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Bet you didn’t know our lovely state has a national day, did you? Well, we do, and why shouldn’t we; there is a lot to offer here in the “Show Me State.”. First and foremost, here is a disclaimer: if you look up National Missouri Day, you will get conflicting information; some sites say it is Jan. 4, and other sites say it is the third Wednesday in October. I am using the latter since it was officially ratified by a constitutional convention for Missouri Day to be in October. more
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I had lime Jello for breakfast today. Guess what I'm having for lunch? Lime Jello. And dinner? You guessed it. Lime Jello is on repeat today unless I get crazy and have a little chicken broth before the Jello. I'm also drinking water, white grape juice, Sprite, and tea. more
Life really keeps us guessing. I began my professional career in Colorado Springs after I graduated college in 2014 with a Master's in History. I was offered a job at my alma mater, the University of Colorado, as a co-professor in a few history and humanity classes. I then began teaching history at a community college, then moved on to teaching middle school history for a couple of years. Initially, teaching college was not on my radar, but I loved it. Then teaching pre-teens about WWI and the Cold War was never a consideration, but I thrived doing it. I figured everything was set. I was going to be a historian, teach history, and grow old in Colorado. As is often the case, however, things do not always go to plan. more
Like many folks of my generation, I tend to see much as it once was, not as it is. more
Bear with me as we take time to remember Dee, for more than 23 years my South Dakota Bride, but much more than just the local newspaper editor’s wife. more
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I never understood as a young man why Dad didn’t fix the barn door. All it needed was a proper hinge. more
If you enjoy seeing hummingbirds, put up a hummingbird feeder and get ready for a lot of action: The fall feeding frenzy has begun. more
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I took care of my baby brother Stephen when he was a baby. I never wondered what he would grow up to be, and I never had the chance to see. more
I’m not sweaty, you’re sweaty! more
Perhaps no arachnid symbolizes what’s wrong with many human’s perception of spiders more
I never got rid of a car I didn’t wish to have back. more
I read a Twitter post a few years ago that said, “This is Dave’s wife. Yesterday evening Dave had a massive heart attack and did not survive. I am so sorry to have to tell you this. This will be his final tweet. He appreciated you – keep up the good fight.” more
With most schools starting later this month, I personally know some children that aren’t looking all that forward to getting back in the groove of learning. It is probably a good thing they don’t realize yet that the learning never really ends! more
Summertime, when I was a boy, began the moment Fair Grove school bus No. 10 dropped us off for the last time in spring and lay before us like a prairie too wide to see across. more
Some people will do almost anything to avoid work. more
Some drought-stricken corn may have more value as cattle feed than grain this year. more
This time of year we receive a lot of calls about Johnsongrass. Is it bad for my cows? Will it kill my cows? Is it true that it can cause cattle to abort? more
The other half of this summer’s “Barbenheimer” phenomenon, “Oppenheimer” did so well in its second weekend that it gets a full review all its own. Sure, it came in a distant second to “Barbie” both weekends, but with an estimated $174 million at the domestic box office thus far, it’s more than on pace to become the biggest movie of all time to never win a weekend. The unofficial, counterintuitive, and highly-unusual “Barbenheimer” marketing campaign (“contrast the glittery comedy with a drama about the atomic bomb”) certainly helped this film’s box office, but it’s a strong enough movie that I’d like to think that it could have been a hit even without its unlikely pink ally. more
Warren. That was his name. I didn't know him, but I knew he was a bad kid. He was getting busted by our teacher every day. more
“Barbie” prides itself on inspiring a full range of feelings – both in its characters and its audience. The characters tap into dark, sad sides they never knew they had, and they find out life is more rewarding for it. The audience is sure to eat up all the easy jokes and sweetness, sure, but they’re also supposed to appreciate the film for its psychological depth and hard-hitting social commentary. Perhaps it’s appropriate that I have a broad range of feelings toward the film. I think there are portions that work very well, and there are entire storylines and characters that could be cut. There are jokes worth laughs, and jokes worth a cold stare. Some of the film’s insights opened my eyes, others made me roll them. But at least the movie is ambitious enough to attempt so many jokes and insights. more
Another week of blistering, 100-plus heat and no rain to slake the thirst of our Ozarks’ parched earth — it’s miserable weather for most of us, but worse for that tiny but critical percentage who feed us. more
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