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This winter, there are several free exhibits currently on display at the State Historical Society of Missouri, to connect you to our past and present. Cultural Crossroads showcases artwork, objects and imagery associated with a wide range of people who were part of what became the state of Missouri in 1821. Explore artworks by George Caleb Bingham, Karl Bodmer, and local artist Brooke Cameron, as well as hand-colored lithographic portraits of Indigenous Missourians from the 1830s. See an original Missouri Petition for Statehood, an Osage tomahawk pipe and old coins and Missouri banknotes, including one signed by the famed fur trader and politician Auguste Chouteau. Show Me a Bicentennial! Is currently on display in the Wenneker Family Corridor Gallery on the second floor of the Center for Missouri Studies. The large-scale exhibit examines how communities across the state are highlighting unique regional identities while also celebrating what brings Missourians together. “Letters to the future” and projects developed by the Missouri Bicentennial Commission and its Alliance partners tell the story of Missouri’s bicentennial commemoration.

2021 marked an important milestone since the Missouri Territory became the 24th state to enter the Union Aug. 10, 1821. Bicentennial events, exhibits and projects have been part of the commemoration right here in midMissouri – whether you participated virtually or in person at Together for ’21 Fest, hosted by the State Historical Society of Missouri and the University of Missouri; enjoyed an adventure with Missouri Explorers; read one of the many books on the state’s history published for the bicentennial year; or recorded your story for KBIA’s Missouri on Mic. We hope you learned something new about the state that we call home.

State Historical Society of Missouri Art Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. First and Third Saturdays of the Month, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 605 Elm Street, Columbia

Missourians are dynamic, innovative and persistent. We are more than 200 years. We are explorers, farmers and leaders. We are scientists, educators and artists. We reside in large cities, small towns and the countryside. Some of our native ancestors arrived well before Missouri became a territory and then a state. Our heritage may be traced back to Europe and Africa, generations ago, or we may be among the more recent immigrants and refugees making Missouri our new home. Through our accomplishments, struggles, and diversity, we help create a better understanding of Missouri and the ties that bind us together.




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27 28 5 THINGS Nouveaux New Year’s: 5 Things That Can Evolve Your Eve 30 HOME TOUR The Graham Home Is Palette Perfection 35 ROBINSON’S RAMBLINGS Dropped Call(s): Lost Phone = Found Peace 38 ENCOUNTERS Solving Our Drastic Plastic Problem: One Woman’s Mission 40 HEALTH & FITNESS Get It R.I.G.H.T: Fitness That Fits


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from the editor


Making a New Home



Madeleine Leroux

Editor | Inside Columbia magazine

’ve always enjoyed learning a new city. And while Columbia isn’t exactly new to me, I’m eager to get to know all I can and get more involved in this community as I learn the ins and outs at Inside Columbia magazine. I hope you’ll enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together, although there were some frustrating moments. We decided to get crafty with a holiday tradition and personalize some store-bought stockings, which you can see on pages 72-73. For mine, I learned how to finger knit and, as I have absolutely no knitting experience whatsoever, it was a less than pleasurable experience. But now I know how to do it — and you can easily learn too! I’m particularly excited to share the stories of three young Columbians who are working hard in their respective fields and earning accolades for their dedication, which starts on page 68. We also have a mouthwatering feature on the late night eats of four local chefs, starting on page 58. Warning: It will make you hungry. As the new girl on the block, I have a lot to learn and am extremely grateful to the staff here who have welcomed me with open arms, warm smiles and a large amount of patience. I also want to extend my sincere thanks to my predecessor, Olivia DeSmit, who has left me all the tools to build on the great work she has done over the past two years (and for being available to answer questions and offer insights). As I get more involved in the Columbia community, I’m eager to hear your thoughts on our magazine. What do you want to see in the magazine? What are we missing? What can we do better? Drop me a note at or message the Inside Columbia pages on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. And make sure to check out our new regular Instagram contest (details on page 22) for your chance to win a free yearlong subscription! I can’t wait to hear from you!




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FINDING HOPE DURING THE HOLIDAYS The holiday season is known as a time of connection and celebration, but the holidays don’t always make us happy. In fact, for some of us, it can be a time when it’s hard to stay hopeful.

2 - Make New Memories

It’s normal to become overwhelmed with the stress of seeing family during the holidays. The holidays can also be extremely expensive, with buying gifts and traveling, which can add financial strain. Holiday gatherings can trigger loneliness and grief, as we may continue traditions that remind us of treasured memories with loved ones that are no longer in our lives.

3 - Stay Connected

The stressors of the holiday season may cause some people to experience avoidance, unsettling flashbacks, low energy levels, crying spells and feelings of hopelessness.

Sometimes we don’t feel comfortable talking to our close friends and family about how we’re feeling, because we don’t want to burden them. Burrell Behavioral Health experts are available in clinics across Southwest Missouri, dedicated and determined to help you find hope and feel your best. When you’re ready to talk, visit for information about how to get connected to services such as therapy, psychiatry and more.

While it may not be easily found during the holiday season, each of us needs to have hope to continue on. Here is some advice to keep in mind during the holidays to keep finding hope, even when times are tough:

1 - Take Care of Yourself

Focus on your overall wellness, including your physical and mental health: Join a fitness program Set a goal to read a certain number of books during the winter months Take up a new hobby or learning something new Practice mindful meditations to be more present in each moment

If you need help now, Burrell’s free Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 1-800-395-2132.

If you’re missing a loved one and facing grief this holiday season, talk to your friends and family about new remembrance traditions to continue honoring their memory. We may tend to isolate ourselves if we’re struggling. Make sure you have a support system in place leading up to and throughout the holiday season. If you find yourself needing to withdraw from the world to reset, that is normal and okay, but know who you can reach out to when you’re ready to reconnect.

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The holidays can bring headaches — literally and figuratively! But they also include peppermint candy canes! While the candy itself may not help when you're sensing signs of a migraine, just dab or roll a small amount of peppermint oil behind each ear, and from your temples across your forehead. It can help buy about 20 minutes of relief from that radiating pain!


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re you a raucous reveler who can’t wait for a noisy New Year’s Eve party? Or are you more of a reflective, stay -athomer? One who dreads the din and would prefer to be couch-bound than bar-bound? Either way, it's never too

late to try a new tradition. Other cultures and regions do pretty interesting things to celebrate. Here are five:


Just in case. In Latin America, it's believed that lugging around an empty suitcase will bring a year of adventure and travel. Guess you could carry a to-go bevvy around with it.


