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You’ve probably guessed that I was a precocious and avaricious reader. I attribute this to my mother, who read books incessantly and didn’t stop because of the inconvenience of having a … more
It has now been one year since COVID-19 really began to break upon the shores of the United States, prompting business closures, civil lockdowns and economic panic. In that year, 496,690 Americans … more
President Joe Biden’s push for $1.9 trillion in additional stimulus spending is now in the hands of the Senate, where the vote could go either way due to the even partisan split. The theory … more
Prosecco is an affordable dry Italian sparkling wine that can fit the bill whenever and wherever a sparkling wine is called for; but when is that?  Usually, sparkling wines have been reserved … more
I was reading the Bible recently in the book of Titus, and a phrase caught my attention. Titus was a convert of the Apostle Paul, who trained him for leadership in the early Church, and it was Paul … more
The July 1933 Sedalia Democrat article about the Black cemetery at Washington Avenue and Clay Street notes a school located diagonally across the street on the southwest corner. Questions remain … more
Where to begin? Every once in a while, something really gets my goat. Well, if you talk to my family and close friends they’ll probably call that an understatement, but you get my … more
What we remember and when we recall it can be baffling at times. Earlier this week, I saw a garbage can and mumbled to myself, “I want traaaash bags.” I caught myself midstep and … more
Like most of the nation, I have been watching and waiting with trepidation to see what the Joe Biden presidency is shaping up to be. Will his government set to work quickly to rectify the worst … more
Every February or March, I write about spring, and this year is no exception. While winter itself, vis à vis frigid temperatures and unpleasant precipitation, has not been particularly … more
The title of this piece, “Well Dressed,” was something I would never say about myself, but one of my late aunts did; she would also say I looked like I had just stepped out of a banded … more
With all of the situations that are occurring in the world around us, we have a need to come together as a nation and a people. We have sickness, strife, and confusion that has caused us to become … more
With the price of wine as well as everything else going up, it’s hard to deviate from those varieties that are old and familiar.  By staying with “old faithful” one cannot … more
The July 1933 Sedalia Democrat article about the Black cemetery at Washington Avenue and Clay Street mentions a church at the northeast corner of North Washington Avenue and Clay Street and a school … more
If you watch the news at all, you know many parts of the nation are struggling with getting their students back into the classroom due to COVID-19. This situation is disturbing to me because … more
You don’t judge a book by its cover nor do you judge a wine by its price.  In more than 30 years of writing about wine, I have sampled some monumental stinkers that sold for more than … more
Being trapped in your house as the entire region is turned into a blast chiller provides some learning opportunities, which is rather ironic since the weather forced Pettis County schools to shut … more
Every now and then an event occurs that typifies the age in which we live. We saw that in San Francisco recently, when the school board voted to rename 44 schools. Among them were schools named … more
We no longer need an alarm. Hue the Cat has a remarkably accurate body clock that goes off a little before 7 a.m. each morning. Still not accepting us as her “new” parents, she rises from … more
The emerging lesson of the 21st Century is that, try as we might, we will never exercise full control over nature. It is faster, stronger, and sneakier than we are. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, … more
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