First Impressions

If you had to describe Columbia in just one word, which would you choose? Lively? Diversified? Eclectic? Midwestern? These are the adjectives some Columbia newcomers choose when describing their first impressions of the area. Each became…

A How-To Holiday

Are those same old holiday traditions growing tiresome? Looking for some fresh ideas and helpful hints to make it a merrier Christmas? You’ve come to the right place. We gathered a diverse group of experts who weighed in with tips on…

Understanding Hanukkah

Growing up, Laura Flacks-Narrol remembers the way the menorah’s candle flames filled the room with dancing lights on the evenings of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival. Every year, the Flacks children would begin Hanukkah mornings with…

Party Down!

Don’t look now, but it’s holiday office party season. The best holiday office parties succeed in two goals: people have a good time; and office relationships are strengthened. A standard gathering can achieve both of these…

The Joy Of Giving

With the end of the year just days away and the holiday season upon us, we have time to reflect on what we have and be grateful. Below is a list of some local volunteer opportunities to help others in the Columbia community and to continue…

Fun Activities For Kids

'Tis the season for school breaks. Kids look forward to time off with great anticipation but can find all the free time hard to fill up. And bored kids have two favorite devices: whining and getting into mischief, neither of which tends to…

Memories of Mizzou

There’s not much about the 1890 version of football that today’s players would recognize and no doubt they're glad that leather helmets and moleskin uniform pants are passé. But one thing hasn’t changed. Since it began, Mizzou’s football…

Goal To Go

A staggered line of men walks toward Rock Bridge High School’s football field from the adjacent parking lot carrying helmets, shoulder pads and other gear. It’s around 5:30 on an uncharacteristically moderate Thursday evening in late July.…

Fixing Columbia’s Schools

When it comes to the Columbia School District, I only know what I read in the press. By the summer I arrived here from California eight years ago my twin daughters had just graduated college. All those years of shepherding the girls through…