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Loud's allowed — and encouraged. In many cultures, the



Southerners believe green foods will bring you green — as in moolah, while peas symbolize prosperity. Therefore, collards and black-eyed peas are popular fare.

clamorous sounds of noise makers are thought to ward off evil spirits. (For instance, the traditional firecrackers on Chinese New Year.) Hence the reason many people set off fireworks and bang pots and pans. (Or even fire guns into the air, but we don't recommend that.)

Don't vacillate on Vasilopita. This sweet Greek bread dates back to the ancient festivals of Kronia and Saturnalia. Although similar to king cake, served to celebrate the Epiphany, this tasty treat contains a gold coin and can only be made (and eaten) on New Year's Day. It's believed that whoever finds the coin will have a year full of luck.

It dozen get any better than this. While most of us in America celebrate with appetizers and bubbly, in Spain the tradition is to eat 12 grapes (one for each month of the year) at midnight (followed by Cava sparkling wine!). It's believed that if you can finish your grapes before the clock strikes 12:01, you'll have good luck.


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hen it came time to

black-and-white theme that allowed the

renovate their home,

Graham’s collection of artwork to be the

focal point for color and pattern,” Smith

Steve and Jill Graham

focal point.

says. “(It) added the jewelry needed to

saw the perfect

The Grahams collected art and other

“I wanted their artwork to be the

complement the black-and-white décor;

opportunity to make their home feel

pieces while traveling the globe, resulting

like the statement made by jewelry

more like their sanctuary.

in treasured hand-created pieces adorning

against a little black dress!”

The couple wanted to make the home

the walls. The collection also includes

Smith says the black-and-white theme

feel more like an extension of their

local artwork, with pieces from Columbia-

plays well with the Graham’s existing

personality, so Joyce Smith of Joyce Ann

based artists such as Joel Sager, Paul

furnishings, all shades of black, gray and

Designs got to work on helping create the

Jackson and Kate Gray. The art displayed

neutrals. Instead of making a room-by-

right atmosphere. Together, along with

in the living, dining and kitchen areas

room color plan, Smith says, “the black-

Robert Morris of Cobra Construction,

manage to fill the room with color, while

and-white color palette became a unifying

they worked for nine months on the

maintaining a soothing atmosphere,

aesthetic as the main colors to give it an

renovation, ultimately putting together a

thanks to the neutral backgrounds.

overall punch.”


The Graham home was renovated using a black-andwhite theme across the living, dining and kitchen areas.


The kitchen was updated with all new cabinetry, tile, countertops, lighting and appliances in order to add more space and light without removing any walls. The overall renovation was meant to highlight the Graham’s collection of artwork, which includes pieces by Columbia-based artists such as Joel Sager, Paul Jackson and Kate Gray. The hardwood floors were refinished with a new stain and, around the living room hearth, the floor was laid in the opposite direction with a border of two hand-created Brazilian walnut stripes. 32 INSIDE COLUMBIA DECEMBER/JANUARY 2022


The transformation was meant


Strobel of Strobel Hardwood Floors

to bring a more soothing, airy

laid the hardwood in the opposite

atmosphere that featured clean

direction than the rest of the room,

lines and classic styles. The kitchen

something Smith calls a subtle

was updated to add more space and

change that made it seem unique

light without removing any walls.

and tailored. Adding a border of two

To improve the lighting and give the

different sized hand-created Brazilian

kitchen a vibrant feel, Smith says a

walnut stripes completed a new

series of recessed cans were carefully

frame around the hearth.

placed, along with locally sourced

It’s the small touches that unify

Bright City Lights flush mount and

the overall décor and space of the

drum pendant fixtures that share the

Graham’s home and make it personal,

same open space.

Smith says. For instance, using the

The renovated kitchen, and

black-and-white backsplash tile from

attached laundry room, include all

the kitchen around the fireplace in the

new cabinetry, tile, countertops,

living room allows the space to feel

lighting and appliances. The

complete and connected.

hand-built custom cabinets from

“I wanted a clean and fresh feeling

Brandkamp Cabinets LLC were done

that had both a traditional and

in a shaker style design and painted

transitional sense,” Smith says. “A

to match the bone white hue used

black-and-white theme is timeless,

in the existing trim and moldings

like a tuxedo. The clients’ personal

throughout the house.

touches are a colorful bowtie that

Smith says the Grahams enjoy entertaining and wanted the kitchen to flow seamlessly into the living

give a dramatic signature to make it their own.” The living room was put together

room, allowing Jill to work in the

before the project began by Studio

kitchen while guests sit in the

Home Interior Design, which also

adjoining living area or on the stools

handled the settee in the kitchen area.

opposite the main kitchen counter.

A black-and-white dining room rug

“Without a question the kitchen is

from Room and Board, bar stools and

truly the heart of the home, a place

other décor were selected to complete

where family, friends and guests feel

the black-and-white theme. Smith

comfortable,” Smith says. “I wanted

says the end results were derived from

to design the kitchen to have a more

the partnerships between good local

livable layout to strike the perfect

sources, great materials and teamwork.

balance for the clients' lifestyle.” Smith says the hardwood floors,

The goal of the renovation was to make the Graham’s home feel more

original to the house, were in need of a

like the Grahams themselves, an

simple color change. After refinishing

extension of the couple’s personalities.

the white oak flooring, an entire

After finishing the project, Jill and

morning was spent playing with

Steve Graham found what they were

different stains to get just the right

looking for.

color — a warm gray with a satin finish water base polyurethane, Smith says. But around the living room hearth, the floor plan changed a bit. Todd

“I think a home should be a sanctuary,” Jill says. “I did not have that feeling before we did the remodel. Now it feels like me.”




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er morning started hectic

shop online. Now, she felt unprepared,

as usual.

naked without her phone. She knew a

She had to wake her

day at the phone store loomed, several

family, prepare breakfast,

agonizing hours before she could walk

veto outfits, load backpacks and deliver the kids to school. But an extra layer of tragedy wrapped the family. Her smartphone — her lifeline — had found the bottom of the toilet.

out with a replacement. She cursed herself for being so dependent on electronics. But suddenly, driving away

today would be her day. She quickly decided on a plan — she would shop local. Downtown Columbia was bustling. A stroll down 9th Street reacquainted her with several shops she had always loved but hadn't frequented for months, even years. At Shortwave’s, she pulled out

from school, phoneless, a sense of

a notepad and organized a list with a

empowerment washed over her. She

theme: the gifts she sought would have

happened. Denials and accusations

realized that for this one day, she

no cords or batteries.

flew all around. All of her children

could fly under the radar, anonymous,

touched her phone at one time or

unreachable. It gave her a feeling of

another that morning. At this point,

independence. Sure, people depended

it didn't matter how the phone was

on her to solve their problems, brighten

where among the 9th Street coffee

destroyed. It was gone.

their days, maintain world peace. But

houses, local bookstores thrive.

