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What is snake oil and how did the sale of it become associated with hucksters and frauds?

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Tis the season for teenagers and summer jobs. Two of my three offspring are pounding the digital pavement this week as they apply online for various jobs around town. Their dad and I have always believed that school is incredibly important, but we also realize that some of the best parts of …

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Today, in our final chapter of this journey, I want to talk about joy. For many of us who are struggling, joy seems so far away. We’ve forgotten how to have fun. We feel stuck. I want to unlock the bottleneck that’s keeping us from experiencing joy. 

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I want to say that it offends me that Jim Hamilton would compare the health care workers to veterans on Memorial Day! 

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Recently, on the eve of another week of school, my 14-year-old daughter remembered Monday would bring more math — geometry homework and tests, to be specific.

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When I was a boy, a deer or wild turkey on the roadside would have brought Dad’s ’53 Mercury to a dead stop. Such critters were a rarity.

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The last two weeks we’ve talked about getting honest with our mental health issues, and then, working on the story that we tell ourselves. Today, I want to talk about coping. Coping is what we do in response to our story. Our coping mechanisms will lead us to life or into a dark place.

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Today, I did something that felt so weird. I took down the hook.

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As we honored our fallen soldiers in church services and cemetery visits this Memorial Day weekend, it seems only fitting that we remember, too, health care workers lost this past year battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Last week, we looked at getting honest emotionally. For many of us, telling people we’re not OK is a sign of weakness. But, getting honest is actually a sign of health. We were never meant to do life alone. We looked at getting honest about our insecurities and our pain. If we truly want to …

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The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month. For many of us, when people ask how we’re doing, our typical response is — “I’m fine.” Yet, that isn’t the truth. 

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For generations of Missouri farmers, an enjoyable sign that spring was transitioning into summer was the crisp, clear call of a meadowlark perched on a nearby fencepost. However, that call is becoming less common throughout the region.

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Just two or three weeks ago when we had a considerable amount of snow falling from the sky, I felt pretty smug that I had resisted most of the temptations to plant flowers outside.

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The 2021 Missouri legislative session was one of the most unusual and unpredictable of the legislative gatherings I've covered in some 50 years.

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Think of your favorite sitcom show. Maybe it is an older one, such as “Cheers,” “Home Improvement” or “Friends.” Younger audiences might think of shows like “The Big Bang Theory,” “Parks and Recreation” or Modern Family.