.P. Bowen of the Presbyterian Church in Marshall were printed in the Marshall Democrat-News and reprinted in the … more
At the same time the Walk to End Alzheimer’s was taking place at Centennial Park, there was another quiet, intimate event taking place in the background this past Saturday. State Rep. … more
This weekend, I’ll be attending the Missouri Press Association convention along with newspaper editors and publishers from across the state. It always ends with an awards luncheon Saturday … more
Author’s Note: Skip this one if you’re eating breakfast right now or squeamish about sickness, especially, erm, barf  There’s a holiday gremlin after my family, and … more
The passing of the Queen of England is something that is going to get a lot of people thinking about what they were doing when she became Queen. I am no different.  I was just 13 when the … more
My birthday this past week was one of those perfect days that comes along in September.  The air turns crisp, the trees lose their tired look, enjoying the respite from heat, the sun warms but … more
Queen Elizabeth II reigned for over 70 years over the United Kingdom. Tributes have poured in from everywhere as her nation and the world celebrate her reign and mourn her passing. For some in … more
Recognizing the need for better teachers, in the 1880s, Missouri mandated attendance at Teacher Institutes, regular programs of instruction organized by the city or county Superintendent of … more
According to a Georgetown University study, the cost of higher education has increased 169% over the last 40 years. And according to Sallie Mae’s annual How America Pays for College survey, … more
Unconditional love is something I believe we all struggle with at times. It is difficult to show love to those who have hurt, neglected, abused or have even taken a loved one from us. Last week, I … more
World War II began in Africa in 1939 and affected travel and mail in the Portuguese colony of Angola on the southwestern coast. Travel was difficult, requiring costly gasoline and permits from … more
In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, some 50 pregnancy help centers were fire-bombed, vandalized or trashed. Jeanette Pahlow, director of Birthright in Sedalia, thinks ignorance … more
Yesterday was the first day of school for Sedalia School District 200. I could probably write a book about school, so it’s a good thing that I have limited space in this column. The first … more
The Ewell family from La Monte might be an “unorthodox” choice for the Pettis County Farm Family of the Year, but their passion and advocacy for agriculture might suggest … more
I never thought anyone would look back at the Ozark Music Festival (OMF) through the misty eyes of nostalgia, but it seems to be happening. A documentary about the 1974 festival is being shown … more
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