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Two years after high school I had finally saved enough money to start classes at Southwest Missouri State College. I didn’t have much, by today’s standards, but I didn’t need much. Tuition was less than $100 a semester.

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I've always loved the idea of homeschooling my kids. I even consider it every year for my middle child; he has certain special needs that I always worry about at the start of each new year. But I never actually thought I’d be the one teaching all three of my kids. I only ever imagined myself…

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Watching hoarders as they empty the shelves of supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies as COVID-19, the coronavirus pandemic, takes its toll on daily life in our communities, it is easy to assume that a crisis brings out the worst in people. But, the fact is it can bring out the best in …

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Local leaders have made a bold and unprecedented demand: Groups of 10 or more are prohibited from gathering as communities do what they can to fight coronavirus and its attendant illness, COVID-19.

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In today's paper, you'll notice stories on the virus and how locals, city officials and others are responding to it.

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In February a bill establishing a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) passed the Missouri House of Representatives. This is at least the eighth consecutive year such a bill has passed the House. Unfortunately, each year the bill has gotten bogged down in the Missouri Senate and ultim…

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This weekend I picked up our groceries. Like we always do, everyone jumped in to start putting them away. With everything put away we were down to just the cereal. At our house we keep our cereal in the plastic storage containers with the pour spout thing. Anyway, my husband pulls them all o…

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Over 10 million people have signed up for Disney Plus since it launched last year. It’s easy to understand why. The service gives subscribers access to hundreds of movies and television shows for just $7 a month — no cable plan required.

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I told my husband I had no idea what I was going to write about this week. Some weeks it’s really easy; the words practically fall out of my head and onto the page. Other weeks I'm blank, and clinging to every thought to see if it has substance worth sharing. This week is a struggle week. My…

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Missouri House members took action this week to reinstitute a voter ID requirement that was approved by more than 60 percent of Missourians in 2016. Lawmakers gave first-round approval to a bill that would bring clarity to the requirements that were gutted by a Missouri Supreme Court decisio…

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On Saturday morning, to avoid any news programs of the day, I flipped around to find another channel to watch on TV. I had no plans to sit down and watch TV but wanted some "background noise." My wife is out of town, and the quiet was deafening.

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The fracas from recent Marshfield Board of Aldermen meetings was mostly put to rest Thursday night.

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Recently I took a shower and stood under the stream of hot water trying to think up profound, writerly thoughts. But it was hard to concentrate because I kept hearing a faint yet high-pitched sound: PING! 

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Based on works of Aristotle and Plato (and on J.A. Lee's 1973 book, "The Colours of Love"), love is categorized as follows:

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Tom did something shocking the other day. He came home from the store with a few things I’d asked him to pick up before the forecasted snow began. As I unloaded the shopping bags, I stopped short. I picked up one of the packages, turned it around in my hands in disbelief and then held it up …

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The NBA trade deadline passed last Thursday. Initially, it looked to be drab, save for a four-team deal the day before that centered on Clint Capela and Robert Covington. More action blossomed eventually and saw a few All-Stars change addresses.