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Basement transformation Turning unfinished space into a family hangout

Artistic impressions One old printing press, two young artists


of giving A local dentist taking medical missions abroad

100 Ways to

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Edito r i a l Associate Publisher, Betsy Bell Katrina Tauchen, Managing Editor MA NAGE M E N T General Manager, Chris Harrison

OK, I admit it. I am a magazine lover. At our house, my husband gets the mail, and it never fails that when one of my favorite publications is delivered, he hides it behind his back and surprises me. He must love seeing my reaction because he knows that magazines are my favorite form of entertainment. A good magazine will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, impart useful information or just be a good companion on a cold winter night. What's better than snuggling up on the couch with a blanket and a good read? I’ve been working in the magazine business for a long time, and now I've been given the opportunity to help reshape a magazine for other women to love. Carrying the vision of Columbia Home is a huge responsibility and an amazing honor, but I can tell you I don’t do it alone. Fortunately, I am surrounded by colleagues with tremendous talent, whose creativity is reflected in the magazine you hold. The new Columbia Home is a collaboration of ideas, design, photography and writings. I am so proud of what we have worked together to create. You will notice that we've made some pretty big changes to our publication. Columbia Home will still celebrate the extraordinary personalities, families and friends who live and work in our community, while also showcasing Columbia's most beautiful homes, gardens and one-of-a-kind spaces. In addition to this, we have developed many new regular departments, including Designer's Palette, where a local interior designer shares his or her expertise; an advice column called Dear Kate; and Welcome to the World, where we celebrate our city’s latest tiny arrivals. Some other new departments include Home Bound, DIY, The Book Club, On the Web, among others. To cap the magazine, we have decided to give the pen to a member of our community. This issue culminates with Eliot Battle’s touching account of his life’s journey with his late wife, Muriel. So grab a blanket, and get cozy because it’s time to live, laugh and love with Columbia Home.

Business Manager, Renea Sapp Operations Manager, Cindy Sheridan David Reed, Group Editor DESI G N Alisha Moreland, Art Director Kristin Branscom MAR KETING REP R E S E NTATIV E S Betsy Bell Joe Schmitter CREATIVE S ERVI C E S Kayse Loyd Rebecca Rademan editorial in t e r n Joanna Demkiewicz CO NTRIBU TING PH OTO GRA P H E R S Taylor Allen, Creative Photo, Deanna Dikeman, Notley Hawkins, Nichelle Lawrence, Anastasia Pottinger, ArtSmith Photography CO NTRIBUTIN G WRITE R S Kay Bartle, Dianna Borsi O'Brien, Joanna Demkiewicz, Laura Nauser, Keija Parssinen, Kate Smart Harrison, Nathan Stephens, Bondi Wood, Molly Wright

SUBSC RIP TION S Subscription rate is $12.95 for 6 issues or $18.95 for 12 issues. Call Cindy Sheridan at (573) 499-1830 ext.1003 to place an order or to inform us of a change of address. Columbia Home magazine is published by The Business Times Co., 2001 Corporate Place, Suite 100, Columbia, MO, 65202. (573) 499-1830 Copyright The Business Times Co., 2007. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of any editorial or graphic content without the express written permission of the publisher is prohibited.

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table of contents





12 Custom Built

Take a tour of Stephanie and Mark Hall’s dream home, nestled just inside Boone County and designed for family fun.

38 Run, Columbia, Run

February is the month to kick it in gear. Check out trails and tips for area runners, beginners and advanced alike.

70 Love in the 21st Century

From social networking to online dating. Oh, how the rules have changed.

72 Home by 10?

Columbia curfew: A look behind the issue.

On the cover


18 Basement Transformation 50 Practice of Giving 56 Artistic Impressions 66 100 Way to Love Your Mate



Basement TRANSFORMATION Turning unfinished space into a family hangout

Artistic impressions One old printing press, two young artists


of GIVING A local dentist taking medical missions abroad



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Our cover Valentine hearts were handcrafted by Carrie Shryock of 1canoe2 (see story, Page 56). Photo by Anastasia Pottinger

7 Welcome 10 Date Book 24 Designer’s Palette 28 Book Club 30 Dear Kate 32 Welcome to the World 34 Shopkeeper’s Story 36 Mommy Chronicles 37 The Dish 46 Edible Education 48 Fashion 61 Expert’s Advice 62 The Look 74 DIY 79 On the Web 80 City Scene 85 Ones to Watch 86 Home Bound 88 The Last Word columbia home | 9

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Marc h 2, “Based on a T rue S tory” O pening Reception Columbia Art League’s annual tribute to the True/False Film Festival. Exhibit runs through April 16.

Fe b. 4 , Nat i o na l W ea r R e d Day Fe b. 4 a n d 5 , Cho c o l at e , Cha mpag n e & Pa s t ry F estival A two-day culinary event that includes a wine reception, wine and pastry demos and the president’s dinner. Featuring guest chefs, a chocolatier and an advanced sommelier. Sponsored by ACF Central Missouri and the University Club. For more information, contact Chef Daniel Pliska at or (573) 884.7831.

Marc h 9, Taste o f Mid-Missouri 2011 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Reynolds Alumni Center Marc h 12, A nat Co hen Quartet 7 p.m., The Blue Note, $21 – 30 We Always Swing Jazz Series, Marc h 17, St. Patrick’s Day

Fe b. 1 1 , E l l i s M a r s a l i s Qua rt e t 7:30 p.m., Windsor Ballroom, Holiday Inn, $25 – 35 We Always Swing Jazz Series, Fe b. 1 1 – 1 2 , 1 8 – 1 9 , Sense and Sensibility 7:30 p.m., Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave. Presented by Stephens College. or (573) 876-7199 Fe b. 1 4 , Va l e n t i n e ’ s Day Fe b. 1 8 – 2 1 , M i s s o u r i Grand Prix 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mizzou Aquatic Center, (573) 884-5600

Marc h 17, Avenue Q 7 p.m., Jesse Auditorium, MU, $27 – 37 University Concert Series, or (573) 882-3781. Marc h 18 – 19, 24 – 26, The Cle a n H ouse 7:30 p.m., Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave. (Feb. 18 – 19); 7:30 p.m., Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave. (Feb. 24 – 25) Presented by Stephens College. or (573) 876-7199 Marc h 20, First day of spring

This you can’t miss T rue / Fa l se F i l m Fes t iva l From March 3 – 6, thousands of film enthusiasts from around the country will converge on Columbia for a four-day festival that’s garnered an impressive following since it began back in 2003. Last year, more than 25,000 tickets were sold to the True/False Film Festival, which features nonfiction and international films discovered at other major festivals just as Sundance and Toronto. In addition to film screenings, True/False also plays host to parties for moviemakers and goers alike, as well as debates on the subject of film, all taking place in prime downtown locations, including the Ragtag, The Blue Note and the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. For more information about this year’s festival, including ticket prices and a film and events schedule, visit 10 || february/march 11 february/march 2011 2011 • •

Experience columbia Additions for the must-do list

➊ Expand your cinematic horizons with a movie at Ragtag Cinema. ➋ Fly a kite to ring in the first day of spring, March 20. ➌ Head out for a bike ride through Rock Bridge State Park or along the scenic MKT. ➍ Take the kids downtown for ice cream at Sparky’s. ➎ Check out a concert at The Blue Note. ➏ Do lunch outdoors. Enjoy a slice from Shakespeare’s across the street in Peace Park.

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Stephanie and Mark Hall’s country home was designed for family fun.

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hen Stephanie and Mark Hall of Mark Hall Cabinetry built their dream home just inside Boone County, they knew exactly what they wanted — and what they didn’t want. “Our house is not a showroom,” says Stephanie Hall, describing the home they built in 2006. “It’s not a museum; it’s a house meant to be lived in.” For starters, the kitchen isn’t near the garage; it’s adjacent to the pool and patio where Stephanie, Mark and their five children live most of the year. Throughout the house, the focus is on kid-friendly features with easy care, easy-to-keep-clean surfaces and, of course, lots of built-in cabinets. The result is a home that’s spacious yet cozy and welcoming. But as Stephanie notes, it took a lot of work and macaroni and cheese dinners to make the five-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home a reality. Today, Mark Hall Cabinetry is well known for custom cabinets, but when Mark and Stephanie opened the business in 1995, they were the only ones on the payroll, with Stephanie as the kitchen designer and Mark as the cabinet maker. Although Mark had worked at other cabinet companies, Stephanie and Mark’s new firm didn’t have a job under contract until two weeks before they were married that year. Now, the company employs 15 people and has done the cabinetry for more than 4,000 homes since 1995. Projects vary from a bathroom in St. Martin’s to entire homes throughout the United States. They’ve worked on everything from public housing to multimillion-dollar houses. When they started the three-year planning process for their home, Stephanie and Mark wanted something with lots of storage and bathrooms. At the time, the family of seven was living in Mark’s family home on the same property, a 1,200-foot, three-bedroom, one-bath home on the land owned by his father, the late Jack Hall, of Jack Hall Cabinet Company. It was, to say the least, a snug fit. KITCHEN Gesturing to the bright and sunny yellow kitchen, Stephanie says, “This is where everyone wants to be.” An art major in college, Stephanie isn’t afraid of color, as demonstrated throughout the house. Yet, the yellow doesn’t overpower the room; it’s balanced by the beauty of the medium-stained, custom cherry cabinets. 14 | february/march 15 january/february2011 2011• •

The center of the open kitchen is filled with her pride and joy — a massive island, topped with granite, which features a strikingly beautiful asymmetrical pattern, that Stephanie says reflects the natural chaos and beauty of life. The island features stools on one side for quick meals as well as clever, functional cabinets. The room is alive with textures, too. Here, as in the rest of the house, the wall surfaces are rough-finished plaster, in keeping with the casual California-influenced style of the home. But this rough surface is also kid-friendly; a ding or nick won’t show. And the cabinets are durable, too. Stephanie and Mark distressed the surface of the cabinets to make them more family-friendly. In another nod to their children, the microwave is located below counter level so anyone can heat up their own snacks. The kitchen also features one other great amenity: soft closers on all the cabinets. No more slamming doors. These days, Ashley, 25, and Austin, 21, have their own homes, but Cassie, 16, Sammy, 14, Jack, 10, and their friends still fill the kitchen. And now there’s a new crowd of little ones in the kitchen — Mark and Stephanie’s four grandchildren. Above all the cabinets are lighted display cases, which can also function as night lights. Finally, the kitchen features something common to every room in the house: a television. In the kitchen, it’s a large-screen television mounted above the kitchen cabinet so it can be seen even from the casual dining space across from the kitchen. Stephanie laughs as she points out the television, one of 11 in — and out of — the home. Mark, she says, is a bit of a television addict. Mark good-naturedly confesses to his love of television, especially the one that’s on the patio during the summer. That’s where he and his friends like to gather to watch football, barbecue, drink beer and even shoot guns once in a while. “It’s all about Boone County boys and their toys,” he says. Yet for Mark, the home is more than a house. He calls it his escape, where he can be himself. In fact, he says every time he drives up to the slight rise toward his new home, he’s amazed he lives there.

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HALLWAY Another unusual feature is the stunning 8-foot-wide hallway that bisects the house and draws visitors from the garage to the kitchen. Although it features a barrel ceiling and custom-made lighted cabinets, Stephanie’s favorite feature is its tile floor, which is easy to keep clean. “It’s covered with wet foot prints all summer,” she says, explaining the hallway is a thoroughfare for the children as they make their way from the pool to other parts of the house or even to the acres of woods surrounding the house. Of course, she says with a smile, they wouldn’t run around the house to go from the pool to the other side of the home. Both she and Mark like those footprints. Really. As Mark points out, it won’t be long before those footprints will only be memories, and it doesn’t sound like he wants to rush it. But the hallway is more than a conduit for the children. Stephanie keeps the lighted wood column cabinets Mark made filled with bright family keepsakes and photos, which makes the corridor a bright walk down memory lane. 16 | february/march 2011 • 17

Reso ur ce L is t Cabinetry: Mark Hall Cabinetry Granite countertops: Central Missouri Countertops Slate backsplash: Carpet One Floor & Home Porcelain tile: Carpet One Floor & Home and Dave’s Tiling Company Carpeting: Sherwin Williams Carpet squares in children’s rooms: FLOR Hardwood floors: Laid by Cornerstone Construction of Columbia Plumbing fixtures: Columbia Winnelson Supply Plumbing: Brian Wear Plumbing Framing: Doug Powell and Company Stonework: Doug Powell and Scott Powell Dryvit (stucco): Rock N River Heating and air conditioning: Accurate Heating & Cooling Custom garage doors: Smarr Garage Doors Landscaping: Danny’s Landscaping Painting: Let’s Paint & Precision Painters Paint: FAB Building Center, Jefferson City Pool Installation: Fisher Homes & Landmark Builders

