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I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first installment of director Denis Villeneuve’s take on the Frank Herbert sci-fi classic “Dune” back in 2021. The sounds and visuals were great, and I understood why it won so many technical Oscars that year, but I couldn’t get invested in the characters or story, so I didn’t recommend the film. I feel the same way about “Dune: Part Two,” but somehow the dynamic has shifted without anything really changing. The characters and story arcs are still baffling to keep straight (and as with the “Demon Slayer” movie last week, this doesn’t make for a great entry point into the series), but the sounds and visuals are so awesome that I give it a recommendation. I guess I could chalk it up to going into the film with a little more familiarity with the property, having seen the first movie, but I’d like to think that Villeneuve has just upped his game in some subtle fashion. more
Hunter stalks home’s hallways more
Change is inevitable, isn’t it? Nothing stays the same, This holds true for our Polk County Recycling Center, too. In the next few months, there will be several changes and I will do my best to keep you updated on those as time goes (quickly) by. But for this moment, the big change is that Ben Lee is leaving the recycling center effective March 2. more
March 6, 1971, I married an 18-year-old girl from South Dakota. I barely knew her, but in the span of three months, I’d learned all I needed to know. more
Being the victim of theft is never fun. Anyone who has seen their dashboard contents spewed all over their front seats can attest to that sinking feeling of violation. For those affected by a break-in, their sense of safety and security was taken, along with the items from their home. Emotions are high; anger, vulnerability, sadness, and frustration all swirl inside at the blatant disrespect of a stranger. more
What to do when the explosive has a pulse more
It is the fourth subzero day of January as I put pen to paper, every day of which I have devoted to mining for inspiration for my February columns. more
Enjoying spring peepers is a listening experience, not a visual one. more
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
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