Nobody would say for sure how it

As a result, her daily routine was in for a big change. She had planned to

they would have to wait. In a moment of renewed purpose, she resolved that

She was after books. Children's books, novels, histories and mysteries. She was lucky to live in Columbia,

She could see the first bookstore while she browsed in Bluestem. INSIDE COLUMBIA DECEMBER/JANUARY 2022 35

She crossed the street to enter Yellow Dog Bookshop and descended into its relic charm, with an old-world bookstore feel where she might uncover real treasures. She wandered through the narrow canyons of bookshelves, a mix of new and used books to fuel the voracious Columbia readership. A few doors down the block, next to Lakota Coffee Co., Skylark Bookshop is a relatively new addition to the 9th Street scene. In contrast to Yellow Dog, Skylark has a crisp new feel. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. She felt a sense of community pride knowing the store is owned locally by a bestselling author. Lunchtime. Lots of options were available. But today, in keeping with her theme, Booches beckoned. No need to pay with a smartphone there, or even a credit card; Booches accepts cash only. She recalled her mother saying that women weren’t allowed in Booches until the ‘70s. But that’s ancient history. Her next destination awaited down the street and around the corner where, across from Peace Park, a new addition to Columbia’s downtown skyline promised good reads and much more. The State Historical Society of Missouri has been around forever. It formerly occupied the basement of Mizzou’s Elmer Ellis Library. Now the historical society thrives in brand new digs. The building and its contents are impressive. She went there because yet another local bookstore resides within its walls, a perfect place to find a book for dad. She ended up spending an hour wandering through the society’s stunning art museum wing, standing face to face with paintings by Missouri masters George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton. She only wished she had her phone so she could take a couple of selfies and share them with the kids. The kids! Time to shuttle them to their activities. She couldn’t wait to thank them for helping her turn back the pages to a time before smartphones. At least for one day. John Drake Robinson is a former director of the Missouri Division of Tourism and has driven every mile of highway in the state. His appetite covers a wide range of subjects at


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In the store we carry over 50 types of stones, crystals, gemstones. We also sell jewelry, essential oils, candles, diffusers, singing bowls, figurines, pendulums, Himalayan salt lamps, tarot cards and so much more! Our store has expanded and will now be able to service more people with events and rentable space for workshops. Contact us for more information. We are passionate about being affordable to everyone and offer layaway. We believe in karma and care! We welcome you to visit the store or find us on Amazon.


Monday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday: 9:00 am - 1:00 and 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Wednesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday: 11:00 am - 1:00 and 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 and 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 and 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Sunday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Making a Green Start



eah Christian has always been a bit of an environmentalist. It was something she always had an interest in thanks to

her parents, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Christian has taken that environmentalist bent and turned it into a business. In August, Christian started The Clean Refill, which provides cleaning, bath and beauty products in reusable containers and seeks to reduce plastic waste. But starting The Clean Refill wasn’t always the plan. When Christian first moved to Columbia 12 years ago, she worked at the University of Missouri where she managed an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pollution prevention grant with a colleague. During her five years in that position, Christian says she learned so much about how businesses can reduce their environmental impact and how easy it could be, since most of it came down to the systems in place. During that time, she also pursued her master’s degree in public administration. After graduation, Christian took a position with the city of Columbia as a management fellow, where she worked directly for the City Council. She says she learned a lot about the legislative process and even worked with former City Council member Barbara Hoppe, trying to initiate a ban on plastic bags. It was during that process that Christian first began to really delve into


the issue of plastics. “There’s just so much single-use plastic and plastic doesn’t get recycled to the

normal day-to-day operations — including recycling services in the city of Columbia. In July 2020, the city indefinitely

says of the process. “But it is satisfying.” Right now, The Clean Refill offers delivery or customers can refill at one

extent that we think it does. A very small

suspended curbside recycling citing

of Christian’s pop-up stores, which have

amount of plastic actually gets recycled,”

staffing shortages and a declining market

included being at Main Squeeze on

Christian says.

for recycled materials. The service was not

Wednesday evenings as part of Women-

restarted until February.

Owned Wednesdays and at 110 Orr

According to the EPA, less than 10 percent of the plastic that has been produced since 1960 has been recycled. “Plastic is just so all pervasive and then it gets into our soil, it’s in our water, it’s in our air even,” Christian says. “We

During that period, Christian says she

Christian’s long-term plan is to have a

came up with the idea for her own zero

storefront where people can easily come

waste business: The Clean Refill.

during store hours to refill containers or

“It took me forever,” Christian says with

discovered that we actually had people that

a laugh as she recalls the start of her home-

work at the landfill that chase plastic bags

based business.

around and they get paid per hour.” It was then that Christian began to

Street on Thursdays and Saturdays. But

saw the plastic being accumulated and

buy new products. “For me, it’s about the initial impact of OK, here’s a bottle that we’re keeping out

Here’s how it works: Christian says

of the waste stream, but it’s also, in my

she orders products that come in either

mind, getting people to think about it,”

cleanse her own home of much of the

50-gallon containers or five-gallon

Christian says.

single-use plastic in her household items,

buckets that she is able to return to the

replacing them with glass bottles that could

manufacturer to be reused. She then fills

carbon footprint, the more aware they can

be cleaned and refilled.

a variety of glass bottles with the different

be of how to make positive changes. And

products, though customers can use their

as more and more businesses incorporate

own containers if they would like. The idea

green policies, the impact will only grow.

And that helped plant the seed of the business Christian would go on to create. After working with the City Council, Christian says she was promoted and began to work as a transportation planner. But

is that the customer will keep the same container and use it for refills. Used containers are brought back

The more people think about their own

“The idea is for businesses to become more circular where everything that you use can either be reused or repurposed

she also was starting to feel constrained and

to Christian’s home, where she uses a

in some way,” Christian says. “And more

wanted to explore other options.

high-pressure rinse before air drying

businesses are starting to do that. … As a

So Christian left her city job not

and sanitizing using a UV light in an old

business owner, I’m hoping to be a part of

knowing what she would do next, but with

sauna room in her basement. (For those

that movement.”

the support and encouragement of her

using their own containers, Christian has

longtime partner.

included a guide on how to clean them

Then the COVID-19 pandemic began shutting down businesses and much of

Learn more about The Clean Refill at or find them on Facebook.

