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There is a lot that I miss about Hope Lecchi, but tops is the way she never hesitated to express her appreciation for others. The former Democrat education reporter, who sadly passed away a couple … more
So many of my Christmas memories are set to music: Garth Brooks’ “Beyond the Season,” crooning from our brand new karaoke machine. A well-worn VHS tape of Disney’s “Very … more
One of my favorite chapters in “Mary Poppins” is the Topsy-Turvy chapter. Jane and Michael go with Mary Poppins to visit another of Mary Poppins’s weird relatives – Topsy … more
As of this writing, COVID-19 had killed 49 Pettis Countians. While that is a tragedy, it may not be the whole story. There’s another killer out there as well, and Pettis County Coroner Robert … more
An Elder in our church recently preached a sermon that has really stuck with me, and, with his permission, I’d like to share it with you. The Elder is Don Palmgren and he shared the story of … more
Gift-giving can be a monotonous task, especially when you are looking for something for the person who has everything. My father and husband have been the most difficult for me. When they want or … more
During the 1880s and 1890s, Sedalia was a center of business and industry, and as a result, was also a center of banking. Despite the failure of First National Bank in 1894, the result of poor … more
One of the bigger problems our society wrestles with today was foretold in a movie that came out almost 40 years ago. As many of you know, I teach journalism courses at Smith-Cotton High School … more
My poor mother. I’m sure if you asked her what it is she wanted us girls to remember most about Christmas, she would have a list: the beautiful ceramic ornaments on our tree. Cinnamon rolls … more
When I told Mother I wanted to be an English teacher, she shook her head. “Go for music. They always love the music teacher. Nobody likes the English teacher.” When she said this, she had … more
The Nov. 3 election left me disappointed in some respects, but there were bright spots here and there. Passage of Amendment 3 was one of them. I was surprised and gratified to see it approved, … more
Two of the greatest holidays are Christmas and Easter, they are connected by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We cannot celebrate one without the other one in sight. With this in mind, what is the … more
In 1898, the Missouri Federation of Women chose traveling libraries as their project for the coming year. Sedalia clubwoman Lilian Heard researched the topic and presented her research at a meeting … more
Displaying good manners is a character trait. It speaks volumes about who you are without much digging. The lack of using good manners speaks of your character in exactly the same way. Galations … more
Chef Allen Plemmons’ holiday menu includes a helping of generosity. The head chef at No. 5 Bistro and Bar and Ox Horn Market in the refurbished Lamy’s building has launched a raffle to … more
It’s as if we can’t have a modicum of joy without being jerked back to reality. I played music for the funeral of a friend who died from COVID. His brother asked that we grieve not … more
My children are already wildly excited for Dec. 25. “What should I write about?”“CHRISTMAS, Mama!”And so I shall. But not about light shows, or shopping, or Christmas … more
“Keeping up with the Joneses” was a big part of life when I was growing up. Having the right clothes, shoes, hair, makeup and car were paramount to your reputation. Because there was … more
At the end of the 19th and into the beginning of the 20th century, a new type of woman appeared on the public scene. She was well educated, articulate, informed about current issues, and interested … more
Did you find it difficult to give thanks this Thursday? Looking back at the bleak memories of this year, you might have found it nearly impossible. But I don't want to remember this as the year … more
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