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With winter on the way, the wines that I call the Burgundy Twins, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, are in line to replace the softer, fruitier wines that dominate the warmer seasons.  I was … more
According to a Georgetown University study, the cost of higher education has increased 169% over the last 40 years. And according to Sallie Mae’s annual How America Pays for College survey, … more
Smile — it makes people wonder what you are up to! No, maybe that’s not the reason for smiles, but have you ever noticed how it makes you feel when you encounter someone that seems to be … more
While I spend most of my working hours in my office at the Sedalia Democrat, once a week, I make the 40-minute drive to work in the Warrensburg Star-Journal office. On the way there, I usually listen … more
There is something afoot.  Something spectacular is about to happen and I have no idea what it is or when it is going to occur. I know this because never, in almost 40 years of writing about … more
September brought hints of autumn mornings and the coolness in the air was much welcomed. Recent temperatures in the 90s can make us forget that we are only three to four weeks from our first … more
This weekend, I’ll be attending the Missouri Press Association convention along with newspaper editors and publishers from across the state. It always ends with an awards luncheon Saturday … more
Finally the nights are cooler, though we are still experiencing daytime highs in the 80s and possibly 90s this weekend.  This has allowed our houses to cool down at night because we can open … more
If you are anything like most wine lovers, you often head toward a label that you are familiar with, a label that looks interesting, a name that might intrigue you or one that your brother-in-law … more
How many of you know that we are in a bit of a tumultuous time? According to a recent article in TIME, the stock market just had the worst first half of the year performance in 50 years. That means … more
Shopping local is something many of us strive to do, which can sometimes be difficult in the digital age of online shopping. If you’re looking for a way to support the local economy, may I … more
I told Max I am not going to ever let him forget it – and so far I haven’t. Now it’s in print for posterity. After escaping the clutches of COVID for over two years, I’ve now … more
A phenomenon that occurs that announces the upcoming change of season is a sudden desire to switch from the lighter wines of the warm seasons to the heavier red wines that accompany the heavier meals … more
When John Wesley began ministry in the mid-1700s, he took to the streets to share the good news of Jesus Christ. He developed practices to guide the people in their faith journey. Wesley’s … more
Last week, our readers in Warrensburg sent their kids back to school and this week, our readers in Sedalia did the same.  It’s the return of routine as the summer weather continues, yet … more
I figured I would hear a volcanic eruption regarding forgiveness of $10,000 of student loan indebtedness. And I was right. “I paid mine!” “It isn’t FAIR!”  Can … more
Tuesday was the first day of school for Sedalia School District 200. I could probably write a book about school, so it’s a good thing that I have limited space in this column. The first … more
Since the Jewish people have spread all over the world, kosher wines have followed with them.  There is even a Jewish temple in Tokyo, Japan, where a Japanese parishioner told my … more
Here we are on the verge of September with only one-third of the year left! Many of us are talking about where the summer went and how school can have resumed already. Labor Day is almost here and … more
The reality of my age is settling in. I’m not talking about my feeling old. I’m talking about the fact that I am watching my contemporaries, those with whom I have shared the past 40 or … more
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