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Dear College Freshmen,I won’t try to sugarcoat it. Your freshman year sucked.It wasn’t at all what your older friends, the movies or even your parents told you it would be. It was … … more
“Mom” has always been a full-time title.Today’s mothers might take exception, though, if I said they have it easy compared with their 19th and 20th century predecessors. I’m just looking at … more
If you like to fish on the lakes or do any other type of recreational boating on Missouri’s waters, you need to keep these words in mind. Warmer days mean longer trips to area lakes become part of … more
Last week, I saw two Bolivar policemen outside on South Pike, behind SBU by the basketball courts, with a little boy who looked lost or wandered off. He looked between the ages of 4 to 6, maybe … more
Tom: “Is it just me, or does this feel a little like Christmas Eve?”Gwen: “It really does. I guess it makes sense. We’ve been waiting a whole year.”Tom: “It’s weird how excited I am … more
One of the fascinating issues for the 2021 legislative session has been the idea of a tax increase.You would think such an idea would be dead on arrival in a Republican-controlled legislature.But the … more
This weekend marks Mother’s Day – a time when we celebrate and honor the most amazing, loving and patient individuals on earth. I’m sure others feel this way also, but I’m quite certain I … more
We are storytelling creatures. Think about it. In our everyday lives, nearly all of our conversations are structured as stories.“Honey, how was your day?” “It was exhausting. First I had to … more
Our family has grown by 50 furry pounds. His name is Mac, and we’re all in love. We hadn’t planned on adding another dog to the family, but some things are meant to be before we realize it. A … more
It is said that April showers bring May flowers and I do like flowers, so Mother Nature will do what she has to do. She always has, always will and has never consulted me to see if her whims are … more
I was in graduate school taking a class on urban missions when I first encountered the acronym “NIMBY,” which stands for “not in my back yard.” The term often refers to situations when local … more
The Missouri House refusal to fund voter-approved Medicaid expansion reminded me of a long Missouri legislative tactic of "kicking the can down the road" involving state funding for Medicaid.The … more
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