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t’s the time of year where you’re bombarded with ads for local gyms, infomercials that promise to get you in the best shape of your life and commercials touting effortless weight loss. With countless exercise programs out there, how do you know if yours is the right one? This is a challenging question, one that could be answered several different ways. I like to remind clients that if you're exercising at all, you're on the right path. Still, there’s a better way to tell whether your exercise routine is appropriate. I like to begin with the question, "Is my exercise program R.I.G.H.T. for me?"

Realistic Ask yourself whether your routine is realistic.


If you’re a beginner, do your exercises match your fitness level? Consider whether the time commitment is realistic. You might have every intention to exercise for one hour, six days a week, but this could be setting you up for failure. Instead, try to incorporate your workouts into your existing routine. Take the time to put your exercise on the calendar. Once on paper, it will be easier to see whether your plan is obtainable.

Intrinsic motivation After you’ve determined that your exercise program is realistic, look at whether you’re intrinsically motivated to be successful with this plan in the long term. There’s a wealth of evidence to support the fact that internal motivators keep individuals on track with exercise. External motivators, like social pressure, guilt or even monetary rewards, have been shown to encourage short-term

BY MASON STEVENS success but long-term failure. The key is to exercise for reasons that are personally fulfilling. When creating your program choose activities that you enjoy and that you can complete with a sense of mastery. If you’re exercising for anyone other than yourself, it is difficult to stay motivated indefinitely.

Goals Goals are also important. Without goals you’re more likely to lose focus and direction. It is easy for your routine to feel mundane or stale if you’re not working toward an end result. As mentioned, these goals should be realistic and personally meaningful. It is also helpful for goals to be specific and measurable so you can track your progress as you approach your target. Finally, these are most useful when they’re progressive, starting with shortterm and working up to long-term goals.




The fourth element of a solid program involves a focus on health. This focus encompasses all aspects of a program from setting goals to progressing the routine, and ultimately assessing the plan's effectiveness. Exercise can be one of the best ways to manage illness, injury and disease. If health isn’t at the core of your programming, you may not only be missing out on the benefits of exercise, but you may actually be predisposing yourself to harm. There are several ways to maintain a healthy exercise routine. I encourage programs that incorporate cardiovascular, resistance, flexibility and balance exercises, while gradually progressing frequency, duration and intensity.

Finally, ask yourself whether your exercise program is time-bound. If you’re training for a specific event or activity, is your program designed so that your fitness peaks at the right time? Regardless of what you’re training for, it’s important that your goals are assessed at regular intervals. Also, make sure that your training progresses at regular intervals, whether weekly, bi-monthly or every other month. Even maintenance programs should progress over time. The same exercise doesn’t provide the same results over the long haul. Our bodies are very good at adapting to exercise. As you become a more efficient exerciser, it’s important to


periodically increase your workouts to maintain results. A progressive, evolving routine is going to produce the best results, especially when that routine is realistic from the start, centers around intrinsic motivation, involves appropriate goals and improves health. Mason Stevens is owner and exercise physiologist at MET-Fitness in Columbia. He has his bachelor’s in nutrition and fitness, and has more than 10 years of experience in sports conditioning, coaching and fitness.



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s I get older and my kids grow into adults, I'm finding all of those little family traditions are becoming

more and more important. I remember going to the apple orchards

in the fall with my family, running down the rows of apple trees, bucket swinging, while my mom and grandmother sat in the shade and talked to people they only saw a few times a year. We would take those apples home and from them would come pies, old-fashioned apple sauce and an apple cake my grandmother made in a pretty beat up aluminum pan. I keep dragging my kids to these orchards on the hopes that someday, like a while from now, they will take their children and I will be the grandmother sitting in the shade. And when we do this, I will make this cake. It reminds me of the cake of my childhood, but honestly (sorry, grandma) it’s better. The cream cheese gives it such a beautiful texture and baking in a springform pan always makes me feel a little fancy, even though it is actually easier than regular pans because nothing gets stuck in the corners. I prefer a nice, locally grown Jonathan apple because I like the tartness, but I've baked this with whatever apple we happen to have and it's always great. Kind of dessert-y and kind of let's-have-this-for-breakfast, it never fails to please — kind of like a day in an orchard.




Apple Cake 1¾ cups sugar, divided

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ cup softened unsalted butter

½ tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons cinnamon

8 ounces softened cream cheese

3 cups chopped apples (Jonathans are

2 eggs

my favorite. I sometimes peel and other

1½ cups flour

times don’t.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat 1½ cups sugar, butter, vanilla and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy and well blended, about 4 minutes in a mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture and beat on low speed until blended. Combine remaining ¼ cup sugar and cinnamon. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar cinnamon mixture to the chopped apples. Stir into batter. Pour batter into an 8- or 9-inch greased springform pan. Sprinkle with remaining sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack, then cut along ring of pan and remove sides. It can be baked in a 9-inch square pan, but the baking time should be adjusted as it won’t take as long.

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pening a vegan food

In fall 2018, she started talking to

Because the trailer had been a vegan

truck wasn’t exactly Gina

her friend Leigh Lockhart, owner of

Overshiner's dream.

Main Squeeze, about starting a vegan

For now, the truck has a sporadic

Initially, she had a far less

truck, it was ideal for their needs.

food business. Then, in June 2020, she

schedule: “We're a tiny operation, just

grand goal: She planned to peddle — or

and her husband, Tim, bought their

Tim and I, doing this part-time on the

rather pedal — her fare from a vegan

trailer from Xola's Vegan On The Go,

weekends because we both work full-

food bike.

Columbia's first vegan food truck.

time corporate jobs,” Overshiner says.


”We're hoping to make this more regular as we head into spring.” They post everything on Instagram and

started cooking WFPB at home. Describing what she and her husband

Overshiner says. Another popular pick is the VBQ

serve, Overshiner says they're specializing

sandwich. Before going vegan, one of

Facebook and Overshiner tries to keep

in vegan comfort foods, made from

Overshiner’s husband’s guilty pleasures

their website updated.

scratch, "like your mom would make

was a McRib. So she set out to make a

"Really, the best way to keep up with

(if she knew what vegan was and was

veganized version. She finally hit upon a

our schedule is to follow Instagram and

really cool!). I love showing folks that

recipe with seasoned seitan (“wheat meat”)

Facebook for updates," she says.

vegan foods can be yummy, familiar

slow-braised in a savory, smoky, tangy,

and delicious. It's easy to feed yourself

slightly sweet/little spicy braising liquid to

name, Gina's Vegan A Go-Go, Overshiner

without hurting yourself, the planet or

produce a traditional barbecue flavor. It's

says, “I'm definitely not like a sophisticated

the animals.” They prepare everything

served on a hoagie with onion, dill pickle

kind of beige-y person." Fun, retro, quirky,

at their commissary kitchen, owned by

and homemade VBQ sauce.

colorful vibes are what she goes for.

