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One sunflower stood taller than the rest, facing the other direction from the entire field, and glowing like the warm face of the sun. Last September on a warm, sunny day, my family and I visited … more
The Black cemetery at Washington Avenue and Clay Street had only a few tombstones remaining when city employees cut overgrown brush from the property in 1933. Most of the graves had been moved in … more
This cold weather has done a number on me and I am positive that I am not alone.  I live with some unfortunate circumstances as I have come to find that I possess junk DNA. I have … more
One of my favorite news stories from the past week is a portrait in treating bad actors as petulant children, and I find that simply fantastic. I picked up on the story because I get daily updates … more
As I began to write this piece, I found myself struggling with what subject to choose. There are so many to choose from, from politics to COVID-19, to pink pasta that I heard about on some news … more
I came home today. Well, technically, I came home eight years ago today. Please indulge my reminiscing about this old story; when one undergoes a life-altering experience, it isn’t easy to let … more
Hang on. We’re almost there.  Though the temperature huddles in the single digits now, in just a flick of the calendar, the state of Missouri will burst into song. Already, where we … more
Valentine’s Day for me as a child was a day of dread. When I was going to school, Valentine’s Day (or a day thereabouts) was set up for us to have a school party, replete with balloons, … more
The abandoned cemetery at Washington Avenue and Clay Street was known throughout its neighborhood as a final resting place for African Americans who died in the years before 1883, when Glenwood … more
If you’re reading this, chances are pretty good that you also read the police reports that appear in this publication.  Contained within those reports are the arrests that are made by … more
Dr. Nichole Vansell’s interest in science blossomed late, but she has turned it into a career that is helping improve and save lives. Vansell, a 1990 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, … more
Many things are moving much slower these days due to the COVID crisis, and the makeover of the Trust Building is one of them. I met with Brian Smith recently to get an update on how things are … more
I’ve been smelling stale cigarette smoke for the past couple of weeks. This, of course, is my father’s telling me that the Super Bowl is coming up, and that I need to calm down so that I … more
I know this is a month later than most might prefer, but I thought I might try and tackle the New Year's resolutions from a slightly different perspective. The new year is a time of reflection on how … more
During the mid-19th century, Sedalia had four cemeteries. Two were abandoned when newer cemeteries were established. Their histories provide an interesting story, but also raise many … more
I experienced some writer's block this week. I mentioned to my husband that I didn’t have an opinion on everything so it was difficult to find a topic to write about every week. He looked at me … more
In the course of life, we have opportunities to learn at least a little from all of our experiences. Sometimes we learn about ourselves, other times about human nature. Through the various jobs I … more
I sit before a blank piece of paper and think “wow, what a year it’s been.” We have lost so much and gained so much. It’s difficult to not think about the extreme losses we … more
The news has been so frustrating lately that I find it necessary to focus on lighter things. Why would I want to dwell on the fact that Republican Senators are saying, “Let’s just forget … more
It hadn’t been a great day. I mean, I guess it had been OK. I woke up on the right side of the topsoil. But I was having a chronic pain flare-up. My arms and legs were swollen and achy. I … more
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