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I was 9 years old the first time I boiled sassafras roots to make a “spring tonic.”Correction: I was 9 years old when I first dug roots for our housekeeper to boil for tea, and it turned out they … more
OATS Transit is closely watching proposed state legislation that, if passed, would allow concealed-carry permit holders to lawfully bring firearms on public transportation. It raises serious concerns … more
The debate about changing U.S. Senate filibuster rules demonstrates how different that chamber is from Missouri's Senate. Missouri Senate rules make it more difficult to kill a bill by a … more
The wave of domestic hate crimes which has hammered our country in recent months is a serious issue we must face. The people of the nation will have to come together to fight the trend, and work as … more
Last night, I opened a bathroom drawer to reach in for a clean hand towel. There wasn’t one there. I sighed and shuffled toward the laundry basket in the next room, where the folded towels had been … more
Enjoying spring peepers is a listening experience, not a visual one. Bird sounds are among the best-known harbingers of spring in the wildlife world. However, in early spring, a small frog begins … more
Saturday, March 6, was my 50th wedding anniversary.It did not mark 50 years of marriage; but, it did memorialize the union of a 23-year-old Ozarks farm boy and an 18-year-old girl from South Dakota. … more
There are two kinds of people in the world: grown-ups and fraidy-cats who are scared of needles. I’m in that second group.Something happened yesterday that “outed” me with the kids, so now they … more
“Mem'ries light the corners of my mindMisty water-colored mem'ries of the way we were”These are words from a hit song released in 1973 by Barbara Streisand, entitled “The Way We Were.” … more
Archaeologists can learn much about ancient cultures from pottery shards and other remnants of the trash of former peoples.Likewise, today’s trash reveals much about our 21st century culture, … more
By now, many of us have become familiar with the latest drama involving Southwest Baptist University and the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC). In case you missed it, on February 4 news broke that … more
The Missouri legislature's week-long break that began March 15 is a good time to assess where the General Assembly may head in the second half of its annual session.This year taxes, school choice, … more
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