Opinion

Snail Mail Time Travel

On January 31, 1995, I mailed a postcard to my father from Sydney, Australia.  Kit and I were near the end of a month-long lecture cruise that had taken us across the Pacific by ship to Hawaii, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand, up the east coast of Australia to Darwin where we left the ship that

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Women of Impact

The November 2019 National Geographic magazine is a celebration of women of impact around the world who fearlessly push boundaries.   The issue is entitled “Women:  A Century of Change.”  Susan Goldberg—the magazine’s 10th and first female editor—writes about some of those changes by going back to the magazine’s founding moment.  “The first scene in

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Planning an Epicurious Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday of November, which usually leaves at least a week for America to digest the bodacious family meal, travel back home from family gatherings, and have a breather, albeit brief, before preparations for the Christmas holidays take over the December calendar.  This year, it is so late, Kit and I

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Dealing with Change

This November has been a month of dealing with change. As the moon grew full the first week of the month, days were seasonably warm though occasional nighttime lows dipped below freezing—a harbinger of an arctic blast descending from the north. Animals and birds seemed to sense that change was in the air long before

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A November Event Celebrating Arta Weavers

The first time I walked into A la Campagna antique store on E. Broadway, I wanted to live there.  It was the very kind of store my mother Alice would have loved exploring.  Antiquing was her escape for as far back as I can remember and that part of her is resident in me.  The

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An Infamous College Basketball Scandal Revisited

This week, “The City Game:  Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team,”—a book chronicling a sports scandal like no other in college basketball history—will appear in bookstores around the country.  The author, Matthew Goodman, is a native of Brooklyn, one of New York City’s most fascinating boroughs.  This March when Kit and I were in

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Packing for a Journey Around the World

In a week, I’ll be speaking to MU Professor Doug Hurt’s “Geography of Tourism and Travel” class.  We’ll be discussing an assigned non-fiction book by author Matthew Goodman, “Eighty Days:  Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World.”  I’ll begin by asking the class what the two women packed in their luggage for

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Reflections Under a Hunter’s Moon

For me, October is about new beginnings.  It’s the month Kit and I moved from Washington, DC to Missouri in 1988.  It’s a month of seasonal transition, brightened by a Hunter’s Moon, autumn festivals and jack-o’-lanterns.  It’s a time to carve pumpkins, gather ripe persimmons, harvest soybeans, and prepare for the first frost.  Around the

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In My October Kitchen

October days at Boomerang Creek begin with chilly dawn walks and end with fiery orange sunsets that set the woods ablaze. In the woods, there is a deep moan as wind soughs through thick foliage, like the soft moan of a gentle surf. Sough, pronounced in American English like soft; in British English as in

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From the Kalahari to Where the Crawdads Sing

In 1974, Mark and Delia Owens met in a protozoology class at the University of Georgia. A visiting scientist told them about Africa’s disappearing wilderness, reporting “More than two-thirds of its wildlife had already been eliminated, pushed out of its habitats by large ranches and urban sprawl.” And in the southern regions, “thousands of predators

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