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I recently listened to a podcast on the art of doing nothing. Sharon Salzberg, the co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, spoke of a motto that was created for their retreat center: “It’s better to do nothing than to waste your time.” more
When I showed up for my first job as sub-editor (copy editor) for my hometown English daily newspaper, The Deccan Chronicle, the news editor gave me a handful of articles from regional correspondents. He told me to edit and refine them, write a headline for each article, and hand them back to him for that day’s paper. more
Between 1989 and 1902, the world suffered many wars. Because so many of the nations at that time had colonies throughout the world, when two nations went to war, their colonies also became involved. The nations that produced goods needed by the military also became involved. more
Dear readers, I’m taking some time off this week to help my mom during her cancer treatment. But while I’m away, I’m sharing a column published nearly 14 years ago about a topic that has boomeranged back into pop culture in a big way. In a few weeks when the Academy Awards are handed out in Hollywood, the movie “Barbie” will be one of the films in the running to take home the Oscar. I watched the movie with my 17-year-old daughter, and we both laughed and loved it. more
I picked up one of those “How to Become Successful” books the other day, and after reading a little of it, I realized the only person it could possibly make rich was the guy selling the book. more
I realized yesterday that this coming Monday is what I now call my “Homecoming.” Feb. 12, 2013, I landed in Kansas City, having left Kabul some 36 hours before, flying through Dubai, and then to Atlanta. The trip from Atlanta to KC dragged by, but eventually, I was on the ground. Max was waiting, and he took me to a Starbucks to get a vanilla latte before we headed back to home sweet home. more
Wow, what a month to celebrate. Sunday, we have the Super Bowl, and a few days later, Valentine's Day. Both are perfect days for entertaining groups or intimate dining with unique dishes and excellent wines. more
Valentine's Day is next Wednesday. Men, this is your reminder. Women, you need no reminder. It is just one day, and that one day cannot make up for not loving the other 364 days of the year. more
There’s a possibility that another Arctic blast could be heading south this month. If so, let’s hope it’s not as bad as the one we endured in early January. more
On Tuesday, April 22, 1890, J. West Goodwin, editor of the Sedalia Bazoo, printed items about activities in Sedalia in his usual biting way. He spoke of the glories of springtime, improvements being made to Sedalia, and, of course, crimes being committed against innocent Sedalians. more
When a thought or a random fact circles around and around in your head, looking for a place to land, sometimes it’s trying to tell you something. Lately, it’s elephants who keep tromping around in my brain. more
Missouri’s Senate is heading into uncharted territory that could disrupt the legislative process for the remaining months of this year’s session. more
I’m sure you’ve heard all about it. Taylor Swift is an operative for the Democratic party. more
Men! Have you been personally harmed by this year’s Taylor Swift NFL storyline? Do you hate KISSING? And GIRLS? There is a solution! It’s very simple. Cross your index fingers in an “X” and repeat after me: more
Happy Love Month. February is here, the month dedicated to love, friendship and all things romantic. I do celebrate the sentiment of the month, however, I do not do Valentine’s Day because I don’t have a Valentine. I’ll be home on the 14th watching the ID channel, "Dateline" or "48 Hours." It’s all good when you think about it; most true crime episodes are about love – love gone very, very wrong. more
As we were listening to this past weekend’s readings at Holy Mass, we heard of Jesus casting out a demon from a man in the synagogue on the Sabbath. (Matthew 1: 21-28.) The demon said to Jesus, while still in the man, “Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” So, even the demon(s) can tell us that they know of Jesus; they know about Him or they know something of Him. more
Before I had teenagers of my own, I interviewed a child psychologist for an article I was writing at the time. During the interview, I asked the doctor for tips on how parents could better relate to teenagers. His answer stuck with me: “Parents need to remember that almost all teenagers have the same number one fear, and it influences nearly everything they do and say.” more
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1931, two years after the stock market crash that signaled the start of the Great Depression but two years before Sedalia had recognized the Depression, Sedalia Chamber of Commerce President Charles Botz entertained a group of local businessmen. After dinner was over, Botz presented a business proposition he believed would benefit Sedalia. more
As I picked up a dime from my floor the other day, I started thinking about how little I use change any more. When I was a kid, finding a coin of any kind would have been a huge deal. more
“Believe Science! Trust the science!” more
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