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Last Friday night, I had Pizza on the brain which led me to Dominos for a 5 topping large pizza for $11.99. I chose pepperoni, sausage, bacon bits, extra cheese and black olives. I had dropped my wife Sue off at Aldi’s, back to Dominos, through the drive through at 5 p.m., ordered, parked the car and went inside for a 25 minute wait. ( no step for a stepper). more
Ah, spring! That magical season where the cold, gray mantle of winter is lifted to reveal the vibrant hues of new life. It's a time of renewal and rejuvenation, not just for nature but also for our spirits... and our homes. Yes, I'm talking about the time-honored tradition of spring cleaning. This practice, so deeply ingrained in cultures around the world, is not just about dusting off shelves and decluttering closets. It's a rich tapestry that weaves together historical customs, psychological renewal, and the universal human desire for fresh starts. So, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and let's embark on a delightful journey through the history and psychology of spring cleaning. more
Some buddies and I have a contest called "Dad of the Year." Before you question my parenting skills, let me explain the game. There are no rules, judges or winner. The theory behind "Dad of the Year" is straightforward. Every player steps up and does whatever they can to be an award-winning dad. Making sure your kids brush their teeth, helping with homework, finding that lost toy (or buying a secret replacement) — I mean doing whatever it takes. more
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In the economic landscape of the United States, where financial obligations continuously mount, a recent study by CardRates.com has shed light on a concerning phenomenon affecting millions of Americans: the 'stress tipping point.' This critical juncture represents a threshold at which the accumulation of financial burdens escalates into overwhelming stress levels, posing a significant threat to mental well-being. Notably, the study highlights that over half of Missourians are teetering on the brink of this precarious state, signaling an urgent need for interventions and support systems. more
Mark your calendars to stop by Summersville Library during business hours next Wednesday!! more
Sunday morning awhile back — February 18, to be exact — our whole clan was on hand for a Hallelujah moment. more
This week, I wanted to write about some of the differences we noticed while on our vacation to northern Arizona from our home in the Ozarks. They are complete opposites in every way. I would have to say Sedona is wonderful, but I wouldn’t want to live there. more
In an age where the dialogue of art intertwines ever more intricately with the narratives of social justice and cultural identity, the announcement of Charly Palmer's visit to our community heralds not just an event but a momentous occasion that demands our collective anticipation and contemplation. While the formal announcement awaits its grand unveiling in the pages of the Saturday edition of the Quill, the news is too significant, too charged with meaning and potential, for me to hold my peace until then. The decision by Crockett and Tonya Oaks, the visionaries behind the rejuvenation of the Lincoln School, to invite Palmer to our community is not merely an act of bringing an artist to exhibit. It is an invitation to engage, to confront, and to celebrate the layers of our history and the vibrancy of our present through the medium of visual art. more
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“Won't You Be My Neighbor Day” will be observed at Summersville Library on Wednesday, March 20. It’s a perfect opportunity to remember the legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. His show taught valuable lessons about kindness, empathy, and self-worth to generations of children, and this day allows us to celebrate and continue his message. more
Around January 15 of this year, my husband and I decided that the arctic-like weather we were having was just too much for us. The temperature highs that week had been 0, 10, and 13 degrees, and it wasn’t looking good for a warm-up anytime soon. So, I remembered the old saying, “Everyone always complains about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it!” more
As a young boy growing up in West Plains on Walker street, right off of Grace, drinking nickel cokes and R.C.s (Royal Crown Colas), and occasionally eating a moon pie at Elba Francis Walker street grocery, I could never dreamed of what I have been blessed to have seen and heard in my life. more
Hey there, West Plains enthusiasts and supporters of all things local! As the dust settles on the frenzied voting frenzy of our beloved annual Best of West Plains, I'm here to spill some tea, share some thanks, and maybe drop a little wisdom along the way. So, grab your favorite beverage, get cozy, and let's dive into the heart of our community's vibrant showcase. more
Like so many in southeast and south-central Missouri, agriculture has always been an important part of my life. I’ll never forget the memories I have as a young kid spending time at, and working on, my grandparents’ farm — the very same one I own, operate, and live on today. The experience and skills I gained were very valuable, but nothing made me better prepared to run my cattle ranch — or serve in Congress — than my local FFA chapter. That’s because FFA is about much more than growing crops and raising animals; It’s about growing leaders. more
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