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Would what you choose to do with your life if anything could happen? When you have an aggressive disease like mine, every quarterly scan represents unlimited potential, in the worst of ways. Will … more
I have one sister. We were raised in Clinton. We went to the same church and schools and were raised by the same parents. Because she is nine years older, she tells stories that make me wonder if the … more
I’ve never really been one for audiobooks — I prefer good old library books (never needs charging), with my Kindle as an acceptable runner-up (rarely charged when I need it to be), but in … more
During the 15th and 16th centuries, Europeans explored the Americas, Africa, and the Southern Pacific islands, seeking goods they could use or trade. They claimed the lands they discovered and … more
Many people might wonder, what is the value of our state fair and all the state fairs across the Midwest?  The simple answer could be that agriculture is one of this state’s main … more
The passage of time is a funny thing. For example, this week feels like it has dragged on for two, but it also seems like it hasn’t been a year since I announced I was starting a weekly column … more
American politics is a ravenous, money-eating monster that will drive you into the poor house if you don’t watch it. Outstretched palms reach out from my mailbox every day, begging for … more
It’s hard for Emily to believe that my family didn’t have a television until I was 7. Our family’s funds were so limited that television was a luxury, but my parents, dedicated … more
Picking blackberries was my favorite summer job. Fifteen years ago, my aunt’s friend hired me to work early mornings on her blackberry farm. They were thornless blackberries, set out on a … more
There are some strange stories in the Bible, and some are detailed accounts sandwiched in the middle of stories of general history. Genesis 30:31-40 is one of those. In this story, Jacob has been … more
One of the most revered summer vegetables by home gardeners is the tomato. The fruit typically begins to ripen in mid- to late July for most tomato varieties in home gardens, and this is when many … more
In 1911, Sedalia built three school buildings. Lincoln Elementary school for African American students replaced a dilapidated frame building. The other two schools were for white children and were … more
As my family and friends know, I am a hot mess. If I don’t pay close attention to my purpose and perspective, I can quickly slip down a rabbit hole. Physically, I have junk DNA that has … more
In case your mailbox being stuffed full of campaign mailers wasn’t any indication, there’s an important election on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Of course, all elections are important. I really … more
Our contracts professor told us that sometimes, judges decide an answer to a case, and then they just find a way to get there in an opinion that sounds plausible. He called that “bad … more
My 5-year-old wants me to write a story about “fruits and vegetables,” and so I shall.  I come from a long line of fabulous gardeners. My paternal grandmother fed 10 kids (eight … more
I received a gift the other day that I was not sure what to do with. It was three large zucchinis in a plastic bag. Zucchini is one of those vegetables that I did not grow up eating. Give me … more
In addition to recognizing individual historic properties, the National Register of Historic Places also identifies districts that have a concentration of historic properties. The first step in … more
As someone who deals in nostalgia in most of my writings, I believe there are two categories of memories; at least there are for me.  There are my regular memories, and then, there are … more
In the last few weeks, I’ve gotten several questions about our Opinion page. How do I contact columnists about a recent column? Can so-and-so write about this particular topic next week? Why … more
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