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As of this writing, I am in Destin, Florida, sitting on the boardwalk with my grandsons waiting for the boats to come in with their bounties. If you have never been to Destin, you’re missing … more
It was with sadness that I read, the paper will not be running the Sunday funnies anymore.  The funnies were very important to me, and a lot of other people when we were kids. Sunday morning … more
After the ravages of the Great War in 1914-1918 and the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1917-1919, a sense of relief, if not euphoria, fell over the United States. The Roaring Twenties roared in, with … more
Sometimes the heat has a scent, and it is usually unpleasant – like too many bodies crowded into one place, or one particular body that hasn’t washed in a while, or someone who is wearing … more
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a … more
Does the Republican Party have a future? I hope it does, for its voice is badly needed today. Presently, the GOP is split between the Trumpers and the anti-Trumpers. Divided political parties … more
For a variety of reasons, the prevailing cultural mood seems overall gloomy and cynical. Pandemic fatigue, social unrest, political upheaval, and international conflict have left many Americans … more
After watching the entirety of the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education special session on Monday, I came away with wide eyes and a lot to consider. In the beginning of the 2020-21 … more
In case you hadn’t already heard, 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of Missouri’s statehood. Statehood Day was on Tuesday, Aug. 10 and celebrations occurred across the state. Those … more
After nine years of convincing, my husband finally acquiesced to my dreams of backyard homestead life. We are now the proud owners of f̶o̶u̶r̶ three chickens. It all started nine months ago … more
Right now, Afghanistan is being overrun by Taliban fighters in the wake of Americans’ exit. I’m sure we will hear stories of human atrocities over the next months, including that women … more
I believe in the purpose and potential of every single person in this community. Our strength lies in upholding and empowering all people. It’s no secret that there is still much to be done to … more
I’ve been thinking about the words “religion” and “religious.” Both of these words have had some bad press in recent years, and in some way, that is understandable, … more
Being the grandmother of five beautiful kids is a privilege and honor. My very being was set up to love and care for children. I am at my best when I am in “Grandma mode.” That is, until … more
Sedalia in the 1920s presented a very similar situation to that of the 1890s, appearing to be prosperous but revealing many signs of economic distress. Sedalia has lost money in its attempt to … more
Who knew we’d all miss the Missouri State Fair when it went on a hiatus in 2020? OK, maybe I’m just speaking for myself. Still, I know August 2020 felt incomplete without watching … more
The good (not great) news is that an estimated 41.6% of Missourians have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The bad news is that an estimated 70% of Pettis Countians haven’t … more
Kevin Strickland, of Kansas City, was 18 years old when he was convicted of a triple murder he says he didn’t commit. Forty-two years later, nobody else thinks he did it either. Not his … more
This week, the Olympics still dazzle. I’m enthralled with women’s beach volleyball for some odd reason. I am not one who loves going to the beach. In fact, I hate sand. If I go close to a … more
Next week we will celebrate 200 years as a state. Missouri has a fascinating history that has brought us to this point. It is good to look back at our collective history to remember those who have … more
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