Monthly Archives: December 2008


For Thomas Cochran Like almost everything else in contemporary life, writers go out of style, and one formerly well-known American poet has all but disappeared from the literary landscape. After completing his formal education, Robinson Jeffers decided that he wanted … Continue reading

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Wine Review

Joseph Phelps Vineyards St. Helena, Napa Valley 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Price: about $32 This lovely Sauvignon Blanc has enticing floral and fruit aromas that lead to appealing lime, melon, and citrus flavors complicated by hints of vanilla and spice. a … Continue reading

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Character and the Collie

For Albert Payson Terhune A report published recently by the American Kennel Club indicates that the collie has slipped to 29th on the list of the most popular canine breeds in the United States. This ranking means that the collie … Continue reading

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Wine and Cheese

I know that writing about wine and cheese combinations is much-overdone, but I have discovered one such pairing that I think worth sharing, especially since people will be entertaining friends and family thoughout the holiday season and might want to … Continue reading

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The Wind

For Loren Eiseley As a teacher and a parent, I am constantly explaining things to young people, and I always attempt to answer all their questions, no matter how complex they might be. Consider, for example, the subject of time. … Continue reading

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Letter to Santa Claus – 2008

Dear Santa: I know that we have not been on speaking terms for some time, but, as the psycho-babblers put it, I am willing to help us to reconcile, but only if you are, in turn, prepared to admit that … Continue reading

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Book Review

Pilgrim of the Clouds:  Poems and Essays from Ming China, by Yuan Hung-tao, translated by Jonathan Chaves Weatherhill, Inc., $15 Until the twentieth century, most scholars and translators generally regarded the writers of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in China, and … Continue reading

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Wine Recommendation

Bodegas Borsao Campo de Borja, Spain Borsao Crianza Seleccion 2006 Price: About $17 The wine revolution in Spain continues its quiet but steady progress, as evidenced in Borsao Crianza Seleccion 2006, which is made from Granache, Tempranillo, and Cabernet Sauvignon. … Continue reading

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Imagining Kansas

For many people living in the Ozark Plateau region, Kansas is regarded as the price one has to pay in order to drive to Colorado, and whether or not one shares this view, it is undeniable that the topography of … Continue reading

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Restaurant Recommendation

Bordinos 310 West Dickson Street Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701 479-527-6795 Dinner Hours: Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m-10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Lunch Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. It seems almost presumptuous to … Continue reading

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