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“Amen and A-Woman.” Emanuel Cleaver, former Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, and currently in his ninth term as U.S. Congressional Representative of the 5th District of Missouri, … more
I’ve never seen a New Year’s Eve where people were so glad to turn the page. There was no sweet reminisce over the past 365 days. No nostalgia. No Auld Lang Syne. We simply booted the old … more
2020 is kaput, and as Berenice, the maid in Carson McCullers’ “Member of the Wedding” said, “Good riddance to a big bag of rubbish.” Today, however, the horizon looks a … more
I was never a big fan of professional football until Patrick Mahomes turned me into one. As I watch the Kansas City Chiefs games, I see why football appeals so much to men. While there are … more
If you are mindful, you can learn at least a little something from every interaction. Over the past 12 months, I have had the great fortune to interview many local residents about the things that … more
As we embark on a new year, I’m quite confident that everyone wants to leave 2020 behind. It’s a good idea to look at where you are, where you have been and where you are going. Are there … more
My family has now experienced COVID-19. I would like to share our experience with you, as it was very enlightening. My father has Parkinson’s Disease, is diabetic and has high blood … more
Last New Year’s Eve as my wife and I toasted the coming of 2020 with our usual drink (grape juice), we had no idea that things we were oblivious to were going to make the year one that was to … more
The Sedalia City Directory published by R. L. Polk and Company of Kansas City in 1931 begins with a lengthy boosterish description of the community detailing its positive attributes while neglecting … more
“Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.” — St. Augustine In … more
I write this as I take in the beauty of this Christmas day. Christmas Eve services – both of them – went well last night, and I didn’t make a mess of any of the music. For that I am … more
The moment we have been anticipating is finally here. It is finally Christmas morning. In a year like 2020 that has been full of social unrest, anger, COVID, politics, frustration, closings, and … more
The turning of the calendar from 2020 to 2021 is one of the most anticipated New Year transitions in history. By most measures, 2020 has been an open-air sewage transport truck without brakes … more
Researchers wanting to gather information about a particular city may look to published histories, personal recollections, and census summaries. All of these are good sources that provide a variety … more
My experiences through the years when it comes to holidays have been, to say the least, varied, which means I have a lot of different types of holiday memories to relive in my old age. Like most … more
There is a lot that I miss about Hope Lecchi, but tops is the way she never hesitated to express her appreciation for others. The former Democrat education reporter, who sadly passed away a … more
So many of my Christmas memories are set to music: Garth Brooks’ “Beyond the Season,” crooning from our brand new karaoke machine. A well-worn VHS tape of Disney’s “Very … more
One of my favorite chapters in “Mary Poppins” is the Topsy-Turvy chapter. Jane and Michael go with Mary Poppins to visit another of Mary Poppins’s weird relatives – Topsy … more
As of this writing, COVID-19 had killed 49 Pettis Countians. While that is a tragedy, it may not be the whole story. There’s another killer out there as well, and Pettis County Coroner Robert … more
An Elder in our church recently preached a sermon that has really stuck with me, and, with his permission, I’d like to share it with you. The Elder is Don Palmgren and he shared the story of … more
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