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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
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. For a sports fan, there is nothing better than the first weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. In traditional years, there are … more
As Cicero said, and as is etched on a shelf in the Boonslick Library itself: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”  I firmly believe this is … more
My sister has been after me to write more. She says I need to take more time to record my thoughts and memories because, she says, I have stories to tell. I suppose she is right; this exercise is my … more
At one time, the nation’s workforce was conveniently divided into white collar/blue collar workers. The white collars worked in offices and stores, the blue collars in the various trades,  … more
Got milk? What a great ad! It’s simple, catchy, and to the point. It was so popular that everyone has borrowed the idea for their own business or hobby. Got soccer? Got health? Got radio? Got … more
As the Great War approached in Europe, most in the United States believed the nation should remain neutral. However, discovery of Germany’s plan to involve Mexico as a part of its planned … more
I want to preface this by telling my best friends that what I am about to say has nothing to do with them. I’m going to talk to you about making friends and first impressions. If any of my … more
A year ago this week, the world descended into the throes of the COVID-19 crisis. It’s fitting that our year of darkness appears to be ending as Sunshine Week 2021 gets underway. This annual … more
Something I never knew I wanted is now something I need, somewhat. Before living in Arizona, I never had eaten a fish taco. Honestly, growing up in Indiana and working there and in Illinois, I … more
Wilma had the sharpest needles. That’s what my dad said about Dr. Walker’s trusty nurse and office sidekick. Wilma exuded competence. She wore her white nurse’s dress, white … more
Last week I used this column to caution against letting politicians control our fears. “Fear is the mind-killer,” I quoted.  But what if your heart is full of fear … more
For the year 2021, my word or phrase of the year is “comeback.” Now I’m not really sure if that is one word or two and it doesn’t really matter to me. In my heart as a local … more
My thoughts this week have revolved around kindness, integrity and character. I believe that the majority of us hold these virtues; it is to what degree that I question, even about myself. I … more
It is both fascinating and frustrating to experience some people’s opinions regarding matters where they have limited knowledge and seemingly don’t care to further educate … more
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