Opinion

Ode to my friend and neighbor, Mr. Oleski

The Columbia Missourian newspaper announced who the recipients of their 2017 Progress Awards were last week, and when the Sherman Brown, Jr. Award (recognizing a community member who always serves others with the highest esteem and treats everyone like gold) was given to Southern Boone resident Tom Oleski, I was elated, but not at all

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No plutonium under the tree

My grandson is no longer a baby. This Christmas Luke Vinson will be a fully-grown 18-month old toddler, capable of out-running his mother and screaming louder than either of his Labrador retrievers he lives with can bark. So, naturally, it is time to buy this big boy some big boy Christmas gifts. Except the combination

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Writing is Life

“What should I write about this week, Truman?” Having written well over three hundred columns for the Journal in the last few years, I occasionally struggle to come up with fresh ideas. When I find myself particularly stumped, I sometimes ask my family for help. “I don’t know,” my eleven-year-old son replied. “Life?” Now why

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Powering through leaf season

There are but a few different ways to get the leaves off of your lawn: Pay someone to remove your leaves. This method is utilized by the elderly, the lazy or those who don’t appreciate the intrinsic value of taking care of a challenge left by Monther Nature. Get your John Deere tractor out and

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Losing track of the days

It just occurred to me, as I sat down to write, that I haven’t left my house in five days. A by-product of having a decent Internet connection and of not having a permanent, full-time job since 2008, this has actually happened to me quite a few times over the years. And I’m okay with

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Time to get jabbed, stay healthy

If you have not already had a flu shot this fall, don’t dispair – there’s still plenty of time to get jabbed and possibly save your life. That’s right – save your life. What you might know about the common flu – also most commonly known as Influenza A – is that the influenza pandemic

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Making America Great Again?

On a sweltering Missouri day in the summer of 1989, a month or so before the start of our senior year of high school, my friend Bill and I decided to cool off with a dip in Mark Twain Lake, a popular destination for teens at the time. We threw a cooler full of refreshments,

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Even Santa disses my Razorbacks

I saw Santa Claus on Saturday while I was wondering through Bass Pro Shop. Mr. Claus was already sitting on his appropriate big chair taking a break between kids. “Hey, Santa!” I hollered out, “Merry Christmas!” “And a Merry Christmas to you, young man!” Santa offered back, giving me a good effort, but not yet

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Is this dream happening?

When Dolly Parton asked me if I would like to buy Dollywood, the theme park she owns in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, I was flattered and a bit surprised. I could tell during the few minutes we had been conversing that it was important to her to find someone she could trust with her pride and

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You mean, I need a plan?

Since I was “outed” last week by a feature story in the Columbia Missourian, folks around here have been asking me, “What do you plan to do in retirement?” Whoa. Wait just a minute. You mean I’m supposed to have a plan? If you didn’t read or hear, a Missourian reporter wanted to do a

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