Centro Latino. Right before taking the

When asked about the food truck’s

Overshiner has no formal culinary training — but that hasn't hampered her. “I'm self-taught, years of trial and error!” she quips. Over the past year, she’s been honing

Among the side stars is Tim

truck out, they load everything on it, then

Overshiner's potato salad, a classic

build the sandwiches, burritos, nachos,

mustard-based version with a nice tangy,

etc. on the truck.

slightly spicy kick and a nice sweet crunch

One of their top sellers is the “Beetnik Burger,” served with lettuce, tomato,

from bread and butter pickles. "We have a secret process to keep the

her skills by taking vegan/Whole Food

pickles, onion and what Overshiner

potato texture really nice and firm," she

Plant-based (WFPB) cooking classes

describes as "our awesome sauce." She

says. Other sides include cucumber

through Rouxbe online culinary school.

was never a fan of most veggie burgers,

salad, chips, bean salad, greens and

Vegan since fall 2015, she originally

finding them either overly processed or

roasted potatoes.

started eating a WFPB diet to see how it

kind of flavorless and mushy. After a lot of

would affect her health. She was really

experimenting, she came up with a burger

First Friday. It sold out in two hours. The

surprised by the changes: She lost weight,

that's mostly mushrooms, onion, garlic,

truck's now been to 12 events.

felt more energetic, didn't have mood

beets and texturized veggie protein bound

swings and found she thought more

with vital wheat gluten.

clearly. She became really interested in

"My friend and frequent taster, Leigh,

The truck’s first big outing was July 1 for

Most items are around $8-$12 depending on what you order. "Basically, about $10 is going to fill

how nutrition affects health and immersed

once said, ‘It's disturbingly meat-like,’

up your belly and make you happy,"

herself in learning about it. She also

which is what I was going for,"

Overshiner says.




A Family Favorite



paghetti and meatballs are synonymous with kids being happy about what’s for dinner. “Mom, can I go over to Johnny’s house for dinner tonight? They’re having spaghetti and meatballs!” Why? Because they are delicious. Maybe Johnny had a Nonna that passed down the recipe or maybe a mother or father that tinkered with it for years until the kids loved it! Either way, they were always good.


You can make the meatballs using all beef, all veal (if you can find it), all pork or some kind of mixture. This is a good time to use up frozen meat or use it to stretch the main meat you want to use. You may have some pork and sausage tucked away that needs to get used. You can pull the meat out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator to safely thaw for about 12 to 48 hours. If you need to bulk it up, you can buy a little extra ground beef on the way home to have enough to make the meatballs.


Most meatball recipes call for about ½ cup of breadcrumbs per pound of ground meat. Milk or another type of liquid is added and this is called a panade. The panade helps bind the mixture of meat, keeping it tender as well as helping retain some of the rendered fat and moisture as it cooks. This recipe has potato with milk as the panade, which results in an even more tender meatball and happens to be gluten free. You can use leftover baked or mashed potatoes, or cook a fresh potato. The potato can be baked, boiled or microwaved. Make sure that it is thoroughly cooked; it should easily smash with the back of a spoon. The potato

needs to be cooled down to at least room temperature (adding the cold milk to it can help).


Salt, pepper, thyme and garlic are pretty common. Parmesan acts as an extra umami flavor, as well as a salt addition. If you would like to switch up the spice a little, you can add some chopped red pepper flakes, crushed fennel seeds, basil, oregano, rosemary or sage. You can also add other things to the meatball, such as roasted garlic or garlic confit, caramelized onion, diced prosciutto, diced provolone, mozzarella or even chopped olives.


It’s lucky there is not an exact methodology for the addition of ingredients in meatballs (well, at least not that I use). You can pretty much have your meat in a bowl, toss all the properly measured ingredients on top, then fold the mixture and turn the bowl until the mixture becomes homogeneous.


Once that mixture becomes homogeneous it is NOT time to shape all the meatballs. You don’t want to make all of the meatballs, cook them, then realize that it would have been great to add just a bit more salt. Make a test patty, or in this case test meatball, and cook it. Hopefully from cooking and tasting one, you will be able to sense the needed seasoning and adjust accordingly. You can always cook more than one until it is just right! I find that a golf ball size, plus or minus 25%, is normally about right for most meatball occasions. I like to bake the meatballs in the pan they will be served in. Oil the base of the pan lightly, arrange

with at least ½ inch between, and bake at 425 degrees until the outside starts to become thoroughly browned. For me, this works best to cook about eight to 10 minutes, rotate and cook another four to six minutes depending on the size of the meatball. The inside temperature should be 155 degrees. You can also break into one with a fork and if there is just a hint of pink, you should be there (they will be cooked a little more).


You can use a store-bought sauce, but if you want to make things more complicated (apparently, I always do), there is a sauce recipe included. Soffritto means to fry slowly in Italian. You can mince onions, celery and carrots, and fry them slowly in olive oil for the base of many Italian dishes. Soffritto works great for the base of tomato sauce. I prefer to pulverize the onion, celery and carrot with a food processor, but using a knife will work as well. Over medium-low heat, in more olive oil than you think you need, saute or “fry slowly” the minced onion, celery and carrot. Once the mixture has started to look almost all the same (15 to 20 minutes), add in the minced garlic until it becomes very aromatic (two to three minutes), not too long or it will burn, then you can add your tomatoes. Any good canned tomatoes will work great: crushed, fire-roasted, pureed or diced. If they are still in large pieces, crush them up with your hands. Add the tomato to the mixture and keep the heat on mediumlow, stirring occasionally for about two hours until the sauce has reduced by about 15-20%, becoming thick and losing almost all texture. Season and use immediately or reserve for later use.


MEATBALLS Serves 4 to 6 with spaghetti and sauce 1 pound ground beef 1 pound ground pork 4 ounces cooked potato smashed and cooled 2 ounces grated parmesan (plus about 1 to 2 ounces to finish) 4 ounces milk 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon thyme 2 teaspoons black pepper 4 cloves garlic Optional - pepper flakes, crushed fennel seeds or other seasonings/additions Place all ingredients into a bowl. Pull up one side of the mixture and fold into the center while rotating the bowl, like you would dough. Mix until the mixture is homogeneous, being careful not to overwork. Cook a test meatball to check the seasoning, adjust as needed and shape into roughly golf ball-sized pieces. Bake at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes, rotating part of the way through, until the internal temperature is 155 degrees.

