Opinion

Make America Kind Again

Unlike many of my Democrat friends, I did not celebrate the announcement that the Biden-Harris ticket had secured enough electoral votes to win the battle for the White House. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled that they won. I really am. However, my enthusiasm was quickly tempered by the stark realization that many of my

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Time for Change

Early in the morning, I open the iron door of the Buck Stove that breathes heat into the living room most days and evenings. Set into an existing limestone fireplace, the stove warms the living room where Kit and I gather each evening and talk about a world of things that affect our lives. I’ve

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November is National Adoption Month

Every year in November, I write a column to bring attention to National Adoption Month. As the parent of two adopted children, the biological parent of their big brother, and the former foster parent of two of my wife’s great nieces (who were eventually adopted by their grandmother), I feel compelled to sing the praises

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Almost There

It snowed a week ago in Missouri.  Fires are threatening enormous swaths of forested lands in Colorado and California.  Arctic icecaps continue to melt.   Tropical storms are battering the Southeastern coastal areas of the U.S. in record numbers this hurricane season. With Mother Nature’s weather patterns profoundly out of kilter, we approach the 2020

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Respect is Key to American Greatness

With this being my last chance to persuade you to vote one way or another in next Tuesday’s presidential election, you might assume that I would take this opportunity to do just that. Well, dear reader, in this case, you would be wrong to make such an assumption. Making assumptions about people is a generally

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A Call for Action

Following the spread of a deadly coronavirus pathogen from its source in Wuhan, China to countries around the world, a global surge in hunger has brought the impact of food insecurity into critical focus.  The first confirmed case of the virus known as COVID-19 in the United States was in January 2020. In the months

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The Great Unifier

Is America really more divided than ever? I could cite a few examples, right off the top of my head, that would cast doubts upon that oft-repeated (as of late) claim. During the American Revolution, there was a sharp divide between those who fought for independence from the king and those who remained loyal to

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Travels Across a Lifetime

In this time of isolation, the sound of a train recently connected me to places where I have traveled across my lifetime.  Since childhood, there has been something particularly magical about the experience of traveling by train. For me it’s an instant connection to distant places, a romantic nostalgia for bygone times, and a sense

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Baseball Legends Will Not Soon Be Forgotten

Within the last few weeks, Hall of Fame pitchers Tom Seaver, Bob Gibson, and Whitey Ford were each called home by the baseball gods, as was Gibson’s Hall of Fame Cardinal teammate Lou Brock. For baseball fans in St. Louis and New York, the loss of these legends is particularly painful. Tom Seaver won more

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It’s Rice Harvest Time in Missouri

Looking up at October’s full moon, still bright in the predawn light, it is impossible not to think about the activity that goes on across the Midwest during harvest season.  For me, there is a connection that goes back to the first time that I witnessed a wheat harvest under a blue moon in the

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