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You don’t judge a book by its cover nor do you judge a wine by its price.  In more than 30 years of writing about wine, I have sampled some monumental stinkers that sold for more than … more
Being trapped in your house as the entire region is turned into a blast chiller provides some learning opportunities, which is rather ironic since the weather forced Pettis County schools to shut … more
Every now and then an event occurs that typifies the age in which we live. We saw that in San Francisco recently, when the school board voted to rename 44 schools. Among them were schools named … more
We no longer need an alarm. Hue the Cat has a remarkably accurate body clock that goes off a little before 7 a.m. each morning. Still not accepting us as her “new” parents, she rises from … more
The emerging lesson of the 21st Century is that, try as we might, we will never exercise full control over nature. It is faster, stronger, and sneakier than we are. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, … more
One sunflower stood taller than the rest, facing the other direction from the entire field, and glowing like the warm face of the sun. Last September on a warm, sunny day, my family and I visited … more
The Black cemetery at Washington Avenue and Clay Street had only a few tombstones remaining when city employees cut overgrown brush from the property in 1933. Most of the graves had been moved in … more
This cold weather has done a number on me and I am positive that I am not alone.  I live with some unfortunate circumstances as I have come to find that I possess junk DNA. I have … more
Dear Editor: It has been brought to my attention that Feb. 24 marks two special times in history. In the year 303 Rome made a law that everyone had to sacrifice to the pagan gods; so Christians … more
Dear Editor: To the two gentlemen that pulled me out of a ditch on Monday afternoon, I just want to say thank you again. Not much time to talk with the weather so bad, but your statement that the … more
Dear Editor: Is the Sedalia Democrat so hard up for money that they feel the need to print a full page letter/ad from the Hayden's/Starline Brass spreading conspiracy theories? Seriously, the My … more
One of my favorite news stories from the past week is a portrait in treating bad actors as petulant children, and I find that simply fantastic. I picked up on the story because I get daily updates … more
As I began to write this piece, I found myself struggling with what subject to choose. There are so many to choose from, from politics to COVID-19, to pink pasta that I heard about on some news … more
I came home today. Well, technically, I came home eight years ago today. Please indulge my reminiscing about this old story; when one undergoes a life-altering experience, it isn’t easy to let … more
Hang on. We’re almost there.  Though the temperature huddles in the single digits now, in just a flick of the calendar, the state of Missouri will burst into song. Already, where we … more
Valentine’s Day for me as a child was a day of dread. When I was going to school, Valentine’s Day (or a day thereabouts) was set up for us to have a school party, replete with balloons, … more
The abandoned cemetery at Washington Avenue and Clay Street was known throughout its neighborhood as a final resting place for African Americans who died in the years before 1883, when Glenwood … more
If you’re reading this, chances are pretty good that you also read the police reports that appear in this publication.  Contained within those reports are the arrests that are made by … more
Dear Editor: I just wanted to express my great appreciation to the staff of Bothwell Regional Health Center and the Missouri National Guard, and others involved, for the mass inoculation held the … more
Dear Editor: My husband and I got our first COVID-19 vaccination last Friday (1/29/2021). I just had to say something about the extremely efficient operation at the vaccination site on the State … more
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