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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Health foods and drinks create problems (01/13/17)
Editor's note: The following column originally ran in the June 17, 1999 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. I have a glass of water here by the computer because I have heard that you are supposed to drink eight glasses of water each day. That is a lot of water. ...
The Downton Marathon (01/13/17)
There is a saying that love and hate are very similar. This past weekend, I experienced both sentiments, in almost equal proportions. My PBS channel aired the entire six years of the "Downton Abbey" series. There was no way I could watch all of the episodes, reminding myself, there were football playoff games and other items on my agenda but as you might suspect, that plan in no way prevented me from tirelessly watching multiple reruns...
Reprieve for liberty (01/07/17)
Missouri's 31st Senatorial District "[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue." John Adams, 2nd President of the U.S. We all have our own opinions about the recent presidential election. ...
An old favorite is back (01/07/17)
Hi neighbors. One of my Christmas presents was the complete boxed set of all eight seasons of "Monk" the television show. Long-term readers of this column will remember when, this show first aired and how caught up in it I was. Nicknamed the defective detective, Adrian Monk was a character with multiple problems. The show begins with him just coming out of a three-year near catatonic state brought on by the sudden car bombing death of his wife...
The Vernon County Jail; A bed and breakfast for the safety oriented consumer (01/07/17)
If the Sheriff's Office were a "business" then it would be safe to say business is booming. With the holiday season just behind us, we have seen an increase over the past week in thefts, pursuits, and domestic violence calls. Because of the nature of out-of-county housing and the income that it generates in our jail, sometimes it feels more like we're running a business then a regular jail...
One is, but shouldn't be, the loneliest number (01/06/17)
Editors note: This column originally appeared in the Oct. 28, 1999 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. My husband and I were sitting in a restaurant recently when a woman walked in alone. The hostess asked her, "Only one?" The woman nodded yes and was seated...
Wringer to clothesline to ironing board (01/06/17)
My youngest daughter and family recently moved into their new farmhouse near Columbia, Mo. In a recent phone conversation she was telling me about all the details of moving and also about something she had not anticipated, the open country winds! This led me to tell her the same story I will relate here...
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM, Deerfield-MO) wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. (12/23/16)
Dear Editor: We just finished up our Fifth Annual Holiday Fundraiser. Each year we hold a drawing for items donated by employees and vendors. This year we raised $4,793.00 for The Beacon and Community Outreach, as well as several winter coats, canned goods and other donated items from employees at the plant. This year we also held a silent auction for a donated hog and during our fall bean harvest we held a donation lunch...
Who I'm fighting for (12/23/16)
Here's the question Americans should always be asking every member of Congress: Who are you fighting for? Here's who I'm fighting for: Billy Hull. Billy Hull is a retired coal miner with nearly 30 years working at the Peabody Coal Power Mine near Montrose, Missouri. ...
Heads up for Santa! (12/23/16)
Tonight is the night! You'd better keep your telescopes facing north and your ears open for the sound of jingling harness bells. Yes, Santa is on his way! It's much too late to wonder which side of the list your name is on tonight. Santa already has you tagged as having been good or bad...
Radio Springs revisited (12/23/16)
Editor's Note: This column originally appeared in the March 1, 2012 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail I can't resist. After Richard Carpenter wrote such a nostalgic column about the pavilion at Radio Springs and Donna Logan followed up with a Letter to the Editor on the same subject, I wanted to put in my slightly older two cents' worth about one of my favorite spots in Nevada...
Acceptance and remembrance (12/23/16)
At this year's end, I reflect upon the many good people who have passed on, and the different emotions these departures elicit within. The "circle of life," was for many years just a familiar phrase. In my latter years, it has garnered greater meaning...