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Women On The Move

“I’m either really stupid or I’m really smart,” she says. Her name is Becky. She’s one of several retired women of a certain age at the table. “My life was planned. Now it just happens.” Women who decided, for reasons of their own, it…

Estate Planning

Estate planning is a task that many individuals approach with absolute dread – like going to the dentist. However, putting a comprehensive estate plan in place can be both a relieving and painless process. Estate planning is an invaluable…

The Un-Retired Retirees

Photos by L.G. Patterson On top of the papers stacked semi-neatly on MU Director Emeritus of Admissions and Registrar Gary Smith’s desk at his office in the General Services Building lies a columnar schedule sheet, filled out by hand.…

Looking Back At Boone County

This is a photo taken of 7th Street between Walnut and Broadway, looking north toward Broadway. The photo was taken around 1960. The building in the background on the left is Boone Tavern & Hotel. The original Daniel Boone Tavern opened…

Lanny & Lynee Geary

Not all Missouri roads lead to Columbia, and not all the streets of Columbia lead to the University of Missouri. Except in the world that Lynne and Lanny Geary have created together. Lanny is a retired physician; Lynne, a retired nurse. The…

Sweet Spring Desserts

When the scent of fresh blooms begins to fill the air, it’s a sure sign that spring has sprung. It’s the perfect time of year to gather loved ones for a leisurely meal, then linger over dessert as you enjoy this season of refreshment. No…

Weddings to Remember

Norm and Connie Ruebling Date: June 10, 1989 Location: Union, Mo Interesting tidbit: Norm proposed to Connie at Boccardi’s Restaurant. The waitress brought out the ring on a silver platter as Connie’s dessert. While Norm is in a…

A Perfect Fit for Rocheport

Photos by L.G. Patterson If Rocheport were a jigsaw puzzle, John Zondca and Diane Dunn would be a pair of pieces that fit exactly in its center. Having dropped out from the 21st Century's stressful pace of life, they've made a place for…

Tell Me About It

WITH ANGEL DONNETTE ROBERTSON My mother often makes jokes at my husband’s expense – about his job, his political views, his relationship with our children, his hobbies. She doesn’t really mean anything, it’s just her way. After our last…

Inextricably Linked

Photos by L.G. Patterson Natalie “Nikki” and Aaron Krawitz’s Columbia home has the same feel as others in its neighborhood — manicured yard and a nice front porch on a quiet cul de sac. It’s what’s inside that changes the view when you…

Looking Back at Boone County

The photo to the right is the Columbia Opera House, also later known as the Columbia Theatre. It was built by Josiah W. Stone. According to “The Writing of North Todd Gentry,” it featured 1,100 seats for "theatrical entertainments,…

Exercising Their Retirement Options

Chuck and JoAnn Wilson are sitting together at 10:30 a.m. in the living room of their villa at Old Hawthorne. Their dogs, Dotty and Coali, are lying down nearby. Outside, a brisk winter wind is blowing across part of the golf course that is…

Weddings To Remember

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 may have started on a low…

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…

Exercising For Good Health

This issue of Prime focuses on healthy living. Alberta Smith is closing in on 89 years old and exercises almost every day. When she was younger, her exercise was chasing her seven children. As the wife of former Columbia mayor and county…

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…