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The hummingbirds’ reign over our backyard feeders is coming to an end as the time for their southern migration draws near, but keep the feeders filled for a while longer. Just when we think we’ve seen the last hummer of the season, a traveler from the north will stop in for refueling. more
My faith assures me we are all wonderfully made by and in the image of God, and in that we are all the same; but my education tells me we are each imbued with the DNA of generations of our ancestors, and in that we are each unique. Who we are or will become is further shaped by our world and experiences even before we leave the womb, foreshadowing the formative influences we are subject to throughout our lives. more
“Life is but a dream, or so it seems.” more
As another year was added to my age last week, another page is added to my story. I thank everyone who has had role in that story, including everyone I see in the library daily. more
My faith assures me we are all wonderfully made by and in the image of God, and in that we are all the same; but my education tells me we are each imbued with the DNA of generations of our ancestors, and in that we are each unique. Who we are or will become is further shaped by our world and experiences even before we leave the womb, foreshadowing the formative influences we are subject to throughout our lives. more
I have been sitting on this column for three weeks. The beginning of the school year is always a busy time, not just here at the Quill, but at home, too. more
Howdy friends and neighbors! more
On Tuesday, I was one of more than 20% of Howell county who participated in a fundamental act that defines us as Americans: I voted. It is a point of patriotic pride for me that I can say I have … more
“The man that saved the town is the same man that saved a nation.” However humble was he.  “Whose team is my 6-year-old son Tracy on?” the dad … more
Next month I will have been a Dallas Countian for 65 years, arriving with my folks in Sheridan Township in August 1957. Exactly 21 years later I came to Buffalo to become editor of the Buffalo … more
Our Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program will soon be over for the summer. Ms. Kathie held the last craft on Monday, Missouri Department of Conservation will be our special presenter on … more
On my wrist is a faded bracelet made out of recycled plastic bottles that reads, “Progress not perfection.” I bought this gift for myself a little over a year ago to remind myself that … more
It’s been a rough couple of weeks. I think everyone can agree on that to some degree. It’s hot and humid, most of us haven’t had any rain to speak of in a month and everything … more
A member of my household, who shall remain nameless as much for the preservation of my own health and well-being as to protect them from potential embarrassment, once asked me why I had not washed … more
Little did I know when I wrote last week’s column inviting readers to share their memories of their senior year in high school that I would have cause to stop and think about a particularly … more
Last week, I paid $120 to fill my tank. Diesel is over $5.00 per gallon across most of Missouri. Propane to heat farmers’ barns, dry grain and run equipment is up over 450% in the past two … more
If my picture appeared in the dictionary next to a word, that word would likely be "anti-government." Or perhaps "pro-gridlock." I don't like government much, and I'm happier when it's not getting … more
If there is one thing the Biden Administration excels at, it is blaming everyone and anything to avoid taking responsibility. Its favorite thing to do is play the blame game. When it is clear that … more
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