Amanda Stone: Bring Italy home, in the kitchen and garden
Time seems to move slower in Italy. The air smells like lemons and freshly baked bread; the locals are loud and affectionate; and the food is amazing. It's exactly like what you would expect -- movies and postcards do it justice.
Cheryle Finley: Pizza lovers in Joplin get good news
There's big news this week on the pizza front: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who hails from New York, declared Chicago-style pizza "very tasty, but it's not pizza."
Mardi Gras at home: Classic Cajun dish easily customized for any region
The sad fact of the matter is, most of us won't make it to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. But that's no reason to forsake some of the city's classic cuisine.
EXPLORE: Cross-country on a bicycle?
To a non-cyclist, the numbers add up to something intimidating, possibly Herculean.
Katie Lamb, columnist: Nature connections spark recollections of life on farm
Growing up on a cattle farm in southeast Missouri, I didn’t have to worry about driving anywhere when I got the notion to explore nature. All I had to do was walk out my front door.
Jeana Gockley: Characters stand out in Sloan's 'Counting by 7s'
Several years ago, I had the honor of hearing Nancy Pearl speak at a library conference. She is a celebrity in the world of libraries.
Frankie Meyer: Experts imagine what future libraries will look like
What will libraries of the future be like? That is a question facing libraries around the nation.
Ryan Richardson: Abandoning, surrendering pets not the same
I want to address a phone call I received this week. I got a voice mail from a frustrated lady, who asked me why I had such a hard stance in last week's column on pets that had been abandoned.
Business angle: Asbury man uses retirement to open a successful bait shop
As a kid, Floyd Reeves walked from his home on 32nd street in Joplin to Shoal Creek to fish from the low water bridge using worms and crawdads he'd dug up along the way.
Craig Tally: God's rewards are never earthly
This question was part of a survey reported in the latest issue of The Christian Century, a magazine to which I subscribe. About 62 percent of Protestants and 50 percent of Catholics responded, "Yes." My answer would have placed me in the minority.
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