OTHER FUN FEATURES The house looks almost formal from the outside, with its stucco and rock exterior that fits into the mid-Missouri landscape (the style is a nod to time Mark spent living in Los Angeles). But inside, the house is filled with quirky, fun, surprising details. For starters, the 20-foot-by-20-foot living room features a set of 24-inch square windows near the 24-foot ceiling. “I love to watch the moon through those windows,” Stephanie says. Mark, an earlier riser, says he likes to see the sunrise through them. Both of them like seeing the sunsets through their windows. Set out in the country with a mailing address in Rocheport, the home has no need for window coverings. In fact, there is only one window treatment in the entire house: a shade over the bathtub in the master bath. It’s here in the master bath where, again, Stephanie’s love of color stands out. The counters are deep dark blue, and the tile in the walkin shower and around the bathtub and walls is iridescent, shimmering and changes with the light. And yes, there’s a television in there, too. The bath off the hallway from the pool to the kitchen is another explosion of color, this time with a Mexican theme. Here, the walls are even rougher, and Stephanie painted them with swipes of bright colors, which gives the small room depth and pizzazz. Here, they installed a colorful sink and a bright, quirky mirror the Halls bought in Mexico long before they built their home. Finally, there’s one room where Stephanie truly lets her artistic side out. The home includes an art room designed to allow her, her children and grandchildren to make anything their hearts desire, without concerns about making a mess. The denim-colored cabinets hide any paint mishaps, and shallow drawers make it easy to find art supplies. The room even features a washer and dryer, which creates an auxiliary laundry room that saves Stephanie from lugging clothes and linens to the downstairs laundry facilities. The room is washed in light from windows above the plentiful counter space. The floors throughout the house are easy-to-clean tile, except for some hardwood upstairs and the flooring in the children’s rooms, which feature removable square rugs. If something gets spilled on the rug, Stephanie simply pulls up the square, puts it in the washing machine and sticks it back down afterward. Although they built the home for their children, Stephanie and Mark also realize children grow up, so the house is made to change with them. The upstairs play area will soon become a theater room. But one thing will never change: The focus at the Hall home is on enjoying the space with friends and family. columbia home | 17

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A stone gas fireplace provides real warmth as well as the rustic feel the Metzes wanted. The lodge-look is reinforced by Craftsman-like wood details in all cabinetry, including the entertainment center, built-in desks and cabinets in the his-andher office space and kitchen. The Craftsman theme is reflected in the style of the sconces above the mantel and on the wall opposite the television. columbia home | 19

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The kitchen area features an oversized island, perfect for friends to gather around or for a family dinner. Opening up the staircase created a more spacious feel, and an abundance of ceiling lights banishes any basement feel to the room. The Craftsman-style pendant lights over the island make it feel homier.

Today, Gail and John Metz’s basement is a cozy gathering place for them and their two children, Blake, 12, and Grant, 8, complete with a kitchen, living room with a fireplace and hisand-her offices. It’s hard to believe this Colorado-lodge-like room was carved out of open storage space that once looked like a warehouse, with metal posts, concrete floors, unfinished walls and stacks of boxes and stray items, ranging from multiple Christmas trees to inherited odds and ends.

“Now it’s our favorite place in the house,” John Metz says. “It’s a place for the kids and us to spend time in as a family” In 2007, John and Gail decided they wanted to convert their basement into a retreat area where each of them could pursue their own interests yet still spend time together. Now, Gail can be in the kitchen while still enjoying John’s company as he watches television, and both of them keep in touch with the children as they do their homework. The couple also wanted to provide their children with a place to play as well as somewhere they could spend time with their friends and hang out. The plan seems to have worked; both children have hosted sleepovers in the space. They sleep in the living room area, snack downstairs and enjoy the television and Wii. The space also works as an entertainment center for Gail, a State Farm administrative services supervisor, and John, a Columbia firefighter, and their friends. One recent weekend, they had 15 to 20 friends over for a dinner and get-together. In 2007, the Metzes asked Angela Holloway and Kerry Bramon of Kerry Bramon Remodeling & Design to bring their vision to life. Holloway and Bramon say the first step in a renovation is always to understand the family and what they want. “They are real people people,” Bramon says, noting the family focus on the space. Today, the entire family loves the downstairs area. “We get ready for work or school upstairs, but we spend the rest of our time down here,” Gail says. columbia home | 21

ABOVE: The kitchen area is center stage, close to the living room and the office area, where the children can do their homework with Gail and John nearby. The kitchen space features hardwood floors for easy cleanup, which makes it perfect for entertaining and family fun.

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designer's palette | Lori Pewitt

Going Bold B y B e ts y B e l l | P h o t o s b y T a y l o r A l l e n

Do you have a neutrally painted room in your home? Most of us do, and let’s face it: It’s the safe choice. So what do you do with that brown or tan room that seems dull and lifeless? Lori Pewitt, of Interior Design Associates, shares a palette of fabrics, prints and accessories that are sure to bring any room back to life.

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The good news is you can create a fresh new look and avoid the task of repainting, Pewitt explains. A neutral background is a wonderful canvas to start with and lends itself to a multitude of combinations and styles. So many people struggle with choosing colors, coordinating fabrics and piecing a room together; these are big decisions. According to Pewitt, it’s important to know that you have options beyond the products in your local chain store. Interior Design Associates works with each client individually to create a space where they feel at home. For this palette, Pewitt chose a neutral background and colorful 24 | february/march 2011 • 25


accent pieces using bold accents of green and orange. No. 2 (Pacer White) is Lori's primary paint choice for the wall. No. 1 (Cobble Brown) is a secondary paint color that could be used for trim or on an accent wall. No. 3 (Lee's color Petry Willow) would be appropriate fabric for a couch or chair. Lori Pewitt, Interior Design Associates 1202 Rogers St., Columbia, Mo. 65201 (573) 874-1755 |

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ocally owned since 1927, Furniture Showrooms by JC Mattress offers one of the largest selections of name-brand home furnishings in Missouri. The company has a long-standing history in Jefferson City and they are constantly growing and changing to offer customers the best selection, the best value and the best service in the industry. The team at Furniture Showrooms regularly attends the 12-million-squarefoot furniture market at High Point, N.C., to search for the latest colors, trends and styles to offer at their Jefferson City and Osage Beach locations. At Furniture Showrooms there is truly something for everyone. You can choose from value-priced furniture, including Broyhill, La-Z-Boy, Flexsteel and Lane to designer name brands such as Hooker, Drexel-Heritage, Bernhardt and Bradington Young, with much of the inventory in stock for immediate delivery. The showroom has recently added quality outdoor furniture and complete custom draperies. Now that the company offers complete in-home design services, it really is a one-stop shop for home furnishings. JC Mattress has also been manufacturing quality bedding since 1927. Because the company manufacturers its own bedding, customers will receive factory direct pricing, which translates to a savings of 30 to 40 percent. The company’s services include delivery, setup and disposal. Furniture Showrooms by JC Mattress will soon offer customers even more selection with the addition of a new La-Z Boy Comfort Studio in both Jefferson City and Osage Beach. The new Comfort Studio will offer customers new and exciting special-order capabilities. For those who like to shop online, they will find two helpful tools on the company’s website: a room planner that allows users to create, save, and e-mail accurate layouts of any room and a tool that allows users to create and view customized upholstered furniture.

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book club | david mitchell

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With the Beauty of Haiku David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet R e v i e w e d b y K e i j a P a r ss i n e n

I’ll admit, I’ve been biased against the author David Mitchell ever since I took a fictionwriting class and one student chastened another for reading Black Swan Green. “Aren’t you fancy toting around that book?” Mitchell was then a literary darling, his style daring and somewhat controversial. At that moment, to my mind, Mitchell’s work became synonymous with intellectual pretense, and quite unfortunately for me, I never picked up any of his books. So when Mitchell resurfaced with his latest work, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which was released to thundering acclaim, I was (irrationally) hesitant. First I made my husband read and vet it, as most days I trust his taste more than mine. He devoured it, and when he finally came to the end, he said, simply: “You must read this. Immediately.” Reviews I’ve read classify The Thousand Autumns as a historical novel that follows the story of forbidden love between a Dutch clerk and a Japanese midwife. In a way it is, but because of Mitchell’s prodigious talent, the book expands far beyond that classification. The story opens in the year 1799 and unfolds on the island of Dejima, off the coast of a highly isolationist and mysterious shogun-ruled Japan. In language that recalls the simplicity and beauty of haiku (“A maple leaf, fiery and fingered, is blown to the magistrate’s side;” “The reeds of flames in the bra-

K eija Parssinen received an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote fellow. Her debut novel, Against the Kings of Salt, will be published by Harper Perennial in January 2012. Keija directs the Quarry Heights Writers’ Workshop, a community for Columbia’s creative writers. To find out more about the workshop, please visit the QHWW website,

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zier fatten and spit;” “Bare Peak is so sharp it might be etched onto glass with a needle;” “Stars pollinate the banks of Heaven’s river, germinate and sprout”), Mitchell builds an intricate world in which you will be both entertained and heartbroken. Part roguish maritime novel, part love story, part history lesson, the book zips back and forth between numerous narrators, ranging from the eponymous clerk, who is both good and brave; to Orito Aibagawa, a samurai’s daughter who studies medicine and works as a midwife and whose beautiful, burned face and impressive mind soon capture de Zoet’s heart; to Ogawa Mimasaku, a highly educated translator who moves between the Dutch and Japanese worlds and reveals to the reader secrets of both. Although scenes involving the gaseous sea captains and bawdy tradesmen of the Dutch East India Company are pleasingly comic, it is when Mitchell allows us into Orito’s consciousness that the book begins to enchant and deepen in meaning. When Orito’s father and protector, who has encouraged her academic pursuits, dies, the region’s ruler, Lord Abbot Enomoto, strikes a bargain with Orito’s stepmother to settle her husband’s debts. That bargain changes Orito’s life dramatically and is the moment on which the plot of the novel turns. One of the chief pleasures of reading fiction is the feeling that you are learning some-

thing — about new and foreign worlds, about the landscape of the human heart. This powerful novel combines an epic feel with one of supreme intimacy, as the characters reveal to us their deepest fears and desires. Additionally, Mitchell remembers the importance of a good story. Here, there are heroes to root for and villains to curse. And yes, there is the love story — two, in fact. One is easier and more obvious, the other is truer, richer, more beautiful and infinitely sadder. After the incredible experience of reading The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, I feel sad to have missed out on Mitchell’s writing all these years and plan to promptly and penitently read backward through his oeuvre.

Featu r ed cl ub When Jennifer Anderson, the Global Studies coordinator at Columbia Independent School, first moved to Columbia in 2006 for her husband’s job at the University of Missouri, she didn’t know a soul. Instead of moping, she established a book group with a few women she met through the university because she figured it would be an enjoyable way to meet interesting people who shared her love of reading. Four years in, the group meets once every four to six weeks and counts 12 women from a multitude of professions among its consistent attendees. At their December meeting, hosted, as always, at the picturesque Old Southwest bungalow of member Christine Schramm, the women discussed Unbowed, a memoir by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kenyan Wangari Maathai. The group, which also includes Johanna Kramer, Melody Kroll, Monika Fischer, Sandy Weisman, Katerina Pelican, Antje Heese, Kate Anderson, Teri Christiansen and Annie Lee, reads mostly fiction but, as evidenced by Unbowed, occasionally opts for nonfiction. Each year, they read the Columbia One Read selection and most recently have enjoyed Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin and Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone. Do you belong to a book club you’d like to see featured in Columbia Home? Tell us about it on our Facebook page,

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advice | DEAR KATE

dear kate

Life, love, family and more. Your questions, answered.

dear kate,

My daughter is a freshman in college, and for the past few weeks, she has been expressing dissatisfaction with her living situation, which boils down to the fact that she and her roommate are not a good match. I want to be sure she is happy, and I don’t know at what point I need to intervene and ask the school to do something. K. M. Dear K.M. First, I want to congratulate you for not dialing the school immediately upon hearing that your daughter and her roommate were not getting on. That is often the first reaction, but it should typically be a last resort. The roommate relationship is an incredible learning opportunity, and too often, intervention by parents (even with good intentions) inhibits that opportunity. Empower your daughter to address the situation on her own. If she is not comfortable addressing concerns directly with the roommate, have her talk with her resident advisor or other live-in residential staff. If this is not successful, have her work her way up the Residential Life chain; roommate conflicts are a common malady, and she will receive the necessary support and guidance. This is a chance for your daughter to practice healthy conflict resolution and communication skills. You can model this by encouraging her to work toward resolution. Remember, you are hearing only one side of this story, and as wonderful as your child is, there are always two sides.

dear kate,

My boyfriend and I have been together for two years, and he’s a really great guy — when we’re not fighting. We don’t fight often, but when we do, it’s like he is another person. Some of the things he says shock me into silence: cruel, degrading things that I cannot imagine saying to my worst enemy. The next day he’s fine, but I’m still reeling from his words. I’ve brought this up to him, and he 30 || february/march 31 february/march 2011 2011 • •

shrugs it off. There is so much good about him and our relationship, but the angry words are starting to get to me. S. J. Dear S. J. First things first: In anger or in ecstasy, it is never OK to walk away from your partner feeling as if you’ve just been put through a verbal nuclear attack. Secondly, I understand your confusion; the good things seem to quantifiably outweigh the bad. But what about in quality? The bad might be rare, but it seems as if they're leaving a lasting and hurtful impact that might be affecting the overall quality of even the good times, nevermind your self-esteem. All relationships have difficulties and take work, but some things are simply unacceptable; it is up to each of us to decide what falls into the acceptable and unacceptable categories. I encourage you to decide what this means for you; set some boundaries, and stick to them. If being called derogatory names or being screamed at is unacceptable to you, that is your boundary, and it is your right to ask your partner to respect and adhere to this. If he cannot respect your boundaries, it is his problem, not yours. I would suggest seriously evaluating what you want out of this relationship and deciding whether you want to continue giving yourself to someone who seems unwilling to respect your needs. Professional counseling as a couple or as individuals might be a good route to help you walk through this situation.

