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Little House on the—oh no, is that a bug?

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the view of The Excelsior Springs Standard. This is the first of two parts of…

You can’t take ‘Little House’ out of the nerd

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the view of The Excelsior Springs Standard. This is the second of two parts of…

Iowa, the most dangerous state in the union

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the view of The Excelsior Springs Standard. August 31, 2018—Iowa wants to hurt me. I’m…

‘This place matters!’ Resident makes case for Museum Tax

‘This place matters!’ Resident makes case for Museum Tax

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the view of The Excelsior Springs Standard.  Supporters of the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives…

Remember the names

Remember the names

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the view of The Excelsior Springs Standard.   I can still name all the victims of…

When a baby’s cries go unheard

When a baby’s cries go unheard

The babies will stop crying. Behind chain link fences, in camps and “tender age facilities,” tended by government employees who are surely capable but are certainly not their mothers or…

Giving dads the gift of competency

Giving dads the gift of competency

Dads get a bad rap, portrayed as clueless, dismissed with onesies that have instructions printed on them. And while that is considered humor, sometimes we unintentionally give credence to that…

Why we barbecue on Memorial Day

Why we barbecue on Memorial Day

My dad didn’t “do” war stories. He might tell you about the monkey they found in the jungle and adopted, naming it Charlie (I was probably in my 20s before…

A uniquely American tale

A uniquely American tale

My daughter was in the hospital for a few days this last week. It was a blur of tests and deep scares and high reliefs and bad coffee and an…

What would your shirt say?

What would your shirt say?

For my son, language is a slippery thing. He’s eight, and on the autism spectrum, and takes nearly everything very literally. Because of that, in our family, we’ve learned to…

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