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“Don’t believe everything you hear,” a phrase usually used for stories about humans, can also be applied to some animal anecdotes. To be clear — there are many animals that have truly … more
This column is inspired by a 1970 song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for parents to "teach your children well."I've been thinking about that song often as I've wondered how my relatives who were … more
My 76-year-old mother has a thing for boxes and has for many years. In her mind, throwing away or recycling a sturdy box of any decent size is like throwing out a fifty-dollar bill. You just don’t … more
Mirrored reflections of Christmas’s past, What gift given was ever meant to last?   The car that carried you over the miles, To welcoming family arms and heart-warming … more
Our Christmas tree has a trunk made of plastic tubing, branches of twisted wire and needles of something synthetic and green. It’s a fake, but you know the adage, “If it looks like a … more
The American Heritage Girls, sister organization to Trail Life USA, troop MO-0315 of Bolivar wish to thank the generosity of Bolivar citizens as they donated to our troop ministry at Dunnegan … more
It is a wonderful time of year here in Polk County!We are thankful for Christmas! On behalf of the board of directors and members of the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce, I’d like to say thank you … more
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” — Psalm 127: 1This psalm inspired a Christian singer, Keith Green, decades ago, to write a song titled, “Unless the Lord … more
Christmas gets complicated, but we want it to be simple. We like Hallmark movies that make us believe it is.All we gotta do is believe.Believe in Christ.Believe in Santa Claus.Believe in … more
I’ve been writing a newspaper column for more than two decades now — since before I met my husband. It’s a little like having a public diary. The best part of it is getting notes from readers, … more
My kids think it’s amazing that I was an ancient 18 years old the first time I got a computer and learned to use it. For kids who’ve been using technology before they were even potty-trained, … more
In Luke chapter 8, Jesus heals a woman and Jairus’ daughter. We see here the story of the Jairus coming to Jesus and asking Him to come to his home and heal his daughter. It reminds me of the … more
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