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"Breaking" News from Branson

Claire on scooter.jpgI write this month’s letter from a Panera restaurant.  That’s nothing new.  Panera frequently serves as one of the coffee shops I use as “regional offices.”  But on this early Thursday morning, I’m writing from the wonderful Panera in Branson, Missouri.  And I say wonderful because it’s a tucked-away little haven where they play classical music softly in the background, where they heat your coffee mug before they hand it to you, and where the Ozark locals who work here are remarkably cheerful as they welcome me back every fall.  I love it.

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The Very Ground Has Changed

Old shack.jpgReturning to Kirksville and Novinger, Missouri for a family reunion a couple of weeks ago brought back a flood of memories.  Of course, I grew up in Denver, Colorado and never lived in Missouri myself  but this was home for Dad and Mom -- where they grew up, where they courted, where they embarked on their new life together. To add to the sentimental significance, these two towns were the backdrop for my mom’s diary which we discovered after her death six years ago. We edited the text of that diary, added photos of her and Dad, added photos of the towns and illustrations of things she mentioned, and created an album which is one of our living room treasures.  Therefore, though the memories this Missouri visit stirred in me were not of a direct origin, they were nevertheless vivid and dear.     readmore.png



A Back to School Thought...on Fairness