dear kate,

My daughter wants a Facebook page, but I’m struggling with the decision of whether to let her join or not. I am concerned about cyber-bullying, sexting and overall addiction to the Internet. She is 13 and says all her friends have joined. I simply can’t decide what’s best. S. G. Dear S. G. This is a dilemma that will be faced by nearly every parent in the 21st century,

and honestly, the solution is individual to every family, or more accurately, every child within every family. It depends on what you as a parent are comfortable with and the level of maturity of your child. You could go the route of “no social networking under my roof,” but perhaps it’s better to sit down with your daughter and negotiate an honest plan you both agree with. Decide on an age, and then identify and agree on the responsibilities and expectations that come with joining a social networking site. One of those might be that you will be her first friend (if you don’t already have a page, make one, and become familiar with the site). Agree on the privacy settings, time spent each day (30 minutes or five hours a day?) and who she can friend (only people she knows). Talk about safety. Address the potential dangers of talking to people you don’t know and posting personal information (such as pictures of your house or her phone number) and the possible consequences. Use her entry into the world of social networking as a privilege, one that has been earned but can also be lost. This is an excellent opportunity to talk about honesty, responsibility and trust and also gives your child a chance to practice these things.

dear kate,

My brother is making a tragic mistake; his bride-to-be is a rude gold-digger who has nothing but her own self-serving interests in mind. They have been together for only six months, and wedding plans are in full swing. My brother, for reasons I have yet to understand, seems oblivious to her demanding, spiteful ways. I don’t know how I can stand by silently and allow this tragedy to unfold, but I’m worried if I say something, it will permanently damage our relationship. I love my brother and want him to be happy, and the only thing I see in his future with this woman is misery. J. R.

Dear J. R. It’s the old, I-know-my-sibling-better-than-he-knows-himself-and-he’s-going-tobe-sorry-sooner- rather-than-later scenario. I get it, and you very well might be right. But the fact remains that he does not get it and very likely won’t get it until he stumbles upon this little nugget of truth himself. So what do you do in the meantime? You mentioned two options: express yourself, or keep your lips sealed. My guess is that as much as you dislike and disapprove of this relationship, you love your brother more. And because you love your brother more, slamming the door on the relationship you have with him is not ideal. What about meeting in the middle of these two options? Can you have an honest conversation with your brother about his happiness and future plans without identifying his fiancée as Cruella de Vil? Talk to him about how he’s doing, what’s going well in his life, where he sees himself in the future. Reiterate how much you love him, thereby strengthening your relationship, not weakening it. This might give you a better understanding of what he sees in his future bride and also lets him know you support him and want the best for him. In the event that things do go up in proverbial flames as you envision, you have left the door open for him to come to you for support. And who knows, she might come around, and you’ll be all the more thankful you left your lips closed and the door open.

Kate Smart Harrison holds a B.A. in psychology from Loyola University, New Orleans and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri. Kate also attended a graduate program in Austria for peace studies and conflict transformation. Disclaimer: The advice provided in this column is for general informational and educational purposes only; it is not offered as, and does not constitute, a therapeutic relationship or psychotherapeutic advice. None of the information presented is intended as a substitute for professional consultation by a qualified practitioner.

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Welcome to the World

Liam Morris P a r en t s : Tyler and Katelyn Morris B i r t h we i gh t : 8 pounds 9 ounces H e i gh t : 20 ½ inches

How has being a parent changed you? Becoming a parent is a sure way to learn to give of self. We’ve learned more about being selfless through becoming parents than we ever did becoming husband and wife. Liam has taught us how to see things from another perspective and to examine the smallest of details. He is so much fun, and we love listening to him laugh. We are truly blessed to have Liam as our son, and we know that God hand-picked him for us to love and nurture.

Camryn Gray and Connor Gray P a r en t s : Andrew and Jessica Gray B i r t h we i gh t :

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from parenting? It is never too early to teach your kids the values of a good person. They observe and understand more than we realize.

Wyatt Crockett

Camryn: 6 pounds 6 ounces

P a r en t s :

Camryn: 18 ½ inches

Tim and Julie

Conner: 19 ¼ inches

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8 pounds 12 ounces H e i gh t : 21 ¾ inches

Conner: 5 pounds 5 ounces H e i gh t :

What has surprised you most about being parents? How fast they grow. It seems like they change overnight. It’s fun to see their different personalities as they get older and how different they are from one another. Being a parent is truly the most rewarding job in the world.

Sylvia Foster P a r en t s : Chance and Jennie Foster B i r t h we i gh t : 7 pounds 10 ounces H e i gh t : 21 inches

How has being a parent changed you? It defiantly makes you think about what you are doing. You have a little one who is completely dependant on you and your decisions. She is the first thing I think about when an important decision is made.

In 2002 my husband Dwain and I bought a home in Monticello Acres. It was built in 1987 and the previous owners had not taken care of the home. It needed a complete overhaul. A friend of mine recommended Lori. When we met I was amazed at her knowledge on everything, from the building process to interior design. C



We hired Lori to help us with the remodel. It was huge job, from stripping and moving walls, creating a master bathroom, redesigning the master bedroom to finishing the basement. Since then we’ve had Lori back on several occasions to remodel our kitchen and now our family room. We are always so impressed with the quality of products she is able to bring into our home. I would consider her products heirloom quality pieces, definitely not what you find at the local outlet stores. For us she was able to blend traditional and contemporary styles in a seamless and beautiful way. Not only is Lori a wonderful interior designer but now a good friend of mine. You’re not just getting a designer with Lori. She is a genuinely delightful person & a joy to work with. -Caroline Roberts

Lori Pewitt, Owner

Photo by Carole Patterson

Amelia Synder P a r en t s : Jason and Beth Snyder B i r t h we i gh t : 10 pounds 8 ounces H e i gh t : 21 ½ inches

Favorite moment: Seeing our parents interact with her and love her to death. Best lesson you’ve learned from parenting: Take turns sleeping and taking care of the baby. You don’t both have to be tired every day — just every other day! columbia home | 33

shopkeeper’s story | TUCKER’S FINE JEWELRY

Music and Diamonds

Tucker’s Fine Jewelry owners Justin and Sonya Addison bring youth, enthusiasm and a team approach to their downtown business. B y B o nd i W o o d | P h o t o s b y A r t S m i t h p h o t o g r a p h y

Dim the lights, and cue the music.

Like the beginning of any good love story, Justin and Sonya Addison’s story begins with music and ends with a diamond — well, several of them actually. The couple, who owns Tucker’s Fine Jewelry and Gift Gallery, met in the Marching Eagle Band at their alma mater, Central Methodist University in Fayette. Justin, a sax player, sports enthusiast and English major, sat behind the petite blonde pony-tailed Sonya, a flute player and premed major. Fast forward 10 years, and the self-described band geeks, who still get carded regularly, are now successful business owners, with new baby Jake, and, oh yeah, did I mention she’s a doctor, too? Proprietors Justin and Sonya Addison bought Tucker’s from original owner Robert Tucker in April 2009. Justin knew the economic downturn made it a good time to purchase, but he also realized the next few months would be formidable. Formerly the sports editor for the Fayette Advertiser, Justin was a stranger to the world of retail jewelry, but his wife, Sonya, had worked her way through undergrad and medical school at Tucker’s. “I’ve been in jewelry since 1998, so it seemed like the natural flow of things,” Sonya says. Justin is the hands-on, day-to-day manager of the store, as Sonya is nearing the end of her residency and will enter a two-year fellowship in endocrinology this summer. Still, Sonya can’t stay away from the store. Two master jewelers, Lee Morgan and Michael Oetting, round out the four-person team at Tucker’s. “I can change a battery in a watch,” Justin says, “but Lee and Michael are not just professionals; they are some of the best jewelers in mid-Missouri.” Morgan, like Sonya, worked for the previous owner and says the transition to the new owners has been a positive move. “Things got better,” Morgan says. “New energy, young blood, everything started to pop; and Sonya’s excited about jewelry. It’s been great.” Oetting, who began working with the Addisons a year and a half ago, had taken a several-year sabbatical from jewelry work. “When I came back to work here at Tucker’s, I fell in love with it all over again,” he says. The Addisons and their two master jewelers make decisions together, and all of them deal with customers. “The old days where the jeweler is in the back room and the salesman is talking to the customer are over,” Morgan says. “We all interact with the customers; they watch us work on their jewelry, and it never leaves the store.” Longtime Tucker’s customer Juanita Thomas likes the setup at Tucker’s. “They provide excellent quality jewelry and repair work, and we usually share 34 | february/march 2011 • 35

Tucke r’ s Fine J ewelry and Gift Gall ery

a laugh,” she says. “You can consult with the craftsmen who do the work and know you will be taken care of.”

100 N. Providence Road (573) 817-1310 Hours: Tuesday –Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mid-Missouri’s only same-day jewelry repair center and appraisal service

That kind of interaction and security are what Paula Stuebben was seeking when she became a customer in 2009. In an offhand conversation with her mother about trying to get her cherished custom wedding ring repaired, Stuebben’s mother mentioned the Addison couple, whom she knew only as customers of her bank. “My mom had never used the Addisons as jewelers, but her description of how nice they were, what good people they were, convinced me to give them a try,” Stuebben says. She has never regretted it. Justin and Sonya agree that understanding and acknowledging the emotional side of jewelry is crucial. “Whether it’s a $12 charm or a $10,000 ring, people are emotionally attached to their jewelry,” Justin says. Sonya does the majority of the appraising, while Justin has mastered engraving. “We can engrave about anything,” he says, pointing to some wine bottles he engraved for Cooper’s Oak Winery. Justin and Sonya have found similarities between retail jewelry and the medical field. “We diagnose their repair problems, often have to break bad news, walk them through the process and maintain extreme confidentiality,” Sonya says. And like patients who yearn for the days of house calls, Justin says: “We’re not a faceless corporation. We are very hardworking people — people just like you.”

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family | The Mommy chronicles

Power of Encouragement It was Monday Night Football.

The team was celebrating a victory: ice on the coach, hugs and shouts of joy. Then the reporters came with cameras in hand. And as the victorious quarterback looked into the camera, he said, “Hi, Mom.” Why? I am making an assumption, but I imagine from the time he was a little boy to the moment that mass of muscle charged to victory, his mama had been saying to him: “You are the man! Look at those muscles. You keep working, son. It will pay off.” Her words were the wind at his back as he persevered to victory. In contrast, a little girl wearing a new dress twirled and twirled in front of her daddy as he watched television. She was inwardly begging for a word of approval. After his rebuke, telling her to move out of the way of the TV, she went to her room with a crushed spirit. Similar scenes were played throughout her childhood. She entered adolescence with little confidence and no dreams and found her comfort in food and with men who used her for their pleasure. Could her future have been changed merely by a glance and word of encouragement? Something as simple as, “You are my beautiful little girl, and I love you” could have changed her future. What is the impact of encouraging words? Throughout life, we receive negative messages. They come not only from within the home but also from the world. There’s the presence of the mean boy or girl at school or, later in life, the cruel or dismissive authority. If we have encouragement, the negative does not become the voice that shapes the course of our lives. The voice of encouragement is stronger than the echo of the negative. Encouragement causes our minds to dream. We carry into our days an “I can” attitude rather than one of timidity and reluctance. I want to share a story about an amazing young man named Brad Cohen with a dream that could not be hindered by negative words or continual rejection. Have you ever heard of Tourette syndrome? It’s a neurological impairment characterized by physical and vocal tics exhibited in varying severities. This young man with Tourette’s had a dream to become a teacher. After countless interviews and rejections, he was finally hired to teach second grade. At the end of his first year of teaching, he was named First Year Teacher of the Year for the state of Georgia. In his acceptance speech, he said he always remembered his mother’s words: “Do not let Tourette’s win.” Who can fully measure the impact of encouragement? As we go forth in our homes and in the world, let’s be people who give words that can cause others to soar.

Kay Bartle, the proud mother of four and grandmother to six, shares stories of the joys, struggles, laughter and tears that come with raising a family.

