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Baby Chicks & Cheerios, Chia Books & Buds

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It felt good to be back in the baby chick capital of the world. But nowadays, Clinton doesn’t trade much in the little peeps. No matter. The town is still a dynamic trade center, especially when it comes to trading knowledge. A fortnight ago in Clinton, I stood before a roomful of folks eager to talk about travel. The Henry …

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She’s outlived a good many of us

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I couldn’t find her on Facebook. Texting’s not an option. I’m not sure she even has a cell phone. I don’t have her number. But I do know this: Mildred Leaver just turned 108 years old this month. She was my grade school principal. And 55 years ago she helped me, a developmentally challenged child—left-handed with a dose of ADD …

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Locked Out Again

Locked Out Again

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Connie stays across the river from downtown Kansas City at the old municipal airport. She’s known more formally as a Lockheed Constellation, the airline workhorse of the 1950s. If you saw her, you’d instantly recognize the plane, with her curvy porpoise fuselage, three tailfins and four propellers. She’s the poster plane for the last great American airline company, Howard Hughes’ …

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O Danny Boy…

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Daniel O’Dwyer would approve of new Pope Francis, I suspect. I have no way of knowing for sure, since Daniel O’Dwyer, my great grandfather, died eleven popes ago, shortly after the long reign of Pope Pius IX. Pius excommunicated Daniel over an act of love. He had been a Franciscan friar. But Danny complicated his own future by falling in …

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Yule Tied Hideout

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The trout got plenty of attention. They always do on the first day of March. It happened suddenly. In the predawn, an armada of hip waders invaded their winter waterland. Pretty gifts dropped from the sky, tasty looking flies that fought against the rushing current. In a split second, a two-year-old trout bought the fake, ignoring the simple logic that …

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