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Kid Meals

Dining out at a favorite restaurant is usually a treat. But, when you have young children, enjoying a public meal can be a challenge. Boredom, tantrums, picky eating habits and glares from annoyed patrons are just some of the difficulties…

STICKS AND STONES …

Kara Bennett doesn’t know why her classmates turned on her. Some of them had been her friends, but that year they singled her out and began picking on her because she didn’t dress like them, didn’t wear makeup like them and didn’t fix her…

Beat Summer Boredom

All winter long (and there’s no doubt it was long), it seemed like CoMo’s hot summer days might never return. Now that school’s out and we’re soaking up the sun’s rays once again, it’s time to capitalize on Mother Nature’s temporary mercy.…

The Battle For Stewart Park

Almost every year for the past 50 years, a pack of bicycles, tricycles, scooters, wagons, dogs, friends, parents, neighbors and guests have congregated at Garth Avenue and East Parkway Drive on the Fourth of July. Everything is decorated in…

Don’t Dampen The Fun

Proper Water Rescue Never go near someone struggling to stay afloat because it’s easy for rescuers to become drowning victims themselves. To help rescue someone, hold on to the dock or boat and extend a pole, stick, line or whatever…

Calling All Daredevils!

Columbia offers plenty of heart-pounding outdoor adventures for those seeking new and unexpected thrills. From kayaking a flooded creek in the middle of the city to revving up an ATV on a rugged, reclaimed strip mine, the unusual outdoor…

Lady Leatherneck

Helen Grahl moves quickly through her sunny kitchen. The purple hue of the petite, 89-year-old Columbia woman’s sweater disappears behind a corner. She reappears with a stack of papers in her alabaster hands. Her silver brooch gleams in…

Two For Triathlons

For the average guy, a weekend bike ride entails a casual two-wheeled jaunt around the neighborhood. For Columbian Brent Young and his son, Brandon, a weekend bike ride is a full-speed, heart-pounding, 20-mile trek. Brent Young is a…

Dream Day

Sarah has a rare chronic condition called Hereditary Multiple Exostones (HME) and was granted her dream to go on a Disney Cruise. If your life seemed to revolve around the constant pain and misery of illness, how would you choose to…

Story Time

Kid lit is hot stuff this winter in Columbia. Ever since Eugene Field alighted on the University of Missouri campus, CoMo has been fertile ground for children’s literature. The newest generation of talented local writers is churning out…

The Great Backyard

Outdoors! The peaceful beauty of nature is one of the greatest perks on Earth — so they say. But the noise, headache and time it takes to plan a camping trip can be difficult or nearly impossible for some families. Skip the crowded…

Hungry For Answers

Drawings of pumpkins in wobbly scribbles decorate the front door of the two-story brick house in Columbia. Chalk drawings of suns and hearts color the driveway. Enter, pass the couch in the living room that might have been white once but…

School’s Out Forever

It’s a Monday morning and Mitchell Norton is getting antsy. After working on a fractions sheet for nearly an hour, 12-year-old Mitchell is ready to switch subjects. During reading time, he listens as his mother reads aloud from the 1967…

CoMo Cool

Sleet storms and icy sidewalks and snowflakes that stay on our noses and windshields … these are not some of our favorite things. If you stop to think about it, though, there’s a lot to love about wintertime in Columbia, and we’ve put…

Phone Home

Control Your TV From Your Phone// // // // // // // Life just gets easier and easier. Forty years ago, the remote control was another person in the room you could tell to change the TV channel. Of course,

Inside BBQ Judging

I was lucky enough to land a spot competing with a good friend last month in the Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ competition. Many fans of barbecue may think the competition sounds intriguing — until you’ve participated in the competition. If you…

100 Homecomings

The University of Missouri is celebrating 100 years of Homecoming! With a tradition stretching back to 1911, Mizzou’s Homecoming is one of the oldest, biggest and most famous Homecoming events in the nation. A look back on Mizzou’s…