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World War II began in Africa in 1939 and affected travel and mail in the Portuguese colony of Angola on the southwestern coast. Travel was difficult, requiring costly gasoline and permits from … more
In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, some 50 pregnancy help centers were fire-bombed, vandalized or trashed. Jeanette Pahlow, director of Birthright in Sedalia, thinks ignorance … more
Yesterday was the first day of school for Sedalia School District 200. I could probably write a book about school, so it’s a good thing that I have limited space in this column. The first … more
The Ewell family from La Monte might be an “unorthodox” choice for the Pettis County Farm Family of the Year, but their passion and advocacy for agriculture might suggest … more
I never thought anyone would look back at the Ozark Music Festival (OMF) through the misty eyes of nostalgia, but it seems to be happening. A documentary about the 1974 festival is being shown … more
The reality of my age is settling in.  I’m not talking about my feeling old. I’m talking about the fact that I am watching my contemporaries, those with whom I have shared the past … more
Would what you choose to do with your life if anything could happen? When you have an aggressive disease like mine, every quarterly scan represents unlimited potential, in the worst of ways. … more
I have one sister. We were raised in Clinton. We went to the same church and schools and were raised by the same parents. Because she is nine years older, she tells stories that make me wonder if the … more
I’ve never really been one for audiobooks — I prefer good old library books (never needs charging), with my Kindle as an acceptable runner-up (rarely charged when I need it to be), but in … more
During the 15th and 16th centuries, Europeans explored the Americas, Africa, and the Southern Pacific islands, seeking goods they could use or trade. They claimed the lands they discovered and … more
Many people might wonder, what is the value of our state fair and all the state fairs across the Midwest?   The simple answer could be that agriculture is one of this state’s main … more
The passage of time is a funny thing. For example, this week feels like it has dragged on for two, but it also seems like it hasn’t been a year since I announced I was starting a weekly column … more
American politics is a ravenous, money-eating monster that will drive you into the poor house if you don’t watch it. Outstretched palms reach out from my mailbox every day, begging for … more
It’s hard for Emily to believe that my family didn’t have a television until I was 7. Our family’s funds were so limited that television was a luxury, but my parents, dedicated … more
Picking blackberries was my favorite summer job. Fifteen years ago, my aunt’s friend hired me to work early mornings on her blackberry farm. They were thornless blackberries, set out on a … more
There are some strange stories in the Bible, and some are detailed accounts sandwiched in the middle of stories of general history. Genesis 30:31-40 is one of those. In this story, Jacob has been … more
One of the most revered summer vegetables by home gardeners is the tomato. The fruit typically begins to ripen in mid- to late July for most tomato varieties in home gardens, and this is when many … more
In 1911, Sedalia built three school buildings. Lincoln Elementary school for African American students replaced a dilapidated frame building. The other two schools were for white children and were … more
As my family and friends know, I am a hot mess. If I don’t pay close attention to my purpose and perspective, I can quickly slip down a rabbit hole. Physically, I have junk DNA that has … more
Dear Editor: The recent editorial by the former editor of the Sedalia Democrat reminded me that not all the facts and information surrounding the proposed landfill have been fully understood. … more
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