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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
The forecast says it’s finally getting chilly next week. Highs in the 40s and 30s, maybe even some snow. Gardening season is finally over. more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Attending Joe Bonamassa's concert Friday night, Nov. 10 in Kansas City was a musical experience no one should miss, but underneath the fame is a humanitarian spirit — one that is "Keeping the Blues Alive." more
The Mayflower set sail for the colonies in July 1620 but turned back twice because the Speedwell was leaking. Finally, on Sept. 6, 1620, the Mayflower left England and arrived in Cape Cod 66 days late on Nov. 11, 1620. That first winter was hard; around half of the 102 passengers died. more
When I started these columns earlier this year, I did so because I wanted to share inspiring stories of our Club kids and their accomplishments and celebrate their successes. It never really occurred to me, however, that one day I would have to write my last one. more
Promptly at 5 p.m., every day, rain or shine, blizzard or heat, a volunteer bugler wearing a period World War I U.S. Army uniform stands at attention near the flagpole at the National World War One Memorial not far from the White House in Washington, D.C. more
More than 20 years ago, Tom gave me a gift certificate for an hour-long massage as an anniversary gift. I’d never had a professional massage before. (Women don’t count the one-handed massages men sometimes give while holding the remote with their other hand.) more
When Sedalia Bazoo and Sedalia Democrat reporters visited the coal mine at Montserrat on Nov. 11, 1877, they found the remains of what the Bazoo called a “holocaust,” a tremendous fire left after a riot involving the convicts sent from the state penitentiary in Jefferson City to work the mines as part of their incarceration. more
I read an article not long ago that took me back more than 50 years. The article was about a young man learning to milk a cow, and just like me, he had to learn the hard way. more
Last year, I shared my grandpa’s military service story with our readers in honor of Veterans Day. I interviewed him so my family would have that firsthand account saved, and turned it into a column. more
Just about the time that our clocks “fall back,” and the leaves on the trees are turning red or golden, we begin to think about the approaching end of the year celebrations of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s, and the grand get-togethers with family and friends. It is also the time of the year that we look to sparkling wines as our beverage of celebration and after all, what is a celebration without a sparkling beverage to brighten the occasion? more
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