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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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October 1, 2017 | By More
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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October 1, 2017 | By More
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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October 1, 2017 | By More
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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September 1, 2017 | By More
Phone-less days

Phone-less days

This is going to blow some minds, but back in the 70s and 80s, sometimes an entire day would go by and I would never speak to my parents unless it was in person. Sometimes I’d spend the day at the creek or in the woods or at a friend’s house without any communication with […]

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September 1, 2017 | By More
Meat-eaters delight

Meat-eaters delight

My diet turns decidedly more carnivorous as summer fades into autumn. Omnivorous through spring and summer, when the first cool breezes blow through the River Valley my tastebuds turn. The fruits and veggies that satiated through the heat just won’t cut it anymore. This is likely some vestigial urge from a time when we needed […]

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September 1, 2017 | By More
Late boneset: A fragrant  late-summer pollinator favorite

Late boneset: A fragrant late-summer pollinator favorite

The flower in all of these photos is late boneset. It goes by a few other names — lateflowering thoroughwort, white boneset, and late-flowering boneset. It’s scientific name is Eupatorium serotinum and it’s a member of the aster family. Late boneset is a native plant, common in pastures, forest openings and along roadsides throughout the […]

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August 1, 2017 | By More
Fresh as Ozark dew

Fresh as Ozark dew

Just up Highway 7, past Dover and Pleasant View, beyond God’s Little Half Acre and Moccasin Gap, a few miles north of Cowell and Mockingbird Hill, down in a valley carved out by the Little Buffalo River, you’ll find Jasper. It’s about as close to Mayberry as you can get. And it’s not that far […]

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August 1, 2017 | By More
Editors Notebook: Scenes of summer

Editors Notebook: Scenes of summer

The mockingbird is stationed at the tiptop of a giant pine in our front yard in the gray light. His renditions come out in this order — cardinal, Chuck-wills-widow, summer tanager, thrasher — along with pieces of other broken melodies mixed with various warbles and flutes. A towhee joins him in song from across the […]

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July 7, 2017 | By More
Wisdom fell from the trees

Wisdom fell from the trees

Something in the tall grass had Rudy’s full attention. He was locked on point like a bird dog for a few seconds before springing into the air with that decidedly canine pounce – arched back and front paws extended – so typical of coyotes and foxes when they’re hunting rodents. I should clarify that Rudy […]

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July 1, 2017 | By More