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Little Girl Learning

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

It was one of the freakiest things that ever happened in our neck of the woods and only many years later were we able to piece the catastrophe together. I’m still not sure I have the whole story, but here it is as best I can relate it:

PooseyDigest_WPHer name was Emily, a cute little rascal with a bright smile that even in

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Charles Willits 1955-2015

No services were scheduled for Charles Willits. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VA Hospital of Kansas City. Arrangements were by Poland Thomas Funeral Home.

Charles Edward Ed Willits, 59, Smithville, died on May 20, 2015.

Ed was born on Oct. 9, 1955, in Maysville. He was a veteran of the United States Marines and he also worked in maintenance at KCI Expo.

Survivors include two

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Packin’ a Roll of Quarters

I don’t go to the mall much. It hasn’t always been this way.

I grew up as a tag-along to a mother whose Holy Grail was in quest of the best bargain. At first I thought whatever my hometown could offer was the outer limits of her search. But life’s perceptions certainly changed with the development of shopping malls.

Dw.cdrMy boyhood hometown transformed from farming community to bedroom community right

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Good Thinking: Keep My Memory Green

by Dr. Don Kuehle

Charles Dickens, in his story “The Haunted House,” tells about a chemist who was tormented by unhappy memories. One evening as he is seated by the fireplace, a spirit appears and offers to solve his problem — for a price, of course. The chemist is so terrified and tormented that he accepts the spirit’s offer.

The spirit’s solution it to remove the chemist’s power to remember.

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Is the Grass Greener?

Originally, the proverb said, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” The observation likely stems from watching cattle stretch across the fence to nibble a blade of grass while standing in a lush green pasture. Today, the axiom is often shortened simply to, “The grass is always greener…” and can refer to any assumed better opportunity somewhere else.

ShepherdCalls_WPWhat brought this adage to mind was

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Capitol Perspectives: Legislative Leaders and Term Limits

by Phill Brooks

One of the trends in Missouri’s legislature from term limits has been the growing power of legislative leaders. It’s the exact opposite that had been suggested by some term-limit supporters — that kicking out long-time legislators also would remove leaders who had held dominating power for years. But the resulting large blocks of lawmakers with limited understanding of government history or the legislative process has virtually necessitated

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Greetings to the Graduates

by Freida Marie Crump

Dear Graduate,

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WPAs you sit in your gown anxiously waiting for the graduation ceremony to creep to its long, hot conclusion, you might be puzzled by some of the phrases that’ll no doubt hear spouted on the last evening of your high school or college career. Maybe I can help translate a few of these clichés for you. Just hide a copy of

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‘Captain Shipers’ Sounds So Good

One of the great pleasures in spending years and years living in the same place is in sharing the joys and sorrows of those around you. This is one of those times. Folks throughout Gallatin stand proud as one of our own, Scott Shipers, advances into an even greater leadership role within the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Promotions like this just don’t happen very often. They are earned.

Dw.cdrPerhaps you’re

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Fun in the Dark

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WPPoosey is the electrical version of the canary in the mineshaft. If there’s a lightning storm within a hundred miles we’ll be the place that loses its electricity. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky last week when about 8 o’clock at night the area was flung into darkness. Nothing was running but Herb’s sinuses, so we went out onto the front stoop

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