Dwight Bitikofer

Have you ever seen those flocks of thousands of blackbirds that look like spiraling dark cirrus clouds on the horizon? Last Sunday morning on a straight gravel section line road in Kansas, one…

Dwight Bitikofer

Have you ever seen those flocks of thousands of blackbirds that look like spiraling dark cirrus clouds on the horizon? Last Sunday morning on a straight gravel section line road in Kansas, one…

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A majority of readers, I hope, got to this page by picking up a red wrapper on their lawns or driveways, then slipping out the paper and opening this newest issue of the Times. Often the red bag contains additional retail inserts.

March is the windiest month of the year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Close behind are the months of April, February and January.

Have you ever seen those flocks of thousands of blackbirds that look like spiraling dark cirrus clouds on the horizon? Last Sunday morning on a straight gravel section line road in Kansas, one of those masses appeared to flow across the road like water. As I neared, they parted in perfect ch…

When I am out of the country, I may say I live in the U.S. state of Missouri. (Sometimes that has to be explained with a reference to the Mississippi River.) When I am traveling stateside, I say I live in St. Louis. When I am in St. Louis, I say I live in Webster Groves. My town happens to b…

One would think by now we would have gotten it right. One would think by now that color and cultural divisions would have dissolved, that we were all a happily blended neighborhood.

Last week on the radio I caught a snatch of conversation that disturbed me. A politician was being interviewed and I didn’t catch the context. It may have been about the head games Amazon has played with cities across the country to get tax break promises before choosing its new headquarters…

I suppose it was a culturally deprived childhood. I never got to go trick or treating. We did usually have some sort of Halloween activity in grade school. I am not remembering costumes. But there may have been some decorated paper grocery sacks with holes for eyes.

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