Opinion

Friends, Family and Floods

Like many people, I never felt like I truly belonged in the small town I grew up in. I wasn’t born there, and despite living there for a decade until I graduated from high school, I could never shake the feeling that I was and always would be the new kid in town, an outsider.

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Don’t do this on vacation

One of my favorite parts of the Boone County Journal is again beginning to heat up. Politics? Nah. High school basketball rivalries? Hardly. It’s vacation time, and vacation photos – local families wearing vacation clothes in a well-recognized location and the youngest child holding a copy of this newspaper. I went on vacation last week

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I love my country

Not long after the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, I found myself having a heated discussion with an acquaintance who stated that the United States should alleviate the threat of any future attacks by “nuking the whole Middle East.” I remember laughing out loud at the increasingly animated fellow, hoping he was

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Toughest job in coaching

There are many difficult challenges about being a coach, but there is nothing more difficult than hitting. Oh, sure. You can say that teaching a crossover dribble is tough or you can say that the pre-game pep talk is a bigger challenge to stay fresh and keep players pumped up about playing a big game.

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Life should be an adventure

If things go as planned, (which is rarely the case when it comes to Naughtonian RV adventures), by the time you read today’s column I should be recuperating at home following our family’s most recent road trip. Should be. I’m writing to you from scenic Hot Springs, Arkansas with one day remaining in our foray

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Libraries check out books, freedom

What does the librarian at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. have in common with my dad? It wouldn’t seem like much. Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th librarian of the Library of Congress in September, 2016. She is the first woman to hold the job, as well as the first African

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Empty trailers and full hearts

Every hero has a fatal flaw—a weakness or vulnerability that can lead to their ultimate demise. Achilles, the greatest warrior of the Trojan Wars, was killed when an arrow struck his heel. Superman’s “Achilles’ Heel,” as Lex Luthor learned, is Kryptonite. Bethany’s sole weakness appears to be her inability to whistle. That’s not entirely true.

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The benefits of opening worm cans

The summer has already been a discussion of “news we didn’t think we would be talking about:” First, school lunch debt amounting to about what a first-year teacher makes – thus getting the Southern Boone Public one step closer to actually thinking about what teachers are paid – even if they don’t realize it; and,

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Run Tiana, Run

You might recall reading a column I wrote last year about my daughter Tiana participating in the Girls on the Run program that helps empower young girls. The weeks-long program culminated in a 5k run/walk—Tiana’s first such event. Tiana, who was born with cerebral palsy, has extreme tightness in her legs that forces her to

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Thanks for your friendship

I woke up Saturday morning at one of Missouri’s beautiful state parks and discovered a true friend, Clay Austin, had passed away on Friday. That loss changes how you look at the beauty of the trails, woods and scenic vistas of Harry Truman Reservoir. Clay Austin was a life-long educator, tireless volunteer and a real

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