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Best summer ever

Encountering Kanakuk

Subscriber onlyWild cheering resounded through the trees for a half-mile, swelling into a roar as we strolled the downhill path toward welcoming ceremonies at 92-year-old Kamp Kanakuk on the outskirts of Branson. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Bigger not better

Subscriber onlySomeone asked the other day which is the favorite among places I’ve been fortunate enough to live and work in over a lengthy career. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Mystery lingers

About that $80,000

Subscriber onlyThe mysterious $80,000 gift, or loan, or whatever characterization best fits the 2014 wire transfer from nursing home mogul David Norsworthy to former state Sen. Jake Files soon will be the focus of a special prosecutor's inquiry requested last week by Sebastian County Prosecutor Dan Shue. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Own your actions

Vanishing work ethic

Subscriber onlyI was visiting with Jack Hardcastle from Harrison the other day about our nation's once cherished work ethic. It wasn't that long ago when a person with a strong work ethic was respected, even admired in society. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Our need for sleep

Subscriber onlyI’d have thought scientists and doctors by 2018 would have awakened to the mysteries behind our need for sleep and dreaming. Dream on, Mike. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Pull over, buddy

Speed-trap state

Subscriber onlyFollowing recent columns on how Parkin police for years have been ticketing steady streams of motorists along U.S. 64, others responded with accounts of their own. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Mind, body, spirit

Shock of loss

Subscriber onlyIt's been proven time and time again that the link between mind and body is a powerful force often overlooked in the crush of daily existence. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Bred for suffering

Subscriber onlyA crusading online news site called The Intercept has published an enlightening story that sparked my deepest empathy for thousands of man’s best friends being sold by massive “Class A” breeding farms and others as subjects of experiments that often cause suffering and death. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Back to Bull Shoals

Forever friends

Subscriber onlyHas it really been 22 years since friends from Harrison High School's class of 1965 pledged to rendezvous on Bull Shoals Lake for a weekend each spring? Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Radiating Sowell

Words of wisdom

Subscriber onlyWe each have favorite writers, those whose thoughts and opinion we value for their relevance and truthful insight. While tastes will vary because of ideologies, especially the radical beliefs, I've always been drawn to those who espouse common sense backed by undeniable wisdom. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: A conservative populist

Subscriber only(Note to readers: The original version of this column appeared in January 2010. It still describes why I’ve come to believe the things I do, but leaves me wondering about the condition of society overall.) Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Often undiagnosed

Beastly wrath

Subscriber onlyIt's hard to believe almost a fifth of adult Americans experience some form of mental illness in any given year. That's just the reported cases, according to the CEO for Centers of Psychiatric Excellence, Dr. Prakash Masand. That amounts to about 44 million of us who come face to face with what I call "The Beast." Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Pesky contradictions

Conflicts of trust

Subscriber onlyContradictions can cause my skeptical little brain to convulse. I hear an elected politico pronounce one thing as fact nowadays when plain folks claim the opposite. And I believe the folks. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Steadily unraveling

Subscriber onlyDo you believe we are a more unified nation of citizens than we were a few short decades ago? The way I see it, we unfortunately have been steadily declining in myriad ways in areas including families, civil rights, mental health, personal faith, freedom of speech, civility, education, our economy and rampant obesity. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Here for the coaster

Time travelers

Subscriber onlyI'll never become a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts, the world's largest association of roller coaster fans. Each time I seriously consider boarding one, another debilitating hangnail suddenly develops to sideline me until the moment passes. Continue reading...