Opinion

A Meditation on Life with Fanny

By : Cathy Salter This final week of April as much of the country continues to be sheltering in, life at Boomerang Creek has settled into a pattern of familiar routines and moments reserved for reflection. Kit and I share life with an aging cat named Fanny, an abundance of songbirds, a multi-generational family of

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The President’s Speech Writer

By: Travis Naughton “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” –President John F. Kennedy One thing many of us can do to help our country during the coronavirus pandemic is to simply stay at home. I’ve done just that, leaving my house only once a

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Close Encounters in This Time of Covid-19

By: Cathy Salter This April has been unlike any other in our collective memory. Three weeks into April, the world remains in the grip of a coronavirus pandemic and staying home has become the most widely accepted path for flattening the curve. Because we are all in this together, we literally mask our fear and

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The Best and Worst School Year Ever

By: Travis Naughton As of today, 31 states have cancelled in-person classes for the remainder of the school year. Although it came as no surprise to me when Governor Parson made the difficult decision to do so here in Missouri, I was nevertheless devastated by the news. Having worked as a substitute teacher for seven

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Worth the wait

My good friend and journalistic mentor Bruce Wallace seldom gave me unsolicited advice. Bruce, like most wise folks, understood that unsolicited advice is typically ignored by the recipient. Luckily for me, I recognized that if Bruce thought something was important enough to share with me, then I’d better pay attention. One such tip was “Never

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A Virtual Walk Around My Studio

In this isolating time of contagion and global pandemic, those of us not on the frontlines of the Covid-19 battle have been asked to do our part by staying home. April and May calendars are blank. Connections among friends near and far increasingly happen via Zoom in the safety of our homes. Masks are worn

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I Want a Pony. I NEED a Pony.

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with motor vehicles. During the 32 years in which I have been driving, I’ve owned 36 cars, trucks, minivans, and sport utility vehicles, plus a motorcycle, a motorhome, and a small motorboat. This list doesn’t even include the vehicles I bought and sold while I briefly had a

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What to Read and Stream While Quarantined

Infected and affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are now coming to grips with a novel social distancing reality. Around the world, “Stay at Home” mandates have brought life as we’ve known it to a standstill. It is now up to each of us to fill the hours and space in which we find ourselves

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When the Wolf Is at the Door

March has been a brutal month, long in days and spare in spirit. The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. Heeding urgent warnings from medical experts who understand this deadly pathogen and how it spreads, Kit and I are staying at home for as long as it takes to slow the coronavirus

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I Am Not Okay But I Will Be

Nearly nine years ago, I reached out to a life-long friend and told her something I had not shared with anyone else—not even my wife Bethany. “I think I might be bipolar.” A few days after our conversation, I sent my friend an apology on Facebook Messenger. “Sorry if I worried you with all that

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