Joyful Occasions

Caroline Sovich, of Columbia, and Josh Branham, of Middlesboro, Tenn., were married on June 18, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia. Caroline graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 2010 and did her undergraduate studies at…

Weddings To Remember

Charlie and Jean Gibbens Date: July 14, 1956 Location: The Methodist Church in Kiowa, Kansas Interesting tidbit: The groom, Charlie, missed the rehearsal dinner as his friends kidnapped him to Oklahoma (a half mile away). While it…

Body & Soul

Oscar Micheaux was an African-American filmmaker and entrepreneur, who produced and directed more than 40 films from 1919 to 1948. Micheaux's movies were known as "race" films — made by black filmmakers, with an all-black cast for black…

Warm Up Your Winter

Sweaters and scarves aren’t the only ways to brace yourself against blustery weather. There’s no time like winter to putter in the kitchen, where the cozy heat from the stove and the aromas of mouthwatering dishes can warm you from the…

Dancing Through Life

Columbia’s long history has many unique and long-standing traditions, but would you believe ballroom dancing is one of them? In the fall of 1936, three University of Missouri faculty wives (Novella Calvin, Margery McKinney…

Wonderful Weeknight Dining

With school, work and evening activities all spiraling in different directions, most families find that some things have to give. Make sure quality time around the dinner table isn’t one of them with these savvy solutions that can help make…

Tell Me About It

WITH ANGEL DONNETTE ROBERTSON   My father is turning 70 next month, so my mother has planned a party with the extended family. Unfortunately, I have a few aunts who have never approved of my decisions and remind me at every gathering…

Mattie Hon

Like a lot of other 12-year-old girls, Mattie Hon was a daydreamer and always looked forward to her family’s vacations at their cottage on Tybee Island, just off the coast of Savannah, Ga. Their little beach house had once belonged to a sea…

Threading The Needle

Photos by LG Patterson According to the Washington Post, about 10,000 Baby Boomers retire every day—that’s nearly four million people a year. After planning and investing and saving for most of their lives, they are looking forward to…

Fit Fido, Fit You.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults should engage in 150 or more minutes of moderate physical activity per week. Among adults 60 years of age or more, walking is the most common form of leisure-time…

School Of Rocks

Above photo by Scott Patrick Myers Photography Every bride dreams of the perfect engagement ring but before you go shopping, take our crash course in diamond shapes and cuts. The Gemological Institute of America points out that most…

Life Through The Lens

Editor's note: This article was originally published in January 2017 and was updated in February of 2022. Photo of Ann Elizabeth and Noah's wedding at Heritage Ranch here in Central Missouri courtesy of Catherine Rhodes…

“Middle Grounds”

When I first arrived at MU in 1975, Columbia didn’t even have cable TV. But, the History Department offered “Epic America,” a pair of courses on Native American culture in a kind of primitive virtual classroom — just a black and…

To Have and To Hold

Couples, both young and old, have a unique and precious story to tell. They often love to tell anyone with an ear to listen how they met, how he proposed and details about their special day. Some stories are long and extravagant, while…

On the Town January 2017

Ambassador Christmas Party The Ambassador Quarterly Meeting/Holiday Party was held Dec. 14 at Simon Oswald Architecture. Ann Merrifield was recognized as the first quarter Ambassador of the Quarter and Cathy Cook as Emeritus Ambassador…
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