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When I was a boy, a deer or wild turkey on the roadside would have brought Dad’s ’53 Mercury to a dead stop. Such critters were a rarity. Jersey milk cows, however, were scattered over … more
The last two weeks we’ve talked about getting honest with our mental health issues, and then, working on the story that we tell ourselves. Today, I want to talk about coping. Coping is what we do … more
Today, I did something that felt so weird. I took down the hook. For the past nearly 14 months, a small Command hook has hung by our front door. That’s where we put the “answer the door mask.” … more
As we honored our fallen soldiers in church services and cemetery visits this Memorial Day weekend, it seems only fitting that we remember, too, health care workers lost this past year battling the … more
Last week, we looked at getting honest emotionally. For many of us, telling people we’re not OK is a sign of weakness. But, getting honest is actually a sign of health. We were never meant to do … more
The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month. For many of us, when people ask how we’re doing, our typical response is — “I’m fine.” Yet, that isn’t the truth. If we’re truly … more
I was a cool kid in the fifth grade.My classmates just didn’t know it. My fashion sense was decades ahead of theirs. They never came to school with their knees poking through big holes in their … more
For generations of Missouri farmers, an enjoyable sign that spring was transitioning into summer was the crisp, clear call of a meadowlark perched on a nearby fencepost. However, that call is … more
Dear Ice Maker,I’m going to give you a new name. Your current one – ice maker – isn’t accurate any more since you don’t make ice and haven’t for two weeks now. From this point on, I’m … more
Just two or three weeks ago when we had a considerable amount of snow falling from the sky, I felt pretty smug that I had resisted most of the temptations to plant flowers outside.Even though we have … more
The 2021 Missouri legislative session was one of the most unusual and unpredictable of the legislative gatherings I've covered in some 50 years.Despite Republicans holding an overwhelming majority in … more
Think of your favorite sitcom show. Maybe it is an older one, such as “Cheers,” “Home Improvement” or “Friends.” Younger audiences might think of shows like “The Big Bang Theory,” … more
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