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food | the dish

Ultimate Comfort

Chef Benjamin Randolph’s pasta puttanesca Warm up with this spin on classic Italian spaghetti. It’s pasta puttanesca with shellfish — a spicy, tangy dish from Harpo’s Chef de Cuisine Benjamin Randolph. Pas ta Pu t ta nesca w i th Shellfi sh Makes 4 servings Active time: 10 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Preparation Purée tomatoes with juice in a blender. Cook spaghetti in a pasta pot of boiling salted water (2 1/2 tablespoons salt for 6 quarts water) until al dente. Drain and reserve. While pasta boils, cook garlic, anchovy paste, red-pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and pale golden, a little less then 1 minute. Add tomato purée to garlic oil, along with olives and capers, and simmer, stirring occasionally. Add clams, and simmer for about 4 minutes. Add shrimp and mussels to sauce, and cook until fully cooked. Shrimp should be opaque; mussels and calms should be fully opened. Add pasta to sauce, and return to a simmer, turning pasta with tongs while heating. Portion on to plates. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

photo by Taylor Allen

Ingredients 1 pound dried spaghetti 4 garlic cloves, forced through a garlic press 3 teaspoons anchovy paste 1/2 teaspoon hot red-pepper flakes 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 pounds clams, cleaned 2 pounds mussels, cleaned and de-bearded 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice (preferably Italian) 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, sliced 1/4 cup pitted green olives, sliced 1/4 cup capers, drained Grated Parmesan cheese

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health | fitness

By K at r i n a Tau c h e n

Trails and tips for area runners, beginners and advanced alike

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There are a lot of things to love about February: heart-filled storefronts, Valentine’s Day and brief cameos by 50-degree weather promising spring isn’t too far behind. For many people, those hints of springtime are a welcome invitation to head outdoors and revisit those New Year’s resolutions made the month before. If January is the month to make plans for your health and fitness, then February is the month to kick it into gear. Coincidentally, February also marks the beginning of training season for a lot of runners who are gearing up for springtime races. And it’s not too late to jump on the bandwagon. With miles of trail within the city limits and fitness-friendly streets throughout town, Columbia is not only a great city to be a runner, but it’s also the ideal place to become a runner. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or starting from mile one, there’s a trail in Columbia to get you started and keep you on course. So dust off the tennis shoes, and get ready to pound the pavement. And let the training begin. Broadway


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For beginners: MKT through CoMO As a beginning runner, the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, which includes 8.9 miles of multi-use trail, is a great place to learn the ropes. Not only is the flat trail a smooth intro for beginners, but the soft terrain is also easier on joints than hard pavement or treadmills. The trail within the city is clearly marked every half-mile, which makes it simple to keep track of mileage and judge your progress, and water fountains stationed along the path about every mile and a half help keep you hydrated. The MKT begins at Flat Branch Park and cuts through town to the southwest end of Columbia at Scott Boulevard before leaving the city and heading toward McBaine and a connection with the Katy Trail. To get to the trail within the city limits, go to the trailhead at Flat Branch Park (101 S. Fourth St.) or one of the other access points: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Gardens (800 W. Stadium Blvd.), Forum Nature Area (2701 Forum Blvd.) or Scott Boulevard (3662 Scott Blvd.).


For the family: Stephens Lake Park Stephens Lake Park is located on the east side of the city, at East Broadway and Old Highway 63. A 0.6-mile loop around the lake provides a short, scenic trail for beginners, and a 1.7-mile trail around the perimeter of the park offers an equally smooth path with added distance. The route works well for families for a couple of reasons: First, the hard-surface trails make for a smooth ride while pushing a stroller; and second, the circular route makes it easy to add distance, 0.6 or 1.7 miles at a time, without veering too far from your starting point. And the park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., so it’s flexible with busy schedules.

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"Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run." - Bill Rodgers, American marathoner

Training Day

February is the perfect time to start training for springtime races, whether you’re gearing up for a 5K or a full marathon. Here’s a look at a few race offerings, both local and out of town, that might be just the motivation you need to up your training and stay committed. Feb. 12:

Love 2 Run 4-Mile Run/Walk, Columbia,

March 15:

Wild Irish 15K, St. Louis,

Feb. 12:

Erase Hate 5K, Columbia,

April 10:

Go! St. Louis Half Marathon and Marathon;

March 12:

St. Pat’s 5K, Columbia,

St. Louis,

April 30:

Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon, Nashville,

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G et in Ge ar If you’re serious about starting a running routine, the right gear can go a long way in keeping you comfortable, maximizing your workout and helping to prevent injuries. Amy Livesay, owner of The Starting Block and Ultramax Events, shares a few tips on the must-have gear for runners of all levels. • I t a l l s t arts with a good pair of shoes. No matter your

• Dress for the weather. “You can run yea r ro u n d i f yo u g e t

s k i l l l evel, finding the right shoes is an important first

the right gear — 10 degrees to 100 degre e s,” L ive s ay s ay s.

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i n g a g o od conversation with one of our sales associates

running-specific, long-sleeve shirt with a wa r m e r r u n n i n g -

w h e n s hopping for shoes,” Livesay says. “Just because a

specific pullover, jacket or vest, along w i t h a p a i r o f t e ch-

s h o e c o sts a lot does not mean it is the right pair to buy. S i m i l a r ly, just because your friend swea rs by a certain pair o f s h o e s does not mean it will be a good choice either.”

nical pants or tights, gloves and ear or h e a d c ove r i n g . • Race in layers. The appropriate race day g e a r d ep e n d s o n the time of year you’re racing, but layer i n g i s h e l p f u l a ny

I n a dd i t ion to shoe selection, it’s important for people

time before May. Because races often be g i n i n t h e m o r n i n g ,

t o u n d e rstand how they are running. Despite innova -

the temperature will likely rise through o u t t h e c o u r s e o f

t i o n s i n running shoes, 50 percent of runners are injured

the race, and layering allows you to pee l o f f o u t e r l aye r s

eve r y year, Livesay says. The Starting Bl ock offers running

as the weather heats up. Livesay recom m e n d s a l o n g -

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sleeve shirt over the top of whatever sh i r t / t a n k yo u ch o o s e

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to wear underneath that can be taken o f f a n d t i e d a ro u n d

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• D o n ’t f orget to hydrate. Intermediate and advanced run n e r s o f t en hit the trail for long runs that wind throughout t ow n , a nd it’s easy to get turned around. Livesay recom -

and wearing them for the race. “Becaus e a s s o o n a s yo u do,” she says, “they are going to chafe yo u o r r u b a b l i s t e r. Practice in your gear before you race.”

m e n d s a hydration belt, especially in th e summer months,

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Step towa r d

H e althy Li ving One in three women dies of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. It’s a staggering statistic. Luckily, there are things you can do now to better your health and reduce your risk. In fact, just 30 minutes of daily exercise can reduce your risk of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. And if you’re not a runner, walking is another great way to get moving and get healthy. In fact, the AHA’s Start! Walking campaign encourages women to take an active role in their health by committing to walk toward healthier living. According to the AHA: • Wa l k i n g h a s t h e lowest dropout rate of a ny e xe r c i s e . • Fo r eve r y h o u r o f walking, life expec t a n c y m i g h t i n c rease by two hours. • Wa l k i n g i s t h e most effective form of e xe r c i s e t o a ch i eve heart health. • P hy s i c a l ly a c t ive people save $500 a n n u a l ly i n h e a lth care costs. • Fi t n e s s p ro g ra m s have reduced e m p l oye r h e a l t h care costs by 2 0 t o 5 5 p e r c e n t. For more information about the American Heart Association and women’s health, visit, or



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groups that meet throughout the week for runs together. For runs along the MKT and Katy Trail, meet at the Forum trailhead of the MKT on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 a.m. Another group regularly meets at 8 a.m. on Sundays in Rock Bridge State Park at the Devil’s Icebox parking

Stepping Stones

lot and runs for at least an hour. Long runs for the group are currently around two hours, but the time increases as summer gets closer (some of the group’s members are training for ultramarathons). The group typically splits into two to accommodate slower and faster runners. And everyone’s invited to B&B bagels for coffee and socializing afterward. For more information about the running groups and how to join, contact Andy Pele at (573) 234-7662 or

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health | edible education

Fantastic Four The best foods you’re not eating By joanna demkiewicz

Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what we’re putting into our bodies when throwing together a family dinner or reaching for a snack. When we need something fast, easy and appealing, habitual foods take precedent. But here at Columbia Home, we believe the hidden gems of nutrition deserve recognition. For satisfied taste buds and a happy body, grab your grocery list and get ready to make some healthy additions.

Quinoa Barley This whole grain product is high in fiber and contains the nine essential amino acids that contribute to repairing muscles, organs, nails and hair, along with other health benefits such as aiding brain and metabolic functions. According to Hy-Vee dietitian Paula Vandelicht, quinoa is a versatile substitute for oatmeal or brown rice and is a good choice for a gluten-free diet. The quinoa barley can be used as a breakfast cereal, as a side dish with an entrée or in soup.

Chia Seeds/Chia Seed Flour Chia seeds and flour provide a full day’s supply of omega-3 fatty acids and are a significant source of protein, fiber and calcium. This “super food” is a smart addition to a diabetic or gluten-free diet. Vandelicht suggests using the flour in baked goods to remain full for a longer period of time or adding the seeds to smoothies or a vinaigrette dressing.

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SlimCado These avocado relatives are an easy substitute for mayonnaise on a sandwich and can even replace oil in a cookie recipe, Vandelicht says. The Florida-grown vegetables contain 50 percent less fat and one-third fewer calories than the leading California avocado and are a prime source of vitamin E, protein and fiber. SlimCados can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores from November to early March.

Melissa’s Fresh Peeled Garlic

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Garlic contains anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and therefore helps maintain a healthy immune system. Melissa’s Fresh Peeled Garlic is a beneficial substitute to jarred garlic, Vandelicht says, because the individually packaged garlic cloves are less processed and aren’t soaking in oil. Vandelicht suggests using garlic in meatloaf, burger patties or as a garnish on a variety of meals.

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style | fashion

Classic, Meet Trendy

A timeless color palette opens the door for popular pieces and accessories. Why it works: Combining closet staples with clothing and accessories that are in-the-moment promises a look that’s as timeless as it is trendy, sophisticated as it is fun. For this grouping, Calene Cooper of Calena’s Fashions in Holts Summit combined a classic color palette of black, red and silver with trendy pieces such as leggings, tunic tops, cropped jackets, oversized bags and bold jewelry.

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5. Assorted jewerly, $1 7 – $ 8 1

1. Cartise dress, $286.99

6. Assorted bags $79.9 9 – $ 3 7 9

2. CoVelo jacket, $306.99

7. Cartise top, $124.50 ; C a r t i s e s k i r t ,

3. Assorted fashion rings, $14.99 – $22.99

$144.99; Our Family ’s Jewe l s

4. Assorted belts, $24.50 – $156.99

necklace, $37.99

All clothin g a n d ac c e sso r i es fr om Calena’s Fashions, 275 Karen Drive, Holts Summit, Mo. (573) 896-5091, 48 | february/march 2011 •

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Beyond Our Borders Dr. Kent Willett, DDS, and his mission work

B y M o l ly W r i g h t | P h o t o s c o u r t e s y o f K e n t W i l l e t t

Columbia dentist Dr. Kent Willett has a warm and welcoming office on Chapel Hill Road. His reception area, complete with a cozy fireplace, comfy chairs and hot coffee, provides a homelike atmosphere, and his sedation option goes a long way in calming even the most fearful patients. But for one week in February, Willett leaves behind all of these comforts to treat patients in impoverished villages, where a single chair under the trees is often the only office space available. This year is no exception. From Feb. 5 to 12, Willett’s team, including two area high school students, will travel to Jamaica to once again offer free dental services, a boon to many who might only dream of having their pain alleviated. Guided by a strong faith and a desire to help others, Willett’s service is a gift to many, a gift that far outweighs the primitive working conditions they encounter when they arrive. Born in St Louis, Willett considered a dental career at an early age. “I wanted to do something different in my life,” he says. “I liked science. I liked people. I liked biology. There was even a dentist down the street, and I liked him.” Then again, Willett’s parents, his father, an electrical engineer, and mother, the director for foreign exchange students in St Louis in the 1960s, also influenced his decision to choose a service-minded career. “School, church, community programs, they were always busy,” he says. So in 1976, after receiving his B.S. in microbiology from the University of Missouri, Willett enrolled in the University of MissouriKansas City and obtained his dental degree in 1980. 50 || february/march 51 february/march 2011 2011 • •

When he set up his Columbia practice in 1981, Willett was familiar with medical mission trips; in fact, the idea of helping others in foreign countries appealed to him. But back then, organizations sponsoring the trips normally required a month-long commitment, a time frame Willett felt was too long to be away from his practice. So when an office assistant suggested medical mission work, Willett said, “If you can find a mission trip that’s only a week, I’ll go.” The assistant discovered Medical Ministry International, an organization dedicated to meeting the medical needs of the world’s poor, that offered one- and two-week mission trips. It was a match seemingly made in heaven, so Willett made good on his promise. That was 25 years ago. The team has used MMI for its mission trips ever since and has visited Jamaica every year except one, when they went to the Dominican Republic. Preparation for every mission trip begins months ahead of time. Willett says the first priority is choosing team members who get along and can rely on one another in a foreign country. It’s not surprising then that his team consists mostly of office staff and their extended families, people he knows and trusts. According to Libby Grantham, a 17-year dental hygienist with Willet and 10-year mission trip member, all of Willett’s office staff and most of their children, as well as Willett’s wife, Vicki, and their two children, Brie and Landon, have participated in the mission trips during the years. Her own daughter went when she was 18 and again at 23. “Our kids need to see how most of the rest of the world lives,” Grantham says. Linda

