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Hurry Up, Sylvie … Slow Down, Sylvie!

You’d better hurry up, Sylvia. You’ve got a lot of catchin’ up to do. You almost missed your first family vacation.

You’re only four months old and so you almost missed the first chapter in what I hope becomes a family tradition. This past weekend was the first time our clan attempted a long weekend together at Branson. Nine adults were almost outnumbered by seven youngsters (ages 9-6-3-2-2-1 and you,

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Are We a Target in the Crosshairs?

I am about to share some thoughts on issues beyond my full comprehension (and probably beyond my capacity to ever completely understand). But this much I know: the federal Clean Power Plan announced this week might become shocking news someday for every electricity user in Gallatin, MO.

By that I mean hang on to your wallet.

Dw.cdrThe Obama Administration is pushing to reduce our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and

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Some Things That I Like

Writing this column is, at times, therapeutic. All this rainfall is getting me down. So, this is a deliberate attempt to not look at the rain gauge half full, but half empty.

I like bug bites. If I have no bug bites, then I’ve been spending too much time in the office behind the computer. A bug bite means I’ve been outside working on something or reading the newspaper out

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Watchin’ the Grass Grow…

I know we’re all anxious about grooming the Gallatin square. It’s human nature, I guess, to point out what others should be doing rather than minding our own biscuits, as Kacey Musgraves sings. Whoever coined, “Patience is a virtue” was certainly not of this spontaneous age.

The “cupola building” commanding the northeast corner of the square appears in distress as much as ever. Appearance can be deceiving. Structurally, the building

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If Our Jail Could Talk…

There’s renewed interest to update and improve upon the informational displays at the ol’ Squirrel Cage Jail in Gallatin. With a little more effort, some of what’s now underway will be up in time for the fall Chautauqua.

As you know, the antique jail is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and doubles as a visitors’ information center. Sadly, there’s no funding to keep the facility open all

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Either Come In or Stay Out!

We jumped the gun on the Fourth of July. Last weekend was a big birthday bash where extended family members lumped three birthdays together by fudging on the exact dates just a bit. Good times, good food B and now for another promising weekend of fun with Firecracker Day falling on Saturday this year.

You can read just about anything about any subject, but somewhere somebody has tallied up what

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Retiring a Favorite Beach Towel

Dw.cdrJune means vacation time for many families. So, if that time comes for you, what souvenirs do you choose to remember those good times?

Souvenirs on my shelves are scant. Family vacations that actually placed us in some hitherland beyond the scope of a long weekend were very infrequent. Some of the trinkets I have are gifts from others. One of the souvenirs I particularly remember buying for myself isn’t

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What Kind of Father Will That Boy Grow to Be?

He’s a bundle of energy now, living in his own world. Or he’s the toddler beginning to realize how a grin or a little snicker can get you out of all kinds of trouble.

A father mostly learns on the job. What we don’t remember is when the job started. It is not at that time when a man impregnates a woman. There’s more to being a real father. It

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More Than Just a Conversation Piece

It was a dirty ol’ thing. No telling how long it was left neglected in the wooden granary, which had become the family’s depository for all sorts of unused relics.

Odd …how mud-dauber wasps found the white plastic hand grips to their liking. I twisted those dirt chunks off and yanked up hard on the handlebars to knock off a thick layer of dust. When the dust finally cleared, some

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