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Stories of Summer

When you’re pregnant, people love to tell you the horror stories of labor and delivery, those of their wives, friends, children or even strangers. While walking down the corridors in Boone Hospital to my scheduled induction, these stories played like the reels of a movie in my head. I hoped things would go smoothly, but you just never know. As I proceeded to check in, I noticed my mouth felt as though I had eaten a bag of cotton balls for breakfast, and my husband was kind enough to point out that all the blood had drained from my face. For me the scariest part is walking into the building, but it quickly became obvious that the staff at Boone Birthing Center is expertly trained at calming the nerves of soon-to-be parents. Luckily, all the horror stories didn’t come to fruition. Nola was born without incident. Here’s to a healthy baby girl and not being pregnant anymore! As I’ve been enjoying my maternity leave, my team has been tirelessly working on sewing up this issue. Thank you, Lily Dawson, for taking care of all the nitty gritty. You’re a wonderful partner. And I’m proud to announce to all of our readers Lily’s promotion to associate publisher. Lily started as our intern and quickly proved herself as a creative powerhouse and a team leader. With this promotion comes the moving on of one of our very talented graphic designers. Beth Snyder is leaving Columbia Home to pursue her wildly popular and astonishingly creative letterpress line, 1Canoe2. We wish you the best of luck, Beth. Check out her fun offering of stationery, prints, coasters and more at Make sure to take time to read our cover story, “360 Degrees in 360 Days” on page 66. Columbia native Elissa Igleheart Bertot and her husband quit their jobs, sold their cars and bought two tickets for a yearlong trip around the world. For the foodies, take time to read “Drink your Greens,” page 45, a guide to herb-infused cocktails. We pay homage to the gardens and great outdoors throughout the entire issue, and we wish you well this summer as you enjoy the outdoors in Columbia.

Edito r i a l Betsy Bell, Publisher Lily Dawson, Associate Publisher Katrina Tauchen, Copy Editor contri bu t i n g E d i to r William Dawson Cons u lta n t Sherry Hockman, Interior Decorating Editor-At-Large MANAGE M ENT Chris Harrison, General Manager Renea Sapp, Business Manager Cindy Sheridan, Operations Manager DESIGN Kristin Branscom, Art Director Creativ e Se rv i c e s Kayse Loyd, Creative Marketing Director Rebecca Rademan, Graphic Designer Ashley Eaton, Graphic Designer MAR KETING RE P RESENTATIVES Teresa White Valerie Mueller Annie Jarrett CONTRIBUTING P HOTOGRAP HERS Taylor Allen, Casey Buckman, Kevin Dingman, Notley Hawkins, Angelique Hunter, Preston’s Photography CONTRI BUTING WRITERS Lily Dawson, Stephanie Detillier, Kate Smart Harrison, Ellie Hensley, Loretta Kyle, Jill Orr, Keija Parssinen, Katrina Tauchen, Molly Wright, Nancy Yang I nt e r n s Allison Dorr, Andrea Lewis, Meg Sterchi SUBSCRIP TIONS 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 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


21 Smart House

Rusty Smarr’s Home of Possibilities combines decorating education and elegance into one clever package.

26 Country Comfort

Barbara Voss’ new sitting room infuses her casual French-country home with a New World classic flair.

45 Drink Your Greens


Not just for savory cooking anymore, herbs are making their way into our favorite cocktails courtesy of Bleu Restaurant & Wine Bar’s master mixologist.


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50 Set Sail for Summer

Keep your kids styling this summer in nautically inspired outfits.

57 Rock Stars

Local band The StoneThrowers is giving Columbia a much-needed dose of classic hard rock.

62 Call & Response

Sara Parker Pauley shares her passion for the great outdoors


66 360 Degrees in 360 Days

Missouri native Elissa Igleheart Bertot and her husband, Vincent, quit their jobs, sold their cars and bought round-the-world tickets for a yearlong trip of a lifetime.

75 Art in the Park


Check out a rundown of this year’s featured local artisans.



On the cover SET


Nautically Inspired Fashions for Your Kiddo Pg. 50



Herb-Infused Cocktails Pg. 45

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A Columbia Native Takes a Year Off to Travel the World Pg. 66

When Missouri native Elissa Igleheart Bertot and her husband, Vincent, bought roundthe-world tickets for the trip of a lifetime, it meant leaving behind everyday conveniences and embracing diverse cultures while charting a new future path, page 66. Photo by Vincent Bertot.


13 Welcome 16 Calendar 32 Dear Kate 35 Expert’s Advice 37 Design Trend 39 Designer’s Palette 40 Shopkeeper’s Story 43 The Dish 49 Fashion Forecast 79 DIY 83 Book Club 84 Mommy Chronicles 86 Welcome to the World 89 Weddings 90 Announcements 93 Entertainment 95 City Scene 103 Home Bound 106 The Last Word | 15

june Sunday







Traditional Dance Lessons, First Christian Church, 7:30 p.m., $7, $4 for ages 16-25 with student ID, free for children 15 and younger mewithoutYou, The Blue Note, 8 p.m., $13 in advance, $15 day of show


Open House at the Home of Possibilities, 3601 Ridgeview Drive, 1-4 p.m. Open houses occur every Sunday in the month of June


The Columbia Community Band Concert, Shelter Gardens, 7 p.m., free


Father’s Day

Performing Arts in Children’s Education Performance, Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m., free


The Drowsy Chaperone, Columbia Entertainment Company, 2 p.m., $12 adults, $11 students with ID, $10 seniors 60+, $10 children 12 and younger

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First Day of Summer School, Columbia Public Schools K-12


7th Annual K-Life Bob Martin Gold Tournament, Columbia Country Club, 11:30 a.m.


June 11-13 Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, $25-120, tickets available at the University Concert Series


June18-22: The Art of Science Summer Camp, Craft Studio (MU), 8 a.m., $150



Author Stephanie Powell Watts, Columbia Public Library, 7 p.m., free

Musical Revue, Stephens College, 7:30 p.m., free


10th Annual Leaves of Autumn Golf Outing, Columbia Country Club, 9 a.m., $125/player, four-person teams Amelia Piano Trio, Missouri Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $18.75$23.75


WildHeart, Columbia Public Library, 9:30 a.m., free


Farm to Table Night, Home of Possibilities, 3601 Ridgeview Drive, 6:30 p.m., $20


Exhibition Tour of Portraiture, Power and Propaganda on Ancient Coins, McLorn Gallery, MU Museum of Art and Archeology, 12:15 p.m., free

Family Fun Fest, Flat Branch Park, 6 p.m., free


Missouri Pork Classic Golf Tournament, L.A. Nickell Golf Course, 11 a.m., $110



Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater Concert Series featuring the MO Symphony Society, Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater, 7-9 p.m., free


Jazz Under the Stars, Missouri Theatre, 7 p.m., $25


June 21-23: The Drowsy Chaperone, Columbia Entertainment Company, 7:30 p.m., $12 adults, $11 students with ID, $10 seniors 60+, $10 children 12 and younger


Opening reception for Columbia Art League Members’ Summer Open, Columbia Art League Gallery, 6 p.m., free


June 8-10: Show Me State Games Swimming, Hickman HS Pool, 9:30 a.m., free



MFA Oil Poker Run and Car Show, five different routes throughout Missouri, $30

June 2-3 Art in the Park 2012, Stephens Lake Park, 10 a.m., free


“Reel” Time with Kids, Bass Pro Shop’s Sportsman’s Center, 9 a.m., free

Punch and Cookies, Warehouse Theatre (Stephens College), 7:30 p.m., free

Teen Videology Dance Party, Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $3



Girl Talk: 9th Street Summerfest, Ninth Street between Broadway and Walnut, 7 p.m., $25

Father-Daughter Dance Night, ARC, 6 p.m., $15 per couple, $3 each additional daughter, must preregister by June 9



June 15-17: Fantasy Fair, Boster Castle, 10 a.m., $8, children 5 and younger are free

One More Round: A Tribute to Johnny Cash, The Blue Note, 9 p.m., $6


Last Day of Summer School, Columbia Public Schools K-12

June 16-17: Annual Juneteenth Days, Douglass Park, 3-8 p.m., free

Relay for Life, Mizzou Rec Center, 5 p.m., free

Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles, Missouri Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $20-25


Lego Land, Boone County Library, 9:30 a.m., free

2012 Hy-Vee IronKids Race, Stephens Lake, 7 a.m., $35 2nd Annual Fishing Derby, Phillips Park, 9:30 a.m., free

july Sunday


TRYPS presents Legally Blonde, Rock Bridge High School Performing Arts Center, 2 p.m., $10 adults, $5 for children 18 and younger








Fourth of July Fire in the Sky: 60th Annual Celebration of an American Tradition, Downtown Columbia, 7 p.m., free

TRYPS presents James and the Giant Peach, TRYPS Little Theatre at the Columbia Mall, 2 p.m., $10 adults, $5 for children 18 and younger


July 9-13 Studio Art: Exploring Painting Media and Techniques Summer Camp, Craft Studio (MU), 8 a.m., $150



July 16-20 Another Dimension: Outerspace Summer Camp, Craft Studio (MU), 8 a.m., $150



Walk the World: Shoes from Six Continents Exhibit, MU Museum of Art and Anthropology, 9 a.m., free

Behind the Scenes in the Art World, Columbia Public Library, 1:30 p.m., free






Dog Days Sidewalk Sale, Downtown Columbia, noon, free

July 23-27 Reuse It!: Found Art Summer Camp, Craft Studio (MU), 8 a.m., $150

July 30- August 3 Insects, Bugs and Creepy Crawlies Summer Camp, Craft Studio (MU), 8 a.m., $150


Jazz Under the Stars, Missouri Theatre, 7 p.m., $25 Family Fun Fest, Flat Branch Park, 6 p.m., free


Show-Me State Games Triathlon/ Duathlon, Phillips Lake, 8 a.m., $25 for individuals, $50 for teams









July 5-8 How the Other Half Loves, Maplewood Barn Community Theatre, 8 p.m., $9

I Love America Festival, Boone County Fairgrounds, 4 p.m., free

19th Annual Boy Scout Golf Invitational, The Club at Old Hawthorne, 8 a.m.



Columbia Community Band’s Downtown Concert, Downtown Columbia, 7 p.m., free


Starry Starry Stories, Columbia Public Library, 7 p.m., free

Kids Series: World of Art “Found Objects,” MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 4 p.m., free

Stephens Lake Concert Series featuring Lot 56, Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater, 7-9 p.m., free


Film Series: “Atlantic City,” MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 7 p.m., free

Mojo’s Happy Hour with Jordan Thomas (of the Mojo Roots), Mojo’s, 5 p.m., free

Outdoor Movies in the Park: The Smurfs, Flat Branch Park, 9 p.m., $2, free for children 8 and younger


Anna Popovic: 9th Street Summerfest, Ninth Street between Broadway and Walnut, 7 p.m., free

TRYPS presents James and the Giant Peach, TRYPS Little Theatre at the Columbia Mall, 2 and 7 p.m., $10 adults, $5 for children 18 and younger


MightyMax Kids Triathlon, Wilson’s Beach and Tennis Club, 8 a.m., $35

July 20-22 Show Me State Games Basketball, Hearnes Center, 8 a.m., free


July 26-28 Dog Days Sidewalk Sale, Downtown Columbia, 10 a.m., free


July 27-29 Show-Me State Games


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Smart House

Rusty Smarr’s Home of Possibilities combines decorating education and elegance into one clever package.

