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When I was in the Graduate School of Journalism at MU in the 1960s, the professor who taught newswriting was a stickler for straight reporting, devoid of opinion. If you were writing about a … more
The troubles of life can make us cranky and out of sorts, but we should never excuse these bouts of bad behavior, for they can wither the hearts of those we love and spread misery all around us. We … more
In 1843, British citizen Daniel M’Naughton, under the delusion that British Prime Minister Robert Peel was conspiring against him, attempted to assassinate Peel, but instead shot and killed … more
My Christmas shopping is complete. That’s right, I am done! I can’t believe that I am, but I made my list, checked it twice and everything has been checked off. Several years ago, … more
A hand-written note seems both antiquated and welcome. Send it by mail and your recipient is likely to raise an eyebrow or have their spirits raised – in some cases, both. Through statewide … more
This column’s gonna be a short one. I have a lot to do at home, and precious little energy with which to do it. I’ve spent the past few days laid out with a migraine. A bad one. One of … more
You won’t believe this. Only three weeks after our new shower first sprayed water, after the paint was dry and the drawers filled, after all the “stuff” was placed gently in the … more
As a boy I thought I was invulnerable, like Superman. I even wore a cape made out of one of mom’s towels, which gave me the false courage that allowed me to jump off of a high building. more
The leaves in my yard keep piling up. Last week, during the wonderful weather, I worked on cleaning up my yard. I fired up the lawnmower and got to work. This is the first of several times I will be … more
After retired livery stable operator and horseman R.O. Harris shot real estate agent Damon L Porter in the back on July 1, 1915, both men went to their homes. more
Ever since the election, my mind has been racing around who we have become as a nation. Not so much about who has been elected, but how people react to situations. more
Growing up, my mother had a huge influence on my political views. She watched the nightly news programs out of Chicago and kept up with current issues. more
I’m not sure we will know who the President is when this essay goes to print. I’m not sure if we’ll know by December. more
The election is over. The virus is still with us, though conspiracy theorists said it would disappear after Nov. 3. more
I found Willie Ross’s guest column in the Oct. 21 edition of the Democrat, about growing up Jewish in Sedalia, very interesting. more
What is there to say? As I sat down with a fountain pen and paper in hand to sketch out a few ideas, words were slow at arriving. more
On July 1, 1915, the Sedalia Weekly Democrat reported that Damon Porter, vice-president of Porter Real Estate at 112 W. Fourth St., was walking from his business to his home at 420 S. Osage Ave. at about 10 a.m. on Thursday to bring his wife Edith the morning St. Louis newspaper when he was shot in the back. more
I’m writing this on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. At this time, I have no idea who will win the Presidential election. more
I learned about Daylight Saving Time from my cousin Steve – who eventually became the chair and executive director of the national Libertarian party – from St. Louis. more
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