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I had a birthday last month, and The New York Times gave me a wonderful present. On the day I turned a year older (which in COVID times equals roughly 11 years), the newspaper published a story so … more
I don’t often order steak in a restaurant — this past year not at all.But, when I do, the server always asks, “How would you like that cooked?” And my answer is generally “Yes,” assuming … more
My wife and I live on an estate of 7 acres in Polk County. We have survived Hoover through Trump and expect to survive Biden with hope for a future with positive progress instead of negative … more
Yesterday, I watched my 14-year-old daughter text her best friend, and I realized something. Generally speaking, a person’s age is a direct correlation of their texting speed.Like my daughter, I … more
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
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