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I’ve been meaning to write this column for some time, but just never got around to it. more
Early Sedalia was well aware of class distinctions. For example, in 1870, Col. A.D. Jaynes, George R. Smith, Albert Parker, Cyrus Newkirk and O.A. Crandall agreed to build expensive – $8,000 to $10,000 – houses on Broadway between Washington Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, creating what was then Sedalia’s premier neighborhood. more
As losses go, this isn't a big one. I shouldn't even care. Still, I'm sad about it. It's hard to accept that the best jeans in my closet – and possibly the world – are on their last threads. more
I have written about my love for a good nap before, and that is something I try to do daily to recharge my batteries, which seem to run down faster these days. more
Good wine is what you like. If you say you don’t like dry wines, red or white, it is only because you have not been properly introduced to this world of exquisite wines, particularly when paired with various foods. more
What a spring for Major League Baseball. The uniforms are literally falling apart as the players wear them, pitchers are injuring themselves at a heretofore unknown rate, and suspicions are flying over Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani and his involvement (or lack thereof) in baseball's biggest gambling scandal since ... oh, who am I kidding. The MLB is a revolving door of scandal. Always has been. more
One of my friends complimented me on my cooking skills once. I said, “Anyone who can read can cook. That is what recipes are for!” She told me it was probably true, but somewhere along the way, the cook had to have some feel for what was happening on the stove. more
Isaac Newton Hughes, generally called Newt Hughes, was arrested and charged with complicity in the robbery of the National Stock Yards Bank in St. Louis on Jan. 6, 1902, according to articles printed in both the Sedalia Democrat and the St. Louis Republic. more
I'm lucky that my first professional writing job was in a newsroom because it taught me something important: You don't need a perfect environment to get work done. You don't need silence, an organized room, a particular candle, or a big chunk of time. more
I’ve been married just shy of 12 years. That’s (barely) long enough for me to feel qualified to give the young’uns some advice as we head into the 2024 wedding season. So here it is, ladies and gentlemen, brides and grooms: more
It’s official, we have celebrated Easter. He is risen, He is risen indeed! Spring has sprung and you can now wear white. Whites, pastels, linens and florals can all be worn from now until Labor Day, the first Monday of September. You will then need to pack away your swimsuits and your white jeans. That is, if you follow this outdated fashion rule. more
I’m excited about next Friday. A lovely tradition that stopped abruptly when the pandemic made its unwelcome appearance is picking up where it left off. And I couldn’t be more thrilled. more
Easter day dawned with shouts of joy. Alleluia! Christ is risen! Our journey through the wilderness of Lent is over and the Feast of the Resurrection has begun. We have moved from the sorrow of the cross to the joy of the empty tomb. more
On Jan. 10, 1902, the Sedalia Democrat printed news of a former Pettis County man’s actions in the robbery of the National Stock Yards Bank in East St. Louis on Monday, Jan. 6. more
The battle has begun to keep Missouri one of the most pro-life states in the nation. more
In starting a bluebird house, you will need a good box that is well-ventilated and watertight with drainage holes, plus something that is easy to clean. more
Two days ago, while sitting at my desk attempting to be a productive human, a noise broke my focus and nearly broke my window, too. more
There is so much more lost when an old friend dies than just their physical self. I have realized that for quite a while now, and that realization comes to me all over again when another old friend passes away. more
I was always a fan of Rev. Doyle Sager. He once said something profound I can’t forget: He prayed, “God help us through this time when relationships are so confused.” I also liked this: My friend Lisa told me, “When he’s going to talk about something controversial, he says, ‘I don’t want anyone to misunderstand me. I’m going to say this three times.’” And then he did. more
It is Holy Saturday. Today is silent and solemn, but tonight, we will celebrate Christ’s dramatic victory of the powers of sin, death and hell. more
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