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If I could type this column while wearing fur-lined gloves, I’d do it. I’m guessing the result would be so riddled with typos that my editors would think I’d suffered a stroke. Instead, I type with what feels like chunks of ice attached to my wrists.

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The eve of the 2020 legislative session reminds me of an era when there was a more organized effort to find, before the start of the session, bicameral and bipartisan solutions to the state's most pressing problems.

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My husband, Mike, teaches creative writing at the university level, and he has taken to ending each semester with a gathering at our home that we call a salon.

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This past week was a big week. Most people will agree, thinking that I'm talking about Thanksgiving and all the work that leads up to serving a meal for your family, no matter how big or small. But I’m not talking about Thanksgiving. I'm talking about Black Friday (BF), Small Business Saturd…

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Twelve people have reportedly died in Black Friday-related events since 2006. That’s just according to the Black Friday Death Count website.

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The liturgical season of Advent is upon us, as is the secular 21-shopping-days-before-Christmas season.

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I’m still trying to decide how I feel about what happened this morning. On one hand, it was amazing and wonderful. On the other? Surprising and a little bit sad. Here’s how it went down:

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It’s the thing everyone was talking about last year, so naturally, I’m just getting around to it: hygge.

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“Amazing rescue!” Or “Can’t believe (he, she or they) survived!” We see the headlines a lot, and most of the time there is no amazing rescue and (he, she, or they) did not survive. Why? A lack of imagination is usually the culprit. They never thought they would be in that predicament so they…

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Halloween is past, and department stores are already unloading the Christmas decorations (always too soon), so that must mean that Thanksgiving is upon us. 

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An interesting thing happened this past week that made me think about the way we (adults) react to situations involving our children.

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New data from the United States Department of Agriculture show Missouri farmland values holding steady despite the challenging agricultural economy. The figures, compiled by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), found that the average value of cropland was unchanged from 20…

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You want to know something I'm really bad at? Something I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to improve, often times failing miserably? Something that is pretty much a requirement for, like, 90% of jobs today?