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I’m sure that every generation of people my age have said this in the past, but our country is changing and it’s not for the better. Schools across the country have seen an increase … more
Editor’s note: While fall can seem like nature is slowing down, I sure haven’t done the same this past week. So, here is the latest installment of “Nicole ran out of time to write a … more
What a week!   Libby and I are now through the first two days of our first real garage sale in two years. Thanks to COVID, we had to wait to try to purge our shrinking households, although … more
Hi. My name is Liz, and I’m a Twitter-holic. Shortly after my recovery from cancer, I didn’t have the physical strength or energy to do much except hang out on social media. So … more
We all have role models. In the Catholic Church, we are given role models to show us how to live good, holy lives in relationship with Jesus Christ. We call these role models, saints. We honor the … more
Sedalia, which had been first platted in 1857 by George R. Smith, did not grow much until 1860 when Smith filed a second plat for the city. In October 1860, lots were sold at auction and building … more
I’m so fortunate! My husband and I have three beautiful children and so far, the two oldest have blessed us with five grandchildren. The grandkids stair-step in age. The oldest is 19, then … more
As anyone who has read my column through the years knows, I love trains. Not just the look of the heavy beasts but also the enjoyment of riding one.   It has been quite a few years since I … more
The frustrating thing about living out in the country with nature is that the nature is also living with you.  This statement seems self-evident, even banal, until you’ve got a snake … more
When Missouri voters approved medical marijuana in 2018, it was only a matter of time before “recreational marijuana” came up for a vote, since one of the purposes of the former is to … more
While I spend most of my working hours in my office at the Sedalia Democrat, once a week, I make the 40-minute drive to work in the Warrensburg Star-Journal office. On the way there, I usually listen … more
I was going to tell you today about our garage sale next weekend, but I’ve held off as long as I can. You’re probably wondering about my lack of stinging commentary regarding the latest … more
“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42, NASB95) Being a Christian is a huge … more
The protests against the state-mandated Teachers’ Institutes by the Rev. Dr. L.P. Bowen of the Presbyterian Church in Marshall were printed in the Marshall Democrat-News and reprinted in the … more
At the same time the Walk to End Alzheimer’s was taking place at Centennial Park, there was another quiet, intimate event taking place in the background this past Saturday. State Rep. … more
This weekend, I’ll be attending the Missouri Press Association convention along with newspaper editors and publishers from across the state. It always ends with an awards luncheon Saturday … more
Author’s Note: Skip this one if you’re eating breakfast right now or squeamish about sickness, especially, erm, barf  There’s a holiday gremlin after my family, and … more
The passing of the Queen of England is something that is going to get a lot of people thinking about what they were doing when she became Queen. I am no different.  I was just 13 when the … more
My birthday this past week was one of those perfect days that comes along in September.  The air turns crisp, the trees lose their tired look, enjoying the respite from heat, the sun warms but … more
Queen Elizabeth II reigned for over 70 years over the United Kingdom. Tributes have poured in from everywhere as her nation and the world celebrate her reign and mourn her passing. For some in … more
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