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My first job interview went like this: Mr. Somers said, “I’m going to call the office and you answer the phone. Say, ‘National Car Rental Sales Office. This is Debbie. How may I help you?” He then went into his private office and shut the door. I wasn’t sure what was going on. Then the phone…

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As I write this, snow is still falling. It is likely to keep falling until evening. It is cold. It is wet. It is sloppy, and muddy, and frosty. The holidays are over, and the gray days begin to blur together. I am grouchy. My husband is grouchy. Even my kids are tired of snow days. The only …

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The new year has just begun and by now in 2020, you have likely had the time to make, start, and quit a new year’s resolution. It happens every year. Among the many new year’s resolutions that are at the top, losing weight is probably No. 1. Losing weight is a big deal for a lot of people. E…

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As many of you know, education is a very important topic for me. I served on the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education for six years and learned so much that I never knew before having served.

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In 1901, the Southern History Company published a six-volume set of reference books called Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, which claimed to be “a compendium of history and biography for ready reference.” The Southern History Company was owned by Haldeman, Conrad, and Company, and ha…

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In order to write this, I have to admit something that I do, that some men would call un-manly: I watch soap operas. 

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I published my first writing piece when Emily was in the seventh or eighth grade. My grandmother, Bubba, had suffered a debilitating stroke, and we were just waiting. I picked up Emily every day from the Middle School on Ingram and we went to the hospital, where we spent an hour or so with B…

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We are in the midst of the season of Epiphany. Epiphany comes from a Greek word meaning showing or appearance and on Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the appearance of Jesus to the Gentiles when the Christ child was visited by the Magi (kings, wise men). Like Advent, Epiphany fal…

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The beginning of every New Year brings with it the desire to resolve to change something about ourselves. Most people resolve to lose weight, which is a healthy resolution and one to aspire to. But it is also the standard “go to” resolution. I have given much thought to what my heart truly w…

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When local editor William H. Mugford died in February 1880, the local newspapers provided ample overage of the funeral services. Included in the coverage was a transcript of the funeral sermon, preached by the Rev. Allen Van Wagner of Sedalia’s Congregational Church.

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It seems frivolous to talk about football and music in light of the past week’s events. I know, though, that should I offer my opinions regarding those events, half of you would say, “Yea!” and the other half would say “Boo!” I would rather avoid that. Suffice to say I predicted and was oppo…

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Earlier this week, I read a short online piece by Awesome 92.3’s Rebehka Cramer Moreland entitled, “I Think It’s a Good Thing to Give the Kids Some Responsibility.” 

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In 1998, Linda Fisher’s husband, Jim, saw a notice in the Sedalia Democrat for a walk to benefit people with memory problems. He told her they needed to go because he was having problems remembering things.

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Might you fancy a verse of “Clancy’s Wooden Wedding” from 1909? Or maybe you recall that “All I Want is Ma Chickens” was a hit song in 1898. Personally, I am drawn to 1904’s “There’s a Little Street in Heaven That They Call Broadway” sung by Bill Murray. (No, not that Bill Murray. It’s 1904.…

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J. West Goodwin, editor of the Sedalia Bazoo, took a chance in the summer of 1872 when an out-ot-work printer from eastern Kansas wandered into the Bazoo office and asked for a day’s work so he could “keep body and soul together.” Goodwin hired him as a compositor, the employee who set the t…

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My mother told me that when one door closes, another opens. I suppose I could look at the past month and hesitantly agree. I re-discovered what life is like without technology – and not just internet. Everything technological in our house was wrested from us without our permission, and witho…

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What kind of infrastructure does a city like Sedalia need to survive and thrive? Take a piece of paper and make a quick list. A hospital? A community center? A supermarket? 

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Christmas came a little early for me this season, in the form of a seal-point Siamese cat, age 6, renamed Smokey.

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During the late 19th century, Sedalia’s newspaper editors drew statewide, and sometimes even national, attention because of their outspoken commentary on human nature, their trenchant political views, their willingness to deal with difficult issues, and their eccentric personalities.

