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The Carpenters sang a song I remember all too well around now – “Rainy Days and Mondays” – because it’s rainy and damp, though not Monday.  The grayness of the … more
“Never trust a man who cares too much about his hair,” my mother used to say.  This advice has carried me far in life.  When I pass on these words of wisdom to my own … more
If you remember, the month of September was National Public Library Card Sign up Month and I’m happy to say we were busy! We signed up or renewed 757 cardholders, with around 450 of them being … more
When I read the piece in the Sedalia Democrat about Cash Hardware, it brought back a lot of memories about the old store. I doubt that there is anyone within 50 miles of Sedalia who was alive when … more
The Christmas season is upon us. With that, the hustle and bustle of trying to make everything special for our loved ones sometimes becomes overwhelming and our minds become one-tracked: just get it … more
When George R. Smith platted Sedalia, he envisioned that Main Street, close to the hotel that functioned as the Pacific Railroad depot, would become the town’s primary business street. He … more
Editor’s note: At this point, you know the drill — I got a little too busy this week, which means you’re getting a column from the archives. This one comes from December 2019. Much … more
You may have heard a little bit in the news about how our heroic government has stepped in and averted a national railroad workers strike through the power of legislation. A strike at this time, the … more
It’s been a good week for the rule of law.  First, five members of the Oath Keepers, a paramilitary group, were found guilty of various charges relating to the attack on the Capitol on … more
The beating the economy has taken from COVID and labor shortages, complicated by high inflation, has not left Sedalia untouched. Businesses close for various reasons, but the above factors have … more
Boy, is that an understatement! A baby changes a lot of things. It’s been a while, but I’m reliving it vicariously through my kids and new grandbabies. A baby can change your sleeping … more
I’m out and about being thankful.  I am thankful that I had pecan pie and coffee for breakfast this morning.  I am thankful that at the ripe old age of 34, I still have a … more
I made one veggie too many, I didn’t get to make the chocolate bourbon pecan pie, I didn’t put enough stock in the stuffing/dressing, and I completely forgot the curried pumpkin soup. Oh, … more
In one of my previous Thanksgiving columns, I wrote about some of my traditions for the fall holiday. Some involve favorite foods, some involve the people I spend the day with, and some are unique … more
I believe that we have more in common than not. All of us struggle with different battles throughout life. If we’re honest, we probably endure more struggles than joy. I try to keep things … more
Author’s note: Last week, the Democrat documented the removal of the metal paneling from the front of the buildings that formerly housed the Maple Leaf Antique Mall. The buildings, resplendent … more
Waking up to snow on the ground last Tuesday morning was not a surprise, but it was something I had not been looking forward to. I have always loved the four seasons Missouri offers, but now, my body … more
“Thanksgiving” is my favorite compound word. It covers everything we are supposed to do and be in one word. Let’s begin by breaking down the word “thanks.” 1 … more
Crime continued in Sedalia throughout 1884, 1885, and 1886. Violent crime threatened the peace and security of residents, while the continuation of civil crimes such as prostitution and fraud … more
Hello, dear readers: I am ill (again) with something that is not COVID but is very unpleasant. It began with a sniffle and slight stuffy nose but has since progressed to a low fever, wheezing, … more
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