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For me, Inauguration Day was a jumble of emotions. I made it plain as day over the past four years that I was not a Trump fan. I believe he left both classical conservativism and the pro-life … more
Words can bring us together or tear us apart. Messages can be carefully constructed, woven with meaning and aspiration; they also can be slapped together, bound only by volume and venom. On … more
If we listen to or read the third chapter of First Samuel, you will notice that four times, in the middle of the night, the Lord God calls Samuel. The first three times, Samuel thinks it is Eli who … more
In the years following the Civil War, Sedalia’s African American community deemed education very important. The state of Missouri, which prior to the war had barred slaves from learning to read … more
With Joe Biden’s inauguration today, the curtain rings down on the presidency of Donald J. Trump. He will go down in history as the first president to be impeached twice. The first one was … more
I am a grandmother of five. I have three grandsons and two granddaughters who came in that order.   My grandsons were all very easy to please as babies and toddlers. They didn’t … more
Due to the COVID pandemic, the celebration of Martin Luther King’s holiday has been canceled. However, the planners of the celebration suggest that we spend a few minutes reading from Dr. … more
It is hard to write today, as my heart is sad. Last week’s attempt to overthrow the government weighs heavy. Just like the attacks on 9/11 and the attack on Pearl Harbor, this riot hit hard. … more
A west wind is roaring over the field behind my house, clattering my wind chimes and sending eddies of fine snow racing over the road. The roads are white and slick. They are bare of traffic. People … more
My entire high school experience is mostly a forgettable blur, save one thing: Journalism classes with Bruce Woods. Mr. Woods was my first editor and provided the encouragement and confidence boost … more
Sometime last year, the church I serve did a renovation of the awning that connects from our sanctuary to our bell tower. Bees had moved in and created some issues with the wood. In the process of … more
The church, family, and education formed the basis of Sedalia’s Black community in the early 20th century. The 1931 Sedalia City Directory provides evidence of the importance of this triad. … more
Don’t be a jerk. I have no good way to say it other than simplistically. No matter what you believe about God, politics or which brand of bread you choose, you do not have to be a jerk to … more
When inclement weather leaves some mid-Missouri residents without electricity, David Bergman is in his element. A lineman for Central Missouri Electric Cooperative, Bergman is driven to help others, … more
“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and … more
Dan and Pauline Cover, husband and mother-in-law, respectively, to my mentor Marilyn, gave their Sunday nights to the UMYF, the United Methodist Youth Fellowship. They helped guide me through my … more
It seems like I have heard the phrase “back to normal” more this past year than I ever had before, and I have probably used the phrase a lot more myself too.The phrase was bound to come … more
As I sit down to write this our community has enjoyed the first sunny day of the new year. I’m not sure if tomorrow will be sunny or not. It was sometime before the freezing rain of New … more
It is hard to return to “normal” when normal has changed so much, at least for now. As we closed the first semester of the 2020-21 school year, we took a moment to reflect on … more
In 1931, Blacks made up about 11.6% of Sedalia’s population. The 1931 City Directory does not identify people by ethnicity as earlier directories do. As a result, identifying Black residents … more
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