SAUCE 3 to 4 ounces olive oil 2 small onions, halved and peeled 2 small carrots, peeled and sliced 2 stalks celery, sliced 3 cloves garlic, smashed 2 pints canned tomatoes Salt and pepper to taste Put all of the peeled onion, carrot and celery into a food processor. Blend until pieces are fine. If you don’t have a food processor, you can mince by hand. Saute in olive oil over low heat until the onion, celery and carrot are translucent and tender, but no color. Add garlic and saute for two to three minutes until aromatic. Add tomatoes and keep over low heat and simmer for two hours until all items have become extremely tender. Adjust seasoning as needed.

SERVE Once you have your meatballs in a pan, sauce made and spaghetti cooked as per directions on the box, you are ready to assemble your meatball masterpiece. Place a little sauce around the meatballs, zigzag some spaghetti between the meatballs, place a little more sauce on top and turn the burner on medium, bringing to a simmer before turning it off. This will allow all of the flavors to meld between the components. Let sit for about five minutes to cool. While the pan is cooling, grate copious amounts of parmesan on top of the spaghetti, meatballs and sauce. Place a trivet or hot pad on the table and present the pan. A large spoon, tongs and maybe a fork will help you serve. It would be good to have a little extra parmesan on hand, just in case.



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he Old Weinsburg is a rich, stirred boozy cocktail with lots of complex sweet, spicy layers and just a hint of smokiness. It’s

perfect for sipping on a chilly fall/winter evening. This drink is a fun variation on one of the most popular cocktails at Cherry Street Cellar: The Old Fashioned. The template of rich spirits balanced with spice and sweetness allows for a lot of creativity and experimentation. You can further experiment by trying your hand at flaming an orange peel to add a smoky zest. Parker Brummett is a bartender at Cherry Street Cellar.

Old Weinsburg INGREDIENTS • 1.75 ounces Old Overholt 100 Proof Rye • 0.5 ounce Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur • 0.5 ounce Luxardo Amaro Abano

• 0.25 ounce rich Demerara sugar syrup • Dash of Angostura Bitters • Flamed orange peel

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1. Deny the Dry.

When the heat’s on in your house, everyone’s skin gets dried out, including your pet's. You can’t slather on the lotion for Fido, but you can support skin and coat health by adding in collagen rich bonebroth or omega-3 rich fish oil to their regular food.

2. Protect the Paws.

Your dog’s paws can pick up all kinds of toxic chemicals on winter walks from icemelt and anti-freeze, and it can make them pretty sick if they lick their paws and ingest it. Make sure you either pick up a set of dog boots or paw wax, or wipe off those paws after walks. They can also easily injure their paws on ice, so make sure to check for cracked or bleeding paws while you’re at it.

3. Address Their Dress. If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for them. Most of our house pets aren’t properly suited for long periods outside during inclement weather, particularly pets who are elderly or very young, who are thin, or who have short coats. Limit their time outside or prep them with a jacket or sweater.

4. Feed Their Need. Okay, okay. You have a dog who LOVES being outside in the cold - some breeds are built for it. But those cold-loving creatures burn a lot of extra energy trying to keep warm, so make sure you increase the amount of food and protein they’re fed to make up for it.

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Chefs Off-Shift Four chefs share their get-home, go-to eats. By Peg Gill • Photos by L.G. Patterson


ou’d think the last thing chefs want to think about once they're off their kitchen clocks is food. And you'd be partly right:

Turns out the local toques featured in our Foodie Four each have a different culinary creation or gastronomic go-to that they like to whip up once they’re home post-shift. We asked each to dish on their dish.

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Anthony Schmidt says his go-to afterwork edible is a bit complicated. His answer is whatever his partner Katy Vaughn has left over from dinner for their boys (Bright, 9, and Ziggy, 4). He says Vaughn is an amazing chef in her own right and an even better mother. "Over the past 10 years, I've had the luxury of coming home to the best homemade meals on a daily basis. It gives me a glimpse into their lives, being at work most evenings. Imagining how their evening wound down. What my boys are getting fed daily," he says.

Anthony Schmidt Old Hawthorne Country Club



Schmidt says Vaughn cooks all types of food using the best techniques. If there isn’t a bowl of that evening’s dinner already made for him in the fridge with a sticky note and heart accompanying it, he's digging through the quart

containers of leftovers. Typically, Vaughn has some jasmine rice sitting on the stove waiting for him. He then creates his own personal version of her cuisine for that evening. "Luckiest man in the world, I know, " Schmidt says. "I am very fortunate."


Schmidt doesn't spend any extensive time in the kitchen at home after work. Generally, there's no waiting to eat because he tries to get to bed as early as possible. Leftovers are quickly reheated to be eaten, Schmidt says. "The benefits of having a stay-athome chef partner are too many to count. But fantastic homemade meals are certainly one of them. It would be mac 'n cheese or frozen pizzas without her," he says. "And to that I say, thank you Katy! Love you."

Mike Pratt

Owner of The Quarry

Chili Mac


With the rest of his family asleep by the time he gets home, Mike Pratt crafts what he calls, "an absolute abomination of a chili mac." He starts heating things up before he even lets the family's dogs out. When asked if he ever rotates in other dishes, Pratt was reluctant to answer, noting that, “‘Variety is the spice of life, right?’ I just figured saying a frozen pizza or giant bowl of cereal wouldn’t make good copy," he confesses.


Pratt says his recipe is most assuredly not a family one; he quips that if he “did blame this disaster on anyone in my family, I would have to go to a lot less holiday parties." He started making it in college, and says it's not involved or complicated. "I’m not a member of Space-X now," he concedes. "So you can imagine this isn’t exactly a Rubik's cube."


Rather than fussing over his abomination's attractiveness, Pratt doesn't even take it out of the pot he cooks it in. He just carries it, along with a giant spoon, to the TV to "see how many bets I lost … er, I mean, check the scores on 'Sportscenter.'" He says that while preparing this dish, you may feel something stirring in the back of your head. "That's your self-esteem plummeting,” he explains. “At this point you have a decision: either you grab a piece of fruit and a granola bar and call it a night, or you power through and wonder why the Bears couldn’t cover on a snowy day with home field advantage while stuffing your face with chili and noodles."