Ealy, Willett’s office manager for the past 15 years, brought one of her daughters twice, and when the other daughter married, her son-inlove, as she refers to him, participated as well. Last year Willett’s team also included Arianna Prince, a 16-yearold Hickman High School sophomore at the time and member of Granny’s House, an after-school program for public housing children in Columbia. Angie Azzanni, program director for Granny’s House who accompanied Prince on last year’s mission trip, recommended Prince, who she knew was interested in pursuing a medical career in a Third World country. “She’s so intelligent, so smart, and she’s always served at Granny’s House,” Azzanni says. She added that Prince, a regular at Granny’s House since fourth grade, was a veteran of other Granny’s House sponsored trips, participated in CALEB, a science club through the after-school program, and has taken anatomy and chemistry in school. After the team is chosen, packing is the next concern. Although pharmaceutical supplies await them in Jamaica, surgical tools and materials must be brought from home. Also, food, though provided where they stay, is limited to the basics, such as oatmeal and maybe an egg for breakfast, rice and beans and occasionally chicken for lunch and dinner. So tuna, peanut butter, beef jerky and a favorite, Laughing Cow Cheese, are packed to break up the monotony. When the team finally boards the plane, along with their personal luggage, they haul four large plastic tubs as well. Typically, they arrive in Jamaica on the Friday or Saturday evening before their scheduled work week. “We land in Montego Bay,” Grantham says. “Then with a driver, we take the coastal route to Black River on the southwestern coast and stay close to the small

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town of Lover’s Leap, specifically at Ocean View Bible Camp.” The road trip takes about five hours. Willett’s team then meets up with others scheduled for the same mission week, and everyone is assigned to one of two medical traveling teams. Each traveling team includes doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists. With a few hours to relax, they gear up for Sunday and the first order of business: sorting the pharmaceuticals, which arrive in large containers, into smaller traveling portions. Upon rising Monday morning, they have a quick breakfast, a prayer and an overview of the day before heading out to their first destination. Each ride can take anywhere from a half hour to an hour or more depending on the location. According to Grantham, where they set up in each village varies. “Sometimes we go to churches or schools but usually health clinics.” According to Willett, even if the village has a health clinic, they often station their dental area outside because the clinics are very small, maybe 1,000 square feet and four rooms, and the medical doctors they travel with need more privacy for their patients. The team generally works from 8 to 5, but they stay later if necessary so everyone waiting gets the chance to receive dental and/or medical care. Because the Jamaican nurses who staff the health clinics advertise the team’s visit, long lines often await them upon arrival. Grantham describes how important these visits are for the villagers: “They get all dressed up because it’s a very big deal. They could walk for miles and wait for hours.” Willett’s team offers dental checkups and education, but according to Willett, extractions take up the majority of their time. “We see about 50 people a day and pull about 80 teeth, using only local anesthesia.” Willett believes diet is the primary culprit for the poor dental health they see in those they treat. The children snack on sugar cane, and soda and juice are often preferred over water by the people in the communities. Lack of regular dental checkups is also to blame, according to Grantham. “They don’t always have access to dental care, so it just gets worse and worse,” she says. Although dental services are available in Santa Cruz, about 12 miles inland, transportation and money issues make this option difficult for many. Although mission work consumes the majority of their time, team members sometimes get an opportunity to explore the area. According to Willett, if the team arrives on Friday, they can go to the beach on Saturday before jumping into the work week. Free time also crops up now and then. Last year, for instance, Prince and Azzanni were able to visit YS Falls, a favorite tourist attraction in Jamaica, where they rode a zip line during their stay. Repeated visits to the same location create friendships as well. Willett says the Jamaican villagers remember them and welcome them each time they arrive. The team also looks forward to reconnecting with longtime patients. Undoubtedly, the patients who receive medical services through the mission groups are thankful. Willett, and others who have made the journey, though, would say the experience touches those who serve just as deeply. “Often, the girls cry over patients,” Willet says referring to his women staff members. “It’s just the desperateness of it. They (the 52 | february/march 2011 • 53

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patients) live in shacks; yet they’ll stay in the clinic all day and offer to clean up.” Azzanni , who along with Prince was assigned to a medical team, was saddened by the vast difference she saw between her life and the lives of the Jamaicans she helped. “We saw tons of parasites, skin diseases and rashes from playing in the dirt and from the drinking water they would often get from ponds.” However, it was Prince, recalling rows of candlelit houses flanking the road on their trip around the island, who summed up everyone’s feelings most aptly. “I need to be grateful for what I have,” she says. Prince, who will join the team this year as well, is looking forward to returning. “Dr. Willett is fun and took good care of us,” she says. She also can’t wait to see the children she befriended last year, especially the ones who taught her to play their favorite hand games. And this year’s trip is doubly exciting because her identical twin sister, Brianna, who is interested in pharmaceutical work, is going as well. And because both girls must pay their own way, for the past several months, they have been collecting money to cover their expenses. From sending out letters asking for community and church support to spearheading breakfast fundraisers through Granny’s House and selling handmade bracelets, they expect to reach their goal. Azzanni will accompany Prince again. “I loved watching Arianna live out her dreams,” she says. “It was so fun to see her relate to the kids as well. I also loved being part of a really purposeful mission. To see a person come in with a prob54 | february/march 2011 • 55

Dr. Willett

lem and leave better, to be able to be part of that, with no medical background, was really a privilege.” She also appreciated Willett, who she says was “like a second dad on the trip. He explained everything, even though it’s commonplace to him after so many years.” On their return trip to the states, when Azzanni and Prince got separated from the group, Willett stayed with them to make sure they got home safely. It’s not surprising that Azzanni recently started seeing Willett for her dental work. Willett’s kind and caring nature abroad is also recognized in Columbia. Fran Grant, mother of three and a patient of Willett’s for 17 years, echoes Azzanni’s thoughts about Willett’s character when she talks about his dental service. “I appreciate the consistent, gentle and thorough dentistry practiced by Dr. Willett and his team,” she says. “He and his staff are always friendly and have created an atmosphere that is very comfortable.” Although this year’s mission trip will be his 25th, Willett looks forward to yet another opportunity to serve those who are less fortunate. In fact, Willett says he considers a week away from his furnished office not a hardship but a privilege and a personal responsibility, based on his faith and the many blessings he has received in his own life. “I think 50 percent of the world lives on $2 a day or less,” he says. “The wealth I need to keep in perspective. I’ve been given much. There is no satisfaction in keeping. You are blessed more in giving.” Then, referencing a favorite bible verse, he adds, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48).

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artist profile | 1Canoe2

By Stephanie Detillier | Photos courtesy of 1Canoe2

An Impressive Friendship Beth Snyder and Carrie Shryock create handcrafted art from a Columbia barn Beth Snyder is a hobby collector — the type who spends hours in crafts stores, fills boxes with halfway-finished art projects and operates the pedal of a sewing machine like a NASCAR driver. Snyder stitched her first quilt at age 7 and through the years has taken up painting, fabric dying, calligraphy, printmaking, photography, sewing purses, designing jewelry and countless other creative pastimes. 56 | february/march 2011 • 57

So even though the ancient art of letterpress printing intrigued her, even though she kept searching online for presses and even though she really, really wanted to design and print her own wedding invitations, she insisted that the last thing she needed was another hobby. Her soon-to-be husband, Jason, however, could see beyond that facade. Or perhaps he just didn’t know what else to get her for Christmas. Either way, she ended up with a small tabletop press from eBay. Little did Jason know that his gift would soon overshadow all of Snyder’s other crafty pursuits and lead her to start a letterpress company, 1Canoe2, with Carrie Shryock, her high school friend.

In the past two years, the creative duo has invested in two larger motorized presses and produced hundreds of note cards, prints, calendars and custom wedding invitations based on their hand-drawn designs. While also working full-time jobs, the women have grown a wide customer base for 1Canoe2 at the local art shop Poppy and on, an online arts and crafts market through which they sell most of their items. “We think of things that would be fun to draw and products that people might like,” Snyder says of their casual, playful philosophy. “While we like to sell them, a lot of our projects in the past year were done just because we wanted to do them.” Fir st i mp re ssi o ns When Snyder received her new hobby for Christmas in 2007, she was working for a Nashville television station. In her downtime, she learned to operate her letterpress by consulting a friend with a similar machine and websites run by “old-geezer printers.” Snyder became her own first client and produced four-piece invitations for her wedding. “I probably printed 200 just to have 75 that looked halfway decent; that’s how hard it was to print them,” she says. “It’s neat the way they look now, though, because they’re kind of wonky and look handmade.” Shryock, who was living in Columbia, traveled to Tennessee occasionally to visit Snyder and her letterpress. “Beth was always telling me about how cool it was,” Shryock says. “But at first, I couldn’t even picture what it looked like.” Invented by Johannes Guttenberg in the 1400s, letterpress printing impresses inked metal letters, etched plates or carved blocks into paper. What was once the most efficient publishing method is now a tedious art form appreciated for its handcrafted, rather than mass-produced, quality. When Snyder and her husband decided to move to Fulton in August 2008, she and Shryock hatched a plan to work together under the name 1Canoe2, a nod to college summers they spent floating down Missouri rivers (one canoe, two girls), skipping rocks and dreaming big dreams around campfires. Snyder and Shryock started by selling letterpressed recipe cards in handcrafted wooden boxes and then limited-edition calendars on Etsy. “Once I saw how successful those were, I realized this could work,” says Snyder, who began contemplating the purchase of a larger motorized press that wouldn’t have to be hand-cranked. The question was where to find a place for a 2,000-pound press. They talked about putting it in Snyder’s basement until Shryock asked her dad if 1Canoe2 could operate from their family-owned Shryocks’ Big Red Barn. “He was all for it,” Shryock says. “My dad really likes old things, and it just kind of fits here.” In fact, it looks like the kind of Midwestern scene you’d find on a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Along a quiet road off I-70, the cherry-red barn sits amid acres of farmland. Inside the whitetrimmed door and beyond the tractors being repaired are two iron Chandler & Price letterpresses from a bygone era. “With the Internet, you don’t have to live in New York to be an illustrator,” Snyder says. “You can live in the middle of a cornfield.” How customers find their products online is somewhat mysterious, she says, especially because they haven’t done much marketing. “Something will get featured on a blog somewhere, and then we’ll sell a ton of them. By a ton, I mean like 30 or something, which means a lot for us.” columbia home | 57

Their biggest order came in spring 2010 when Anthropologie saw 1Canoe2’s recipe card boxes in their online shop, shop/1canoe2. The national chain ordered 800 to sell in their stores for the Christmas season. “We were kind of shocked when they e-mailed us,” Shryock says. “Anthropologie? Are you kidding me?” In November 2010, Poppy, at 920 E. Broadway in Columbia, also began carrying 1Canoe2 products, which quickly became some of the store’s most popular Christmas gift purchases, says Diana Parker, floor manager. “Customers really like the organic feel, and they love knowing that it’s two local artists who produce high-quality pieces.” 1Canoe2’s playful designs are often based on nature or assortments of an item, such as various cameras, kitchen utensils, boats or tools. Snyder’s favorite piece is the “Things that are Round” print, which features nine circular objects, including a pincushion, rotary-dial phone, dandelion and glazed donut with sprinkles. Each item is a different color, which means that each poster had be to run through the press nine times. Shryock is partial to their one-color print that features her caricatures of all 44 US presidents. She originally drew them in her sketchbook, where the creative process begins. All of 1Canoe2’s designs are handdrawn, scanned into PhotoShop for layout and then shipped off to be made into plastic plates. Sometimes, Shryock carves the designs out of linoleum blocks herself. Once the press is inked up, they must hand-feed one sheet of paper at a time into the motorized machine. “It’s not quite as easy as pushing the print button on your computer,” Snyder quips. Friend shi p f or ge d i n a rt Snyder and Shryock often decide on their next projects during dinner dates. But bonding over art is nothing new for them. The two young Picassos met in elementary school. Although Snyder attended Auxvasse and Shryock went to Hatton-McCredie, both participated in North Callaway’s gifted program. Each remembers making holiday pop-up cards, constructed similarly to the build-it-yourself paper house kits that 1Canoe2 now sells. Although a grade apart, Snyder and Shryock became close friends at North Callaway High School and attended MU together. “When I think back to high school, I think about us being in art class together all the time,” Shryock tells Snyder. “But it was only like one hour a day.” Now, Shryock is in art class all day and teaches K-5 students at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary. “You can definitely see at that age kids who have artistic talent and will probably continue with it,” she says. Shryock’s mom saw that same glimmer of creativity in her young daughter’s eyes. Neda Shryock says Carrie had an early affinity for crayons, paints, markers, scissors and paper. 58 | february/march 2011 • 59

