Columns

Editor's Musings: The Death Circuit
My mother was a poet and had her work published in various magazines and newspapers. After her work Final Harvest, a poem about the death of a farmer, appeared in print,...
Editor’s Musings: Get Out of the Wind, Already
Large portions of the United States have been hit hard by hurricanes recently. The damage has been devastating, and cable news channels have been covering the weather 24/7....
Hurricanes and Strong Women
As I write this piece, my friend Susan is trapped in her house near Houston. Her street is not flooded yet, thanks in part to the woods that are behind her home. Still,...
A Total Eclipse of Common Sense
Monday’s eclipse was a big deal. Huge, even. Like most big events, it generated much information. When the helpful topics like safety precautions...


Editor's Musings: Duck and Cover
I’ve been thinking about the old “duck and cover” maneuver that was taught to school students back in the 50’s as a way to protect themselves in...


Editor’s Musings - Before the Cord Was Cut: Old Time Phones and...
When I was growing up, an old-time phone was a big wooden box that hung on the wall at my grandparent’s home, later to be made into a decorative planter or sold to an...
Editor's Musings: Lipstick on a Pig and Other Cosmetic Problems
Although I’m suspicious of generalizations, I do believe that Missourians are born skeptical, which is why the state slogan “Show Me” is so appropriate. Like other state...
Editor’s Musings Oh, the Irony
Because I am a big nerd, I was recently discussing how people often use the word “ironic” incorrectly. For instance, Alanis Morissette famously...


Editor’s Musings: Let them Eat Dirt
Babies tend to look at the backyard like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Their hands go into the dirt and immediately into their mouths. They often...


How to Handle a Braggart
We all brag on ourselves at times, and, in recent years, we’ve been told that stating our strengths to people, especially our bosses, is a healthy thing. That modest degree...
Editor’s Musings: Mowing the Lawn – Who is to Blame?
When I was awakened by a lawn mower at 7 a.m. last Saturday morning, I was unhappy, to say the least. I had plans to sleep in after a busy week. Although I refrained from...
My Cancer Story
By rights, I should have written this editorial last week when we covered the Relay for Life. I tried, but then I bailed. I am conflicted about identifying myself as a...
TPNB Bank had its annual customer appreciation hog dog lunch on Friday, June 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bank employees (left to right) Devyn Windsor, Assistant V.P. Cheryl Shatzer, and Nicole Burke worked the food table passing out chips, hotdogs, condiments, and drinks.  TPNB Customer Appreciation Day


Bounce Houses for Everyone
When I was at the Relay for Life last week, I admired the work of all the fundraising teams, but I was most drawn to the Sugar Shakers. Not only did they have face...
Sunday at the Sandbox
I’ve decided that the best form of conflict resolution may take place in the sandbox. After a stress-filled week, I considered taking a nap Sunday...