Opinion

A Note from Mr. Naughton

For the last two months, I have had the pleasure of teaching a remarkable group of kindergarteners while their amazing teacher, Jasmine Rustemeyer, was out on maternity leave following the birth of her beautiful, twin girls. Unfortunately, with the sudden and necessary closure of the Southern Boone Primary School building due to staffing issues caused

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A Vintage Wine and Alice’s Meatloaf

In this year of pandemic self-isolation, those of us who love cooking and enjoy a bottle of fine wine with a meal have become ever more epicurious.  Family recipes are being prepared again, especially during the holidays, along with new dishes from sources like The New York Times weekly food columns by Sam Sifton. Closer

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This Christmas, Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Tis the season to be bombarded with a relentless barrage of advertisements reminding us that the best way to show someone you care is to spend copious amounts of money buying them things they don’t need. The rampant consumerism associated with Christmas usually turns me into a bit of a Grinch, but this year a

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Sycamore Stories

Scottish-born American naturalist John Muir (1838-1914) wrote passionately about the need to preserve the magnificent trees of the Yosemite Valley for future generations.  He encouraged us “to love and live with trees, and to be free from schemes and care and time as [are] the trees themselves.” Julia Ellen Rogers, author of The Nature Series

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I might be a Hobbit

The books “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien are stories about epic journeys, and they rank among my very favorite books of all time. Lately, they remind me of what I’ve been missing during this ever-worsening pandemic; travel and adventure. I might be a Baggins. Like most Hobbits, I am

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Stories from Inside an old Trunk

In late October, there was a suggestion of snow during a particularly drizzly week.  Ice formed on the outdoor steps to Kit’s second story studio and a conversation began.  Perhaps we thought it might be time to move his studio over to the house and make use of part of one of our two upstairs

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Diapers and Trolls

As I had hoped, quitting Facebook is already proving to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Yes, I still spend more than my fair share of time online searching for classic cars and watching fishing videos, but I haven’t been sucked into any political arguments on social media in almost two weeks. 

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The road back home

In everyone’s life, there should be at least one family road trip across America that shines in the collective memory of all who were along for the ride.   In the summer of 1978, Kit and I decided it was time for just such a journey.  He had a shiny new school bus yellow, Westphalia

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Snoozed, Unfollowed, Unfriended, Blocked, Deactivated

Once upon a time in America, when two people got together and discussed their political beliefs, there was a real chance that one or both of them might change their mind about something after listening to a different perspective. There was once a time when telling the truth mattered and “alternate facts” were simply called

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Traveling with Cookbooks

In this time when Covid-19 is keeping us at home and political stress abounds, I find myself traveling through the pages of cookbooks.  I’m a huge fan of Sam Sifton’s NYTimes.com Cooking column.  While reading his suggestions for what to cook while coping with the 2020 elections, I learned about an article by Samin Nosrat—author

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