By E l l i e Hensley | photos by angelique hunter | 21

If only building the perfect home were as easy as home-makeover shows make it seem. Tubs that know just how you like your bath, flat-screens that hide in the cabinet until summoned by remote, a hideaway butler’s pantry off the kitchen and dozens of other features you’ve never imagined materialize in the span of a half hour and leave the entire family ecstatic and stress free. Unfortunately, there’s no getting around the time and energy required to build a house, but recreating those projects you’re lusting after can be more realistic than you’d imagine. 22 | june/july 2012

For proof of this, look no further than Rusty Smarr’s Home of Possibilities. Like a new car with every option imaginable, the house is designed to be a “consumer education experience.” He and his wife Kristen came up with the idea in 2009, at a time when his business, Smarr Custom Homes, was in a slump. “That was when the market was down and people were just unsure about everything,” Rusty says. “We knew things were tight, and we needed to get people excited again.” So when an opportunity to build a model home fell through, Rusty decided to forge

ahead with his version, which aimed to show off much more than carpet and trim. He enlisted the help of specialists all over Columbia to pack the house full of design ideas, technology and appliances that most people haven’t seen before. “There are many different ways to build a house,” Rusty says. “There are many different amenities and different qualities of materials. This just gives people the opportunity to see, feel and touch the things they see on TV.” The first Home of Possibilities was completed in May 2010, and Rusty held open houses for the next eight weekends. The

The 2012 Home of Possibilities at 3601 Ridgeview Drive, built by Smarr Custom Homes, will hold open houses every weekend in May and June. LEFT: The entertainment center in the great room, composed of a wall of cabinets that match the kitchen, holds a 55-inch flat-screen TV that pops out of the center. below: The Home of Possibilities houses impressive details, such as a barreled ceiling in the entryway. Painted and stained trim work, a specialty of Rusty Smarr, is featured throughout the home. BELOW BOTTOM: The French white galleystyle kitchen boasts tons of storage and a butler’s pantry, which hides behind a sliding door.

house sold on its first weekend and generated enough revenue for Rusty to break ground on the second Home of Possibilities last October. This new house is now on the market and open every weekend in May and June.

Sneak a peek From its hipped rooflines to the custom trim, the home’s exterior is distinctly French country, but inside there are plenty of contemporary splashes and unexpected twists. “When Rusty designed this house, we wanted it to be modern-traditional,” Kristen says. | 23

“There are many different amenities and different qualities of materials. This just gives people the opportunity to see, feel and touch the things they see on TV.” — Rusty Smarr

“It has that edge, but it still feels comfortable and warm.” A spectacular barreled ceiling welcomes you into the entryway, which is home to a whimsical tulip and butterfly sconce. “All of the light fixtures are really unique,” says Lori Pewitt, owner of Interior Design Associates, who helped coordinate the home throughout the entire process. “That’s an important thing for Kristen and Rusty, having things be a little bit different.” 24 | june/july 2012

The French white galley-style kitchen boasts incredible amounts of storage. What looks like one big drawer opens up into three smaller ones, all with separate compartments for designated tools and utensils. If that’s not enough room, there’s plenty more shelf space in the butler’s pantry, which hides behind a sliding door just off the kitchen. It also has more cabinets, wine racks, a second refrigerator and two dish drawers. “In this house, you could do three loads of dishes at a time,” Kristen says. “You could throw one heck of a party!” The house is approximately 3,100 square feet, much of it coming from the enormous great room, which includes the kitchen on one side and ample living space on the other. A 55-inch LCD flat-screen pops out of the center of the

unassuming entertainment center at the click of a remote control. “That’s the most affordable way to hide a TV,” says Todd Corwin from The Entertainer in Jefferson City, who installed the TV and the surround system, as well as an audio system for every room in the house and security cameras. “We wanted to keep this so that anybody could do these things and not just somebody who has a lot of money to throw into unique gadgets.” Because the home has a slab foundation, laying wood floors in the great room was a challenge. Rusty used engineered hickory with a layered core created for slab application and laid each plank on a special adhesive to help seal the concrete. The master bedroom looks out over the backyard and the peaceful lake behind it,

Opposite page: The master bath features heated floors and three showerhead options, as well as a Microsilk tub. LEFT: Unique light fixtures appear throughout the home. ABOVE: For the wood floors in the great room, Rusty used engineered hickory with a layered core created for a slab application and laid each plank on a special adhesive to help seal the concrete. BELOW: The Home of Possibilities is located in the Spring Creek subdivision. BELOW BOTTOM: Kristen and Rusty Smarr of Smarr Custom Homes

“In this house, you could do three loads of dishes at a time,” Kristen says. “You could throw one heck of a party!” but tranquility can also be found in the master bath, where there are heated floors and three showerhead options, including a therapeutic rain-head. The Microsilk tub puts millions of tiny bubbles into the water that oxygenize your skin and has its own remote so you can draw the perfect bath without getting out of bed. Nestled in the utility closet is the smartest part of the house: a state-of-the-art HVAC system and a tankless hot water heater that only fires on demand. Both are high efficiency and low energy, so they’re better for the environment and help save money on utility bills.

A great cause A portion of the proceeds of the Home of Possibilities will be going to the Ronald McDonald House, something Rusty does for every house he gets under contract as a result of his project. Donations will also be taken for the foundation at the open house, and there’s also a “Battle of the Bakers” fundraiser planned. The cause is dear to both Smarrs; Kristen has been a volunteer

for years, and Rusty’s father, Merle Smarr, who was also a contractor, built the Ronald McDonald House in Columbia. “The team at Ronald McDonald House is great,” Rusty says. “I’m glad Smarr Custom Homes, Kristen and I have been able to raise some awareness and funds for the work they do.” The Home of Possibilities is located at 3601 Ridgeview Drive in the Spring Creek subdivision. Come look around, and you’ll see that no matter what your price point is, the home you build should fit your family perfectly. “The only things that constrain you when you’re building a house are your budget and your imagination,” Rusty says. | 25

Barbara Voss’ new sitting room infuses her casual French-country home with a New World classic flair. By E l l i e He n s l e y | PHOTOS BY ANGELIQUE HUNTER 26 | june/july 2012

Barbara Voss and Jeremy Spillman, of Spillman Contracting, spent a year planning, designing and having renderings completed for a 500-square-foot addition to Voss’ Stoneridge Estates home in southwest Columbia. | 27

After work, Barbara Voss comes home and changes into her pajamas, pours herself a glass of wine and sits down on the worn leather sofa across from her fireplace. As the room gets toastier, she glances around like an awestruck houseguest trying to glimpse every detail at once. Nine months have passed since construction began on this new addition to her house, but now is the first time she’s seen the space furnished and decorated. Her new pieces look right at home beside family heirlooms and familiar trinkets and create a medley of design styles that is uniquely hers. Voss moved to the Stoneridge Estates neighborhood in southwest Columbia more than 10 years ago and knew she would probably need to expand the place eventually, though she kept putting it off. Her job as a preschool instructional aide for Columbia Public Schools, her fitness regimen and finding time for friends drove the issue from her mind, and the modest house was just right for her alone. However, when her two grown children, their kids, her parents and other family came to visit, she admits they were “always a little cramped on space.” Seating was limited, her grandchildren had nowhere to play, and when everyone congregated in the kitchen, it was impossible to get through. In 2010, she started looking for the perfect person to update her kitchen, expand her backyard patio and build an addition with dining and living spaces. One day, she saw an ad in Columbia Home for Jeremy Spillman of Spillman 28 | june/july 2012

Contracting that piqued her interest. After looking at photos of some of Spillman’s creations, she thought he might understand her style and decided to give him a call. When he invited her to come check out his latest project in Rocheport and get acquainted, she instantly liked him. “I told him what my vision was and my ideas, and I just felt like we really clicked,” Voss says. She met with a few other contractors before Spillman, but he was the first one who didn’t go after an immediate sale. “For me, it was more about figuring out what she wanted and having the patience to really go through the whole design process with her to make sure she knew exactly what she was getting,” Spillman says. “And, of course, the cost.” After a walk-through of Voss’s home, Spillman sat down in the kitchen with her and designer Emily Carlson, who sketched out the proposed plans on the spot. It was a collaborative effort; Voss showed Spillman

magazine clippings of things she liked, he offered advice and creative input, soon they were both throwing ideas around, and, she says, “I finally said, ‘I trust you; you’re in this line of work; let’s go forth with what we’ve got planned.’”

These things take time It took a year to plan, design and have renderings completed for Voss’ 500-squarefoot addition, and she credits Spillman for being extremely patient with her unhurried quest for perfection. When his crew broke ground in May 2011, she had to quash the initial tingle of anticipation that crept up on her because the real trial had just begun. Piles of boxes and furniture had to be moved into her garage and guest rooms so Spillman, his assistant, Damon Chott and the rest of their men could take over every inch of kitchen, dining and living room space. Her only usable appliances for the

next seven months were the coffee maker she moved into her bathroom, the refrigerator now in the garage and her old microwave. “There were times, sitting there on the cement, eating off a paper plate or out of a pot, when my television was sitting on a can of paint and I was just wondering what I was doing,” she says. “I laugh about it now, but at the time I thought, ‘Oh, God, this is never going to be finished.’” When the addition to the back of the house was completed, there was still the question of the area’s design, which Voss wanted to look warm and rustic. Spillman built a window seat in the dining room with cabinets underneath for her grandchildren’s toys. They selected hand-scraped wooden floors, which simulate the effect

carpenters used to achieve with a chisel and hammer. The mantel and the hearthstone were her choice, and a stonemason customcut her bricks. To mimic the look of an old barn with rugged wooden beams holding it up, the crew bought pine planks, set them up on sawhorses in her backyard, distressed them for an aged appearance, stained them and used them to frame her ceiling. The weekend before Thanksgiving, Spillman was still finishing up some details and pouring concrete for the patio. With family on the way and an open house for curious neighbors and friends around the corner, the room was finished in time for the holiday. The remodel received only praise. Someone even told her that it was so wonderful they didn’t want to leave.

Finding her center after a stressful day isn’t as difficult now that Barb finally feels at home, surrounded by everything she loves. Getting cozy After getting some professional help rounding out the style and furnishings of the new room in February, Voss could happily stay forever, too. “Now I absolutely love coming home,” she says. The whimsical rabbit pictures and other French-country accents, American antiques and snatches of red and black from her existing design scheme now commingle with the addition’s new rustic touches and vintage pieces, such as the new offwhite scripted dining chairs. A patchwork of different textures, sizes, tastes and influences, it’s a risk that pays off. Such a distinctive combination makes the room feel uniquely hers. Of course, Voss also got the extra space to entertain she had originally sought, but she’s surprised to find that she enjoys moments home alone just as much. Finding her center after a stressful day isn’t as difficult now that she finally feels at home, surrounded by everything she loves.

Opposite Page: Voss’ French-country-inspired room features a patchwork of different textures, sizes, tastes and influences. The room houses vintage items as well as new pieces, such as the new off-white scripted dining chairs. This Page: To achieve her casual style, Voss received help from decorator Sherry Hockman of Hockman Interior Designs, who revamped the room in just one day with items purchased solely in Columbia. | 29


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Mixing a variety of heights and textures helps make a room look professionally decorated.

