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Season of Peace

Season of Peace

It seems to happen during the week of Thanksgiving every year. Usually there’s a few warm, breezy, and muggy days — though we are deep into autumn, these are the last gasps of summer — before a chilling front moves through and all of sudden it’s winter. I love those mornings afterward. Though I already […]

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Italian Comfort Food

Italian Comfort Food

When it comes to Italian food, I go for the savory, the spicy, the adventurous. I like the tang of tomato sauce and the zesty zing of peppered dishes. I don’t want dairy creaminess and I definitely don’t want chicken. This mindset is always firmly in place as I peruse the menu. It’s not that […]

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Answered Questions

Answered Questions

I used to think the surest way to attract expert opinion was to pop the hood on my truck. Then I started tying flies. To be fair, I asked for the criticism… sort of. I posted a few photos of my feeble fly tying attempts on social media. As everyone knows by now, social media […]

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Wisdom comes from dirty hands

Wisdom comes from dirty hands

Opinions are like… elbows. Everyone has a couple. Is that how the saying goes? It sure seems like it on social media where you can read lengthy pontification on anything you care to know about, and even things you didn’t want to know about. And it’s often from someone who wouldn’t know their elbow from […]

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Nitro Coffee

Nitro Coffee

When I was a kid, coffee was a blue-collar beverage for adults, and it was served one way — black. Dad, Granny, Poppy, uncles and aunts, they all drank the bitter stuff straight and preferred it quarter-floating strong. If they could see the bottom of the mug at any time before the mug was empty, […]

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Meditating on the hunt

Meditating on the hunt

It was that distinct big hound bawl booming up from the hollow that got my attention. The sound rolled over top of the choppy beagle barks and brought my focus to the mountain bench below. Gripping the shotgun, I focused every bit of my ten-year-old awareness on that Ozark bench and waited as plumes of […]

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Authentically Appetizing

Authentically Appetizing

Genuine is hard to define. What makes anything bona fide? Is authenticity a whim of subjectivity? In the case of food, is it dependent on a strict adherence to a specific ingredients and preparation? Sure, you’ve got to have the right ingredients to make a dish. You’ve got to cook it at the appropriate temperatures […]

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Oh deer

Oh deer

I’d never killed a September deer before, but at 7:57 a.m. on September 27 a mature whitetail doe lay expired at the end of a short blood trail in the Ozark Mountains of Newton County. Yep, the same Newton County that’s nested a Chronic Wasting Disease outbreak in Arkansas. The specter of eating an infected […]

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Jack

Jack

What is it that makes me nervous you ask? It’s just this pumpkin. I bought it yesterday from some roadside stand along Highway 64. There was something about the stand that called to me. In fact, I heard a voice plain as day tell me to stop as a black and white banner stretched above […]

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Just a little Buffalo River

Just a little Buffalo River

I’ve been griping about rained-out local creek smallmouth fishing all summer long. The high waters made fish tough to find and often posed a wading hazard. But just an hour’s drive north, the crystalline cool Buffalo National River flowed under more normalish summer conditions. Ever since the fly rod — an elegant tool for a […]

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