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It’s funny how a song or even a single sound can transport you somewhere else. Maybe it makes you feel a little happier for a few minutes on a dreary day, but so many times, it makes you think … more
“He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?” -Psalm 147:16-17  First, some thick wool … more
Before I begin lamenting some of the latest discoveries in the Jan. 6 investigation, please indulge my telling one more Terry Teachout story. I have been reliving many of our adventures and meetings … more
My first real job was as a janitor at a funeral home when I was 16 years old. All I remember about my first day was the surreal realization that I was working around corpses. As morbid as it sounds, … more
Author’s note: I apologize for the incorrect information in last week’s column. I gave 1919 as the year of Thomas Yount’s birth rather than the correct year of 1892. Thomas Yount … more
Do those you love really know how much you love them? When we are first married, the honeymoon period is fantastic! All we think about is how much we love each other and how sparkly life is going … more
The Christmas and New Year's holidays have come and gone; the leftover candy has almost disappeared, and the only thing remaining of the leftover food in our house is a ring around my middle that I … more
I’m 30, so I remember the days of loud dial-up sounds and selecting which VHS, and eventually which DVD, we wanted at Blockbuster for a weekend movie night. I didn’t get a cellphone (a … more
So Christmas came, and you didn’t get that trip to Europe you’d been dreaming about? Did you know you can visit, in a manner of speaking, several European cities without ever leaving … more
For some reason, I can’t remember when I met Terry Teachout. I met him at Jewell, but was it in class? In the Cage, Jewell’s hangout spot? Choir? Wherever, whenever, we became fast … more
It is amazing what turning the page can do. It can bring the conclusion to a cliffhanger in a book you can’t put down. It can provide information when searching for knowledge. It can bring a … more
Have you ever been in the middle of explaining something or telling a story only to be interrupted by someone who has a story of their own to tell? Or maybe you have made a statement during a … more
In every generation and in every community, certain individuals rise to the top, not in terms of wealth, but in terms of the respect others have for them. Their hard work and the ability to give of … more
We’ve arrived in the lull that is January. Once we’ve passed New Year’s Day, there usually aren’t any significant events to look forward to. The skies are mostly gray, the … more
Dear Editor: Lot of things I don't believe in but one thing I do believe in is science and sometimes you have to watch it for yourself to become a believer.  Right now so many people don't … more
My mother probably had PTSD. Who could blame her? It isn’t every day that a building falls on your head – and that’s exactly what happened to her. The Hyatt Hotel in Kansas City … more
My dear readers:  This column will be a short one. On Christmas Day, as I returned home from family festivities, my arms began to hurt. No big deal. I often deal with chronic muscle pain, … more
We don't hear the word “fundamental” very much anymore. It has become a word that is politically incorrect. Our primary use of it is to label people terrorists. We are especially fearful … more
Author’s note: The promised column about Sedalia’s early hospitals did not happen because of problems finding sources; it will happen later. Today’s column continues the series … more
My Christmas wish came true this year! It all started 36 years ago. Darren and I started dating when I was 18. He already had a daughter who was 3 years old. Three years later, she would become my … more
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