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Casual vintage style like this isn't as effortless as it appears; just one wrong piece can turn an artfully mismatched abode into a hodgepodge disaster. After revamping the room in just one day with items purchased solely in Columbia, Voss' decorator Sherry Hockman of Hockman Interior Designs offered Columbia Home a few tips for scoring a designer look. Define your style. Before you spend any money, imagine what look or feel you're going for. Have a basic idea of what you like and how you can use it to bring the room together. When Voss requested vintage décor, especially burlap-like fabrics and elegant script detailing, Hockman was able to deliver exactly what she wanted. Splurge on versatile or classic pieces. If you're going to spend, it's wise to do it on items you can get the most use out of, such as Voss’ new script-covered bench. On one side of the coffee table, it can be a footrest for two chairs or a place to put drinks, but on the other side it becomes two or three extra seats by the fire. Classic pieces give you more bang for your buck because they are easy to recycle, even if you redecorate years later. Use what you have. Still love a few features from your old room? Keep them! Changing the style of your home doesn't mean you have to change everything. The bunnies in Voss’ sitting room are more French country than vintage, but they blend in because they share the same red and black color scheme. Mix it up. It sounds so simple, but designers swear that using a variety of heights and textures is the key to making a room look professionally decorated. Accent an overstuffed armchair with a sleeker sofa for a dichotomy that is more appealing to the eye than a perfectly matching set. | 31

dear kate

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

dear kate,

My 15-year-old daughter has a variety of friends, some of whom I like more than others. However, there is one friend in particular who sets little alarms off in my head. She is a year older and has the golden ticket — her license. My daughter has made offhanded comments about how relaxed her parents are and has shared with me some things that make her uncomfortable, such as routine lying to her parents and that she snuck out of her house one night to meet some older friends. I know my daughter isn’t an angel, but up to this point, she has given me no reason to distrust her. Despite this, a big part of me wants to forbid her from spending time with this girl, but I’m not certain that’s the best approach. P.L. Dear P.L. It sounds like you are well-grounded in the fact that you don’t have to adore all of your child’s friends. That said, you do need to be able to trust that she is safe when she’s out and about, and that trust starts with you and your daughter. Having a conversation about trust is essential. What does trust mean and how is it earned? If she has never given you a reason to distrust her, then trust is a given unless there is a reason for it to be taken away and subsequently earned back. Just because she spends time with people you don’t trust doesn’t have to lessen your trust in her. I would encourage the two of you to have an open dialogue about the individual in question. From what you shared, it sounds like your daughter has some reservations of her own. Ask your daughter about her comfort level in doing things with this girl, and share some of your own concerns (without completely vilifying the girl), most of which come from things your daughter has freely shared with you. Collaborate on parameters for hanging out that you both feel good about. Unless you truly believe this girl is a walking time bomb, I would discourage you from forbidding your daughter to be friends with her. Human nature demonstrates time and again that we want (and find a way to get) what we are told we cannot have. Determine what you and your daughter are comfortable with. Maybe you agree that spending the night at her house or riding in the car with her are not options but having her over to your house or going out with a group of friends is acceptable. You don’t want to be responsible for picking your daughter’s friends; you want to help your daughter learn to be responsible for making decisions that feel right and true to her. That is empowering and assists her in being the independent person you are raising her to be. 32 | june/july 2012

dear kate,

I am currently in baby shower purgatory. In the past year I have either hosted or co-hosted three baby showers and am in the process of planning another. At the rate my friends and family reproduce, I can only imagine my days as baby shower hostess extraordinaire are not yet behind me. Don’t get me wrong, I love to host parties; the planning, cooking, decorating, etc., are things I thoroughly enjoy. It’s the headaches that unfortunately seem to be part of this type of party: whom to invite, what type of shower to throw, what will make the mom happy or stressed, whom to involve in the planning, etc. The joy has been nearly lost for me, and I fear that will come through in this next event. Any thoughts on how I can reclaim my hostess spirit? G.S. Dear G.S. Here’s a thought that might make me unpopular, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take: Most people don’t enjoy baby showers, least of all, the honoree. Seriously. This is something that isn’t voiced frequently. Aren’t baby showers a time-honored institution of womanhood? Perhaps they are, but that doesn’t mean they’re enjoyable. Time-honored obligation is perhaps a better descriptor. What makes for a successful gathering? Good company, good food, good atmosphere. It sounds like you know how to throw a party, so do what you know. You don’t have to take the straight-forward baby shower approach. It’s OK (read encouraged) not to play games, to save the gift opening until the very end and make it clear no one should feel compelled to stay and watch. Take it upon yourself to shake it up and create a shower that people want to attend. That would be a feat of epic proportions. Have a garden party, go co-ed or have a girls’ night in. Of course the mom-to-be’s wishes need to come in to play, but as the hostess, you get to set some parameters, too. Give the honoree a quota for guests. If the guest list exceeds your quota, address this and request a co-host or suggest doing two showers. Discuss the menu and the theme if you feel it’s the right thing to do, but remember, you’re footing both the bill and labor. It’s better to be honest about what you can and cannot do than just to grin and bear it and be resentful and overwhelmed during the entire process. Simply put, the goal is to minimize stress and increase fun for you, mom-to-be and all the guests. It’s time to not only reclaim your hostess spirit but also the concept of the baby shower itself.

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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. | 33

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expert's advice | Toby Rost

Cultivate Success

Gardening advice from Toby Rost of Superior Garden Center and Rost Landscaping What advice would you give to a rookie gardener? Don’t let gardening intimidate you. Fellow gardeners love to talk about gardening, so get advice from your neighbors, the local garden center or the farmers market. What are the ideal conditions to grow vegetables? The most important criterion are a good welldrained soil and at least six to eight hours of full sun. It’s easier than you think to get started, and in Missouri we can grow almost any vegetable. No yard? There are now “container vegetables” that are suited for growing in pots on your deck or patio.

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What’s the big fuss about using pesticides on plants and vegetables? Pesticides can be very beneficial when used properly and only when necessary. We see a lot of overtreating of problem plants when, if left to nature, problems would disappear on their own with no significant damage. Starting with healthy plants is the first basic step to eliminating the need for pesticides. I’ve heard some bugs are a benefit to gardens. What are some of these benefits, and why not just squash the pests? By eliminating insects you run the risk of damaging the helpful ones and disrupting the natural balance of their job. For example, garden spiders control grasshoppers, aphids, thrips, caterpillars, flies and more and help to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

I seem to kill everything in my garden. What are the easiest plants to maintain? All plants aren’t suited for all conditions in every yard, and some are higher maintenance than others. Your garden center is the best resource for figuring out the right plants for the right exposure in your yard. When is the best time to plant trees and shrubs? Spring and fall are ideal with the cooler temperatures and more regular rains. However, our landscape crews plant all year round because most trees and shrubs can be planted successfully until the ground freezes (around Christmas here). How much should I water during the summer months? For lawns to stay green, they need only approximately 1 inch a week. Newly planted trees and shrubs will need the same 1 inch a week. It is possible to overwater. If you have an irrigation system, you can tailor your water usage to areas in your yard with a “smart controller,” which monitors special needs such as full sun or shade, rainfall during the week, slope, etc. Is there an advantage to growing herbs inside versus outside? Herbs do best in garden soil and outside for as long as possible. When the weather cools, you can harvest them or bring some indoors to extend the season. They tend to get bugs when grown indoors all year round. How do you prevent weeds from infiltrating your garden without using harsh chemicals? Mulching prevents a lot of weeds, old-fashioned pulling weeds prevents spreading, and using the chemical Roundup is safe when used properly, to name a few options. | 35

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Retro Rebirth by lily dawson p hotos by taylor allen an d angelique hunter Vintage items are back in full swing with flapper styles on the red carpets and ’70s looks aplenty. Fashion gurus are plucking antique designer pieces from thrift shops. Apply this technique to the interior of your home to add character to any room. Find vintage pieces at Studio Home and Grace: A Place of Restoration.

Product information (counterclockwise from top left): Paris Pillow, Dillard’s, $20; Globe with Stand, Studio Home, $30; Magnifying Glass, Studio Home, $20; Carved Wood Frame, Grace, $74.99; Vintage Bamboo Stand, Grace, $24.99; Antique Trophy, Studio Home; Anne Thompson “Peace/Tension,” Studio Home, $2,500; Spools, Studio Home, $22 each; Vintage Pin, Studio Home, $60; Galliano Liquor Bottle, Grace, $58; Antique Market Clock, Studio Home, $88; Wallpaper samples, Johnston Paint & Decorating. | 37


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A Room to Relax in

Kay Wax of Mary Moss Furniture shares her take on a peaceful sunroom, a space she believes is usually underutilized and yearns for company. By L ily Dawson Photos by Taylor A llen

The sunroom may be the most forgotten room in your home. Filled up with overflow furniture and often treated as a storage space or mudroom, this underappreciated space can calm your nerves after a long day and provide some serious R&R. Use your solarium for what it was intended for: taking in the rays and letting nature take control of your senses for a few minutes. Kay Wax of Mary Moss Furniture believes in the power of allocating space to harbor relaxation. She’s put together accessories for an eclectic and casual sunroom designed to elevate mood. The colors she uses convey calm, relaxation and a heightened frame of mind. “I chose the colors to stimulate your mental attitude and outlook on life,” Wax says. Wax’s goal in designing this space was to establish a safe haven within your own home using pieces that bring joy to daily life. “I wanted to convey energy and

enthusiasm in the accessories, expressing the spice of life,” Wax says. That “spice” is designed to translate from the funky accent pieces into your daily routine. To get this look in your home, Wax suggests starting with color. “Choose a piece from your collection that you really like and expand on it. This piece can be a keepsake, a flower, an heirloom or swatch of fabric, anything that has meaning to you.” She recommends rearranging pieces in unusual ways. Figure out an obvious arrangement and purposefully reposition to make the layout your own. She stresses that this palette isn’t a package deal. “Go for the individual,” she says. “You don’t need to buy all new things. This needs to be your space to harbor your own creativity and create peace in an otherwise hectic area.” All pieces photographed are available at Mary Moss Furniture, located at 1400 Heriford Road in Columbia. | 39

shopkeeper's story | carpet one

Business and Family

For Scott Bradley, vice president and general manager of Carpet One, lessons from mentors set him on the road to success. By Molly Wright Scott Bradley confesses he knew very little about the flooring business when he started 18 years ago. “I didn’t even know how many square feet were in a square yard,” he says. Today, as vice president and general manager of Carpet One, Bradley recognizes that industry knowledge is important to staying competitive. Yet he insists his top priority is treating people fairly and with respect. It’s a philosophy this father of nine relies on in both his professional and personal life — and one that is deeply rooted in lessons from mentors who encouraged him to believe in himself. Born in Chillicothe, Mo., in 1972, Bradley was 8 when his mother accepted a job with MFA and his family moved to Columbia, where Bradley, along with his two brothers and two sisters, was enrolled in public school. They attended Rock Bridge Elementary, Jefferson Junior High and Rock Bridge High School. During his freshman year at Rock Bridge, Bradley was encouraged by a friend to join the wrestling team. “It was a new concept to me,” Bradley says. “I had never really competed in any organized competition.” He signed up reluctantly but soon discovered he enjoyed the sport immensely. In fact, it was his wrestling coach, Steve Moore, who made the greatest impact on Bradley during this time. “He was a good mentor and taught me how to envision success,” Bradley says. Moore also taught Bradley to be more confident and that he could accomplish anything if he worked hard enough. About this same time, Bradley met Ed Johnson, owner of Broadway Diner. Johnson hired Bradley to bus tables at Heritage House along with Johnson’s sons. “He began shaping my work ethic,” says Bradley; he expected quality work and pushed Bradley to accept responsibility for his actions. Because Johnson took a chance on him, Bradley says, “I am deeply indebted for the lessons he taught me to this day.”

next four years, however, he was stationed at Mechanicsburg, Penn., in the disbursements department and never set foot on a boat. “The closest I got to a boat was when I went to a transition assistance training to help me to adjust to civilian life,” Bradley says. But his Navy stint provided clarification on what he wanted out of life, and being told how much money he would make for a certain period of time and moving around every two to four years wasn’t for him. With a clearer sense of purpose, he asked Trittler to marry him, and they tied the knot in 1994. In October of the same year, he was honorably discharged. Upon returning to Columbia, Bradley began working for his father-in-law, whose business was now called Carpet One. Under Trittler’s tutelage, Bradley learned the flooring business from the ground up and credits much of his success to Trittler’s mentoring. According to Bradley, “Mike’s just a great business person” who allowed him the opportunity to not only grow but also to make changes in the business, such as expanding the showroom area.

