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If you are a person who enjoys a good glass of wine, it is hard to get away from Italian wines.  Italian wines have increased in popularity in recent years because they are well made, of … more
The phrase “lies, damned lies, and statistics” has been attributed to several men, including American humorist and social critic Mark Twain, to British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, … more
I recently received a letter from a reader who brought up the controversial issue of transgender people playing sports with the opposite birth gender. I have given this serious thought in the past, … more
I doubt there are many people who haven’t at some time wished they could just take off and drive wherever they wish to, with no destination in mind. I still dream of the open road myself, … more
As we roll through Easter, the start of spring and the overdue arrival of warmer weather, a meaningful phrase keeps coming to me: the greater good. It’s a phrase that clearly means different … more
Because it had been on my list of column ideas for some time, I recently joined Doug Freed in his studio at 110 E. Main St. to watch him paint a picture. In 1995, Freed left behind the … more
From the “I told you so” file:  The Missouri House of Representatives Budget committee decided this week that Missouri voters are completely stupid when they vote on controversial … more
“Scan looks good.”  Each time I get the word, sitting in the tomb-like patient room, it feels like a resurrection.  I say this not to be sacrilegious, but to explain what … more
It is easy to be a pinot noir lover as there are very few poor examples of the variety in the marketplace.  This is probably because the pinot noir grape is very temperamental and can be very … more
In a study done by Lifeway last year, 59% of those in the 18-34 age bracket say they do not believe the biblical accounts of Jesus’ bodily resurrection. It leads us to ask, what are the facts … more
The years after the Great War, 1919 through the 1920s and 1930s, were marked by an awareness of great changes in the wider world outside central Missouri and the rest of the United States. The … more
“Fake it till you make it.” I love that saying because it is excellent advice! It’s what I do when I don’t know what else to do. When I was young, my father suggested … more
The subtle wordplay is not lost on Pastor Jim Downing as he and his team prepare for the return of First United Methodist Church’s annual community Easter service. “I really love that … more
Most teachers believe reaching one student in a semester/year is an accomplishment. I conveyed that sentiment to T.J. Hopkins when I was honored, with a group of community members, to be a small part … more
Two weeks ago, I signed on to be a volunteer with Sedalia’s Mercy Rest Stop.   Democrat reporter Faith Bemiss wrote back in January that Mercy “is a facility [that] will provide … more
I’m writing this from just outside of Yellowstone National Park in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. I’ve been in Montana this week with four other ministers and we have been here scouting out … more
I believe that in another life I must have been Italian and a resident of Tuscany.  I say this because, although I try to be as impartial as possible, I love the wines of Tuscany.  I … more
The stock market crash of 1929 plunged many people into poverty. However, a look at America then shows that the crash did not affect all people equally. Those who were already poor seemed to have … more
On April 6, the patrons of Pettis County will be asked to vote for several Board of Director positions and issues that affect the way in which the county will operate. It is my opinion that all of … more
As I was feeding the birds and squirrels this morning, I suddenly realized I have finally become what I always felt was a stereotypical old man. I used to see old men act in certain ways and chuckle … more
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