Opinion

Celebrating the Common Cannellini Bean

By Cathy Salter One of the simple joys in life is a pot of homemade soup.  Winter, spring summer or fall, soup is always a welcome addition to a meal. Recently, I perused soup recipes in my kitchen library in an atlas-sized cookbook edited by Debra Mayhew called “The Soup Bible.” One recipe in the

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Special Thanks to Some Special Women

By: Travis Naughton This Friday will be the final day of my final long-term subbing assignment of the 2020-2021 school year. What a year it has been. I would have never survived it had it not been for the support of several dedicated educators at Southern Boone Primary School who have been there to lend

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Prince William’s Response to Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex

By: Imal Wagner Today Prince William took Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex head-on after Meghan’s polarizing interview with Oprah brought the Monarchy’s feelings on race into question. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge responded to the media, “We’re very much not a racist family.” Also answering that” No I

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Allen Beckett, Above and Beyond

Does your auto mechanic make house calls? I’m not talking about a repair shop or dealership sending a tow truck to your house and bringing your vehicle back to their place of business. I mean, does your mechanic come to your house to work on your car or truck in order to make life a

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Waffles and Mochi

In the eight years that Michelle Obama graced the White House as First Lady, her mission was to encourage kids to eat healthier.  In 2009, the first lady and students from DC’s Bancroft Elementary School broke ground for the first White House Kitchen Garden since Eleanor Roosevelt championed Victory Gardens during the Second World War. 

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Born To Be

Most of the 49 years that I’ve lived on this cosmic rock have been spent searching for what I was born to do. My raison d’être. Lately, I have come to realize that it is preposterous to believe that there is a single thing, above all others, that I was put on this earth to

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A Tale of Ella and a Great Blue Heron

February has been a hard month.  Frozen and bitter cold.  We are all coping as we can here in Missouri, coming up with creative ways to keep animals and chickens warm.  Recently, Boone Countian Diana Moxon posted a picture on Facebook of one of her elderly hens roosting on a nest in her bathroom.  The

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Fear and Loathing at Dan’s Bake Sale

According to the first entry in the journal we kept, on Monday, May 17, 1993, at precisely 2:50pm, Bill Herrin and I embarked upon an epic cross-country road trip that has, over time, become the stuff of legends. Driving Bill’s 1984 Plymouth Horizon with over 135,000 miles showing on the odometer and a shift linkage

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These Really Cold Days

These are really, really cold days.  When the term ‘polar vortex’ takes over nightly weather reports, all creatures great and small, winged, hooved and footed find themselves in the unforgiving grip of brutal extreme weather. For the past week, our outside thermometer has registered early morning temperatures of -8 degrees below zero and daytime highs

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Snow Still as Stone

By Cathy Salter This brilliant February morning, the thermometer outside registers ZERO. Snow still as stone covers the ground.  I carry a cup of cardamom chai tea to the harvest table.  Before long, my thoughts begin to travel from the wintry scene beyond our patio door at Boomerang Creek to other scenes connected across time. 

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