Pay it forward

Today Bradley continues to look for ways to improve Carpet One, such as expanding the showroom further. In addition, he works hard to offer customers an enjoyable purchasing experience and to provide

“I don’t want people to ever have a bad taste in their mouth. I would rather lose a little money than lose a customer.” — Scott Bradley

The following year was tough when Bradley’s family moved to Hallsville and he had to give up wrestling. Rock Bridge friends often picked him up to attend wrestling matches, but it wasn’t the same. “Starting all over, you don’t know if people are going to like you,” he says. One day, a girl from his art class, Michelle Trittler, daughter of Mike Trittler, owner of House of Carpet, asked him to sit with her group at lunch. It was a turning point for Bradley, who until this time didn’t know where he belonged. Before long they were dating. In December 1990, Bradley graduated from high school. With no definite career plans, he decided to follow the guidance counselor’s advice and join the Navy to “see the world.” For the 40 | june/july 2012

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Finding purpose

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a wide variety of carpet, tile, hardwood, vinyl and laminate floorings. In addition, his store offers the Healthier Living Carpet Installation System, which minimizes allergens, dust, mold and mildew. The business also offers the Beautiful Guarantee, which Bradley says promises to replace flooring at no cost to the customer if he or she isn’t fully satisfied. Although business keeps Bradley busy, he and his wife are also raising and home-schooling their nine children: Scott, 17; Collin, 14; Grant, 12; Cameron, 10; Nor, 8; Katie, 5; Brom, 3; Torin, 2; and Micah, 3 months. “We believe all of our children learn differently, and we just thought that would be the best opportunity,” he says. “It’s not the best choice for everyone, but it’s a good fit for us.” Overall, Bradley strives to pay forward the lessons he learned from his mentors by encouraging the best in others. For his children, “I pray that they have a heart for people,” Bradley says. “My dreams are that they find good husbands and wives and that they find lives that are fulfilling for them. I also dream that they are able to enjoy their lives with their families.” In business he encourages his employees to take good care of every Carpet One customer. “Businesses spend a lot of money to get customers,” Bradley says, but very little to keep them happy after the purchase. If customers have problems with installation or regret a purchase, “I don’t want people to ever have a bad taste in their mouth. I would rather lose a little money than lose a customer.” | 41

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Chickpea Spoon with Feta and Roasted Garlic Rock Bridge High School senior Will Kinney won first place in the Culinary Arts SkillsUSA Missouri competition. He is preparing to take on the national contest in late June. Here is a summery amuse-bouche prepared by Kinney with light, fresh ingredients in mind. ingredients • 2 heads garlic, unpeeled • ¼ cup olive oil • salt and pepper • 1 red bell pepper

• ½ cup cooked couscous • 1 cup cooked chickpeas • ½ cup chopped parsley • ½ cup chopped fresh oregano • ¾ cup feta cheese (crumbled)

preparation 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. 2. Slice the pointed tops off the garlic heads, and brush the exposed pulp with oil so that it is well coated. Wrap the heads in aluminum foil, and arrange in a small baking pan. Roast for one hour or until garlic is soft. Allow to cool. 3. Gently squeeze the bottoms of the garlic heads so that the softened pulp oils extract from the individual cloves. Discard the skins. Put the pulp in a small bowl, and mash with a spoon until pureed. While mashing, add enough oil to achieve a sauce-like consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate. 4. Broil the bell pepper for 10 to 15 minutes, and turn it until soft and black. Cool covered for 10 minutes. Peel skin with fingers, and cut the flesh into ½-inch dice. 5. In a large bowl add couscous, chickpeas, roasted pepper, parsley, oregano, garlic puree, feta cheese and ¼ cup of oil. Season to taste. 6. Serve in spoons. Recipe adapted from Rick Tramonto’s Amuse-Bouche | 43

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Not just for savory cooking anymore, herbs are making their way into our favorite cocktails. We aren’t just talking about a traditional mint julep either. Rich Trippler at Bleu Restaurant & Wine Bar prepares five cocktails that incorporate the plant life, so you can feel a bit better about indulging in these delicious concoctions. | 45

➊ Blonde Mary

To shaker with ice add: 2 ounces carrot juice 2 ounces orange juice

1 teaspoon jalapeno cilantro simple syrup 1 ½ ounces vodka Dash of Sriracha Give a quick shake, and pour contents over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a baby carrot. Jalapeno Cilantro Simple Syrup Bring to boil then strain one part simple syrup, one part jalapenos and one part fresh cilantro.

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In a mixing glass muddle: 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar

2 sprigs fresh fennel 1 ½ ounces vodka Top this mixture with ice and shake to mix ingredients. Serve on ice topped with sparkling wine.

➌ Bleu Rosemary Lemonade To a shaker with ice add: 1 sprig fresh rosemary 1 ½ ounces blueberry vodka 2 ounces sour mix ½ ounces blueberry syrup

Give the above ingredients a quick shake to mix. Pour entire contents into a wine glass. Top with riesling. Garnish with the rosemary sprig already used and a lemon.

➍ Tiger Blood Mojito In a mixing glass muddle: 2 orange slices 6 to 8 fresh mint leaves ½ ounces grenadine Add to mixture: 1 ½ ounces light rum Fill with ice, and top with club soda. Pour contents into tall collins glass to serve.

➎ Cucumber Basil Cooler In a mixing glass muddle: 1 cucumber slice 1 to 2 fresh basil leaves 1 ounce sour mix Add: 1 ½ ounces Hendrix gin Top this mixture with ice, and shake to mix ingredients. Strain liquid into a double old-fashioned glass with ice. Top with riesling, and garnish with cucumber slice.

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Chinese parsley, cilantro or whatever you call it, Mexicans and Asians alike have cultivated this herb and made it their own. Traditionally used in both areas as a garnish or in salads, cilantro has a citrusy smell that pairs well with the orange and carrot juices in the Blonde Mary.


Fennel has some serious roots (no pun intended) in alcohol recipes. It was one of the three ingredients used in creating absinthe. Fortunately this cocktail is a lot tastier and less pungent than its notorious predecessor.


Most commonly used in savory cooking, you’ve probably stuffed a holiday turkey or roasted a piece of meat with this woody herb. Rosemary leaves resemble pine needles and are highly aromatic. You can grow rosemary year round without much water. Rosemary also has a reputation for improving memory, which should help to counteract the effects of the vodka in the Bleu Rosemary Lemonade recipe.


Mint has a long history in cocktails. The Kentucky Derby calls the mint julep its official beverage, and mojitos have made a strong showing as a favorite staple of summer entertaining. Rich Trippler takes a classic mojito recipe and adds a twist with the Tiger Blood Mojito.


Basil is Italy’s choice herb. How to incorporate the tomato-sauce seasoning in a cocktail, you ask? Pairing the herb with fresh summery flavors, such as cucumber, is perfect for this pungently flavored plant. | 47


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Need some tips on how to dress your wee one this summer? Keep him or her styling in nautically inspired outfits. It’s anchors away for these little captains as we steer into the season.

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Local band The StoneThrowers is giving Columbia a much-needed dose of classic hard rock. | 57

had played with anyone else recently. Still, they had more experience to offer than Scott, who had never been in a band, and Goforth, who had only been in “protobands,” which he describes as “bands that are trying to get together but never quite make it to the stage.” Since July 2010, the guys have been playing once every few months at local venues such as Mojo’s, The Blue Note, Eastside Tavern and the Bridge, where they’ve played at least five times. “It has the best lights and sound in town,” Goforth says. Their early shows were full of covers from classic rock bands such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, whom they cite as their biggest influences, but since then they’ve gradually turned toward writing their own music. “Every time we do a show, we usually have a new song or two up our sleeve,” Huff says. Huff says every member has written songs by now except Blaise, who focuses on his responsibilities as booking manager. But Goforth, who describes his songwriting style as “pop/hard rock,” has written the most. “My songs are usually about girls, feelings and self-history,” Goforth says.

When The StoneThrowers stand before the crowd at the Bridge in downtown Columbia, it’s easy for them to forget that playing music isn’t their real occupation. Just like their favorite venue, which operates as the Columbia School of Music during business hours, the four men have day jobs. But they live for the nights that come along only once every couple of months, when they leave their everyday lives far behind for a night of rock guitars and revelry.

Making some music The StoneThrowers are Gerry Blaise, Joe Goforth, Travis Huff and Joe Scott, all middle-aged men who formed the group back in 2010 with the mutual desire to play some “straight-ahead rock.” It all began when Goforth asked his gym buddy, Blaise, 58 | june/july 2012

if he knew of anyone looking to get a band together. He and Scott had been quietly releasing songs on the Internet under the moniker “Schroedinger’s Cathouse,” and they were ready to take their act live. “Putting things on the Internet is pretty thankless,” Goforth says. “Nobody ever praises you; they just flame you.” Blaise agreed to join lead guitarist Scott and Goforth, who sings and plays rhythm guitar, and he also knew just who to call when the trio needed a bassist to round out their sound. He’d known Huff since 1987, when both showed up at a friend’s house for the first practice for “Spankin’ Rufus,” which wound up opening for the Spin Doctors and Eddie Money. That was the first of at least five bands the two played in together back then, but neither

“They say if you join a band, it will keep you young,” Huff says of his reason for joining The StoneThrowers Keeping their day jobs Fitting once-weekly practices into their busy schedules isn’t easy. Huff puts much of his energy into owning and operating Pure Audio, a local high-performance audio and video store where the band rehearses. Also incredibly important is the time he spends with his wife, Amanda, and two sons, Henry and Noah, whom he calls “an awesome handful.” Blaise is a sales account executive for KOMU, Goforth works as a programmer for CenturyLink, and Scott teaches international students English and is about to earn his English doctorate. “You work a hard day, and you come and sweat and sort of wear yourself out, except that you go away with more energy

LEFT: The StoneThrowers have played at local venues Mojo’s, The Blue Note, Eastside Tavern and the Bridge, which “has the best lights and sound in town,” according to Joe Goforth, who sings and plays rhythm guitar. ABOVE: The StoneThrowers (left to right) Travis Huff, Joe Scott, Joe Goforth and Gerry Blaise.

than you came with,” Scott says of band practice. “That’s the fun part.” Ever since childhood music has always been a big part of each of their lives, which, in their opinion, makes it worth making time for. They’re always open to playing with other people when the band can’t meet up or even playing by themselves. Huff says solitary practice sessions are great for writing songs and “woodshedding,” or playing challenging parts of

songs riff by riff, over and over until each part sounds perfect. “They say if you join a band, it will keep you young,” Huff says of his reason for joining The StoneThrowers, a quip that is met with both chuckles and groans from his fellow band mates. In reality, the satisfaction they get from writing music and playing together is pretty much their only reason for making it this far because the band hasn’t made any money yet. For now,

the sheer joy and adrenaline rush are reasons enough for them.

