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The Cracker Barrel

August 6, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Josie's Cafe
August 6, 2018 - 10:00am
July 22, 2018
Back then, summers lasted. From the frantic chants of "School's out, school's out, teacher let the monkeys out" on through the majestic blue-sky mornings when you stepped outside barefoot and felt the dew-damp grass between your toes, to the occasional ecstasy of a tree-snapping, duck-drowning rip-snorter of a thunderstorm, summer rolled on and on and on, a great comforting river of time, so long and so wide and so embracing that worries disappeared around the bend. Photo Illustration
The Cracker Barrel: Sweet summertime
July 22, 2018 - 8:00am
July 6, 2018
We kept up the frenzy until we ran out of things to blow up, then gorged ourselves on the picnic fare every family had prepared. Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, beans, all washed down with pop or Kool-Aid and followed by a bowl of ice cream or a giant wedge of watermelon or a handful of homemade cookies, everything tasting so good that you wanted to keep eating until, like a cherry bomb, you just exploded. Photo Illustration.
The Cracker Barrel: Boyhood Fourth
July 6, 2018 - 8:30am
June 24, 2018
Cracker Barrel: Grandma and the treats
June 24, 2018 - 6:00am
June 12, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Pinchot: 'The father of American forestry'
June 12, 2018 - 7:30am
May 27, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Secrets from down under
May 27, 2018 - 7:30am
May 13, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: Playing with words
May 13, 2018 - 7:30am
April 27, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: In praise of instinct
April 27, 2018 - 8:30am
April 22, 2018
Cracker Barrel: Classical insights
April 22, 2018 - 8:30am
April 1, 2018
The Cracker Barrel: A big place
April 1, 2018 - 7:30am
March 18, 2018
As we all know, gardening takes many forms, ranging from a single tomato plant growing in a rusting coffee can to experiments growing plants in straw bales or floating in water or climbing up the outside walls of skyscrapers. Illustration
The Cracker Barrel: The most popular hobby
March 18, 2018 - 8:30am
From late fall through winter, we keep a steady supply of cracked corn, thistle seed and black sunflower seed on the feeders on our terrace, along with slabs of suet for the woodpeckers. Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
The Cracker Barrel: Feeding the birds
February 18, 2018 - 9:00am
February 3, 2018
"The tactic of focusing on a single troubled species had often proven costly and, at times, politically contentious as well," writes Tom Dunkel in Nature Conservancy magazine, harkening back to the controversies surrounding the snail darter and the spotted owl. "Why not take a wider-lens approach? Why not protect endangered habitat, which has the potential to save numerous species?"  Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
The Cracker Barrel: A wild idea
February 3, 2018 - 8:30am
January 5, 2018
"I'm told it's a Danish word," said my friend. "I think it's pronounced either 'hig-guh' or 'hoo-guh,' and it has something to do with simple pleasures. All I know for sure is that I've sold several different books in the past few weeks with "hygge" in the title. It's really getting popular." Illustration
The Cracker Barrel: How to 'hygge'
January 5, 2018 - 8:00am
December 24, 2017
The Cracker Barrel: Room in the inn
December 24, 2017 - 10:30am