An article in Notre Dame Magazine by editor Kerry Temple has been selected as one of the outstanding essays of the year.p. “The Cairn Builder,” which appeared in the autumn 2001 issue of Notre Dame’s quarterly magazine, was cited in the 2002 volume of “The Best American Essays,” published by Houghton Mifflin Company. The essay examines the themes of teaching and writing. A 1974 graduate of Notre Dame, Temple has been recognized on four previous occasions as a premier American essayist. Among other authors honored this year were fellow Notre Dame graduates Brian Doyle and Barry Lopez, both of whom have written for Notre Dame Magazine in recent years.p.