New material This month, The StoneThrowers are proudly releasing their first CD, Coat of Arms. It’s something they’ve aspired to since their group’s conception, so they split the costs and started working on it about a year ago. If Goforth were going to recommend it to a friend who had never heard them play, he’d | 59

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describe it as “hard rock meets power pop, with an alternative bent.” Coat of Arms, which they put together at Mansion Recording Studios in Branson, pays homage to classic rock acts such as early Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin and blends heavily distorted guitars with poppy, modern touches that make for a sound that is uniquely theirs. The first track, “Fun Mistake,” should quickly rectify any misconception that the guys are raucous headbangers with a penchant for shrieking. Although they sometimes venture into grunge rock territory, the metal genre is one they completely avoid. In fact, much of their music leans heavily toward pop and echoes '90s bands such as the Gin Blossoms or Red Hot Chili Peppers. “The Invisible Hand,” a track penned by Scott, is one that evokes feelings of nostalgia for a decade when rockers wore flannel shirts and light-wash jeans instead of tight leather pants. “One Beautiful Reason” is an especially well-produced song, a slow builder with artfully layered guitars that was written by lead singer Goforth. He is also responsible for “Geek Love at First Sight,” a fun ditty about a couple who bonds over a mutual love of Linux and Star Trek. The song wound up being oddly prophetic for him, as he met a woman who loved his “nerdy” side soon after its completion. “When I wrote it, I was very single, just fantasizing about what meeting and dating my dream girl would be like,” he says. “I never imagined it would come true.” The StoneThrowers are planning to throw an album release party at the Bridge on June 8, where Coat of Arms will be on sale for $9. The band is hoping to fill the venue to its 130-person capacity with their families, friends and fans. With their dream of recording a CD realized, they aren’t sure what the future holds for them, but they plan to keep looking for opportunities to perform wherever they can. “We’ll do any kind of show that demands some good, solid rock and roll,” Huff says. | 61

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Call & Response Sara Parker Pauley shares her passion for the great outdoors

By Nanc y Yang | Photos courtesy of Sar ah Pauley Summer’s upon us, and it’s time to bask in its glory. Sun-drenched afternoons stretch into long and languid evenings, and a symphony of birdsongs beckons. The great outdoors is calling. Sara Parker Pauley has been answering that call all her life. A Columbia native, Sara was introduced early on to the natural world, which created a sense of wonder and appreciation that has shaped her lifestyle, career and even her marriage. Today, she lives near the Missouri River, is married to a professional bass fisherman and is the director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Sara recalls spending much of her childhood outdoors. The memories that are most vivid to her are family float trips in the Ozarks along Bryant Creek and the Gasconade and Big Piney rivers. She and her brothers learned how to set up camp, fish and handle a canoe. In retrospect, something else was taking place that was every bit as valuable. “It was time together,” she says. “The best memories are those sorts of adventures. It’s what you remember. My mom and dad would bring the best food — or at least it seemed like it. Just being outdoors seems to make you hungrier.” Sara’s grandmother Elma would have thought nothing of allowing a teenager to roam the woods alone. Unlike today, when constant accessibility is the norm, solitude was considered a rite of passage and an opportunity to discover nature’s wonderment and beauty. “She just made the woods an exciting place, a comfortable place not to fear,” Sara says. “I learned from her that the woods were full of adventure. It was kind of magical to spend time with her.” Since Sara and Scott wed about five years ago, the Pauleys have found ways to spend time outdoors with each other. The two of them enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, from turkey hunting to fishing to kayaking on the river near their home. “Water is my calming element,” says Scott, who along with working the pro fishing circuit has been a Missouri state trooper for 32 years. “You need some kind of release, especially in stressful positions like law enforcement. When I’m stressed, I run down a lake in a bass boat for five minutes, and I’m a new man.” | 63

Additional information on programs connecting children to the outdoors:

Children in Nature

Sara Parker Pauley, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, lives and breathes the outdoor lifestyle. She is married to Scott Pauley, a professional bass fisherman and Missouri state trooper, and the two enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, from turkey hunting to fishing to kayaking on the river near their home.

The great outdoors Scott is perhaps the first to recognize how the demands of Sara’s job can be daunting. Sara confesses that they can leave precious little time to enjoy the resources she’s been charged with protecting. But what’s more troubling to her is the fact that many children today grow up without experiencing the outdoors. “There are so many great places to take kids outside,” she says and adds that children benefit from the exercise and fresh air, and they experience a sense of wonder only available in the great outdoors. “When children play with electronics, someone else develops the creativity using computer programs,” Sara says. On the other hand, when they’re outdoors and unplugged, they’re more likely to rely on their own creativity and imagination. “Missouri has several programs that create an opportunity for children to become one with nature by getting them outdoors to learn and enhance their education about the environment,” she says. Missouri has initiated and supported programs such as Children in Nature, which encourages communities to connect children with the outdoors and also ties wellness and natural resources together. Sara touts Missouri’s No. 1 ranking on as the best state in the country for camping. Also, Missouri’s system of 87 parks and historic sites was a finalist in the National Gold Medal Awards for excellence in parks and recreation management. “There’s something wonderfully magical about each part of our state,” she says. The Ozarks have their rolling hills, cave systems and wilderness; the upland prairies in the north and west are abundant with streams and wildflowers; and the bootheel teems with many species of fish and waterfowl. Here in the central part of the state, two of the country’s great rivers come together. It’s hard to miss Sara’s enthusiasm for what she does. In fact, she says: “I am very blessed to be doing the work I’m doing. It doesn’t feel much like a job.” 64 | june/july 2012 • Children in Nature will create an opportunity for children to become one with nature by getting them outdoors to learn and enhance their education about the environment. The Children in Nature Challenge will ask Missouri communities and families to take action to enhance education about nature and to increase opportunities for children to personally experience nature and the outdoors. • On Feb. 26, 2010, Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order to establish a team of state agencies to develop and support this initiative. The executive order directs the departments of Elementary and Secondary Education, Health and Senior Services, Mental Health, Higher Education and Economic Development to actively support the departments of Conservation and Natural Resources to implement the Children in Nature Challenge. • This statewide program is coordinated through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Missouri State Parks

Learn2 Camp Program • This summer, 40 families will have a helping hand as they learn the joys of camping in a Missouri state park. Missouri State Parks is teaming up with The North Face’s Explore Your Parks Program to teach families to learn to camp. The program supplies the equipment and the expertise. You supply the family and an eagerness to discover nature.

Camper Award • Individuals or families camping in five different state parks or historic sites during one year are awarded a certificate and patch. Camper verification cards are available at all state parks and historic sites and must be verified by staff at each place the individual or family camps. Participants must obey park rules and regulations.

Explorer Program • Giving visitors a new appreciation and respect for the natural world and the historic setting around them along with an interest in preserving them is the main goal of the Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites Explorer Program.

Interpretive Programs • For those wanting to learn more about the natural world, naturalists will help you explore what makes a landscape different, whether it is prairie, glade or forest, and the plants and animals that call each home. You can enjoy a spring wildflower walk or attend a program to identify different birds that live in Missouri. If you want to learn more about how to enjoy the outdoors, programs are available on ways you can get out and play.

Wonders of Wildlife Schools • WOW is designed to teach participants how to enjoy a wide range of outdoor recreation activities while practicing personal safety and outdoor responsibility. WOW will offer classes in a variety of outdoor skills including archery, fishing, canoeing, campfire cooking, camping and more. • The WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School is packed with opportunities for people of all ages to learn outdoor recreation skills. The events are sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Bass Pro Shops, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Missouri Department of Conservation, Wonders of Wildlife, the National Park Service and more.

Great American Backyard Campout • Spend the night under the stars with the National Wildlife Federation, and take your family’s first step into a lifetime filled with healthy outdoor fun. • On June 23 thousands of families will come together for a night of exploration and fun as part of Great American Backyard Campout. All you need is a taste for adventure and a desire to share the great outdoors with your children.

Be Out There • The nature of childhood has changed. There’s not much nature in it. American childhood has moved indoors during the past two decades and taken a mental and physical toll on today’s kids. • Sponsored by National Wildlife Federation

Conservation Federation of Missouri • CFM offers several programs to help connect youth with nature. | 65

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Missouri native Elissa Igleheart Bertot and her husband, Vincent, quit their jobs, sold their cars and bought round-theworld tickets for a yearlong trip of a lifetime. As they circle the globe, they’re trekking through geological wonders, eating exotic foods, learning adaptability, experiencing diverse cultures and charting a new future path.

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apartment intimidated us. Then, one day, we were talking to some friends, another couple around our ages, who had done a similar trip.

ing, relocated to New York City to pursue a

We realized it wasn’t as unattainable as we

them during that year apart, leading them

thought. If they could do it, why not us?”

to get married one weekend at the New York

career as a publicist for restaurants and chefs. The long-distance relationship wore on

After a year of planning, they boarded a

City Courthouse. Soon after, Vincent was of-

plane in December to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Each

fered a job in Switzerland, where work visas

carried only a backpack and a round-the-world

are easier to come by. The couple moved to

plane ticket. Not wanting to risk losing their

the countryside, where they’ve lived for the

actual wedding rings or having them stolen,

past four years. They spent their weekends

they didn’t pack them and planned to buy

hiking, mountain biking, camping and snow-

cheap rings along their journey.

boarding and often discussed their desire to

Now, until their trek ends in December, their

experience different parts of the world.

coconut rings are subtle reminders of what the

“Even from the start of our relationship,

couple has left behind: their jobs, apartment,

traveling was important to us,” Elissa says.

modern luxuries, families and stable lifestyles.

“Between traveling as tourists and living

But more importantly, the makeshift mari-

abroad, we had seen enough of the world to

tal bands reflect what the Bertots hope to gain during this experience: more flexibility, new memories and a broader outlook on life.

Bit by the travel bug

know that we just wanted to see more.”

Plotting, planning and panicking What was the worst that could happen if the Bertots went through with their plan? Sure,

To embark on such an ambitious trip, you need

they’d have to make sacrifices, such as miss-

a love for the outdoors and global culture.

ing weddings and giving up their jobs, but in

Born and raised in Pierpont, Mo., a few miles

return they’d get to see the world. Maybe the

south of Columbia, Elissa spent her childhood

trip would lead them toward different career

exploring the woods with her brothers. Al-

paths; maybe it wouldn’t. But surely the ex-

though she didn’t travel abroad as a kid, she

perience would change them. They tried not

The Igleheart-Bertots have already travelled South America and New Zealand on their year-long trip around the world. “Machu Picchu was both magical and mysterious,” Elissa writes in her blog.

grew fascinated with her father’s collection of

to dwell on the scarier risks — kidnapping

National Geographic magazines and Rudyard

or malaria, for instance — as they discussed

Kipling’s stories about India. From an early

whether their one-year round-the-world ad-

age, international affairs piqued her interest.

venture was doable.

A quick glance at the left hands of Elissa and Vincent Bertot reveals an unusual symbol. Rather than wedding bands of precious metal and stone, the couple currently sports rings made from coconut shells. But don’t be fooled into thinking that their jewelry represents some new, quirky fashion statement. Elissa and Vincent handmade their rings while spending five days in the Amazon, where they learned about exotic plants and wildlife, toured the swamp and jungle, shared a primitive bungalow with eight other travelers and slept on thin mattresses surrounded by mosquito netting. The Amazon was one of the first stops on the couple’s yearlong quest to travel around the world — a journey they’ve dubbed “360 Degrees in 360 Days.” “We always thought a trip around the world would be amazing, but it seemed out of reach, like something you dream about but never work up the courage to do,” says Elissa, a Missouri native and University of Missouri alumna, in an email interview with Columbia Home. “The idea of quitting our jobs and leaving our

“I remember spending hours drawing maps

After estimating a budget, Elissa and Vin-

of the Middle East during the first war with

cent realized that within a year they could

Iraq,” Elissa recalls. “I would play ‘Where in

save enough money to make their dream voy-

the World is Carmen San Diego?’ on my com-

age possible.

puter when I was little, dreaming of Europe.”

