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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…

MU Through the Years

In 1890 Dr. Austin Lee McRae, an assistant professor of physics at the University of Missouri, proposed organizing a school "foot ball" team. The fledgling team's games were so popular that money raised from ticket sales helped spawn a…

The Volunteer Life

In 1961, Charlie and Jean Gibbens were Kansas natives living in Grinnell, Iowa, and looking for a new path. Charlie, a territory sales representative for Mobil Oil Co., needed something better, but with a young family to support, he was…

Vintage Not Antique

The return of fall means the return of the Mature Living Festival, which connects seniors, families, caregivers and community members with dozens of businesses focused on making seniors’ lives better. The fun, entertainment-filled event…

Choosing Children

photos by L.G. Patterson Lynn Barnett remembers what she was wearing the day she interviewed for the director of special education position at the Columbia Public Schools’ district office in August 1984. She remembers each of the people…

Riveting Researcher

photos by Kayla Wolf Columbia author Carolyn Mulford creates strong storylines enhanced by thorough research honed through her years as a journalist and non-fiction writer. In both her award-winning Show Me mystery series for adults and…

Fall Into Fashion

Photos by L.G. Patterson Being stylish over age 50 doesn’t mean dressing younger. It takes a balance of sassy and charm. Whatever your size, shape or age, confidence is key.  Everyone has his or her own style personality. According to…

Whiteley General Tire Store

Situated on the corner of downtown Columbia, this photo was estimated to have been taken in 1947.  This location was home to both the Copeland Service Station and the Whiteley General Tire Store. The Yellow Taxi fleet is shown in the photo.…

Columbia’s Fashionista

Monica McMurry is a fashionista! But not like the airbrushed divas you see preening on the red carpet on Oscar night. Not the ones who boast that they’re wearing Dior and Harry Winston. She’s more akin to those defined by Merriam-Webster:…

Learning From The Grandkids

Kids say and do the darndest things -- especially in the eyes of their grandparents. But seniors can learn a lot from today’s children. Whether your grandkids are 2 or 22, here are some suggestions for things you can talk about and bond…

Coloring Books for Adults

Some trace the recent adult coloring book craze to a 2015 National Public Radio feature about Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden coloring book. “We were just selling out of her books all the time,” says Lisa LoPorto, the community business…

Chuck Crews

In 1979, 68-year-old businessman-philanthropist Chuck Crews lived through “Terrible Tuesday,” which is one of the worst weather disasters in American history. Just three weeks after he had arrived to Wichita Falls, Texas, with his family,…

Historic Missouri Theater

The Missouri Theatre opened its doors in October of 1928. The cost of construction was a staggering $400,000. The headline in an ad in the Columbia Daily Tribune heralded the “Formal Opening of your new Missouri Theatre—Friday Evening……

Louise-isms For Life

Stacks of old photographs and newspaper clippings, typed documents and handwritten notes are scattered across Louise Martin’s living room. They occupy the surface of every table, sofa and chair. On one end of her coffee table sits a box…

Senior Housing Guide

The Arbors at Bluff Creek Terrace Assisted Living 573-815-9111 3104 Bluff Creek Drive Columbia, MO  65201 americareusa.net Pricing: Semi-private $175 daily; private $203 daily Unit Sizes: Studio w/bath Amenities: Specialized…

Yesteryear

In this column we look back at historical places and times in Boone County.  This tornado went right through the streets of Columbia, devastating several stores and residences. According to the Missouri Climate Center, Missouri…

Mary Jean Leeper

In the 21st century, it seems everyone is in a constant state of fast-forward with their life-settings on autopilot. We rarely slow down long enough to sift out the frivolous and the mundane. Everyone is plugged in, logged on and connected…