“She loved big cardboard boxes out of which she might make houses, puppet stages, forts, cars, whatever she might want to play with at that time,” Neda says. Although Shryock always enjoyed drawing, she figured that an art degree wouldn’t lead to solid job prospects, so she majored in nutrition. She was about to start graduate school for exercise physiology when something made her question that path. Instead, she moved to Denver and worked with Sports Life ministry, where she interacted with children during recess and after-school programs. A year later, Shryock returned to Missouri to become certified as art teacher. Alternatively, Snyder knew from the get-go that she wanted an artistic career. In the fourth grade, she started a friendship bracelet co-op, in which she paid students to make bracelets that she then sold to other classmates. “I went to the principal’s office because some girl got really mad and stole money from my desk,” she says with pride. In high school, she sold jewelry and decorated bottles at Poppy and later graduated from MU with a degree in graphic design. Now, she’s the art director of Farm Journal in Mexico, Mo. Snyder admits that it’s challenging to be creative when designing a magazine filled with tractors, seeds and pesticides. But she isn’t planning to make 1Canoe2 her sole career anytime soon. In fact, letterpress printing seems more fun because it isn’t her full-time job. With steady incomes, she and Shryock have more freedom to pursue projects that might not sell well but would be fun to make. “It’s so nice just to have something totally different than work to look forward to,” Snyder says. “It really expands your brain to think in a totally different way. I think the more creative stuff you do, the more creative you can be in everything.” Fa m i ly- s t y l e p r i n t i n g When Snyder was growing up, she decided to brighten her old home’s living room — by coloring the wallpaper. Her mother, Jean Howard, barely remembers the details of the ordeal, though. She’d much rather talk about her daughter’s more refined sketches that now grace living room walls across the country. Both Snyder’s and Shryock’s supporting farming families have played an integral role in the sowing of their artistic talents and the reaping of 1Canoe2’s success. Jean and Neda help their daughters by stuffing prints into sleeves and mailing orders. Instead of big-fish tales, both of their fathers have 1Canoe2 stories, which they tell with just as much pride. Snyder says her dad, Tom Howard, delights in describing the 1,000 wooden boxes he made for their recipe cards this past summer. “He tells people that he made 1,000 wooden boxes before he tells people that I’m going to have a baby,” she says. Dennis Shryock, Carrie’s father, is just relieved that his 1Canoe2 story has a happy ending. In spring 2010, he offered to

transport their second press and a large paper cutter from Springfield to the barn. However, the seller’s forklift didn’t work, and the beastly press had to be moved up a 6-inch stair. “He had a smile on his face the whole time,” Snyder says. “But I’m taking bloodpressure medicine next time we do that.” “I think he’s proud of the fact that we actually got it home,” Shryock says of her dad, who’s also the creative mind behind the three-story gumball rollercoaster at Shryocks’ Big Red Barn. For both Shryock and Snyder, art is in their genes. Since 2002, Shryocks’ Callaway Farms has hosted its popular corn maze, and Shryock’s paternal grandmother and great-grandfather were painters. Similarly, Snyder’s family makes an annual pilgrimage to eastern Tennessee for Quilt Fest, a gathering at her aunt’s house where they sew quilts and other fabric projects together. Her husband, Jason, also enjoys doing “art for the sake of art.” He occasionally helps Snyder sketch designs, and she hopes to someday make prints from his drawings of “robots and zombies and gross boy things.” Ideas for new prints and other letterpressed products are never in short supply with this many creative people involved. Snyder and Shryock hope to continue with their series of state-pride artwork and start designing patterns for children’s rooms. In their wildest imaginations, they’d also like their own line of stationery or fabric and a letterpress book, perhaps featuring the presidents. “I always wanted to do it big time,” Snyder says. “I always want to do everything big time.” But even she admits that letterpress was just supposed to be another hobby. Never did she anticipate that their letterpress artwork would become so popular or that they’d receive dozens of requests from customers across the globe. “Right now, we have almost 8,000 people who ‘like’ us on Etsy,” Snyder says in amazement. “That’s almost as big as Fulton.” columbia home | 59

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expert’s advice | Kathy Spry

In the Love Business Kathy Spry of Lindsey Rentals and MO Wedding Connections on brides, weddings and tips for the walk down the aisle

What’s the biggest mistake brides make during the planning process or the most important detail they tend to overlook? Purchasing items they won’t know what to do with after the ceremony. There are rental stores where you pay a small percentage of what the item would cost, and then you can just take it back to the store. Try to first sit down with the people involved with paying for the event, set up a budget, and stay within it.

What’s your funniest/strangest work-related experience? When the groom came in and chose everything for the ceremony and reception.

Describe your ideal bride: When she knows what she wants, and we can sit down and give it to her, with the help of the MO Wedding Connection.

What advice do you have for couples who are looking to save money but don’t want to look like they had to cut corners? Keep it simple but elegant. Come into our shop, and set up an area to play with or table to set up with decorations, etc. You will be surprised how much money you will save when renting instead of buying.

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How do you and MO Wedding Connection help brides narrow their options and find what’s right for them? They first need to make a list of what is most important to them (and their budget), check with the MO Wedding Connections website (www. ) and go to the vendors that would most likely have what they are looking for. If it isn’t there, they should ask one of the wedding vendors; they might know where to guide them to find exactly what they want.

What are the three most important things to consider when planning a wedding? 1. Think about the budget (and who’s paying for the event); 2. Choose what you want to remember

about the day (ceremony, dress, food, etc.); 3. Make a list of family and close friends (based on your budget). Have an A and/or B list (i.e. ceremony: family and closest friends; reception: all your acquaintances). This is really hard to do.

When it comes to wedding planning, what are the first steps a couple should take, and how can you and/or MO Wedding Connection help? Decide on a budget, and sit down with whoever is paying for it. Price shop, look at our websites and pick out several of the vendors you would like to visit. Go in with your budget; most of us will try to work with it and help to make your day what you expect.

What are your favorite wedding venues in Columbia? Because I am part of the MO Wedding Connection, I know too many venues, and I couldn’t pick just one or two. We are lucky here to have so many wonderful places around Columbia for a wedding and or reception. Check out www.moweddingconnection. com for a list of event locations.

What’s your best advice to future brides and grooms? Sit down and decide on a budget — and stick to it.

Why should a bride come to you and/or MO Wedding Connection when planning her wedding? We try to give the utmost customer service. If a bride is looking for something I don’t have, I will guide them to someone who can or try to locate it for them with the MO Wedding Connection.

How would you describe your job with Lindsey Rentals and MO Wedding Connection? I don’t really think of it as a job. You want the brides to have their wedding or reception the way they envision. I try to give helpful hints to give them the look they are wanting and give advice to help with their budget and still get what they want. At MO Wedding Connection, I just try to gather vendors who are experienced and will give their best to the brides. columbia home | 61

style | the look

Treat for your Tresses

Formal styles for a Valentine’s night on the town

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Photos by Taylor Allen

Whether you’re single, dating, married or a mom, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to treat yourself to a little pampering. And after months of enduring winter’s chill, your hair deserves some of that love. Stylists from Salon Envie in Columbia show how to create four beautiful up-dos for any special occasion — even if that occasion is you.

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A word from the stylist: “Amanda came in with naturally curly hair, so she wanted to keep her style close to her natural style but define her curls around her face and give her the illusion of volume. She has some thinning around the crown of her head, so I backcombed the crown to create the fullness. This is a great style to dress up or dress down for any occasion with the use of a heat protectant spray, a flat iron and a flexible hold hairspray. It took about 15 minutes to achieve this style, and it has a professional yet sexy look for day or evening wear. For a more elegant look, I took advantage of the curls and pulled it into a side chignon full of curls.” — Kari, McCoy, stylist, Salon Envie

A word from the stylist:

“The hair is the main ‘tool’ I use in formal hair. As an artist, I can transform my canvas with the aid of flat irons, curling irons, styling products, etc. The true and authentic beauty is within the hair. Mastering this will always create timeless beauty and style.” — Rainey, master stylist, Salon Envie

Service s for a S pecial N i ght Available at Salon Envie, 212 E. Green Meadows Road, Ste. 8, (573) 442-5433, • Shellac: This is a two-week nail polish that wears like a gel nail, $20.

Tips f o r C l i e n ts 1. Do not freshly shampoo your hair the day of your event. 2. Wear a button-up shirt to your hair appointment so it does not disturb your style. 3. Bring a picture with ideas you would like to have for your style. 4. Do not flat iron your hair prior to your appointment if you want a curly style.

• Massage: Starting at $40, the Swedish massage is designed for relaxation. • Facials: Starting at $65, this allows the pores of the face to open and cleanse and is customized to your specific needs. • Manicures, starting at $25 • Pedicures, starting at $45 • Facial and body waxing, starting at $10

5. Book your appointment two to four weeks prior to the event.

• Airbrush tanning, starting at $30 with free touchups

6. Make sure your stylist is aware of the amount of hair you have (length/thickness).

• Airbrush makeup, starting at $25

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Ways To Love Your Mate 1.

Hug them.

2. Write a love note.

14. Instead of complaining, tell them what you would prefer.


Give them a foot massage.


Tell them a joke.


Go for a walk with them.


Send them a "happy gram."


Admit your mistakes.

9. Say, "I love you." 10. Indulge a whim. 11. Listen to them talk about an interest of theirs.

16. Compliment something they did.

17. Offer to help. 18. Ask them to show you how to do something. 19. Call when you are going to be late.

20. Take them out to dinner 21. Write them a poem about how special they are.

12. Be trustworthy.

22. Cut out a cartoon they'll enjoy.

13. Look at them when you're in a discussion.

23. Go to a movie of their choosing.

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24. Go shopping together. 25. Take an afternoon drive.

15. Send flowers. 3. Call them at work just to say "Hi."

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26. Cuddle. 27. Put your arm around them in front of others. 28. Scratch their back. 29. Take them out on a surprise date. 30. Do something they want to do.

31. Listen. 32. Plan a candle light dinner. 33. Look at old photos together. 34. Serve them breakfast in bed. 35. Hold hands.

36. Share a secret. 37. Do a work project together.

38. Rub their back. 39. Take a shower together. 40. Carry their photo in your wallet.

41. Kiss them.

42. Go away together for a weekend holiday.

56. Let them know when you are proud of them.

43. Smile more when you look at them.

57. Ask them for a hug.

44. Go for a bicycle ride together.

45. Surprise them with "special" attire. 46. Plan a picnic lunch. 47. Read something together about how to have a better relationship. 48. Repeat what they say before answering. 49. Say "Good morning" first. 50. Ask if they have a few minutes first before interrupting.

51. Send them a card.

58. Turn on some romantic music. 59. Dedicate a song to them. 60. Send them a balloon bouquet. 61. Watch a sunset together.

62. Play a game together. 63. Have them teach you something they know. 64. Tell them they have the night off. 65. Go to a movie they select.

66. Wear some new cologne.

52. Surprise them with a gift when it's a non-holiday.

67. Take them to Bali.

53. Cook them a favorite meal.

68. Discuss future plans with them. 69. Ask if you can help when they look sad.

54. Try a new restaurant. 55. Ask them how they feel.

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71. Meet them for lunch.

81. Tell them what you like about them.

91. Listen openly to their opposing opinion.

72. Ask for their opinion.

82. Compliment them to their friends.

92. Buy them a new piece of jewelry.

73. Enlarge a scenic photo of a place you've shared. 74. Give them a gift certificate for their favorite store.

75. Buy them a toy. 76. Buy them a new perfume. 77. Take them to a scenic spot. 78. Send them a gourmet gift basket. 79. Send them a joke card. 80. Let them know when you've thought of them during the day.

93. Watch a TV show they like with them

83. Bring them a thirstquenching drink.

94. Write them a letter. 84. Tell them when they look attractive.

95. Listen to music with them, such as an old favorite.

85. Send them a post card. 86. Invite them to a secret rendezvous.

96. Whisper sweet nothings in their ear. 97. Tell them what you like that they do.

87. Give them a massage. 88. Take a lesson with them. 89. Look at photos together of when you met. 90. Plan a vacation with them.

98. Give a head massage. 99. Invite them to a concert.

100. Let them know you care.

Connie Saindon, MFT Founder, Clinical Director Survivors of Violent Loss Program (619) 685-0005 |

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love | online dating

From the Internet,with Love Finding love in the 21st century. Oh, how the rules have changed.

Navigating the world of online dating can be easier said than done. Despite the learning curve, however, it’s quickly become the premier means of finding love in the 21st century. In the past decade, there has been a “meteoric rise of the Internet as a way couples meet,” according to Michael J. Rosenfeld, associate professor of sociology at Stanford, and Reuben J. Thomas, assistant professor of sociology at the City College of New York, who identified this shift in their paper, “Meeting Online: The Rise of the Internet as a Social Intermediary” (2010). Using data from Rosenfeld’s study, “How Couples Meet and Stay Together,” Rosenfeld and Thomas demonstrate how the Internet has become a common means of connecting romantically, lags only a few steps behind connections made through friends and is neck-and-neck with romantic connections made in bars or restaurants. Interestingly, the number of couples who meet via the Internet is well above romantic connections made through family, co-workers, primary or secondary school, neighbors or church. In fact, all previously mentioned forums for romantic connections excluding the Internet and meeting in bars or restaurants have been steadily declining, with the Internet demonstrating the most dramatic gains during the past decade. Rosenfeld and Thomas write, “The Internet is the one social arena that is unambiguously gaining importance over time as a place couples meet.”

