• It seems nearly impossible to fathom that someone as brilliant and funny as Robin Williams could be so tortured emotionally that he takes himself out of the human race. Yet, last week, one by one, each of us across the whole globe, fixed our attention on the sad news of this beloved actor’s suicide. Sometimes, a blip of news in the vast sea of information we are bombarded with daily, seems to slap us so hard in the face that we can almost hear the collective groan rippling through space and time. Then we all try our best to reckon with reality. And what a devastating reality Robin Williams’ death reveals - that someone who, by his very nature, brought

    Aug 26,
  • I had to maintain my cover as that very, very, good little girl---while playing, while lunching, while watching TV---and then to strike quickly and silently, without leaving a trace! When I was a little girl, I learned at least one very good reason to do as my mother instructed. Of course, as has been the case with little ones throughout the ages, I learned it while blatantly defying her instruction. I may have been hovering about the five-year-old mark when Moom brought in the shopping one morning, and, after putting the groceries away, gave my little brother and me something to taste for the first time. "Try this," she said, offering us a bit of vegetable topped with the most

    Feb 29,
  • The semo.net Surfers baseball team is raffling off 4 Field Box tickets (Section 162, Row 6) for the May 16th evening game against the Rays for only $5 each. Stop by before Friday 5pm and buy a couple of tickets OR if you have an account with semo.net, call us (573.686.9114 ext 4) and we'll bill your account for your raffle ticket order. The drawing is on Saturday, March 1st and the winner will be announced online and contacted by phone. Actual value of the 4 tickets with tax is $40 x 4 = $160. These are great seats and only $5 for a chance to win them!!!!

    Feb 28,
  • I'm not sure exactly why I agreed to do a guest spot for this column, as Toni has asked. You'll notice she still gets the byline, and I get squat, as the saying goes. But since I consented, allow me to introduce myself. I am The Little Wolf, or "The Six-Year-Old-Raised-By-Wolves", if you will, residing within the very person of our earnest writer---and willfully sabotaging her every attempt at making better health a way of life! BAHhahahahahaha!

    Feb 27,
  • Having sung with, written for, and often fronted Shekinah Glory Ministry to now, Tarver felt it was time to venture forth on a solo project; entering Billboard's Top Gospel Album chart at #16 with "Draw Nearer" certainly wasn't a bad way to start.   Phil Tarver has come far since pouring his energies into what he terms the "club band, garage band thing" in his native Chicago. Tarver is the son of Poplar Bluff resident Gerald Davis, and the grandson of area sports great Lonnie Davis, an esteemed figure in the athletic and business life of Poplar Bluff from the 1950s until his death in May of 1986. This past fall Phil Tarver released his solo-debut CD, a no-holds-barred praise

    Feb 22,
  • A little over a week ago, I vowed to eat smart; immediately thereafter, as if in a walking dream, I went on a three-day doughnut binge, then followed that up with buckets of barbeque potato chips, and had late-night, Henry-the-Eighth-style dinners throughout the week. I reported my starting weight to have been 137 pounds; now I'm at 138! What happened?   OK, so who's bright idea was this, anyway? After one single day on the Lenten quest for bodily improvement...After one single day's walk about town, music spurring me on, the cold pushing me ever forward for what warmth I could generate...I was about ready to hole up in the house and never come out again. Then came the waves of sleet

    Feb 20,

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