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Since the arrival of COVID-19 in the United States there have been many hot-button issues regarding the virus. As a country, we have endured a suffering economy, lost jobs, severe illness, and the … more
To most observers in the last two decades of the 19th century, Sedalia appeared to be (and advertised itself to be) growing, thriving, and prosperous — in other words, “live.” A … more
I’m a bit of a sentimental person. It might not always be obvious, but anniversaries, milestones, birthdays and the like are important to me. I love the fanfare of celebrations, whether the … more
Have you seen the Audible commercial with loud-mouthed Kevin Hart and some quiet skinny guy whose name you probably don’t know? That quiet skinny guy is Malcolm Gladwell, a former business and … more
Decorated U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from Olympic competition this week after a botched vault attempt. Her decision shocked fans and caused controversy in the media (mostly among men and … more
On Jan. 30, 2021, Pope Francis said the Roman Catholic Church would celebrate World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on the fourth Sunday of July each year. In 2021, that would be July 25, the … more
In the late 19th century, Sedalia was often described as “live,” a rather vague but positive declaration meaning “the town is growing, its businesses are thriving, its people are … more
How much responsibility do parents have for the education of their children? When I was a youngster, I was privileged to have had an excellent babysitter who taught all of the children in her care … more
I’m going to start with this:Lately, I have been seeing a new social media mantra regarding COVID and vaccinations: “My saying whether I’ve had the shot is a violation of my HIPAA … more
The blackbird that came to my feeder early in the spring was small enough that my wife and I figured it wasn’t long out of the nest. We could see there was something wrong with the bird, … more
Last Saturday, my family and I attended the Robert Woolery, Sr. Memorial Pow Wow at the fairgrounds. It was an honor and a once-in-a lifetime opportunity, hiding in plain sight, right here in Pettis … more
Writing is both therapeutic and agonizing. Writing with purpose consistently requires commitment, passion and creativity. These are lessons I have learned every week since January 2009, when I became … more
Pettis County was first settled by Euro-Americans in the second decade of the 19th century. Early settlers chose to locate near existing trails that transportation or near streams whose water could … more
It is difficult to belong to a political party in Pettis County. I’m sure the problem isn’t exclusive to our area. After all, we can see it happening across the country inside politics. … more
I remember when my mother “adopted” Spicey. Spicey was the neighborhood stray, and as usual, my mother couldn’t help herself. She fed the dog, petted her, and generally babied her … more
You’re in a big city, walking past a hospital. Someone runs up to you on the street, frantic.  “I need your help! My wife! We have to save her!” You can tell he’s … more
NEW ORLEANS — Dennis Rich was drawn to the Big Easy by an irresistible force.“One of the things that brought me down here was the creative energy of the city. It is so powerful and so … more
Throughout our married life I left flowers to my wife, who was much better at it than I was. My job was to dig holes in the ground.But with age has come a new appreciation of the floral world. … more
The story of David and Goliath tells about three men and their relationships with God: Saul, David and Goliath.  Israel had decided they wanted a king and so God granted their request even … more
In 1866, the Rev. J.M. Bowers organized Sedalia’s Congregational Church congregation, and in 1869, the congregation built a frame building at the corner of Sixth Street and Ohio Avenue. In … more
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