What’s so great about online dating? According to the people who participate, a lot. I spoke with three women and one couple who have actively used the Internet as a resource for romantic connections with what they identify as some degree of success. The ages of the people interviewed spanned from mid-20s to early 60s, and though the online route is not without frustrations, they all report that the positive takes precedent. S h e l ly Shelly has been dating online off and on for a couple of years. For Shelly, online dating is an opportunity to “meet people in a less threatening way,” and it’s not only easier to start up a conversation, but also “you know that both people are interested in something. At a bar (you don’t know if someone is available), a guy’s girlfriend might simply be in the bathroom.” Shelly reports she has had good luck for the most part, and though she hasn’t found Mr. Right, she has had a couple of romantic relationships develop and has met some good friends. Shelly says it gives her hope that the right guy is out there: “You learn something from each experience, and it gets you closer to where you want to be.”

By K at e S m a r t H a r r i s o n

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Gabrielle* Gabrielle is new to the online dating scene and just signed up this past August. What was her motivation? “I was at a loss of how to meet people with the same interests, specifically someone who was a single father.” Gabrielle started off a bit hesitant to put too much information or even a photo online, and though her photo is now posted, her profile remains intentionally vague. Gabrielle has gone on dates with five different men since signing up and has assigned them all monikers. There has been Mr. I’m Really Impressed With My Money, Mr. Boring and I’m Much Shorter Than I Said I Was, Mr. Liar Liar Pants on Fire, Mr. Pompous Ass and, finally, Mr. I Had a Great Time and I Hope He Calls Again. According to Gabrielle, online sites are a great way to connect initially with people who seem to share your interests, but “you can’t get to know someone until you meet face to face and see how the ebb and flow of conversation goes.” Janet Janet, who has used Internet dating sites intermittently for the past few years, says the greatest benefit is “the likelihood of finding someone with your same interests is multiplied by a million. … If you don’t have that option, where are you going to meet someone?” Janet has dated and had relationships with a few men, but none quite fit the bill — that is, until a few weeks ago. Janet was about to disconnect from the world of online dating when Fred signed on. Fred had never dated online, but within a month of signing up, he contacted Janet, and it seems Mr. Right has found Ms. Right. Janet emphasizes the importance of persistence and not giving up: “I signed up three or four times; I had a good time and met good friends.” Jackie and Gra n t Jackie and Grant did not meet through an Internet dating site, but their courtship took place online; and with Grant living in California and Jackie in Missouri, it was an ideal venue. Jackie and Grant had two brief meetings over two years at professional conferences, enough to know each other by sight and name but little more. A few weeks after the second encounter, Jackie received a MySpace friend request from someone named Grant. Not familiar with the name, she checked out his picture and realized it was the Grant from the conference. She accepted his request, and the two began a daily exchange of page-long messages and e-mails. “I was coming out of a bad relationship, and it was easier to open up online,” she says. “I was more open to talk about real things online than when talking in person.” The two spent three months corresponding online and eventually by telephone before deciding to meet. Because they had already shared so much with each another, Grant says it was a little “weird meeting someone and already knowing everything about them.” The first meeting led to another meeting, and within five months Grant packed his bags and landed in Missouri. This was two and a half years ago, and they are still going strong. * Name has been changed.

Ju s t t h e s tat s , ma’ a m D ep e n d i n g o n w h at media you follow and your personal beliefs, your v i ew a b o u t t h e s t ate of marriage and relationships in the US might be swe e t o r s o u r. Ta l k of sky-high divorce rates and plummeting marriage nu m b e r s i s n ’t u nusual, but what do the numbers report? • Th e nu m b e r o f marriages occurring each year has declined since 1 9 8 2 , a n d d ivo rce rates have steadily decreased since 1981. • A c c o rd i n g 2 0 0 7 figures, the divorce rate is approximately half the m a r r i ag e ra t e, a nd this has remained relatively constant since 1980. • Th e ag e o f m a r r iage for both men and women has been on the rise s i n c e t h e 1 9 5 0 s ; the current median age for men is 28.2 and for wo m e n i s 2 6 . 1 . S o u rc e : U S C e n s u s Bureau

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community voice | curfew

Home by 10?

Columbia curfew: A look behind the issue Crime continues to be a growing concern in cities across the US, and juvenile offenses are also on the radar. In response, many US cities have imposed curfew ordinances in an effort to reduce juvenile crime. Here, two local citizens, one a City Council representative and the other an MU professor and lifelong Columbia resident, reflect on the curfew issue as it applies to our city, whether it's needed and how the community can work toward youth crime prevention. By Laura Nauser

The year was 2007, and by all accounts that was a tough year for the city of Columbia. During that year, 672 violent crimes occurred in our community. It seemed that not a week went by that we did not read about a violent crime happening in our city. From armed robberies to gun shots ringing out at local night clubs in our downtown and other parts of our community, crime was a growing concern. Because of the increased awareness of crime in our city and the young “adult” age of many of the offenders, I began to evaluate our community to openly address the serious issues facing our youth. In April 2008, after several months of research, I submitted a policy paper to my fellow City Council members titled “A Change in Direction on Family and Youth Issues for the City of Columbia, Mo.,” along with 28 policy recommendations and goals for our community to work toward. One of the policy recommendations was a youth curfew ordinance. In response to my initiative, in May of 2008, Commissioner Karen Miller invited me to attend the US Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention National Demonstration Project award ceremony and conference in Miami to see the success Miami officials were making in keeping children out of the juvenile justice system. This was the beginning of increased collaborative efforts on juvenile issues between the local government agencies. Taking the information I learned from the conference and my meetings with members of the school district, the court system, law enforcement, the juvenile office, city of Columbia staff, community and nonprofit organizations, I determined that pursuing a citywide juvenile curfew ordinance was not appropriate at this time. I felt that working on the prevention side of youth issues would have a greater impact. My ultimate goal is to keep children out of the juvenile system through prevention and intervention. I made my decision not to pursue a curfew based on many reasons. The following are my primary reasons for not pursuing the ordinance. First, there was insufficient data on the amount of juvenile crime in our community that would be impacted or deterred

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by a curfew ordinance. Most youth offenses happen before curfew hours. Second, there were inadequate methods of tracking data on juvenile curfew offenders under the multi-tiered offense approach we wished to establish. This approach would have given a juvenile a warning for the first offense with no juvenile office involvement, provided they had a clean juvenile record; on the second offense, a referral would be made to the juvenile office with a requirement to pay a fine and attend a diversion program; on the third offense, more punitive actions would be taken as determined by the juvenile court. Working on youth issues, I have had the ability to see a growing collaborative effort between all the stakeholders in our community. Many dedicated persons and agencies are working in areas such as youth opportunities, alternatives to juvenile detention, the achievement gap and mentoring, just to name a few. In recognition of our communities multifaceted and collaborative efforts, in October 2010 our city was named one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” by the America’s Promise Alliance, a national organization founded by Gen. Colin Powell. As an elected official and a youth volunteer, I have learned a tremendous amount of information on youth issues during the past several years. First, I have learned that it is important to analyze all the information available and not make decisions based upon emotions or isolated incidents. Second, as a society we continue to use punitive measures to address problems. Finally, prevention is the key to youth crime, not adding additional reasons for children to get involved with the juvenile system. There will always be a fluctuation in the types and seriousness of offenses committed by youth. The good news is that juvenile court data shows the total number of juvenile referrals in Boone County has been decreasing since 2003. Although we still have much more work ahead of us, our community is heading in the right direction. Laura Nauser is the 5th Ward representative on Columbia’s City Council.

Curfews are nothing new, and many cities across the country such as Houston, Miami, Dallas and Phoenix have implemented similar curfews.

By N at h a n St e p h e n s

BOONE COUNTY Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Referrals 3,394 3,406 3,052 2,983 2,754

Re fe r e n c es Kline, P. (2010) The impact of juvenile curfew laws. Retrieved from http://www.econ.berkeley. edu/~pkline/papers/Youth%20 curfews%20latest.pdf Reed, D. (2009) Power lunch, chief outlines new policies: gets an earful on curfew and cameras retrieved from http:// www.columbiabusinesstimes. com/6157/2009/10/30/powerlunch-chief-outlines-new-policiesgets-earful-on-curfew-cameras/ Siegel, L. (2009) Criminology. Belmont, CA. ThomsonWadsworth. Second Edition. P. 56 curfewana.php 13th Judicial Circuit Family Court, Juvenile Division 2008 Annual Report

The discussion of a curfew

for juveniles under the age of 17 has come up again. However, there are many issues to be addressed prior to the establishment of a curfew, such as: What problem, exactly, does the curfew solve? Additionally, what training will law enforcement receive that will enable them to identify youth impacted by the curfew without negatively impacting those who are older than the curfew age? Geoffrey Canada, CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone states: “Can you tell the difference between a 19-year-old and a 17-year-old? A law that gives the police the right — indeed requires them — to stop people on the basis of their perceived age is an invitation to trouble” (Kline, 2010). As a youth at Jefferson Jr. High, a classmate and I were stopped by a Columbia police officer at gunpoint who insisted that we “fit the description of two men who just robbed Hardee’s restaurant.” The issues impacting our youth are so complex and multifaceted, what other resources and services will be provided for them in addition to the curfew such as counseling, recreational opportunities, informal social outlets and other activities that derived from focus groups? The research on the effectiveness of juvenile curfews is inconsistent, according to Richard John of the National Youth Rights Association. John cites two different reports from two different cities regarding their curfews and offers the following: “One may conclude from the first [report] that curfew laws are effective and conclude from the second that they are not effective” (John, NYRA). This is particularly relevant to Columbia; a curfew might, in fact, work in Kansas City or St. Louis but might not work here, and as one of the most educated cities in the state, it is important that we acknowledge this fact. A casual glance in the local newspapers reveals that crime does occur in Columbia. Some suggest that there has been a significant increase in crime throughout the city despite former Councilman Jerry Wade stating that crime has remained relatively consistent during the past 10 years. (Reed, 2009). Data from the 13th Judicial Circuit Family Court, Juvenile

Division 2008 Annual Report indicates a reduction in juvenile crime without the curfew. Recent statistical reports indicate that minorities are disproportionately in contact with law enforcement in Columbia, which raises the concern about a curfew becoming another tool to racially profile minorities. How do we prevent this from occurring when we cannot agree whether racial profiling actually occurs or not? Curfews are nothing new, and many cities across the country such as Houston, Miami, Dallas and Phoenix have implemented similar curfews. The difference, however, is that those cities are major cities where youth are recruited at a young age to join gangs and commit crimes. The debate rages about whether Columbia has a gang problem or not, but we do not have those type of groups in these cities. Also these cities have recognized that juvenile crime is a multifaceted problem requiring a complex solution and not simply a Draconian curfew proposal. They understand that they cannot incarcerate themselves out of their youth problem and therefore have increased funding to parks and recreation, social services and adolescent counseling programs. In closing, based on reports, there is no evidence supporting an increase in juvenile crime in Columbia, nor is there evidence that a juvenile curfew would have any impact on existing juvenile crime. Rather, there is evidence that juvenile crime is decreasing, based on referrals. A juvenile curfew would be punitive to the kids who are not troublemakers and has the potential residual effect of impacting citizens who are not juveniles. Curfews should be left to parents and supported by programming, such as the proposed youth/family advisory commission, that takes a look at the needs of youth in the community and additional resources allocated toward youth programs. If we are really concerned, the community needs to conduct more study of the phenomena of juvenile crime to determine the root causes and not simply treat the “symptoms.” Nathan Stephens, a lifelong Columbia resident, was born and raised in the 1st Ward and is a master’s-level social worker and Ph.D. student at the University of Missouri.

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diy | valentine's project

Etched with Love

Add a personalized touch to a candy dish or Valentine jar. When it comes to do-it-yourself projects, a few easy steps can go a long way in adding a personalized touch to everyday objects. This Valentine’s Day, jazz up a candy dish or jar for all those love notes with a festive phrase of affection. “Love,” “be mine,” “you + me.” The possibilities are endless. Just choose a phrase that strikes your fancy, and get to work.

He r e ’s w h at yo u ’ l l n e e d to g e t s tarted: • Glass jar • G l a s s - e t ch i n g c ream (such as Armour Etch) • Small paint brush • C o n t a c t p ap e r • Pa i n t e r ’s t ap e • C ra f t k n i f e • Scissors • P r i n t e d t e x t f o r stencil

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By K at r i n a Ta u c h e n photos by jared wortman


Start with a clean surfa c e ; u s e g l a s s cleaner to remove all du s t a n d f i n g e rp r i n t s from jar.


L aye r p r i n t ed text over contact paper, and place on c u t t i n g m a t or cutting board. Use painter’s tape to h o l d f i r m ly in place.


U s i n g c ra f t knife, carefully cut out the printed l e t t e r s t o c reate your stencil. Be sure to cut all the way t h ro u g h the paper guide and contact paper. Ti p : C h o o s e a sans serif font with thick block let t e r s f o r e a s ier lines to follow. The text used here is H e l ve t i c a B old.

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Once stencil is c u t o u t , p l a c e o n jar in the desire d l o c a l e, a n d t h e n use painter’s tap e t o h o l d f i r m ly i n place. All seam s s h o u l d b e p re s s e d down tightly to t h e g l a s s o r t h e etching cream w i l l s e ep t h ro u g h and create uneve n l i n e s.


