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Max and I were both delighted and apprehensive when we heard that one of our favorite books, “A Gentleman in Moscow,” had been made into a television mini-series. more
This column will be short, perhaps written hastily. I’m so excited to get outside and work today, to play with my kids, heck, even to go to Walmart. more
Each month, I order between 250 to 300 books for the library. Some of them are replacements for books that never made it back to the library, but most of them are new books. And yes, there’s always plenty of James Patterson! more
Let’s begin where we left off. First, let’s look at a few more countries and summer wines. However, I am not sure if there are only summer wines, perhaps spritzers where white wine is diluted and chilled with seltzer water. The major difference is that we tend to sit on a patio, balcony or by the swimming pool sipping wine with only appetizers unless it is mealtime. more
After such a mild winter – if you could even call it winter – it seems like the spring and summer seasons started ages ago. However, summer is finally, officially upon us, with all its heat, humidity, and fun. more
Tomatoes are a staple that everyone seems to look forward to arriving at the Sedalia Area Farmers’ Market. As soon as the first cherry tomatoes arrive with the vendors each year, I start to imagine fresh, flavorful, colorful tomatoes in all my summer dishes, such as salads, BLTs, Bruschetta, homemade pizza, tomato salad and so many more. more
On July 21, 1950, the Sedalia Democrat printed three articles that revealed what was important to Sedalians at the time. These local events related to events far beyond Sedalia. more
Disney executives are smart. We know this because they've created a destination called "the happiest place on Earth." Disney’s Magic Kingdom is North America's most visited theme park, drawing more than 16 million people toward Cinderella's Castle each year. more
In the first place, you would want to plant a Crepe Myrtle that will fit the area where you want it. There are dwarfs (3 to 6 feet) and semi-dwarf (7 to 15 feet). more
We just celebrated Memorial Day, a federal holiday honoring and remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. For many, Memorial Day is a time to reminisce, hear or tell a story about a relative who has passed and place flowers on the graves. more
The baby chick died while I was in the shower. more
I sit here weeping silently as I watch the commemoration of D-Day – the 80th anniversary of The Longest Day. I think of Charlie Bell, who died a few months before his 100th birthday and who landed on Omaha Beach with 160,000 other U.S. and Allied soldiers. I would have liked it if Charlie could have been in Normandy today, along with his surviving comrades, those heroic veterans of D-Day who remain with us, reminding us of the stakes of that day and of that war. more
As I drive around Sedalia these days, the neighborhoods look nothing like they did when I was young. more
It’s been a month since the Democrat transitioned to a twice-weekly print schedule, and let me just say, it’s been quite the undertaking. more
Economic depressions often come after several years of a good economy, causing companies to overextend themselves, borrowing money to produce more goods than the market can absorb or borrowing money to produce crops that fail. more
On May 17, exactly 33 years after I graduated high school, my baby girl turned her graduation tassel, too. Her service dog, Mac, dressed in a matching cap and gown, trotted along beside her as she crossed the stage to receive her diploma. They both graduated with honors, and Mac received the “seal of biliteracy” on his diploma because he is fluent in understanding both dogs and humans. more
I was waiting for my wife to come out of the crowded Aldi store on Friday at the start of the long Memorial Day Weekend and I could not help but think about the holiday weekends I have enjoyed through the years. more
Abundant trees, a pond, a creek, hilly terrain, and open areas that used to be pasture compose our 47 acres south of Warrensburg. We love living here, but we are struggling with invasive plant species, most notably sericea lespedeza. more
Growing up in the ‘90s, I regularly heard well-meaning phrases like, “Do whatever makes you happy,” “Become whatever you want to be,” or “Follow your heart.” They always seemed to show up on graduation cards, innocently encouraging me in future endeavors. more
Some years ago, a lawyer approached me before his client’s trial. “He wants you off the case,” the lawyer said. “He thinks you don’t like him.” more
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