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I am the 1970s love-child of two parents born and raised in the 1940s. If you know your history,that means their childhood was forged in the years following the Great Depression and WWII,which were … more
It won’t be long now before school will be back in session. I find myself wondering if they could find time in school to teach young people about proper recycling techniques. I don’t … more
We recently spent some time in Illinois where my husband spent the first 10 years or so of his life. Healways says he has a terrible memory. But it was funny how much came flooding back to him just … more
Ten Years. July 22, 2012, I heard those words. You know, the ones no one wants to hear: You haveCancer. Nasty, ugly words that meant my world was changing. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 … more
On a sunny election day a few years ago, when I still lived down in the southeast part of the county, I stopped by a small municipal fire station to vote on my way to the office. I walked up to … more
Next week the Inaugural Missouri Beef Days will kick off starting on May 16, ending on May 21. The event will be filled with farm tours, educational resources from local cattlemen, a shindig serving … more
We had some great days in April.  We had Palm Sunday and Easter, of course, but with days like Earth Day and Arbor Day thrown in there for good measure, one might have thought spring had … more
In a few weeks Bolivar will celebrate Missouri Beef Days, a celebration of the impact that the beef cattle industry has had on Polk County. Due to the upcoming celebration, I would like to celebrate … more
In reading the Bolivar Herald-Free Press on Wednesday, April 27, I couldn't help but notice the letter to the editor entitled “Beef Day 'education,'” by Zach Stewart. Even though I know … more
Here’s the answer to almost any problem you’re having today. It’s only three words long and makes you smell good: Take a shower. Too simplistic, you say? Let’s look at the … more
Recently, we have displayed in our front window at Stephens Photography a crudely constructed sign that states, “We are Ukraine.” Originally it was a knee jerk response to the news … more
In response to Beef Days touting “education” as a part of their upcoming festival, I’d like to share some facts regarding the animal agriculture industry. I must begin by stating … more
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