Opinion

Too Good to Pass Up

If your friends try to convince you that driving twelve hours from mid-Missouri to Colorado to attend a concert is a bad idea, then you need new friends. Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, is a one-of-a-kind, open-air music venue framed by a pair of three hundred-foot tall sandstone formations called Ship Rock and Creation

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Summer Welcome at Ol’ Mizzou

Last weekend, Bethany and I accompanied our oldest child Alex to Mizzou’s “Summer Welcome” program, an orientation for incoming freshmen and their families. At various times throughout the two-day event, I was transported back in time to the early 1990s, when I was an undergrad at the University of Missouri. After strolling down memory lane

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Things Could Always Be Worse

Water and I have always had something of a love-hate relationship. For example, I love floating on crystal-clear Missouri streams and fishing in muddy farm ponds. I love watching and listening to ocean waves as they crash on the beach. I am also quite fond of taking long, hot showers and soaking in a jacuzzi

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Mis Amigos al Sur

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is situated at the southernmost point of the Baja peninsula at a place where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet. It is a breathtakingly beautiful, oceanside oasis on the edge of a vast and unforgiving desert. It is, in many ways, the polar opposite of mid-Missouri, but thanks

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What are you waiting for?

When I was a 20-year-old college student, my dad invited me to join him and my grandmother for a Cardinals-Cubs day game. Grandma has always been a Cards fan, but ever since Superstation WGN was added to her cable lineup, she has been a fan of the Chicago Cubs, too. I didn’t think that was

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How much I is TMI?

“Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.” – Mark Twain Aside from my fellow Hannibalian Twain, one of my favorite writers is a short, quirky, middle-aged man with a checkered past and a hilarious, self-deprecating, and brutally honest writing style. No, I’m not talking about myself (although I will be

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Missouri is my Everything

Naughton family camping trips are never boring affairs, especially when we travel with Bethany’s twin sister Charla and her family. Severe weather, equipment malfunctions, mechanical breakdowns, and threats to life and limb are to be expected whenever our families get together for “relaxing” RV adventures. Last weekend’s foray to Smithville Lake was no exception. Having

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This Summer, Adventure Awaits

Though the Gregorian calendar tells us that the new year begins on the first day of January and ends on December 31st, I have always marked the passage of time a little differently. In my world, the new year begins in August, when students and teachers return to school, and ends on the final day

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A Commencement Address to my Son

Alex, I’ll never forget the day you rode the school bus home for the first time as a kindergartener. Your mother and I had been apprehensive about letting you ride the bus, knowing all-too-well about your propensity to find mischief wherever you went. Nevertheless, my job in Columbia made it difficult to pick you up

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Teacher Appreciation Week

If you want to gain a deeper appreciation for the work that teachers do, then I highly recommend accepting a substitute teaching assignment—on a field drip day. Go ahead. I dare you. Last Friday, seven veteran teachers, two student teachers, and one in-over-his-head substitute teacher lead approximately 150 kids on SoBoCo Primary School’s annual trip

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