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Being disciplined at home harder than, say, in the army

I need to find more balance in my life, but it’s not working. I’m not as powerful as the magnet that draws me to my computer, even when there’s nothing…

Removal of flowers from cemetery vases disrespectful to families, deceased

To the Editor: As a concerned citizen, I have reached out to the City of Excelsior Springs women in charge of clean-ups and mowing of the cemeteries. In several arguments,…

Tech woes made me the achiever I am today

If it weren’t for my incredibly slow and frustrating computer, I’d never get anything done. And I wouldn’t be the fit, aerobic god I am today. Take this morning, for…

Pay me in cash and make my day

I’ve never been a fan of paychecks or, worse, direct deposit. That’s why my favorite jobs have always been the ones where I’m paid in cash. I figure it has…

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Please bear with me, this is long overdue and there’s lots of ground to cover. I want to make sure that I get it all out. Not just…

Christmas is over, but the season of giving never ends

It’s midway through January, and the weather is colder and harsher than it ever was before the end of the year. But while people tend to be in a giving…

Second verse, same as the first

A few weekends ago, my family and I spent all of a Saturday in Trenton for the band festival associated with that community’s Missouri Day event. And when I say…

Government works better when you’re involved

Last Monday night, going to the school board meeting, I encountered a couple outside the door before the meeting started. It was a good 15 minutes before the board’s annual…

What’s in a number?

I can tell you the telephone numbers of virtually all the friends I had when I was 12 years old. But over the weekend, I was asked to come up…

Time to take a new look at farcical fireworks ban

It’s that time of year again. Independence Day is looming, and over the weekend I heard plenty of pops, whizzes and whistles—and they didn’t all come from the big fireworks…

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