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I realize we rarely use this phrase these days. In the past, an owner of a business might have said, “mind the store while I’m gone,” meaning to take charge and conduct yourself in a manner … more
There is a fascinating history to Missouri's recent special session to fix the legislature's failure to continue one of the state's most important financial mechanisms that assures adequate funding … more
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 6,932 times. Nothing in life lasts forever. I mean, there are likely a few exceptions.  And that’s because I generally don’t believe in … more
The carpet cleaners are coming today. It’ll be expensive and leave us with damp carpet longer than we expect. But it must be done. Otherwise, we’d have to burn down the house, and that seems more … more
If you live in the country and enjoy seeing wildlife on your land, you may want to reconsider tearing down that “old eyesore” in the corner of your field. The Ozarks countryside is dotted with … more
Finally, technology has caught up with one of my biggest irritations — losing things. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it sends my frustration level soaring. The little voice … more
When I say leaving was hard … I mean leaving was hard.  When you and your roommate spend an entire month in a foreign country with no internet service or reception and are placed with two … more
In terms of discovering and tracking a scent, a dog’s nose knows best. That’s one of the principles that’s at the heart of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s new canine unit. This … more
Fifty years ago this month, I made my first and last flight into Springfield, arriving aboard a green and white Ozarks Airlines turboprop, a Fairchild-Hiller with the wings atop the … more
The Missouri legislature's recent special session on Medicaid involves a dominant state issue with a long and fascinating history. It begins in 1945 when Pres. Harry Truman called for a national … more
A recent suggestion by a Missouri Senator of a Senate leadership purge reminded me about the last time the Senate's top leader was ousted. Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Jefferson County, made his … more
Another year of feeding calves has come and gone, and Butch and Sundance are in the freezer. Correction: seven freezers. Our latest Bonebrake Hereford duo went to the processor June 4 after 401 days … more
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