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Clyde Bentley
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Associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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Goodbye, Saffron. And thanks for your love.
When a dog gives you her love, it is without reservation. No matter that you are at times grumpy or a slob or simply oblivious to what she offers – her warm nose and wagging tail revive your heart. And when she is gone, she leaves a hole in your soul. Saffr...

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Sunday Evenings with Edward Gorey
Dear Dad, I don't really think of myself as a creature of habit. I don't eat the same lunch every day. I don't take the same route when I walk the dog in the evening. I don't want to go to the same vacation spot year in and year out. I like new things. I en...

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A Masterpiece of memories
Dear Gillian, In a round-about way, Masterpiece Theater gave you to the world. My history with television was much different from that of your mother. You professor grandfather insisted his five children limit watching to an hour a day and then only to “qua...

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University blues -- back to school
Dear Gillian, Why is it that no matter how much I plan through the summer, I’m never ready for the start of school? It’s Friday as I write, and the first week of classes just ended at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. I’m sorting through the ...

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Small town life in the heartland of America
Dear Gillian, Garrison Keeler would have been proud. Prairie Home, MO, has everything Lake Woebegone has only in dreams. Saturday, Mom and I took a winding ride to the 100th annual Prairie Home Fair – an event unlike most of us have seen for decades. It’s ...

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Small Town Girl
Dear Dad, Last weekend was, as you know, my 20th High School Reunion. We'll just skip over the unbelievable fact that high school for me was 20 years ago, though -- it tends to remind me that I'm old. But in the midst of the inevitable "So where are you liv...

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Down to earth in Prairie Home
Garrison Keeler would have been proud. Prairie Home, MO, has
everything Lake Woebegone has only in dreams. Saturday, Cecile and I took a winding ride to the 100 th annual Prairie Home Fair – an event unlike most of us have seen for
decades.   It’s not one o...

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Thankfully, there is no cure for the Green Plague
It
would be overly polite to call the place where my father grew up a
“dirt farm.” Dirt, yes. Farm, no. It was more of a divot in the vast
forest of northern Idaho with enough bare ground that you could coax
cabbage, potatoes and other hearty vegetables...

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The little cockroach who could
I think my car may be a cockroach.
If Armageddon ever comes, it won’t be the meek who inherit the Earth.
It will be all those unkillable cockroaches – driving Geo Trackers. I
fell in love with my 1990 Tracker almost the moment you and I spotted
it at...

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Father's Day Thanks
The Hallmark people got Fathers Day
all wrong. Instead of getting gifts, I should be sending thank you cards
to you and your brother. Garrett, me and Dad Women enjoy a physical and intractable bond with
their children, something of which all men are secr...
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