Opinion

Sometimes I Feel…

Sometimes I feel like I’m a songwriter trapped in a newspaper columnist’s body. Songwriters and opinion writers actually have quite a bit in common. Both write to express how they feel about a wide variety of subjects ranging from world affairs to personal relationships and from fast cars to pick-up trucks. Songs and opinion pieces

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A Remembrance of Faerial Mahmood

On the first night of October 2020, a “Harvest” full moon shone as bright as a giant lantern that had broken free from its earthly bonds.  The next morning as Kit and I set out on our morning walk, the brilliance of the moon and stars began to fade with the approaching dawn.  At that

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Welcome Home, Freya Arabella

It’s official: I am a grandparent! Last Tuesday, my son (and Boone County Journal reporter) Alex and his girlfriend Sarah welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Freya Arabella Naughton into the world. She is, of course, the most beautiful child to have ever been born in the history of children being born. (I am an

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Natano to the Rescue

When a house is a home, it is important to give it some TLC from time to time.  At Boomerang Creek, we try to take care of the small things ourselves before they become big chores. But for the big tasks and anything that requires a ladder or chainsaw, we call our wonderful nephew Nathan

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Nonna’s Great Girl

My mother Donna, rest her soul, was a firm believer in the old English adage that children should be seen and not heard. To put it mildly, kids annoyed the hell out of her. It would be slanderous to claim that my mom hated all children, however. In fact, she tolerated and/or loved three or

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The Grace of Autumn Days

With seasons, it’s the power of air that shapes the pattern of movement on the land.  In the heat of summer, there are days and weeks when the air seems to stop moving altogether.  To hang dry and heavy around all that it touches.  To steal energy and drive good intentions back indoors in search

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Keeping Our Schools Safe and Open

When I was asked to sub as a special education paraprofessional at Southern Boone Primary to begin the new school year, I jumped at the chance. I knew, for the sake of my mental health, that a return to in-person school was exactly what I needed. Six months of being socially distant from my school

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Navigating One Read 2020 During a Pandemic

Every September since 2002, the Daniel Boone Regional Library has sponsored a community-wide reading program that encourages adults of all ages to read one book over the summer and in September participate in thought-provoking discussions and activities relating to the One Read winner. When author Amor Towles was writing “A Gentleman in Moscow”—the 2020 One

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Patriots Wear Masks

Contrary to what my wife may have you believe, I can admit when I am wrong. Last May, before the United States tallied its 100,000th death caused by Covid-19, I predicted that 200,000 Americans would be lost to this virus by Labor Day. Well, friends, I was wrong. According to the pandemic tracker on the

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The Story Behind Grits and Polenta

There is always a story that connects us with food. And sometimes there is a book as well. In this case, it’s Delia Owens’ 2018 novel “Where the Crawdads Sing”—a coming-of-age story, mystery, legal drama and love story that topped the New York Times bestseller list in 2019 and remains a bestseller today. In the

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