Opinion

Hello, Dolly

“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.” – Mark Twain In addition to hailing from the same hometown, and possessing a similar proclivity for writing, Mark Twain and I also have in common an affection for creatures of the feline variety. However, my predilection for cats is unfortunately

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Memories of a Kentucky Bourbon Trail Road Trip

During this Covid-19 staycation summer, Kit and I took a trip down memory lane along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail while celebrating his birthday here at Boomerang Creek. And should you, dear reader, want to take this road trip yourself in safer times, here is the journey in a nutshell. From Boone County, MO, the trip by

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Taking another look

By Frank Burkett I will have to retract my rush to judgment, after seeing that eleven minute police cam video while trying to arrest George Floyd, and you may have too. Again, you have to have an open mind though, so those on the Left will disregard what they see in the video. George Floyd

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Michael Cohen commited a cover-up

By Mike Barnhill Michael Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in prison for committing a “cover-up” of Trump’s “dirty deals” and more importantly lying to Congress after sworn testimony.  This from the lawyer who once said, “I’d take a bullet” for Trump.  Roger Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for 7 count of

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Thank You For Reading

By: Travis Naughton “People say, ‘Why do you go through so much trouble to offend people?’ And I say, ‘It’s no trouble.’” – Comedian Ricky Gervais I try to be a good boy. I really do. When I sit down to write, I honestly don’t go out of my way to offend people. Nevertheless, it

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The Journey of the Brooklyn Bridge

By: Cathy Salter This is the story of a piece of art and how it ended up traveling to Brooklyn during the Covid-19 pandemic.  It is one that bridges decades, chapters in life, and a friendship born from a literary connection.  Before purchasing a painting, Kit and I have always followed “the five-minute rule.”  

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Colorado is My Second Home

Happiness is losing track of how many times one has visited Colorado. By my estimation, I believe I’ve visited the Centennial State more times than any other place outside of Missouri. (A native of Hannibal, I refuse to count Quincy, Illinois, a.k.a. “America’s Armpit”, because I only went there for their mall and off-track betting.)

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How America eats

​In November 2007, Saveur Magazine published a feature story about Clementine Paddleford—a pioneer American food writer who championed American regional cuisine from the late 1920s through the 1960s. I recall wondering at the time, “Clementine who?” Why had I never heard of this Nellie Bly of culinary journalism who crisscrossed the country for three decades,

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In Defense of the First Amendment

“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” – The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution When mass shootings occur, and gun-control advocates talk about banning certain types of weapons such as assault-rifles with high-capacity magazines,

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Sweet Summer Memories of Corn and Tomatoes

Imagine summer without corn and tomatoes.  You can’t, can you?  That would be like thinking about French cuisine without chocolate and vanilla, Irish food without potatoes, or Italian sauces without tomatoes.  In the American Heartland corn and tomatoes are as essential an ingredient in the recipe for summer as capsicum pepper is to an Indian

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