September 11, 2017

A New View: Vacation

Assignment: Vacation The Location: North Captiva Island I rarely take a vacation. I consider myself lucky because I enjoy my work. What I do doesn’t really feel like work. That’s why I named my company Recess, Inc., because it’s playtime all the time. So, when I do take a vacation it is usually forced upon me. I […]


The Depths of the Opioid Crisis

Close your eyes and imagine it’s winter. You are outside on a bitterly cold and blustery day. The wind makes your cheeks raw and your fingertips turn numb. The cold creeps into your bones. Finally, you enter a warm house full of loved ones. Someone hands you a cup of cocoa and invites you to […]


Poetic License

Photo courtesy of L.G. Patterson In 2008, Governor Matt Blunt appointed Ashland resident Walter Bargen as Missouri’s first Poet Laureate. The position allowed the prolific poet to interact with Missourians in a unique way, as media coverage and public poetry events filled his days. Indeed, the intent of the position was to allow Missouri to […]


Just Ask Joe

Mulling over a kitchen remodel? Unsure how to begin? KraftWerks’ owner Joe Coke has remodeled dozens of kitchens in Columbia. Here he offers advice to kickstart your project. ADDING SPACE The first question I usually get is, “Can we take this wall out?” During a remodel, most clients are looking to tie the kitchen into […]


They Hit It Out of the Park

photos by Ashley Turner photography Brianne Bond and Piper Graves exchanged wedding vows June 4, 2016, at Blue Bell Farm in Fayette. They both attended Rock Bridge High School but did not become acquainted until college when a mutual friend introduced them. In December 2014, they attended a family get-together at Brianne’s family farm near […]


Trail Time

What is trail running? For me, if the surface is not paved, I’m trail running. Rocky, narrow singletrack through the forest, a grassy mowed path through the prairie or a crushed limestone bike trail along the Missouri River all add to the diversity of trail running experiences. There are many things I love about trail […]