Great Neighborhoods

Columbia boasts 82 neighborhoods and more than 70 homeowners associations. Not every city block falls into these organized boundaries, and there is some overlap between the two. But there is one universal, says Bill Cantin, Neighborhood…

Extra Sensory Perception

The calendar says spring is just around the corner, but anything is possible in the fickle month of March. Whether your menu plans call for one last fling with a hearty soup or a spring bash to welcome the vernal equinox, there’s a heady…

Making A Difference

Clyde Ruffin describes himself as “classic overachiever.” And, if you push the rewind button of this quiet man’s life, you’ll probably agree. He graduated ahead of schedule three times and was an assistant professor at age 23. He preached…

Success and Strawberries

On Valentine’s Day, it’s all hands on deck at The Candy Factory. Friends and family converge on the sweets shop from as far away as Texas for the annual chocolate-covered strawberry production line. They are the workforce that aids Sam and…

In Sync

THOMAS HART BENTON’S AMERICA TODAY © THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART Last year, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art commissioned pianist/bandleader Orrin Evans to put together an evening of music to celebrate its exhibition of…

Some Like it Hot

L.G. PATTERSON Columbians Keep It Spicy BY AUDRA JENKINS It may be the dead of winter, but Columbia is hot! Warm up this month with some of CoMo’s spiciest offerings, from Columbia chefs who are as talented with fire as they…

The 39th Child

“I am my mother’s fourth child and my father’s thirty-ninth.” So begins The Sound of Gravel, a riveting coming-of-age memoir by Ruth Wariner. Equal parts harrowing and heart-wrenching, Wariner offers an unsparing account of her childhood in…

A Real-Life Where’s Waldo

In a fascinating evolution, society is embracing a new surge of intentional living. One such transformation is found in world traveler Colin Wright. “I still can’t believe this whole travel thing worked out,” says Wright, who spent most…