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We were first introduced to dashing animated feline Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) in “Shrek 2” all the way back in 2004. The character appeared in two more “Shrek” sequels before headlining his own self-titled movie in 2011. Now comes “The Last Wish,” a sequel that depends on... more
The house was alive with clamorous noise, more
Forty-two years ago, Mom and Dad went well into the holiday season without a Christmas tree in the corner of their living room. more
Another Shop with a Cop season has come to a close with an astounding 175 children served through the program this year. more
Back in 2009, director James Cameron gave the world “Avatar.” The film about a human going undercover as a member of the Na’vi race on the planet of Pandora only to side with the Na’vi against his greedy fellow humans brought the movie blockbuster to new heights. It was the first movie to... more
During the weeks before Thanksgiving, I was high on anticipation – counting down the days until our two sons were scheduled to come home from college for the holiday break. It had been three … more
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So, I will choose joy more
Grandson Colson has never gone to the back of Grandpa’s farm to cut a Christmas tree. more
Of all the things you associate with this time of year, the start of bird courtship in the outdoors probably isn’t one of them. more
See what’s going on in Polk County! Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Some events may require registration or admission fees; please contact the organization for more details. more
“Violent Night” doesn’t have it in itself to be the best naughty Christmas movie ever made, so it tries to compensate by being every naughty Christmas movie ever made. more
What could I write about this week other than this fateful date in 1941, the Sunday morning Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harbor, the date President Franklin D. Roosevelt called a “Day of Infamy,” the date the United States of America was plunged into a world war? more
Every now and then, I run across a seemingly random fact that takes up residence in my head – like elephants can’t jump. (It’s physically impossible for them.) Or the fact that certain types of trees won’t let the tips of their highest branches touch the trees next to them – a phenomenon called “crown shyness.” And this week I’ve added another odd fact to my growing collection: A new study finds that octopuses are one of a small group of animals that can purposefully throw things at targets. more
I thought one of the perks of making it to middle age would be that we no longer have to suffer the indignities of puberty. No more awkward body changes. No more hormone-induced mood swings. Isn’t time and experience supposed to make us more comfortable in our own skin? more
The onslaught of December holiday parties, work functions, and family gatherings is in full swing. more
If you grew up more than 50 years ago you are likely a storehouse of obsolete, if not completely worthless, skills. more
It’s highly unlikely many people would mention field mice if they were asked to make a list of Missouri’s most important wild mammals. more
Hearken, America, to what I say, more
It’s not uncommon for folks with farms or gardens to bring homegrown foods to the Thanksgiving dinner table. It’s also traditional that we, with a connection to the soil, offer heartfelt thanks to God for whatever bounty He provides in any season. more
Studies have linked the attitude of thankfulness with a variety of positive effects. more
November 14, 2022, veterans were honored at Bolivar High School for their service to our country. more
At Sac River Cowboy Church, there are two flags. The American flag and the Christian flag. They fly side by side from flagpoles outside our church. They hang side by side on one wall inside our church. more
I love a good list. I like jotting it down. I like looking it over each day. And I absolutely love marking through completed tasks with an assertive, bold marker scribble – as if my productivity has literally obliterated it. more
I should not need to break the law to drive safely. more
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