“We were both a little tired of our respec-

After visiting her grandmother in Charles-

tive areas of work and were fed up spending

ton, S.C., and vacationing to Colorado to ski,

50 hours a week sitting in front of computer

Elissa became determined to attend college

screens,” Elissa explains. “We often talked

out of state. During her freshman year at the

about other jobs we could do that would be

College of Charleston, she decided to join

more active or more social. However, since

a friend on a study abroad program on the

neither of us had ever worked anywhere be-

French Riviera. Elissa was only supposed to

sides an office, we didn’t know if we would

stay for two semesters, but the experience

even like doing something else.”

drastically altered her future plans.

The idea of learning new skill sets and try-

In a bar in Antibes, France, she met Vincent,

ing out different types of jobs motivated them

who is from the region, and she remained in

to incorporate volunteering stints into their

France for a second year. Wanting to finish her

itinerary. But planning such a complex trip

degree in communications, Elissa transferred

soon became more overwhelming and stress-

to MU while Vincent remained in France.

ful than expected.

Their next few years together were filled with

Elissa and Vincent created spreadsheets

cross-continental travel. They initially moved

of where they wanted to go, how much time

to Bermuda for Vincent to pursue his infor-

they wanted to spend there and what they hoped to do. Whittling their lists down took much patience, compromise and wine.

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“In any other stage of our relationship, we’d be fighting about who has to do the dishes

go, what to do, what to bring, while Vincent,

or who left the dirty sponge on the counter,”

technical aspects of traveling, would research

Elissa wrote in an October 2011 blog post. “But

what adapters we needed, what computer

now we find our more heated discussions are

would be the best investment and what kind

about things like whether we will take a boat

of security options we should get.”

who’s very detail-oriented about the more

from Peru to Brazil or whether we will skip

Despite their intense excitement and

Iguazu Falls in order to spend more time in

preparation, they found the last couple of


months before the trip emotional and somewhat terrifying. What if the trip didn’t go as well as they imagined? Were they prepared for uncomfortable situations? But most of all, were they ready to start a new phase of their life without any clue of what it might have in store for them?

So far, so great Now several months into their trip, the Bertots have no regrets. They say it’s too early to predict what sort of lasting impact the experience will have on their lives, but they have noticed small changes, such as becoming more patient, flexible and adaptable. “We have had to change our standards of comfort and our notion of time,” Elissa says. “We have to accept that things will almost never be exactly how we would want them, so The Bertots were careful to ensure that their

we need to get over it. I, personally, am much

excitement — fueled by travel guidebooks,

less of a control freak than I am normally,

blogs, maps and TV shows — didn’t overtake

and I have become more low-maintenance in

their goals. They didn’t want to spend lots of

terms of beauty and hygiene.”

time in airports catching numerous flights.

Their days vary from touristy to adventur-

They wanted to be able to linger in places that

ous to laid-back. One of their most grueling,

intrigued them and slow down their typically

yet most magical, experiences has been a

fast-paced lives. Staying on budget — about

five-day hike up Machu Picchu, a 15th-centu-

$25,000 per person — was also essential and

ry Inca village located on a Peruvian moun-

led them to nix certain expensive destina-

tain ridge nearly 8,000 feet above sea level.

tions, such as Japan, from the list.

The Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia also left

The adventurous duo plotted out an ulti-

the couple awestruck. As Elissa documents in

mate route, including Bolivia, Peru, Argen-

her travel blog, because they visited during

tina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore,

the rainy season, the flats were covered in

Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong

clear water, “turning the flat into a veritable

Kong, Nepal and South Africa. But they agreed

mirror and reflecting the sky so perfectly that

that they’d be flexible. Other than their sched-

you literally could not ascertain where the

uled flights, they’d plan nearly everything else

earth ended and where the heavens began.”

in the moment and decide to stay longer in some places and skip others entirely. But the itinerary wasn’t the only time-con-

people, not part of the scenery. “It is so easy to

suming part of planning; their to-do lists were

patronize the local population of a develop-

extensive: obtain visas, sell their cars, resign

ing country and expect them to be naïve or

from their jobs, rent out their apartment, get

simple, or expect them to be quaint or cute,

necessary vaccines, buy travel gear, find trav-

just because they look less modern by our

elers’ health insurance and more.

standards,” Elissa says. “For example, at first

“During planning, we were actually a

I would marvel over the native Bolivian wom-

good team,” Elissa says. “I would focus on re-

en, dressed traditionally in their bowler hats and brightly colored skirts, until they were el-

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However, they’ve become more cognizant that the citizens in these foreign countries are

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Elissa and Vincent visited the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia and experienced some startlingly beautiful natural wonders. She called the Salar the most mind blowing thing she’s ever seen. 72 | june/july 2012

bowing me aside to jump the line in the bathroom. In the same way, we took Spanish lessons from two young women who were poor and not highly educated but who had a forward-thinking view on the world and an admirable self-awareness. You realize that no matter where you go, people are people, in both the good and the bad.” Because they speak French and some Spanish, language barriers haven’t been a big obstacle, though on their first day in Bolivia, they misinterpreted a menu and ordered bull testicles rather than bull steak. Other cultural differences have indeed made the trip interesting and uneasy at times. In Bolivia, they hopped on a bus headed to Santa Cruz without realizing that they were the only tourists on board. More disconcerting, however, were their seating arrangements. Because the bus seats were filled, they sat on plastic footstools in the middle of the aisle throughout the three-hour trip. On another bus ride, a woman hopped aboard with a whole roasted pork leg and used a machete to chop off hunks, which she sold to passengers. “Nearly once a week, something small happens that is just unlike anything we have ever experienced,” she says. “There are very specific instances where we just look at each other and go, ‘Where are we?’” Many of their surprising observations, however, have been familiar reminders of American and European pop culture, signs of globalization, even in remote locations. “We can buy Oreos in a little shop in the middle of a Bolivian village, or we hear a Lady Gaga ringtone in the backwater in the Amazon,” Elissa says. “When we go to drugstores in Argentina, we see all the same brands of shampoo that we see in the States and Europe. We expected things to be much more different and foreign from where we come from, and it is sometimes, but it’s incredible how much is the same.” The couple has already completed one of their volunteer jobs by working at an organic farm in El Bolson, Argentina. And before their year is up, they hope to volunteer in Nepal, South Africa and New Zealand or Australia. What happens after the journey’s over? Neither Vincent nor Elissa is sure. They might decide to move to a country they discover during this trip. Or they might end up back in Switzerland. Only one thing is certain: This won’t be the Bertots’ last worldly vacation. Get updates on Elissa and Vincent’s round-the-world trip by visiting | 73

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A rundown of this year’s featured local artists By M o l ly Wright | Photos courtesy of artists Summer officially starts June 20, but a summertime favorite will be here before we know it. On the weekend of June 2 and 3, the Columbia Art League will host the 54th annual Art in the Park at Stephens Lake. Free and open to the public, this event will once again showcase the works of more than 100 artists, both local and from across the nation. This opportunity to browse and purchase a variety of handcrafted items, from earrings to oneof-a-kind paintings, is a feast for the eyes and has something for everyone. Children will enjoy the Young Collector’s Tent, where they can choose and purchase artwork for only $5. The Emerging Artist’s Tent displays works from promising local high school students and undergrads. With scheduled performances by musicians and magicians, a free shuttle from Boone Hospital parking lot and numerous food vendors on hand, this event is all about family-friendly summertime fun. So circle the first weekend in June on the calendar, and plan to spend a day in the park experiencing quality artwork firsthand. Saturday hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit | 75

Joe Marshall, Columbia: Hand-carved dough and trencher bowls, candleholders and bookends. Originally from Ireland, Marshall discovered his passion for woodworking four years ago when he became a stay-at-home dad for his twin boys. Concerned about the environment, he uses local wood and natural organic finishes. Marshall is a supporter of the Art League; this will be his second year at Art in the Park, and he says he’s proud to be chosen for what he considers such a premier show. Website:

Eric Brunson, Fulton: Glasswork and lampworked borosilicate objects including paperweights, marbles, pendants and Christmas ornaments. As a lab tech at Columbia Environmental Research Center, Brunson took a course in glassblowing when his company needed someone to make specialized glass containers. From then on, he was hooked. The glass he uses is harder than most and shock-resistant so less apt to crack. This will be his fourth year at Art in the Park, though he says that with all the amazing artists on hand, it took him five years to work up the courage to submit. Diane Chappell, Ashton:

Cut-glass mosaics, sometimes incorporating mirror glass and found objects. Chappell, who has worked with glass for 30 years, started dabbling in mosaics 13 years ago while looking for ways to utilize leftover glass. Self-taught, she cuts all her own glass today. She’s attended Art in the Park for 25 years, but this will be her fourth year as a chosen artist. She says she loves interacting with people she meets at the event, particularly those who have purchased her work before.

Joel Chrisman, Ashland: Drawings and pastels of landscapes, still life and interiors. A professional artist since 1980, Chrisman graduated with his associate’s degree from the Colorado Institute of Art in commercial art and graphic design. He moved to Columbia in 1993, and this will be his sixth appearance at Art in the Park. He says he enjoys painting Missouri landscapes and has a studio in Ashland where he holds an open house every Christmas season. Website:

Yukari Kashihara, Rocheport: Ceramics, wheel-thrown porcelain ware. Originally from Osaka, Japan, Kashihara received her B.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Missouri and has a studio in Rocheport. She specializes in functional pots such as teapots, cups and mugs and enjoys giving them a whimsical twist. She says she loves Art in the Park because she often sees the same customers year after year and enjoys the stories they tell her about the items they bought from her booth. This will be her fourth year at Art in the Park. Website: Angie Schlotzhauer, Columbia: Colorful, hand-sculpted ceramic jewelry. Schlotzhauer, who received her teaching degree from MU and teaches art part time at New Haven School, says she started making ceramic jewelry by accident. Wondering what to do with leftover clay pieces from her ceramics class, she decided to put them to good use. Today her jewelry making is a part-time business. Having attended Art in the Park religiously for many years, she says she’s flattered to be chosen as one of the artists this year. 76 | june/july 2012

Audrey McFadden, Columbia: Acrylic, canvas paintings and note cards. With a business degree from MU and a culinary degree from San Francisco, McFadden says moving into a big house with way too much wall space prompted her to begin painting. Two years ago she started her company and today works out of her basement studio where she paints happy, whimsical landscapes and flowers. McFadden says she loves the energy at Art in the Park created by so many talented and passionate people. Website:

Tom Stauder, Columbia: Lathe-turned wood vessels and sculptures, functional and artistic. Stauder, who has lived in Columbia for more than 20 years, always enjoyed making furniture. Wanting to learn how to make turned legs for his tables and chairs, he bought a lathe. It wasn’t long before he put his furniture business on hold and began concentrating on wooden vessels and sculptures. He creates his more unusual pieces by gluing together wood from different species. An accounting professor at Columbia College, Stauder has been going to Art in the Park for 20 years.

