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I’m going to start with this:Lately, I have been seeing a new social media mantra regarding COVID and vaccinations: “My saying whether I’ve had the shot is a violation of my HIPAA … more
The blackbird that came to my feeder early in the spring was small enough that my wife and I figured it wasn’t long out of the nest. We could see there was something wrong with the bird, … more
Last Saturday, my family and I attended the Robert Woolery, Sr. Memorial Pow Wow at the fairgrounds. It was an honor and a once-in-a lifetime opportunity, hiding in plain sight, right here in Pettis … more
Writing is both therapeutic and agonizing. Writing with purpose consistently requires commitment, passion and creativity. These are lessons I have learned every week since January 2009, when I became … more
Pettis County was first settled by Euro-Americans in the second decade of the 19th century. Early settlers chose to locate near existing trails that transportation or near streams whose water could … more
It is difficult to belong to a political party in Pettis County. I’m sure the problem isn’t exclusive to our area. After all, we can see it happening across the country inside politics. … more
I remember when my mother “adopted” Spicey. Spicey was the neighborhood stray, and as usual, my mother couldn’t help herself. She fed the dog, petted her, and generally babied her … more
You’re in a big city, walking past a hospital. Someone runs up to you on the street, frantic.  “I need your help! My wife! We have to save her!” You can tell he’s … more
NEW ORLEANS — Dennis Rich was drawn to the Big Easy by an irresistible force.“One of the things that brought me down here was the creative energy of the city. It is so powerful and so … more
Throughout our married life I left flowers to my wife, who was much better at it than I was. My job was to dig holes in the ground.But with age has come a new appreciation of the floral world. … more
The story of David and Goliath tells about three men and their relationships with God: Saul, David and Goliath.  Israel had decided they wanted a king and so God granted their request even … more
In 1866, the Rev. J.M. Bowers organized Sedalia’s Congregational Church congregation, and in 1869, the congregation built a frame building at the corner of Sixth Street and Ohio Avenue. In … more
This week, I would like to talk to parents of grown children. Don’t get me wrong; I’m talking to myself as well. I’m only writing this because someone had to tell me and … more
I’m not sorry for bringing this up. The up-front apology – “Sorry, but …” – has become a regular speech pattern for many people. Earlier this week, a friend … more
I have been waking up on the wrong side of the bed lately. Perhaps it is that the weather is really crummy and we cannot enjoy our little balcony at the end of each day. Perhaps it is that silly work … more
Are there times when you begin to find yourself being a little less enthusiastic in your walk with the Lord? Do you find that at times there seem to be seasons where you feel like it is a drought and … more
There is a difference between being happy and having joy in your heart. Happiness comes when things go our way and make life easier or sweeter. It makes me happy when I make a sale at work or when … more
Nineteenth-century architects, according to The Gingerbread Age, John Maass’ examination of Victorian architecture, designed public buildings to demonstrate “a marked stability in keeping … more
It’s never too early to start planning for your future. On Thursday, I had the pleasure of speaking with members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri CLUB site at First … more
This Sunday we will celebrate the Fourth of July, the 245th anniversary of the founding of our nation in 1776. It is a day that we celebrate with friends and family. We eat, laugh, play games, relax, … more
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