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When I first took over the editor’s office in 2017, I mentioned to former Editor Bob Satnan, then a contributing columnist on this very page each week, that I was thinking about writing columns … more
Years after my father died, I began to understand many of the things that impeded our having, at least, a collegial relationship. Much had happened during my teens and college years to affect our … more
While having my house deep-cleaned, all the books in my home library were removed from their shelves. Putting them back wasn’t a simple task, for my reading interests have changed over the … more
I thought I would share with you some very disturbing news that you may not be aware of. Something of great concern that may have slipped by your radar. Now I don’t want everyone to get into a … more
The summer months are finally upon us! As a former educator, I always looked forward to this break to catch up on tasks that always seemed impossible to accomplish during the school year. The time … more
There are so many adults who have grown up in toxic environments. I am one of them. I don’t have the horror stories that many people do and I am grateful for that, but my life growing up was … more
In 1911 when Sedalia’s City Council decided to raise money to improve Liberty Park, it determined to sell bonds to raise the money necessary for the improvements.  The Sedalia … more
I think I’ll ride the train next week. I have to meet my kids, who are spending a week at their grandparents’ farm in rural Illinois.  As a single traveler, it’s an easy … more
As your state legislator, I have been asked by a number of people over the last few weeks my opinion on the events that have taken place across this great nation. I have been very guarded in my … more
Since the mass shooting in Buffalo, and including Buffalo, the United States has experienced 38 mass shootings (“mass shooting” is when four people are either killed or wounded). This … more
Both of the traditions I serve, the ELCA Lutheran and Episcopal churches, follow the Revised Common Lectionary to determine the scripture passages which will be read and preached at worship on … more
Have you ever brought your houseplants inside from being out all summer and then found yourself in a battle with various insect pests for most of the winter? Whiteflies are the most common. They … more
The 1911-12 renovation of Liberty Park seemed to proceed smoothly, but occasional problems developed partly because of lack of communication on the part of the Park Department and the City Council … more
Steven Tyler, Mark Hudson and Anthony Perry wrote one of my favorite songs, “Living on the Edge,” in 1993. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 30 years since I first … more
Who knew that my column from a mere seven days ago would ring true again so quickly? I feel like I could copy and paste the majority of it here and it would still apply. Different day, different … more
Now, years later, I still feel my heart stop, my stomach lurch. Emily – whispering into the phone: “We’re under a desk. Lights are off. We got a text. A live shooter is wandering … more
“The United States is a bad place to be a baby right now. It’s a bad place to be a mom or a dad or a kid. Since 1973, we have all of us, pro-life or pro-choice, run wild with the … more
Like many people, I have searched for the magic diet that would give me back the 29-inch waist I enjoyed as a boy. I have not found it yet, but I am still looking.  I have tried nearly all of … more
Most of us know the history of Memorial Day. After the civil war ended, remembrances began in various areas for all of those who died in the war.  On May 5, 1868, Gen. John A. Logan, leader … more
I remember when my children first began to tell little lies. They would take something right in front of me and when I would ask if they had it, they would look up at me with big eyes, hide it behind … more
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