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I’ve heard that growing old is not for sissies. A doctor told me that – one of the doctors I have seen in the past 60 days. And darn if she isn’t right. more
“In those days Roger Goodell issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire football world. (This was the first census that took place while Parson was governor of Missouri.) And everyone went to his own home turf to register …” more
Many of you know me from our former wine shop, Wine and More, which we had at two locations, downtown and South Limit Avenue in Sedalia. I began my second career in wine in 1994 when I accepted a job based in Austria and traveled routinely around the world. You might say from the ground up. more
Writer’s note: Warning, parents – this article is about Santa. more
There’s a popular meme which reads: “I just saved a ton of money on Christmas gifts discussing politics during Thanksgiving Dinner.” more
When M.K.& T. Railroad Paymaster William A. Morrill disappeared from Sedalia on Sept. 21, 1878, the Sedalia Bazoo noted he left his wife and six children terribly worried. His disappearance was so unlike him that his friends and fellow employees feared he had fallen victim to illness, sudden death, or criminals. more
One of the things my dad taught me about the working world is that it’s always good to have “multiple revenue streams.” That way, if one stream dries up or slows to a trickle, you’ll have another one to keep you going. more
I went to a Celebration of Life for my friend Becky last night. As she was one of the most creative and unusual people I’ve ever known, she and her husband appropriately determined before she died of pancreatic cancer that her final party would be held at Chicken N Pickle, a pickleball court and restaurant. Though her last admonitions to all her friends included “Don’t cry for me,” lots of people shed tears while they played pickleball, ate barbecue, and sipped libations on an indoor pickleball court. more
We have a cat now. more
“P.C., do you think I am a Christian?” a young lady asked me some years ago. more
I’m not a Black Friday shopper. I’m a Black Friday sleeper. While the stores see black on the bottom line, the only black I see is the inside of my eyelids while I dream about which Thanksgiving leftovers to eat first. more
In the 19th and early 20th century, Sedalia was the home of the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad hospital, where railroad employees from the M.K. &T Railroad were brought for treatment. more
My favorite holiday has come and gone – and the torch has been passed. more
I collect antique women’s magazines from the 1940s and ‘50s, titles like Good Housekeeping and Ladies’ Home Journal. Contrary to what one might expect, they are not vapid, fluffy publications full of makeup tips and advice on buffing the kitchen floor. There is some of that, of course, but the women’s magazines of the time were much smarter and more serious than the mythos we moderns have built up for ourselves about the brain-dead midcentury housewife. more
This year, in the Catholic Church, we are listening to the proclamation of the Gospel of Matthew. The Gospel readings will change from Matthew to the Gospel of Mark (and the sixth chapter of John) starting in the season of Advent (Dec. 3). more
Travis Harper, MU Extension Agronomist in Clinton, recently wrote a news release highlighting management issues relating to pasture and hayfield recovery following drought. While some of the issues cannot be addressed until next spring, there are steps forage producers can take this fall to help correct some of the upcoming problems. more
Dear Thanksgiving, more
Forcing prisoners to work was allowed by the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery. The practice of using convict labor outside of prisons came into being shortly after the end of the Reconstruction in 1876 as a way of controlling the formerly enslaved population who could be arrested on scant grounds, imprisoned, and their labor “leased” to any employer who wished to pay the prison system. An act of the Missouri legislature allowed the penitentiary in Jefferson City to begin the practice. more
It is hard to believe that I started writing stories to send to the Sedalia Democrat in the late ‘90s with a story about my love of trains, a passion that started before I was out of short pants. more
My mother figured out how to get her students to read. She required everyone to read a certain number of books each year, but she didn’t limit us to the “classics,” most of which she knew would bore us to death. Instead, she gave us a list of newer books to choose from. more
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