Apply a heavy c o a t o f e t ch i n g cream to stenci l e d a re a . B r u s h right to left, up a n d d ow n , a n d leave behind a t h i ck l aye r. A l l ow cream to set on g l a s s f o r a b o u t five minutes. Th e n wa s h o f f c o mpletely with wa t e r. C l e a n j a r ag a i n with glass clea n e r. F i l l j a r w i t h candy or Valen t i n e s, a n d e n j oy !


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Dr. Willett and his staff will make your smile beautiful. Dr. Kent Willett, D.D.S. Dr. Kent Willett, D.D.S., is a General Dentist practicing in Columbia, since 1981. He is well known for his talents in both sedation dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, while being a long-time member of the prestigious Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida, where he has completed studies in restoring difficult dental cases. He sees referrals from all over the United States seeking high quality dental care. • American Dental Association • Academy of General Dentistry • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation • Missouri Dental Association Dr Willett is not a specialist, he practices general dentistry. Dr. Willett has completed an American Dental Association approved one year residency program in which Conscious Sedation is taught. Cosmetic dentistry is a non-specialty interest area that requires no specific educational training to advertise this service.

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Today’s dentistry lets us have the smile we choose, not just the smile we were born with. Learn how Cosmetic Dentistry can help dramatically improve your smile, without a care in the world. Oral sedation gives you the peace of mind you’ve always wanted and makes for a totally comfortable dental experience.

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on the web | staff picks

Going Bloggy Local bloggers making a mark in www land By K at r i n a Ta u c h e n Hoot De si gn C o. www.hootdes ign c o. c om The Hoot Design Co. blog is like a calm, happy dose of visual eye candy, topped with fun posts that will entertain both moms and design fans alike. The site’s author, Kristen Brown, blogs from right here in Columbia and covers a range of topics from kids and family to typography and design. And she knows what she's talking about. In addition to the blog, Hoot Design Co. is a full-service design and marketing company that started around the time Brown’s nephew Jacob was born. As a gift for the new baby, Brown created the first Hoot Design Co. print, a fun, typographic play on the alphabet that used the ABCs to emphasize names, places and words that represented Jacob’s family. “The goal was to create something totally oneof-a-kind for him, a family tree/alphabet of sorts,” Brown says. “It was so fun coming up with all the words and phrases, but the most fun was presenting it to my sister-in-law on Christmas. It was a total surprise, and the look on her face was worth every minute spent.” That first print made way for the dozens now available on Hoot’s online Etsy store. Clean lines, bright, clear colors and graphic touches make the blog a feel-good kind of place; the look of the site mimics Brown’s designs in its light and simplicity. And the fact that all the magic is happening from our little hub in the Midwest makes for an even more enjoyable online journey. To browse Hoot Design Co.’s Etsy store, visit shop/hootdesignco.

Chatterton Family Print: “This is also one of the first prints I created for a Columbia family, Sarah and David Chatterton,” Brown says. “My mom is a friend of Sarah's and gave it to her as a gift for the birth of her second baby, Beatrix. Sometimes the prints just work out really well, the words and phrases flow together to create a perfect chaos. The Chatterton print turned out like this, and I wasn't there to surprise Sarah, but my mom said she cried for 15 minutes straight!”

Meredith Brown Print: “This is the first Simply Yours print I ever completed,” Brown says. “Of course then it wasn't called Simply Yours, it was just a gift for my sister-in-law and the first baby to be born into our family: my nephew Jacob.”

Peo p le You Should Follow

Photos Courtesy of Hoot Design Co.

The Daily Blur www.thedaily b l u r . c om Tim Miles is a writer, consultant and speaker who writes about daily happenings at his blog, The Daily Blur. Although some of his writing focuses on business- and marketing-related advice, he also talks a great deal about life as a husband and the work-at-home dad of two young kids. Oftentimes, the subjects intermingle, which makes for funny connections between the worlds of parenting and business.

1canoe2 www.1canoe2 . c om / b l og If you have a heart for art, crafting, friends or babies (and really, who doesn’t?), then this blog is a guaranteed fun read. Carrie Shyrock and Beth Snyder, the artsy duo behind 1canoe2, blog about their art, families and trips together, written in a lighthearted, loving-life sort of way. Add to that an abundance of great photography, and the visuals are just as enjoyable as the text.

Connect to Columbia at

@ShakesPizza For regular tweets about Shakespeare’s Pizza deals and events happening downtown @RagtagCinema Keeps you in the know with new movies, show times and news from the film biz @the_district For all things Columbia, in 140 characters or less @hootdesignco An extra dose of Hoot and news about new products @mutigersdotcom Official Twitter of MU Athletics

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city scene | around columbia

First Night Columbia Columbia residents headed downtown on Dec. 31 to ring in 2011 at First Night Columbia, an alcohol-free New Year’s celebration that features music, art and family fun. Festival organizers noted an excellent response to moving all the festival back into downtown venues this year, with new venues at First Presbyterian Church and the new City Hall building both proving to be big successes. Attendance this year was about the same as last year, though venue sales were up.

➊. Fire Good Productions fire twirler ➋. Fireworks at the Grand Finale

➌. St. Louis Hoop Club

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Photos by Notley Hawkins

➍. Fireworks at the Grand Finale

Film Forum A breakfast forum organized by the Columbia Business Times at Spectrum Studios in December brought together faces from the local film business to discuss the state of the industry in Columbia. At the forum, Lorah Steiner, outgoing executive director of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and president of the Missouri Motion Media Association, noted that more film and video production activity has occurred within Columbia in the past three years than there was in the previous 30 years. “There’s something amazing happening with the industry in Columbia,” she said.

➊. Special Business District Director Carrie Gartner ➋. Beth Pike ➌. Citizen Jane Film Festival Co-Director Kerri Yost ➍. True/False Film Festival co-founder David Wilson ➎. Pure Cinematica's Drew Hall and MU IT and media instructor Chip Gubera ➏. Adam Boster, Boster Castle Studios (left) and Johnny Pez, Boxcar Films ➐. Director Kim Sherman (partially hidden), Spectrum Studios owner Randy Sinquefield

PhotoS by Nichelle Lawrence

➑. MOMMA President Lorah Steiner

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Wedding Show

Photos by Creative Photo

Approximately 500 people attended this year’s Winter Wedding Gala, presented by the MO Wedding Connection at the Parkade Center on Jan. 15. The event featured 53 wedding vendors, three fashion shows held throughout the day and multiple contests, such as Digging for Diamonds and Trash the Cake, for which brides wore raincoats, booties and a glove to dig through cake to find charms and $2,500 in cash and MO Wedding Connection vouchers.

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pet adoption | central missouri humane society

Home Bound

At the Central Missouri Humane Society, these friendly faces are waiting for the just the right homes.

M ich e l angel o

S o phi e

S tudly Dud l ey

Yas emin

Ag e : 2 months B r e e d : Blue Heeler Mix (or Australian Cattle Dog) T e mp e r a m e n t : A little shy, but very sweet. Michelangelo comes from a litter of six puppies.

Ag e : 3 years B r e e d: Cocker Spaniel T e mp e r a m e n t : Shy at first, but a sweet personality. Sophie has a gentle disposition and loves kids.

Ag e : 3 – 4 years B r e e d: Basset Hound T e mp e r a m e n t : Cool and laid-back. True to his breed, Studly Dudley is curious and smells almost everything he passes.

Ag e : 2 years B r e e d : Shepherd Mix T e mp e r a m e n t : Affectionate and well-behaved. Yasemin is calm and gets along with other dogs and even rabbits.

S age

Ag e : 4 years B r e e d: Terrier Mix T e mp e r a m e n t : Energetic yet gentle. Sage works well with children and other dogs; her previous owners nicknamed her “Friendly Cuddlebug.”


Ru g er


Mar ko

Ag e : 1 year B r e e d : Beagle T e mp e r a m e n t : Energetic and playful. Ruger loves to be active and gets along with children, cats and other dogs.

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Ag e : 1 year B r e e d: Torbie (Tortoiseshell and Tabby) T e mp e r a m e n t : Sweet and affectionate. She is nicknamed Gucci “Miss Independent” because of her self-sufficient personality.

Ag e : 1 – 2 years B r e e d: Collie Mix T e mp e r a m e n t : Playful and calm. Codak was the best model during the photo shoot and showed off his laid-back personality.

Ag e : 4 years B r e e d: Buff Tabby T e mp e r a m e n t : Macho and laid-back. Nicknamed “Werewolf” because of his unique predatory look, he is gentle and loves ear massages.

By Joanna Demkiewicz P h oto s b y Tay lo r A l l e n


Ag e : 5 years B r e e d : Persian T e mp e r a m e n t : Friendly and calm. Iran has the owl-like copper eyes of many Persian cats and loves cuddling and getting massages.

B rown S ug ar

Ag e : 5 years B r e e d : Brown Tabby T e mp e r a m e n t : Playful and laid-back. She is the longest cat resident of the Central Missouri Humane Society. She loves playing and cuddling.


Ag e : 1 year B r e e d : Black Rabbit T e mp e r a m e n t : Energetic yet calm. Although Dayton likes to play, he is laid-back for a rabbit and loves cuddling.

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the last word | eliot battle

A Community Changed Eliot Battle reflects on Columbia’s journey forward since the 1950s and a life of purpose, shared with his wife, Muriel. By E l i ot B at t l e

from Dr. Neil Aslin, superintendent of Columbia Schools. Dr. Aslin offered me a position as assistant principal, guidance counselor and teacher of one section of English and one section of social studies at the segregated K-12 Douglas School. I had been in Columbia to attend several ball games but had not looked at Columbia as a place where I would spend my professional life. I had earlier completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Tuskegee University in Alabama and had teaching and administrative experience in Poplar Bluff and Dalton, Mo. I was married and the father of three small daughters, and we were expecting our fourth child. I was a young 31-year-old man, and my wife, Muriel, was 25. We made several trips to Columbia and met with Dr. Aslin and board members before we both signed contracts to begin work in the Columbia school system in 1956. Muriel was a fully certified social studies teacher, but the only opening for a teacher at Douglas at that time was as a firstgrade teacher. This became her first assignment. As we began to find a home to purchase, we ran into our first major obstacle. Although there were many Columbia home listings in the newspaper, real estate personnel would show only the few small houses located in the “Douglas area” that were available. On our own, we located a house on Ash Street west of Garth Avenue that was large enough for a family of seven; our son was born in June, a couple of months before we moved in, and my mother-in law also moved with us to assist us with our children. We did not realize that the home we bought was actually in the Grant School District, so we enrolled our oldest daughter in kindergarten in Douglas School. The third year of working we transferred our daughter to Grant School and also enrolled our second daughter, Carolyn, in first grade there. Donna came home one day from school and asked if we were communists; one of her classmates had told her that her parents said we were. We explained to her that some people had to use those kinds of comments to defend their own prejudices. Muriel and I enjoyed our work immensely, and in 1960, when Douglas Senior High was closed and the 10th- through 12th-grade students were transferred to Hickman, I was transferred there as well to work as a full-time counselor and became the first African-American professional to be integrated in the Columbia school system. In 1963, West Junior High School opened as the second junior high school in Columbia, and Muriel was transferred there as a social studies teacher. Several other Douglas teachers were transferred to Jefferson Junior and Hickman High School at that time. In 1963, after Muriel completed a master’s in education at the university and I completed a second master’s degree, we began to seriously look for a home for our family. We drove around the city and looked for “houses for sale by owner” signs, rang doorbells and talked with several owners who were willing to sell. We negotiated with an owner who was a university faculty member and purchased her home. This was, of course, a new experience for her and for us. 88 | february/march 2011 • 89

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In 1955, I was working as principal of Dalton High School in Chariton County, when I received a call

We both received hate letters, as well as negative phone calls, but when the time came for the move, the many friends on staff with me at Hickman brought vehicles and moved us from the old Ash Street house to the newer more adequate home for our family in the Spring Valley subdivision. In 1968, we made our next and final move to the home in which I still live, in the Lakeshore Estates subdivision. This time I thought it would be a routine purchase; the president of the Lakeshore Estates association thought otherwise. He placed copies of a letter in all the mailboxes of the subdivision stating that he had not yet met the “colored” family but that he assumed we were American Negroes. He also stated that he had been over to the house where we lived and that it was well painted and the grass well cut and that he understood that our children had good reputations. Muriel and I immersed ourselves in activities that we thought would benefit the community from our perspective and background. She became president of the Columbia Teachers Association. We both were active with the Chamber of Commerce, the United Way and, in later years, the Calloway Bank Board. During the 1990s, I served on the Columbia College Board of Trustees and she on the Stephens College Board of Trustees and Board of Trustees for Lincoln University. During this same time, I was also elected president of the Missouri Guidance Association. Our main focus, of course, was working with the youth of Columbia. This was our joy. I received the promotion of K-12 guidance director for the Columbia Public School District. Muriel continued to advance herself and completed her specialist and doctorate degrees in educational administration. Along with these achievements came advancements to being named principal of West Junior High School, followed by assistant and associate superintendent of schools with the Columbia Public School District. Just think of the changes since the early ’60s. On March 2, 2003, I experienced the saddest day of my life. I lost Muriel. For me, life will never be the same. As Valentine’s Day approaches, I think of Muriel and all she has meant to me. I was truly fortunate to have met and married such a special person. I am so proud that our community, which we both love, has named the new high school in her honor.


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