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Mom and daughter hit some turbulence more
It was a good idea for “Bob Marley: One Love” to open on Valentine’s Day. Not just because there hadn’t been a decent box office performer in weeks (and even “Mean Girls and “The Beekeeper” were only mild hits) and the market was ripe for a takeover. Not just because the holiday weekend needed a blockbuster and “Madame Web” wasn’t up to the task. But because the movie had “Love” in its title, it could dominate the couples’ scene on Wednesday and ride that insurmountable lead to winning the weekend. The result was a domestic take of over $50 million, enough to already make it the 2nd-biggest movie of the year, behind only “Mean Girls,” which it will probably overtake before the week is out. The film can be associated with a brilliant commercial decision, but not so much its creative ones. more
I’ve never depended on farming for my bread and butter, but I can thank FFA —Future Farmers of America, in my day — for launching my career as a journalist. more
Writer remembers Barbies in bloom more
It’s time for a little-publicized, but very obvious sign that winter is drawing to a close in the Ozarks. more
Often I miss the good old days of my farm boy youth. more
Starting the new year off right with a visit to the recycling center is a good thing. In fact, any visit to the recycling center is good because you are doing your part to help save the earth…even in a small way. Lots of little ways can add up to big results when they are done right. more
Writer looks at the truth about “can’t” more
Driving south of Buffalo one morning just a few days before the Missouri Conservation Department’s designated Eagle Days, Martha and I saw at least a half-dozen bald eagles, some aloft, some in trees. more
She creeps through the streets, her head low, avoiding eye contact with passersby. Her identity must remain hidden, yet she feels the gazes of those who walk past her, she can feel them turn their heads to eye her attire, her gate, her person, sizing up the opposition. No one must discover who she really is and what she really stands for once they do, her cover will be blown. For few know her true identity - she is a Denver Broncos fan. more
Wetlands are an important – and in some areas – a disappearing – part of Missouri’s more
Starting the new year off right with a visit to the recycling center is a good thing. In fact, any visit to the recycling center is good because you are doing your part to help save the earth…even in a small way. Lots of little ways can add up to big results when they are done right. more
How well do you know Polk County? more
Whether or not a groundhog can predict weather is questionable, but this animal has other characteristics that make it an interesting member of Missouri’s wildlife world. more
The first day of spring is three months away as I pen these lines with the season’s first seed catalog in hand. more
Don’t be such a hagfish more
Last week I wrote about “Mean Girls” and the problem of having seen a version of the movie more
A friend called a few days ago asking if I had a lantern she could borrow, not an unusual request from someone needing a light, but she had another purpose. more
How the jingle jangle can mangle the mind more
Key points from the Aldermen Meeting on Jan. 23: more
Of all the pop culture institutions to be canceled, ended, or otherwise shut down by the pandemic in 2020, the permanent closure of the “Mean Girls” Broadway musical was perhaps the one that disappointed me the most. I’m not sure why it wasn’t brought back post-pandemic – ticket sales had clearly been healthy enough to keep me from scoring cheap seats during its two-year run – all I knew was that the show was gone and I had missed all 833 chances to see it live. more
Writer turns to a life of crime more
I’ve come across the word “anachronism” often in reading, but I was never exactly sure what it meant. Context usually hinted it was something out of place, but I wanted to be sure; so, as a last resort I looked it up in the dictionary. more
When life takes a sharp turn more
I passed by my grandpa’s farm on the old Springfield/Buffalo road one morning last week. more
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