Amanda Stone: Strawberries are surprisingly versatile
Among all the spring produce that's ripe for the picking, strawberries stand out as a sweet treat. Whether in your garden or at the farmers market, make a beeline for those beautiful red berries. They're sweetest when picked ripe and ready to eat.
Cheryle Finley: Picnic without all the bugs and bacteria
Now is the perfect time of year for picnics or eating on the deck. You may be dodging raindrops, but at least it isn't miserably hot.
Ryan Richardson: Time apart tough for pets and owners
Since I became a Joplin resident over nine months ago, I have had my dog, Cami, with me the whole time. We've explored trails, survived thunderstorms, slept on the couch and had some epic belly rubs.
Big city dreams: Children's ward reimagined into biblical environment
James Billings held onto his vision for revamping the children's department at Christian Church of Carl Junction for several years. Last month it became reality, thanks in large part to Marv Dahmen, a deacon at the church whose artistic talents were put to the test.
Craig Tally: Relationship with God requires no contract
Any relationship worth its salt is worth attention. If we do not attend to a worthwhile relationship, it will lose its worthiness. This includes our relationship with God.
Frankie Meyer: Research collections can disappear after death
When researching family history, genealogists collect many reference books, pamphlets, documents and photos. What will happen to your cherished items after your death? Unless you make your wishes known, those items could be tossed or sold at a flea market by unknowing relatives or friends.
Danya Walker: Summer reading lists features an underground theme
Adult Summer Reading has officially started at the Joplin Public Library, and the theme is "Groundbreaking Reads." As part of the theme, we have books and movies on display that were cutting edge for their time or deal with tunnels, earthquakes and underground movements.
Passing down polka: Zibert father, son share memories over accordion
Johnnie Zibert wonders what would have happened if his dad, John, had never walked into Hess Music Store in Pittsburg in about 1940 and laid down a hard-earned $25 for an accordion.
Benji Tunnell: Fun missing from latest 'Fast and Furious'
My perception changed a bit a couple years ago when I bought a ticket to "Fast 5," as the kids like to call it. What I had already written off as mindless and pointless turned out to be just that, but in a highly entertaining way.
Jeremiah Tucker: Musical taste evolves from first loves; Daft Punk earns a shrug
During the long holiday weekend, my buddies and I discussed the theory that, given enough time, your tastes eventually resemble a more refined version of what you liked before you knew any better.
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