According to Pratt, if he served this at his restaurant the staff would quit. That's saying something, he says, “because these people will eat anything. I watched a guy take a shot of Malört (a brand of bäsk liquor, introduced in the 1930s, long produced by Chicago's Carl Jeppson Company) and chase it with whole milk the other day. Haven’t been right since."


Butternut Squash Bisque

Bryan Maness Proprietor of Ozark Mountain Biscuit SOUP DU JOUR

Along with his management team, Maness works nearly seven days a week. For him, the ideal after-work edible is a healthy and quick one. "A cup of soup, small salad and some crusty bread is my thing," Maness says. He loves making soups, especially in the fall, and has a solid rotation of butternut squash bisque, vegetarian chili and potato leek. "I usually make large batches and freeze the leftovers in quart jars to easily reheat on those cold winter nights after a long shift," he says.


Maness takes his time when initially making his soups. "Flavor complexity takes time, and slow and low is typically the right way to go for a soup," he says. Maness developed his recipes from years of making daily soup specials. In fact, he doesn't even use a recipe anymore, saying it's all just process and instinct at this point. His Biscuit Bar offers daily soup specials, while his Biscuit Truck serves Maness's Texas chili seasonally. You may also find one of Maness's favorites on the menu from time to time.


Without many minutes to spare before he needs to call it a night, Maness typically eats right away after work. Yet in spite of the late hour, he always focuses on plating and presentation: "I love to eat with my eyes first." When it comes to cleanup, Maness is a sink stickler, saying, "I always use a proper table setting and the sink is emptied directly after dinner. I can't do it any other way." You'll see him at the Columbia Farmers Market on most Saturday mornings. "I start with local, seasonal ingredients that help me make the appropriate soup for the season," he says.


John Gilbreth

Owner of Pizza Tree


For John Gilbreth, the current go-to in his household is his famous “N Layer Dip.” He says, "Some folks call it seven layer dip, but I don’t like to get too fussy about what all goes in it or to count my layers (are black olives even a layer?), so I call it my N Layer Dip.” Usually when he gets off work, it’s late at night and grocery stores are typically closed or near closed, so he says it’s all about making what you have at home work. "Also for me, it means that my family is typically all asleep when I get home, so I can’t make too much noise searing, sautéing and banging pans on the range top," Gilbreth says.


If left to his own devices, Gilbreth would eat variations of grilled ham and cheese for every meal, every day. "But I’m getting older and trying to take slightly better care of myself than that these days," he says. If he's coming home from a night shift, he typically waits until he's had a Logboat Lookout APA before he rifles through the fridge. If it’s a day shift, he goes as fast as possible because he "has two little girls at home who are always hungry!"


When asked if his go-to, get-home dish is on the menu, he replied, “We don’t serve this at Pizza Tree, but now that you mention it ...”


Gilbreth says he tries to avoid a demanding dip. “I use it as a catch-all for basically anything that needs to be eaten in the fridge. So that being said, it can be pretty complicated if you include the smoked brisket or pickled veggies I’m trying to polish off.” He suggests that, if you can swing it, this is a great dish to let your kids take the lead on and make their own personal dips just how they like them. “They will always eat what they make for themselves. Also, this stuff keeps great. That’s the brilliance of a dip vs. nachos: Nachos die once they're cold. A dip stays good for a day or two in the fridge.”


He says the dip is indeed a family recipe. Kind of. "I remember my mom making it, but it was super traditional: beans, taco spiced ground beef, sour cream, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato and, of course, sliced black olives," Gilbreth says.


Gilbreth says he does like to fuss over the appearance of this dish. “Mostly because I’m gonna try to get my kids to eat it!”


In lieu of an accurate (or even augmented) seven layer salad, Gilbreth offers an easy alternative he calls his quick “Faux-rizo,” a Mexican chorizo-inspired dish using the ground protein of your choice. He typically skips the sour cream unless they have an open container. If they do, he says, “It’s sour cream city!” He adds you could also use cream cheese that's been whipped up and thinned with milk or bechamel or even just cream. Then, Gilbreth says, use fresh tomatoes or jarred salsa. “I’m an onion fiend so I’ll do fine-diced red onion AND scallions. Maybe a little cucumber if it needs to get used. Some avocado if you have a ripe one. Chopped cilantro, sliced radish if you have them. Then you have to put some olives on it! My kids won’t eat it if it doesn’t have olives on it!”


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Making their mark Three Young Columbians Are Forging Their Paths Early. By Madeleine Leroux | Photos by L.G. Patterson FOR MOST OF US, high school and college were times of fun and friends, exploration and excitement, monumental moments and massive mistakes. While the same may be said for Dylan Frazier, Begim Tokhirjonova and Ariel Schachtman, these three young Columbians have also filled their formative years with dedication. Whether it’s spending time practicing on the pickleball courts, hunched over a chess board or working at an easel, all three have seemingly found their calling — and before the age of 25.

From High School Sports to Professional Athlete Dylan Frazier has always played sports. Growing up in Columbia, he dabbled in football, basketball, baseball and soccer. But then he found pickleball. Often described as a cross between tennis, badminton and pingpong, pickleball was invented in the 1960s and has become the fastest growing sport in the world. For Frazier, it’s been life changing. The 19-year-old University of Missouri sophomore has now been playing pickleball for five years and is in 68 INSIDE COLUMBIA DECEMBER/JANUARY 2022

his first year as a professional athlete. As of this fall, Frazier was ranked No. 12 in the World Pickleball Rankings for men’s doubles and No. 9 in the rankings for men’s singles. Frazier’s interest in pickleball was ignited quickly after playing for the first time on a family trip to Florida. “It was easy to learn, for one, and easy to play and compete,” Frazier says about what attracted him to the sport. “The pace of the game is quicker rela-

tive to other sports, too.” That was a big part of it too, Frazier says, as he described playing baseball and sometimes having to wait quite a while before being able to “get involved in the action.” Another part of the appeal? The diverse age range of the players. “I liked the fact that you can compete against players of all ages more so than other sports,” Frazier says. As he began to play more and more,

Frazier says he never really thought he would get to the professional level. It wasn’t until this past year that it started to become something he thought was possible — and then it happened. “I never thought that I'd be playing against all those people that I had watched on YouTube,” Frazier says. But he’s still a 19-year-old college student, meaning he has to balance his class load with his professional responsibilities. Frazier says that simply

means staying on top of his schoolwork, especially during tournament weeks, when he focuses on schoolwork from Monday through Wednesday. Depending on what he needs to get done, Frazier says he’ll take his computer to tournaments in order to complete more work. But overall, he says it’s pretty manageable. “As long as I stay focused,” he says. With pickleball still being fairly new, it’s not yet a sport that people can re-

ally make a living doing, unlike professional football and baseball. And while Frazier hopes that perhaps some day it will be big enough that he can consider making a living playing pickleball, for now it’s just for fun. “It's just mostly fun for me and just trying to get better and improve my tournament results,” Frazier says. “Recently, I actually just got my first gold medal at a pro tournament … That was a big moment for me.” INSIDE COLUMBIA DECEMBER/JANUARY 2022 69

