Opinion

A hug from Uncle Travis

Be it in a delivery room at a hospital or an adoption agency’s office, meeting your child for the very first time is one of the single most emotionally powerful experiences any human being can have. In a delivery room, it is rare for anyone other than immediate family members and medical professionals to witness

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How not to plan a wedding

I will be in Houston this weekend to attend the wedding of a good friend’s son. I will also have the opportunity to see my youngest daughter who recently became engaged. Which left her mother and I slightly stunned. Amy and her boyfriend recently took a week’s vacation to Nicaragua in order to hike to

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Exercise your rights—while you still can

Many Americans believe that the right to bear arms, as stated in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, is an unassailable, immutable, irrevocable human right conferred upon each citizen of the United States of America. Some who align themselves with the far-right of the political spectrum get very upset at any notion of regulating

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Three-wheeled mower works – sorta

The woman who invented the wheel was a genius. The man who invented anything that was intended to work on four wheels was a knucklehead. The wheel works mighty well – where would we be without it? We would be without some terrific B.C. comics, that is for sure. Along with the bicycle, the automobile

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Old and Awesome

While I was subbing in P.E. last Friday, an adorable second grader approached me at the start of the very first class of the day and said with the utmost sincerity as she gave me a hug, “Mr. Naughton, I’m so glad you’re here. Old people are awesome!” I wish I could have come up

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Different ways to catch tax cheats

There is nothing fun about this week. Nothing. Not only do we get up and go to work, we file our taxes. What’s that you say? You filed your taxes back in February? Congratulations. Those of us who pay the piper have put this off long enough. We have to meet our April 15 deadline.

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Spring Break of No Regrets

Does plunging 255 feet straight down into a pitch-black hole in the ground at 85 mph and having most of the blood sucked out of your brain as you fly through turns that apply four and a half times the force of gravity on your nerve-wracked body sound appealing to you? Me neither. Yet somehow

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Chicken Patty Wednesday may change

News alert to Southern Boone students: The infamous Chicken Patty Wednesday, a staple of the school lunch menu, could be taking on a whole new taste. Or, maybe not. You be the judge. The news from San Francisco’s Memphis Meats, Inc. is that they claim they have created the world’s first chicken strips grown from

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Naughton Family Spring

Spring Break Part One Greetings from beautiful Grapevine, Texas! I am happy to report that despite several minor catastrophes, the Naughton family has miraculously managed to survive the first few days of yet another epic adventure in our eighteen year-old recreational vehicle. Barely. There are some people who might interpret the two separate and simultaneous

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Kids need to learn how to play

One of the more interesting parts of being a grandparent is to sit back and watch your child be a parent. I spent a good part of the past week watching my daughter be a parent to my 9-month old grandson, Luke, (365 new photos and you don’t have to tell me you was to

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