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  • By Gwen Rockwood
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When we brought our new dog home last summer, I expected the usual trials of raising a puppy; the house-training, the chewing, the short attention span, but I never imagined I’d have trouble giving him a bath.

  • By James Hamilton
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January, the heart of winter. Hunting season is over, it’s too cold for most of us to go fishing, little field work can be done, no crops can be planted. It’s the season for retreating to a warm fire, perusing bookshelves and waiting out winter in the company of Louis L’Amour, Elmer Kelton, …

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In a letter to the editor by Ladena Bough, she made comments directed at Jana Witt, CEO of the Cedar County Memorial Hospital. In those comments she alleged Witt said things which, in fact, she did not say. The news article had information provided by the hospital, not by Witt. The article i…

  • By James Hamilton
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Fondly, I recall winter evenings of long ago on the farm when we warmed to the bone by a roaring fire in the old wood stove.

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An amazing thing happened to us on Christmas Eve. We went to church at 6 p.m., and as the service was ending, Tom suggested we take a family picture in front of the big Christmas tree in the church lobby.

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Here in the Rockwood house, we celebrate three birthdays during the month of December. We didn’t plan it that way. It’s just the way it turned out, which adds an additional layer of party and present planning on top of what already is a month crammed full of holiday hoopla.

  • By Elva Weber
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There are those days, and then, there are those days when everything goes right. So why is it I have not seen one of those days for a while?

  • By James Hamilton
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The older I get the more often I am compelled to pause and remember certain days.

  • By Robert Jackson
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I am a believer in sharing the positive spirit and good times which come along with the winter holiday season because I grew up in a mixed community where there were plenty of people of all faiths and non-faiths.

  • Submitted by Diane Olson
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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Of course Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter also compete for the distinction. Unlike other holidays, Thanksgiving brings no obligation to purchase gifts or go overboard on decorations, as it is truly a holiday to be enjoyed.

  • Submitted by Mary Kay Glunt
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A penny will hide the biggest star in the Universe if you hold it close enough to your eye. ~Samuel Grafton

  • By James Hamilton
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Looks like I’ll be cooking the turkey again this Thanksgiving.

  • By James Hamilton
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I have written often of my idyllic youth on a little Dallas County dairy farm, and indeed, I would not trade my country upbringing for one of a prince in the city.

  • By James Hamilton
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I am a U.S. military veteran. I am not a hero. I am not a soldier. I was never in a combat arms unit. I never served in a war zone.

  • By Dr. Bob Young
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Congressional lawmakers have started their listening sessions and early hearings on the next farm bill. Farm bureau has spent a great deal of time and effort over the last 18 months working closely with a number of state farm bureau staff to develop a large set of resources for members to st…

  • Submitted by Blake Hurst
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I recently testified on Missouri Farm Bureau’s behalf in front of the Missouri Transportation Task Force, a group of Missouri legislators and citizens looking at the challenges facing Missouri transportation. Missouri Farm Bureau policy supports an increase in funding for highways and bridge…

  • By Jim Hamilton
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It now is fall. Yesterday afternoon was as hot as midsummer. Today it’s cooler, but in a few days it will be hot again.

  • By James E. Hamilton
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Once upon a time we milked little brown cows, rather than big black and white ones.