Richard Dutton, Hallsville: Figurative paintings, abstract watercolors and oils. With a B.A. from Kirksville and an M.F.A. from Northern Iowa, Dutton taught art in Iowa for 30 years. This will be his sixth year at Art in the Park. He was recently accepted for the Watercolor USA show in Springfield. Specializing in abstract and plein air, Dutton says he appreciates how well-organized the Columbia event is compared to other fests. Website: Chuck Kubba, Columbia: Sculpture, particularly metal art mobiles and tabletop sculptures. A jeweler by profession, Kubba moved to Columbia five years ago. His passion for metal work began when he brought home a book from the library about Alexander Calder. Using aluminum, stainless steel and brass, he’s been creating mobiles for the past year and a half. Because this is his first Art in the Park appearance, he says he’s anxious to see people’s reactions to his work. Website: etsy. com/shop/comometalworks

Sonya Nicholson, Columbia: 3-D mixedmedia mobiles featuring origami cranes, shadow boxes and greeting cards. While attending Columbia College for her B.F.A., Nicholson joined an MU study abroad program in Japan and learned about origami. Her passion for the paper-folding art was resurrected when her son told her they were studying Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes book at school. This will be her sixth year at Art in the Park, where she says she likes the hometown feel and meeting so many people who appreciate art. Website: Ruth Wright, Columbia: Hand-woven seed beads and crystal jewelry. After years of creating and giving away needlework, Wright, a retired psychologist, says she finally ran out of recipients and began making jewelry. Self-taught, Wright says this will be her third year as an Art in the Park artist, which she considers a dream come true. She says she loves the event’s camaraderie, and through talking with others, she helped create the Columbia Beading Society, which now meets once a week to share ideas and projects. | 77

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diy | headbands

Baby, You’re Adorable. Do-it-yourself headbands in seven easy steps


Start by measuring the size of your child’s head where you’ll want the headband to rest. Cut your stretch lace or elastic 1 inch smaller than that measurement.


Cut a strip of felt about 12 inches long by 1 ½ inches wide. Then cut a second strip that is 3 inches long by 1 ½ inches wide.

S t o r y a n d p h o t o s by K at r i n a Ta u c h e n

Elaborate headbands and hair accessories are a surefire way to jazz up an outfit, but the trend isn’t limited to tweens and teens. These DIY headbands are a snap to put together and perfectly suited for the sweet little head of your tiny fashionista.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started: • stretch lace or elastic (anywhere from

• felt

13 ½ to 17 ½ inches, depending on the • hot glue gun and glue age of the wearer)

• scissors


Find the middle of the longer strip of felt, fold one side in toward the middle and then fold the extra felt back toward the outside. Repeat this step with the other side, and make sure that the folds on either side look even. Place a dot of glue in the center to hold both folds down.


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Cut a triangle shape out of the ends of the bow for a more finished look.


Put a dot of hot glue on one end of the stretch lace or elastic, and glue the two ends together.


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Put a strip of hot glue on the back of your bow and glue it to the stretch lace or elastic. Allow it a minute to dry, then marvel at your baby’s cuteness!

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book club | Cemetery Bird

A Call Upon Resilience Review of Cemetery Bird by Bridget Bufford Bridget Bufford, a popular local creative writing instructor, has published her second novel, the absorbing Cemetery Bird. Moving backward and forward in time over a 20-year period, the book follows narrator Jay Aubuchon as she navigates a dysfunctional childhood presided over by a junkie mother, a young adulthood spent in the ranks of Hotshot firefighters in Arizona and finally, her return home to discover what is left of her family after her mother’s disappearance and her brother’s death. In poetic prose, Bufford weaves together the story of the Aubuchon family and filters their hard world through Jay’s unsentimental point of view. She’s a damaged guide through an unforgiving America where even children aren’t spared life’s brutalities, but through her laconic toughness, we sense her vulnerability, and in those moments, the story blooms. At 17, Jay flees Missouri for Arizona. She joins the Forest

Service to fight fires, but she also hopes to find her mother, whose Apache family lives on a nearby reservation. Jay’s grief after her mother’s departure and her hope that she will be able to reunite with her haunt the narrative and shape Jay’s dreams. Because Jay refuses to face difficult realities, they invade her subconscious at night. Through dreams, the reader discovers the weight of the past and senses Jay’s torment. Although the other two temporal threads introduce us to conflict and resolution, the Arizona thread of the novel is filled with all the wildness of self-discovery. In the heat of the desert, in her mother’s land, Jay transforms herself. For the demanding job, she hones her strength and in the process learns that she is good at something. She both confronts and communes with the natural world, while combating its fiery terrors and accepting its moments of grace. One of the novel’s finest scenes comes when Jay and her Hot-

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shot friend Rodriguez find themselves beneath an arbor of aspens: “With every breath of wind, the aspens flutter. Their palm-shaped leaves quake, bounce, rebound, and shudder…They whisper, spirit voices overhead.” There, after Rodriguez says a blessing in Navajo, they have their first romantic interlude, and the reader feels relief knowing that Jay has found a kindred spirit. After suffering severe burns to her arms, Jay takes up work spotting forest fires in McFadden Tower. While there, she receives a letter from her father, asking her to return to Missouri to assist her widowed sister-in-law with her autistic son, Brandon. Jay is apprehensive about the return; on the drive back, she tells herself, “You can’t live in two places: not in Arizona and Missouri, not in the past and in the present.” Still, she leaves Rodriguez and the Hotshots behind for a chance at family. In Missouri, Jay starts to heal from her earlier wounds.

Q&A with Bridget Bufford Q: I've never read a novel that depicts in such detail life with and for developmentally disabled characters, including narrator Jay's autistic nephew, Brandon. What role do these characters play in the story? A: Cemetery Bird began for me with a mental picture: an adolescent boy rocking on a swing, as seen through the eyes of a caretaker. Obviously, the latter became the protagonist. By the time Jay returns to her family in Missouri, her allegiance to her mother’s memory has eroded her own sense of self. She’s drawn to Brandon because he’s a link to her brother, but the effort of getting to know a young man with severe

She sees her brother in his son, Brandon, and with the aid of her father’s steady presence, she discovers what it means to be part of a family. Bufford doesn’t make it easy for her; even while she heals, life offers moments of hardship, and we wonder if recovery from childhood trauma is ever possible. But by the novel’s end, we gain faith in the unconventional family surrounding Jay and in her ability to accept their love.

communication deficits breaks through Jay’s sense of alienation. Q: In your novel, you split the narration between an 11-year-old Jay, a teenage Jay and an adult Jay. What was it like to write from the different perspectives, and why were these points in time important? A: I loved the challenge of writing Jay through several life stages, as she changes from a spunky, defiant child to a self-absorbed, beaten adult who finally stops longing and begins living. At 11, Jay is abandoned by her addict mother; in her early 30s, a life-altering injury drives her to reconnect with her family. These events anchor the story and drive the character’s development. | 83

mommy chronicles | building blocks of parenthood

Naïveté and Hypocrisy The building blocks of parenthood By Jill O rr Ah, innocence. I remember it well. Those glorious days of old when the air smelled sweeter (because there was no rotting food hidden under the couch cushions), the birds chirped louder and the sun shone brighter (but it was 7 a.m., and you were still asleep, so you didn’t care). I’m talking about the days before you became a parent. The days when you didn’t walk around in a sleep-deprived fog and you still knew all the bands on Saturday Night Live. The days when you thought you had a clue. If you have been parenting for any length of time, you know that you don’t have a clue at all. And you were naïve for ever thinking that you knew what you were getting into when you signed on to shepherd another life through this crazy world of global warming, online predators and Kim Kardashian. I’ll admit that I was naïve. In fact, I was so callow that I actually tried to plan for it. Here is a list of some of the things I said I would never do when I became a parent. Obviously, I now do all of these things — and worse.


I said I’d never use TV as a babysitter. Aw, wasn’t I cute?


I said I would never yell. I had no idea that children who are watching TV, playing a video game or eating a snack literally cannot hear you unless you yell. I’ve tested this theory a thousand different times, and it’s true. You can ask them 47 times to please hang up their coat, but until you raise your voice with something like, “Hang up your coat this minute or else!” it’s just white noise to them.

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I said I’d never let my kid sleep in my bed on a regular basis.

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I said I wouldn’t use baby talk. I am a 38-year-old woman who in the past week alone has announced she has to “go potty,” has had a “tummy ache” and who got a “boo boo” on her foot. Enough said.

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I said I would never care about how my kids wear their hair.


Let me be clear about this one: I don’t care about their hair being perfectly brushed, styled, gelled, sprayed or really even being that clean. But when the nice man at the grocery store asked me if “the little lady” would like a cookie while pointing to my 10-year-old son, I drove us to the nearest SuperCuts, posthaste. I know long hair worked for the Biebs, but until Fletcher starts bringing home the million dollar paychecks, I want his eyes, ears and shoulders hair free.

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I said I’d never allow my kids to whine.

I actually thought having a no-whining policy would solve the problem. Yup. I was going to be the first parent in history who cured kids of whining. (Remember I said I was naïve?)

said I’d never ignore my 7 Ikids to be on the phone.


In my defense, I had my first kid in 2001. They didn’t even have smartphones back then.

I said I’d never lie to my kids.


I’ll be honest, I was mostly lying to myself with that one.

I said I would never use food as a reward.

This is basically my entire parenting strategy. Without food bribes, I’ve got nothing. Now, who wants a chocolate chip cookie for reading this whole article?

Jill Orr is a stay-at-home mom of two (an odd title because she is rarely ever at home). In her pre-Mommy days, she graduated from the University of Missouri with an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master's in social work, with an emphasis on children and family studies. But she wishes she would have gotten a Ph.D. in What's For Dinner and How to Get Bubblegum Out of the Carpet. That would have served her better. Read her blog at | 85

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What is the most memorable thing that has happened since becoming a parent? Hearing him laugh for the first time is just one of the most memorable moments. He was sleeping and let out a little laugh. It was so sweet and innocent. What is the best thing about being a mother? Seeing Will smile and laugh is the best part of our day. We love going into his room in the morning and seeing him look up at us with a big smile. When he smiles and laughs, we know that he’s a happy baby, which is all I could ask for.

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What did you not expect that happened? I have always been an independent person and have enjoyed quality alone time. Since becoming a mother, I just don’t feel complete unless Brock is with me. I have a great support system and always have babysitters (grandmas, aunts, etc.) on hand, but it pains me a bit to be without him. What is the best thing about being a mother? Since becoming a mother, I have gained the most wonderful appreciation of the fact that life is so fragile and precious.

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What do you like most about being parents? We love watching one of the greatest blessings in life sleep, smile and grow every day. How has Jaxon changed your life? Every decision or choice we make takes on greater significance. Not one moment is taken for granted. Hope for his future? We hope he will have a long safe journey through life with lots of happiness.

