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As another crop of freshmen begin their high school journey, I can only hope and pray they will start more wisely than I did at Fair Grove in the fall of 1961. more
Re: Religion by other means — Aug. 9th letter to the editor more
Dear Reflex audience, more
Politics, you might say, is religion by other means. It is proudly denominational. It has it’s own prophets, apocalypticists, wild-eyed adherents and “true believers” and has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the sins of rival churches. more
Do any of you have a mobile phone? Stupid question, huh? We ‘all’ have one! We all depend on them heavily since the hard line phones went away like the ‘Dodo bird.’ more
Once upon a time many of our public meetings opened with prayer. more
There are times when historical moments pass before your eyes. Some are monumental, while others are only important to your immediate life. more
This past weekend, I was doing some online searching of old songs that I loved from the 1980s and 1990s. I would YouTube the music video and be taken down musical memory lane. Some of the songs that would come up in the “Maybe you would like” list were great songs I hadn’t heard for a long time and almost forgotten about. I have to say that, in my opinion, the music of the 80s and 90s were some of the best ever written and performed. more
Catching an Indian runner duck is harder than you might think. As their name implies, the ducks run — en masse. Like flying geese that veer whichever way the leader heads or sheep that follow one another off a cliff, a group of Indian runner ducks acts as a single organism at times, moving in a swarm. more
I am sitting at this writing on a sofa set catawampus in a living room cluttered with stacks of cardboard boxes, pieces of furniture, luggage and computer parts, recuperating from the exertion of two hours spent unloading a truck about half the size of a railroad boxcar. more
I told someone last week I was going to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Fireworks Museum. They acted shocked that a museum focusing on fireworks was strange for Dallas County. more
Long before Missouri conservation agents would confirm their presence, some of us who hunted the remote woods of Dallas County were certain the hills and hollers along the Niangua River harbored black bears. more
Remember the ABBA song from 1977 “Take a Chance on Me”? more
It is commendable that we remember our own mothers with cards and other tokens of love this Mother’s Day, but it is even more fitting that we thank God and pray for mothers everywhere. more
The year was 1968. I was riding down the road with my parents. Dad was tokin’ on a Marlboro Red, and Mom was dragging on a Benson & Hedges cigarette. I was running and climbing all over the car, even hiding out where the spare tire rides. It was a 1960 Ford station wagon — a big old gunship. I know you’re saying, “Running around without a seat belt on, and the parents were smoking with the kids in the car.” It wasn’t politically correct, but it was 1968 when people were free. I don’t think the car had seat belts, and we did not have those odd bicycle helmets. How did we ever survive without all the safety features of today?   more
We are less than two weeks away from legislators throwing stacks of paper in the air to celebrate the end of the 2023 session of the Missouri General Assembly, and like every year, there are still a lot of bills in the air. Missouri Farm Bureau is focused on a few key issues as we approach the finish line.  more
Did you know that they have safety glasses for yard work? more
Cool mornings and hot afternoons, like we have been experiencing lately, remind me of camping and fishing trips to the river and stays on the lake in my younger days. I rarely, if ever, get around to camping and fishing trips anymore during the season. But when I was a kid, that was how my dad wanted to spend his time after a long, hard week of work at the sawmill or timber. more
School’s almost out, and industrious teenagers are looking for summer work. more
Just recently, I stumbled across a tidbit of interesting information while researching for a future novel. Of course I’m always coming across interesting facts that I was not previously aware of, but this one had to do with Dallas County. more
I’m betting that if we had the philosophy that everything will work itself out, we, as a culture, would be more relaxed and find contentment. But, instead, do we spend our lives and focus on learning how to facilitate and control every aspect of our life? Do we worry too much? more
I last talked to Angela 32 years ago. It was the evening of April 20, 1991. She called to let us know she would be coming home the next day from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. more
Tax Freedom Day this year is April 18. The day marks when the nation has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year. Tax Freedom Day takes all federal, state and local taxes and divides them by the nation’s income. more
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