Perspectives

Lunch with an Old Friend

Lunch with an Old Friend

One thing I really like about rural Missouri: Once you get to a certain age, just about anywhere you go outside the city limits you’re likely to run into an old friend. It might be in a coffee shop on Main Street or at the local MFA buying some cattle feed. You rub...

Give a Little Hope

Give a Little Hope

There is nothing better than driving home late at night and seeing Christmas lights. This is the time of year that the back windows of my truck are covered in smudges from Max and Charlie pressed against the glass looking at all of the beautiful lights lining houses....

Promises, Promises

Promises, Promises

This time of year, we hear lots of promises from those seeking office. Promises have been part and parcel of politics since the birth of this republic. Those oaths have ranged from a chicken in every pot to Harry Truman’s assurance that “the buck stops here.” Speaking...

A Member of the Co-op

A Member of the Co-op

Well, it was just a matter of time. I think if you asked my wife, she would have said there wasn’t much of a chance. If you asked my kids, they wouldn’t know either way. I think most everyone else just figured it had already happened. The Jones Family is now...

A magic switch for outages

A magic switch for outages

I was up to my knees in cold water at Bennett Spring State Park when my cell phoned chimed. Normally I won’t reply to a text message when the trout are biting, but this time the message was from a good friend and the fish weren’t cooperating anyway.  My buddy’s power...

Safety Is No Accident

Safety Is No Accident

Growing up with the local sheriff as your father, you get used to helping out. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen my dad, Kenny, pull over to help someone. It didn’t matter if we were headed to football practice or home from church, you could pretty much bet...

We’re All in This Together

We’re All in This Together

The best steak I have ever eaten was a big chunk of rib-eye raised by my friend Jack Baker, a director for Osage Valley Electric Cooperative. Jack raises cattle on his farm near Butler and I can always count on him dropping off a “care package” around Christmas. The...

A New Calling

A New Calling

If you really think about it, the people who live in rural America are a pretty interesting bunch. Throughout history, people have gravitated toward big cities. Yet, there’s always been folks like us who value that clear night where you can see every star or waking up...

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