Opinion

This Summer, Adventure Awaits

Though the Gregorian calendar tells us that the new year begins on the first day of January and ends on December 31st, I have always marked the passage of time a little differently. In my world, the new year begins in August, when students and teachers return to school, and ends on the final day

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A Commencement Address to my Son

Alex, I’ll never forget the day you rode the school bus home for the first time as a kindergartener. Your mother and I had been apprehensive about letting you ride the bus, knowing all-too-well about your propensity to find mischief wherever you went. Nevertheless, my job in Columbia made it difficult to pick you up

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Teacher Appreciation Week

If you want to gain a deeper appreciation for the work that teachers do, then I highly recommend accepting a substitute teaching assignment—on a field drip day. Go ahead. I dare you. Last Friday, seven veteran teachers, two student teachers, and one in-over-his-head substitute teacher lead approximately 150 kids on SoBoCo Primary School’s annual trip

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Savor Every Moment

I went to my first high school prom 31 years ago. A lifetime ago, really. I was only a sophomore, but because my girlfriend was a senior, I was allowed to attend. I can hardly recall anything about the dance itself, but I do remember Liz looking positively gorgeous in her shiny pink dress while

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The Way Things Are Meant to Be

Well, it happened again. I cried at school the other day. I’m not ashamed to admit it, and I’m not at all surprised. In fact, I saw it coming weeks ago. This is nothing new for me. I’ve been crying at school ever since I was in kindergarten. I went to five different schools in

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Welcome Back, Tiger

On Sunday, April 14, 2019, Tiger Woods shocked the world by winning his fifth Masters Tournament championship. Just two years earlier, many people thought Woods might never swing a golf club again. His unlikely return to the pinnacle of the sport is a story of both physical rehabilitation and personal redemption. The winner of 81

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House Bill 267 vs. the First Amendment

Missouri state Representative Ben Baker is a Republican minister and a former dean of students at Ozark Bible Institute in Neosho, Missouri. He has recently introduced a bill in the state legislature that would require Missouri state education officials to develop guidelines and standards for teaching Bible classes in public schools. It is important to

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Twenty Years in SoBoCo

In the spring of 1999, Bethany and I bought our first home together, a modest 1,950 square-foot house situated in the middle of ten heavily-wooded acres in Southern Boone County, Missouri. Bethany worked as an occupational therapist in Jefferson City back then. I was a meat cutter in Columbia, where we had been living since

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Making the World a Little Bit Better

In a perfect world, I wouldn’t have to write this column. In a perfect world, you would instead be reading the accounts of my family’s recent camping misadventures, including stories about the hideous noises coming from under the hood of our 19-year-old Chevy Suburban, a non-functioning camper furnace, and a relaxing three-mile hike on Taum

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March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

The most common motor disability in childhood is cerebral palsy (CP), a debilitating condition that affects over 17 million people worldwide. Despite the fact that 1 in approximately 323 children in the United States has CP, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the condition remains a mystery to most folks, maybe

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