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weddings | price-hightower

Taking a Leap By Ellie H ensley photos by Preston's p hotogr a p hy When Abel Price picked up his girlfriend, Ashley, for a mysterious “super special lunch date,” she thought nothing of it. She still wasn’t suspicious when he pulled his car over on the way home, blindfolded her and said he had one more surprise planned. Many of her friends were getting engaged, but Ashley couldn’t see a ring in her future. Abel “pretty much put it into my head that that was not going to be happening any time soon,” she says. So when the blindfold came off and she saw him kneeling on one knee and surrounded by their friends and family, she was beyond shocked. Before he could speak, she collapsed into his lap and burst into tears. When he finally got to propose a few moments later, she responded with an ecstatic, “Absolutely!” On their first day of physics together at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Abel walked in late, and Ashley found him “a little smug.” But when her roommates developed a slight crush on him, it strangely bothered her. “I thought I might as well figure out why he’s so great, so I took the initiative to call him up,” she says. After Abel accepted the invitation to come out for Ashley’s birthday with friends, the two became friends who studied physics together and hung out almost every day. Upon closer inspection, she found him to be kind, thoughtful and honest with the same slightly odd sense of humor as she had. Soon their mutual resolve to avoid anything serious just stopped making sense. “We really enjoy each other, and we didn’t want to be apart, so we just took a leap,” Ashley says. More than four years later, Abel is still her biggest supporter and best friend. He is one reason she successfully juggled a full-time job and bought a house while she planned the wedding and somehow still enjoyed the process. She was a calm bride the entire time, even while dealing with a lastminute dress swap. The ceremony was held on Jan. 7 of this year at Integrity Hills Chapel in Ridgedale, Mo., so her parents in Columbia and their Arkansas guests could easily attend. Fortunately, their short honeymoon didn’t hamper the newlyweds’ bliss. “We know when not to push each others’ buttons and when it’s OK to,” Ashley says. “We’re a good team.” | 89

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announcements | engagements

Love Stories

Four Columbia couples on the road to "I do" “500 Miles” by the Proclaimers seemed appropriate for Morgan Unruh and Andrew Elmore’s first dance song at their wedding on May 21, 2011, in Carthage, Mo. This is due to Andrew’s surprise proposal to Morgan while she was serving on a medical mission trip for two Morgan Unruh and Andrew Elmore weeks in Guatemala and left Andrew behind in Columbia. She showed up to dinner a few days into the trip to find Andrew waiting at the restaurant with a ring in hand. The couple was escorted down the aisle by five attendants each and spent their honeymoon in Marco Island, Fla. The reception had plenty of lighthearted moments, such as a visit from the Easter Bunny, choreographed dances to Britney Spears music and a personalized version of “Walking at MU.” The couple works at the University of Missouri and met while attending school there. Morgan is daughter to Greg and Martha Unruh of Woodland Park, Colo., and Andrew is son to Stuart and Barbara Elmore of Columbia.

Kathryn Rechtin and Joel Kanne

Kathryn (Katy) and Joel met as students at MU while pursuing their undergraduate degrees, though the proposal came many miles away from home in Rome, Italy. Katy’s love of dogs led Joel to take her to a Roman dog park on their last day in the city where he asked for her hand while casually sitting on a park bench. Katy wouldn’t have had it any other way and loves Joel for his easygoing attitude. The couple works and lives in Kansas City and plans to wed in Columbia where Katy grew up. After all, their favorite date spot is still Booche’s in The District. The ceremony and reception will be held on the Stephens College campus on Oct. 13. They will honeymoon in Napa Valley and San Francisco. Parents of the engaged couple are John and Linda Rechtin of Columbia and Marty and Mona Kanne of Kansas City.

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Allison Perry and Arthur Basnett

Friends refer to Allison Perry and Arthur Basnett as “Alli and Art,” which is a true reflection of the couple’s lightheartedness and spontaneity. Art’s proposal to Alli was nothing short of surprising. Allison and Arthur were running along the river with their dogs when Arthur popped the question in the middle of one of their dog’s stick retrievals. The two have been together for nearly 10 years and couldn’t be more excited to start a family and live happily ever after. Both are Rock Bridge High School graduates. Allison currently works for Veterans United Home Loans, and Arthur works at Emery Sapp and Sons. Alli is the youngest daughter of Sheri and Adron Perry, and Arthur is the son of Richard and Barbara Basnett. The two will wed at Firestone Baars Chapel in Columbia on Aug. 25 surrounded by family and friends. In true Art and Alli fashion, the honeymoon will be a total surprise to Alli. “All I asked Art for was sun, sand and umbrella drinks,” Allison says.

Chad Hatcher and Courtney Benson met through an online dating site, and sparks flew from night one. Chad and Courtney immediately clicked through their similar personalities and sense of humor. Chad proposed to Courtney in a romantic helicopter ride over Kansas City, where they live and work. Courtney is a neonatal intensive care unit nurse, and Chad works at Marketsphere Consulting. The couple’s hectic work life makes their Chad Hatcher and Courtney Benson time together all the more precious; they love to meet for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays when Courtney gets through working at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The two plan to marry at the Clubhouse on Baltimore in downtown Kansas City on Aug. 4. Both have two siblings who will be escorting them down the aisle, along with two close friends. Chad is from Columbia and is son to Curt and Ann Hatcher. Courtney hails from Lee’s Summit and is daughter to Brian and Lisa Benson. CH

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entertainment | happenings about town

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Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival Get ready to bebop and boogie as acclaimed jazz musicians such as Max Morath and Morten Gunnar Larsen visit the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts beginning June 11. The ragtime concert begins at 7:30 p.m. each day, along with a 2:30 p.m. show on


“We Always Swing” Jazz Series Presents Jazz Under the Stars Jazz up your summer, and join regional musicians on the rooftop patio at the Missouri Theatre. The event consists of three concerts. Each concert

June 12. Tickets are available at the University Concert

begins at 7 p.m. and includes two 50-minute sets.

Series or by calling 573-882-3781 and cost $25-120.

Shows will be on June 14, July 19 and Aug.16.


Girl Talk: 9th Street Summerfest! Head down to Ninth Street for this pop summer concert. Gregg Gillis, known as Girl Talk, released his fifth album, All Day, in 2010. He will be performing techno and his popular mash-up tracks. Tickets are $25 and are available at or the MSA Box Office

in the Student Center of the University of Missouri’s campus. The show will be held June 15 at 7 p.m.


Dog Days Sidewalk Sale Visit The District July 26-29 for amazing sales at

Columbia’s finest downtown stores. Take advantage of huge discounts from more than 100 retailers. Outra-

Tickets range from $18-65 and can be purchased at the Missouri Theatre.


Art in the Park Don’t miss out on your chance to view and purchase artwork from local artists. Columbia Art League is hosting the 54th annual Art in the Park June 2-3 at Stephens Lake Park. The festival showcases both new and veteran artists from the area. Admission is free, so make sure to stop by.


The Drowsy Chaperone Want a family-friendly night filled with lots of laughter? Come see The Drowsy Chaperone at the Columbia Entertainment Company on June 14-17,

geous bargains begin at 10 a.m. on July 26-28 and

June 21-24 or June 28 to July 1 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday

noon on July 29. The event is free to the public.

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Columbia Home and Tallulah’s Farm to Table Night Come support the Mid-Missouri Ronald McDonald House and your local farmers at this event June 13 at 6:30 p.m. Sycamore’s esteemed chef Mike Odette will be preparing dinner with farm fresh ingredients donated by local farmers, and Tallulah’s will showcase the “Top Ten Kitchen Essentials for Every Home Cook.” Tickets are $20 online (, and all

winner of many 2006 Tony Awards and features a story of a celebrity bride and her hilarious wedding day. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by calling 573-474-3699 and are $12 for adults, $11 for students with an ID and $10 for those 60 and older and children 12 and younger.


Fire in the Sky The ultimate Fourth of July celebration is back but at a new location. Due to renovations at Memorial Stadium, the city’s 60th annual event will be downtown in The District with festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Alan McClure, Master Chocolate Maker and Owner of Patric Chocolate, shared secrets of his artisan chocolate making at Chocolate Unwrapped at the Home of Possibilities May 10, 2012. Guests sampled multiply varieties of McClure’s chocolates and learned the process of bean to bar chocolate making. The event raised money for the Ronald McDonald House.

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Champagne, Chocolates and Chamber Music

Janet Hannon, Patricia Coles, Kim Scholl and Carol Denninghoff

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The Odyssey Board and volunteers hosted its first annual Odyssey Chamber Music fundraiser at the home of Nancy and Phil Harter on Feb. 12. Musicians included local, national and international performers.

Windsor Street Salad Supper

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Kristin Bowen and Jennifer Aubrey

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Windsor Street Montessori School students, their families and teachers enjoyed beautiful spring weather at the school's first Salad Supper, April 17. In addition to sharing a wide variety of delicious salads, WSMS elementary and primary students presented a musical performance as part of the evening program. School cook Dan Bené, well-known for his culinary prowess, offered up bottles of his homemade salad dressing for sale, with proceeds going to support the educational mission of Columbia’s only Montessori elementary school. And WSMS Spanish teacher Marcela Chávez and parent Alex George provided popular raffle items to support the cause, too. The event was organized by the WSMS Parent Organization. | 97


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Evolve Fashion Show

Annie Coleman, Dianne Lynch, Karith Foster, Craig Russell and Philip Coleman

Stephens fashion designers honored with Best of Show awards

Christine Simon, Martha Boswell, Amy Sprouse and Laura Cole

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Jackie Hyman, Kristine Kloss and Josie Ostrowski

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Ty and Courtney Cothren

Elizabeth Wilson, Heather Korman and Laura Bross

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This was the 68th year for Stephens College's Annual Student Designer Fashion Show. The event was held Saturday, April 21 at Windsor Auditorium. Students presented their looks on the runway and completed the event with an awards ceremony following the final show. | 99

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Invest in the Homegrown

North Village Arts District Farmers and Artisans Market Director Loretta Kyle shares the environmental, community and personal benefits of engaging with your local food system By Lo r etta Kyle | photo taylor allen One of my favorite simple summertime pleasures is going into my backyard to pick a just-ripened tomato off the vine, rinsing it off and enjoying a thick slice as a mid-day snack. Thinking about how flavorful and juicy a homegrown tomato can be makes me shudder at the thought of the bland, mealy grocery store tomato — and for good reason. Most tomatoes you purchase at a grocery store are picked green, sprayed with ethylene gas to artificially ripen and often refrigerated, which gives them their tasteless flavor and mushy texture. Not only that, but produce begins losing nutrition as soon as it is picked, so shipping it long distances only cuts out more of its potential benefits. A homegrown tomato tastes better because it is better. Eating fresh and local produce is not only tastier and more nutritious for our bodies, but it’s also more profitable for our local farmers, beneficial to our local economy, better for our environment and better for our local community. Like most of us, you probably don’t have the time or the space to grow all of your own food for the year. You have a full-time job, you live in an apartment, or maybe you feel like you can barely keep your houseplant alive. A great way to access fresh and local produce is to visit your local farmers market. Farmers markets connect you to many local farmers in one location where you can learn about the food you eat and the people who grow it, and they serve as places where you can connect with your community. When you buy local produce directly from farmers, they retain their profits rather than losing them to corporations that would otherwise ship their produce all over the country. Through direct selling, farmers can get up to seven times the revenue from their products, which means our dollars stay in our community and farmers have greater success in running their farms. Buying local produce is also better for the environment because it is not being shipped thousands of miles across the country, which conserves fuel and minimizes pollution. Because most farmers at the market also sell a variety of produce, it usually means 106 | june/july 2012

that their farms are more sustainable because their farms have some biodiversity.

What is sustainability? In a simple sense, sustainability is about balance. It’s about seeing how all parts of something work together as a whole to endure for future generations. Sustainability in agriculture means preserving the land, practicing conservation, embracing biodiversity, being socially responsible and being economically viable. Supporting local food systems is sustainable. When farms grow a variety of produce rather than just one or two crops, it means better soil and less chance of disease and pests for their crops, which in turn means fewer chemicals being sprayed on your food. When we have access to fresh, more nutritious produce that is not sprayed with so many chemicals, we are sustaining our bodies and supporting sustainability in our environment. When we support local food systems, we are being socially responsible by voting with our dollars. As summer gets in full swing, I suggest getting connected with your local food system and all the delicious bounty Missouri has to offer. Go to your farmers market, and include fresh produce in your next meal. I also suggest scheduling a visit with your children to one of the many wonderful farms in our area where you and your family can have a great time learning and exploring. Try planting some of your own fruits and veggies, and have your children help you. All of these things will surely give you something a large grocery store will not. They will give you a fresh experience that you can share with your friends, your family and your community. Engaging in your local food system provides you with that opportunity for engagement while supporting your local economy and farmers. It also means supporting better land practices and providing better nourishment for your body. With all of those benefits, why drive to the grocery store when you could stay closer to your own backyard?

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