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My family has now experienced COVID-19. I would like to share our experience with you, as it was very enlightening. My father has Parkinson’s Disease, is diabetic and has high blood … more
Last New Year’s Eve as my wife and I toasted the coming of 2020 with our usual drink (grape juice), we had no idea that things we were oblivious to were going to make the year one that was to … more
The Sedalia City Directory published by R. L. Polk and Company of Kansas City in 1931 begins with a lengthy boosterish description of the community detailing its positive attributes while neglecting … more
“Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.” — St. Augustine In … more
I write this as I take in the beauty of this Christmas day. Christmas Eve services – both of them – went well last night, and I didn’t make a mess of any of the music. For that I am … more
The moment we have been anticipating is finally here. It is finally Christmas morning. In a year like 2020 that has been full of social unrest, anger, COVID, politics, frustration, closings, and … more
The turning of the calendar from 2020 to 2021 is one of the most anticipated New Year transitions in history. By most measures, 2020 has been an open-air sewage transport truck without brakes … more
Researchers wanting to gather information about a particular city may look to published histories, personal recollections, and census summaries. All of these are good sources that provide a variety … more
My experiences through the years when it comes to holidays have been, to say the least, varied, which means I have a lot of different types of holiday memories to relive in my old age. Like most … more
There is a lot that I miss about Hope Lecchi, but tops is the way she never hesitated to express her appreciation for others. The former Democrat education reporter, who sadly passed away a couple … more
So many of my Christmas memories are set to music: Garth Brooks’ “Beyond the Season,” crooning from our brand new karaoke machine. A well-worn VHS tape of Disney’s “Very … more
One of my favorite chapters in “Mary Poppins” is the Topsy-Turvy chapter. Jane and Michael go with Mary Poppins to visit another of Mary Poppins’s weird relatives – Topsy … more
As of this writing, COVID-19 had killed 49 Pettis Countians. While that is a tragedy, it may not be the whole story. There’s another killer out there as well, and Pettis County Coroner Robert … more
An Elder in our church recently preached a sermon that has really stuck with me, and, with his permission, I’d like to share it with you. The Elder is Don Palmgren and he shared the story of … more
Gift-giving can be a monotonous task, especially when you are looking for something for the person who has everything. My father and husband have been the most difficult for me. When they want or … more
During the 1880s and 1890s, Sedalia was a center of business and industry, and as a result, was also a center of banking. Despite the failure of First National Bank in 1894, the result of poor … more
One of the bigger problems our society wrestles with today was foretold in a movie that came out almost 40 years ago. As many of you know, I teach journalism courses at Smith-Cotton High School … more
My poor mother. I’m sure if you asked her what it is she wanted us girls to remember most about Christmas, she would have a list: the beautiful ceramic ornaments on our tree. Cinnamon rolls … more
When I told Mother I wanted to be an English teacher, she shook her head. “Go for music. They always love the music teacher. Nobody likes the English teacher.” When she said this, she had … more
The Nov. 3 election left me disappointed in some respects, but there were bright spots here and there. Passage of Amendment 3 was one of them. I was surprised and gratified to see it approved, … more
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