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Here we are on the verge of not only a new year but a new decade. The new year is a time for all to reflect on the previous year and plan for the new year that is upon us. New Year’s is also a time for resolutions, new beginnings and change. 

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Author’s disclaimer: Dear readers, if you are squeamish about toddlers, viral illness, or bodily functions, this is not the column for you. I suggest skipping this and reading Mr. Satnan’s fine column instead. For all others, hang on to your Santa hats. It’s about to get messy. 

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Another Christmas has come and gone, and by the next time we talk, a new year will be a few days old. It always seems as if these days – the holiday season – should last longer than they do. After all, we spend an inordinate amount of time getting ready for them! This year, I managed to get …

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Christmas is a time for giving. At no other time of the year are people so thoughtful, kind and generous. It’s no accident that in Dickens’ “Christmas Carol,” old Scrooge was changed from being a miser into a generous person at Christmas. His heart as cold as a winter’s night was warmed by t…

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Concordia, Missouri, a small town of approximately 600 located in southeastern Lafayette County some 24 miles south of Lexington, was incorporated in 1869, according to Campbell’s Gazatteer of Missouri. In 1874, the town was a “thrifty and prosperous” town in the midst of a “densely populate…

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Happy Christmas Eve everyone! I hope that right now you are reading this while sipping on a delicious coffee, sighing contently because all your presents are purchased, wrapped and your family is on their way to celebrate. If you have not done all your shopping, Walmart is open until 6 p.m. …

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I’m just gonna get this first part out of the way right at the beginning: I do not care whether you like Donald Trump or not. Nope. Don’t care. Do not tell me. I don’t want to know. Not now. Probably not ever. Of course, I have my opinions, strongly held. You do too, I’m sure. I can’t even i…

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Most Sunday mornings in the little rock church right across the street from Becky Ellison’s house, Miss Frances Crenshaw led all the Sunday School children in singing of the best songs ever. “Jesus Loves Me” was on the Top Ten list, as was “Joy Bells” and “The B-I-B-L-E.”  My personal favori…

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If a movie about Maggie Borchers were to be made, a fitting title would be “It’s a Musical Life.”

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The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump. They did it because they had the votes to do it, not because the president was guilty of impeachable offenses.

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Historically, Advent has been the season that we celebrate the birth of the coming Christ as well as waiting in anticipation of His Second Coming. This is a time of festivities, celebrations and parties that within our modern culture have completely eclipsed the true meaning of Christmas.  W…

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The holiday season is a popular time to highlight different needs and causes in the community and society. It is a time that we come together and help those less fortunate than us. The nice thing about a community as warm as Sedalia is there are many ways to give. From donating at a Salvatio…

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On Tuesday, Dec. 10, President Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a compromise had been struck on the long-awaited U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement better known as USMCA. Across the board, farmers, ranchers and agriculture leaders reacted with excitement that maybe – jus…

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The account of the divorce case of Thomas Blackstone and Mary Blackstone appeared in the Sedalia Democrat in late December 1877 and early January 1878. The divorce proceedings had dragged out for over a year, and the unhappy marriage for some time longer. The court proceedings aroused a cert…

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It’s been a few years back. I was either pregnant or had my baby daughter with me. I stood at the counter, getting ready to pay for an armful of Christmas purchases at the health food store. I looked in my purse. I looked in my wallet. I patted my pockets. I felt in my coat.

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Although it drew a good crowd, last Sunday’s performance of “The Messiah” was up against some stiff competition — the Chiefs-Patriots game. But as the Chiefs play several games a season and “The Messiah” is performed only once, I opted for it — and still got to see most of the game.

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About this time every year, I am ready to pull out my hair, but as you know, the hair pulling started early this year. Today, things are better. I have had internet for an entire 24 hours without interruption, I’m grading papers, filing things in Court, and next week, I will bake to my heart…