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Today's Opinions

  • My cousin's weddin'

    This coming weekend, my cousin is getting married.  I don’t get to see that branch of the family very often, so I am considering driving to St. Louis for the ceremony.  I mentioned the possibility to my 8-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son.  

    Phoebe was, of course, very excited and immediately began discussing what she should wear.  This is a child after my own shallow heart.  She knows wearing just the right outfit can make or break any event. 

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  • Use summer veggies at their peak

    My mother was German-Irish and she loved to cook cabbage. You will find cabbage dishes in every part of the country and in every culture. Like many vegetables, there are 100 ways to prepare and eat it. All cabbage types, if fresh, are a high and inexpensive source for Vitamin C.
    Eighteenth century uses of cabbage combined food with medicine. The Dutch thought it was good medicine for a cold in the chest. The Dutch way was to simmer cabbage in butter and oil, water and vinegar seasoned with onion, pepper and salt to make a hot slaw.

  • Psychic sales clerk

    “How are you today?” the sales clerk asked.
    I offered the standard, “I’m fine, how are you?”
    “I’m hanging in there,” she replied.
    “Okay, to be honest, I’m barely hanging in there myself. This has been a really crappy week,” I divulged.
    She came around the counter, and took both of my hands in hers. “Do you mind if I do this?”
    Given my strong Christian upbringing and background, I thought she was going to pray with me. “I don’t mind,” I replied. “I welcome it.”

  • Meaning and purpose
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  • Tilling life lessons from the garden

    In our home of 15 years we have an acre of grass and vegetation which I love tending. It’s my therapy and I learn a great deal from the yard I manage.
    Each season, grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees let a part of themselves go in the form of seed, every one of which is a point of life containing the full potential of the parent. In the quest to find a rooting spot, they are buffeted by winds, parched by the sun and soaked by rain. And they often encounter cement or stone rather than fertile soil.