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I suppose it’s appropriate that movies starring Ant-Man aka Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) have always been rather “small” in the scheme of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. more
Last week, we got a text from my son Jack, who’s away at college for his freshman year. He sent it to our family’s group text which includes his older brother (also away at college), his younger sister (who’s in high school), and Tom and me. more
Today, Feb. 22, we celebrate the birth in 1732 of our nation’s first president, Gen. George Washington, commander of the victorious Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, president of the constitutional convention of 1787 and the man we honor as the father of our country. more
If you want to see a great example of citizen-driven conservation success, look no further than the nearest bluebird box. more
I never truly appreciated as a boy the gift of living in the country. more
This past weekend featured a weird toss-up between two new releases at the domestic box office. Horror thriller "Knock at the Cabin" made slightly more money, with an estimated $14.1 million to its opponent's $12.5 million, but football comedy "80 for Brady" sold... more
My husband Tom once accused me of being unromantic. As much as I hate to admit it, I think he might be right. more
What if we didn't try so hard to look like we've got it all together? Comparison would be far less alluring and our impression of people far less skewed. Pretending to be perfect ministers to no one. … more
Community Connections would like to thank the Bolivar Community for recognizing the importance of parents in our community. We have fantastic partners who work hard every day to support families. A special thanks to Berean Baptist Church, Open Hearts Methodist Church, Woods Supermarket, Polk County Library, Thrive Ministries and Community Outreach Ministries for their participation in celebrating Parental Resilience Day 2023. more
Using drugs and alcohol will not take away your problems and fears. In the short run, they might make you feel better, but in the long run these addictions will only make things worse. more
While this can't necessarily be verified completely, the story or legend of St. Valentine seems meant to observe his effort of honoring marriages in part by marrying couples even at the defiance of the Roman Emperor of that era. In his memory, over time Valentine's Day became a convenient way to observe the loving devotion that couples have for one another, and a great opportunity to honor marriage. Now several hundreds of years later we are celebrating National Marriage week on February 7 through February 14. more
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? more
Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. more
Who doesn’t love their fur babies? Nevermind, don’t tell me. It is fortunate that most people do care for and about their 4-legged friends. I am hoping that care goes beyond their own little (or large) fur buddies and can extend to help some that haven’t had the chance to find their forever homes yet. more
Everybody deals with stress and anxiety, however the key is to know what to do when your stressed out. It is not always easy to keep your feelings from getting the best of you. more
Each winter, much is written in Missouri about one of the state’s most eye-catching avian winter visitors – the bald eagle. It is well-deserved publicity: In addition to their patriotic symbolism, bald eagles have a number of traits that makes seeing one a memorable experience. more
My dad taught me just about everything I ever needed to know about fishing, from starting me early with a riverbank sapling and length of fishing line to teaching me the finesse of handling his classic bamboo fly rod. Under Dad’s diligent tutelage I grew up an avid fisherman. more
The parents of Bart Millard were divorced when he was three years old. His mother did not want him. So Millard went to live with his father. He was abusive to him through much of his childhood. As a child, he feared his father would get upset about something and take it out on him. more
“A Man Called Otto” has not been a well-marketed film. The strategy of the film’s advertising seems to be, “You know how Tom Hanks usually plays likeable/heroic characters to go along with his reputation for being a nice guy in real life? Come to this movie to get the opposite of that! more
Are you looking for all of the answers on how to reduce your persistent fears and anxieties? more
Fresh out of a restaurant kitchen, I was the 29-year-old fledging news editor of the Bolivar Herald-Free Press. more
Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, hoping to spark positive change. Resolve to make a positive change in 2023 by participating in the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks’ (CBCO) 56-Day Challenge. Donors who complete the entire challenge will have a chance to win up to $15,000. more
I like January. I think most mothers do. Sure, it’s the dead of winter and it gets dark more
Here it comes again — the end Saturday night of another whole year. more
Thanks to frigid temperatures we experienced in the days leading up to Christmas, everyone has been reminded that winter has most definitely arrived. That means it’s time to think about hazards associated with slick roads, bitterly cold temperatures, and all the other conditions associated with winter. However, people also need to be mindful that winter is a time when we’re never far from another type of hazard – fire. more
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