A Chess Journey Around The World Chess has always been a big part of life for Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova. The University of Missouri junior and Uzbekistan native, who typically goes by the shortened Begim, learned to play at a very young age, as her father loves chess and both of her older sisters were professional players. When the two older sisters would attend tournaments with their father, Tokhirjonova says her older brother would take her to watch. “My siblings are my biggest

chess title that can be achieved. But she says she is still aiming for the full grandmaster title, which is the highest overall level any player can achieve in chess. After earning the WGM title, Tokhirjonova began to get scholarship offers from all over the world. And in 2019, she came to the United States after Mizzou offered her a chess scholarship. Now, she typically practices 10 to 12 hours per week on top of schoolwork. (The MU chess

catch up on, including a midterm she knew nothing about. But playing chess has taught Tokhirjonova to be an independent and analytical thinker who can catch up quickly, she says. It’s one of the reasons she advocates chess for young women around the world, especially in areas where girls are not taught to be independent. “It’s very important to teach girls as much as possible to play chess because

"It’s very important to teach girls as much as possible to play chess because they learn how to be independent, how to make decisions and just be themselves." inspiration,” Tokhirjonova says. It was through working with her sisters that Tokhirjonova started winning championships. Then, when she was about 13 or 14, and her sisters had stopped playing professionally, “My dad and everyone just switched to me,” and Tokhirjonova began her professional career. “My life was dedicated to chess,” she says. At 16, she earned the title of woman grandmaster, the highest women’s 70 INSIDE COLUMBIA DECEMBER/JANUARY 2022

scholarship requires recipients to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.) Being a full-time student and competing can be tough to balance. In October, Tokhirjonova spent three weeks participating in the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship in St. Louis, where she ultimately took second place in the field of 12 elite female chess players. During those three weeks, she was entirely focused on chess. Then she returned to Columbia, where she had mountains of work to

they learn how to be independent, how to make decisions and just be themselves,” Tokhirjonova says. While winning is something she obviously aims for and enjoys (a lot), Tokhirjonova says it’s more about simply playing a good game of chess with someone who challenges her. “I love overcoming other minds,” Tokhirjonova says. “When I play a good game, I always enjoy it … Playing just gives me a lot of happiness.”

Budding Artist Has Firm Columbia Roots Some of Ariel Schachtman’s earliest memories are of drawing on the kitchen floor while her mother cooked. While Schachtman says it feels cliche to say that she’s always been an artist, it’s definitely the truth for this 18-year-old Hickman High School senior. She was always drawing or doodling, as many young children do, but she kept drawing around the time other children started finding different hobbies, and she kept getting better. “It stuck with me,” Schachtman says. “I think it worked as a bit of an escape and a bit of an outlet. And then I did that enough where I could translate that to other things. And now I'm at a place where I think I’ve fallen into something that I really love to do. And I want to be able to stick with that.” As she explores different techniques and methods, Schachtman says she finds new styles all the time, which makes it somewhat difficult to characterize her art in any one way. “I'm not always wanting to be caught up with a style,” she says. But, as was recently pointed out to her by someone reviewing her portfolio in Kansas City, Schachtman has a particular way of putting down paint on a canvas. She describes how she places “little blotches of color” and blends it out to make something seem more realistic. Schachtman says she knows that making a career out of her art will be difficult, but as she puts more and more thought into her future, she’s become more certain that she has to try. “I've got about 1,000 people telling me, ‘you can't make a career out of this, it's really hard, you're going into an uncertain field,’ but I think I love it enough to stick through with that,” Schachtman says. Growing up in Columbia has allowed Schachtman to really take advantage of the area’s thriving art community, learning different methods and getting to take part in various art shows. “It's a wonderful community,” Schachtman says. “And even in Hickman, I'm surrounded by artists and creatives all the time. It's really cool.” Yet, she says, she is ready to explore the world outside of mid-Missouri and is looking into art and liberal arts colleges elsewhere. But she’ll always be grateful to the local art community that has taught her so much. “I'm really privileged in that sense to have a supportive family network and to have a lot of creative friends and have all the outreach opportunities that I have,” Schachtman says. “Thanks to Columbia … It's a wonderful little town.” INSIDE COLUMBIA DECEMBER/JANUARY 2022 71

Hanging the Stockings

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ICM Staffers Get Creative With A Christmas Tradition. The holidays are filled with so many wonderful traditions, but there’s something special about hanging that Christmas stocking. So the Inside Columbia staff decided to put our best twists on one of this year’s hot holiday trends — linen stockings. We picked up some plain linen stockings at Hobby Lobby ($10.99 each, though they were 50% off at time of purchase), and divvied them up between ICM Art Director Tim Flanner, Graphic Designer Madelyn Jones, Associate Editor Peg Gill and Managing Editor Madeleine Leroux (shown on opposite page from left to right). You can see our finished projects here and find more details on how each were made at

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It’s been called the “Great Resignation” –

your money in the 401(k) so you’ll still be

the large number of Americans voluntarily

accumulating resources for retirement. You

leaving their jobs. If you plan to be part of it (ideally with another source of employment

also have the option to roll those funds into an individual retirement account (IRA) or a new

lined up), you’ll need to make the financial

employer’s retirement plan.

moves necessary to keep making progress toward your long-term goals. Here’s some background: After a year in which the pandemic caused so many people to lose their jobs, the economy is opening back up, but the “quit rate” – the number of jobs people have voluntarily left – has been breaking records. Some economists say this high quit rate is because people are confident of getting better jobs, with higher pay and more flexibility to work at home, or because they are preparing to start their own business or join the gig economy. If you’re thinking of joining this temporary migration from the workforce, how can you help ensure that you’ll be financially stable and can continue to make progress toward your long-term goals? Your first move is to look clearly at your financial situation. As mentioned above, it’s best to have new employment in hand before you quit your job. Alternatively, perhaps you have a spouse or life partner who earns enough to sustain the two of you, or you’ve built up an emergency fund that gives you a cushion. However, if your short-term income is less than you previously earned or you need to go without a paycheck for a while, could you still pay your bills? If you are strapped for cash, you might be tempted to tap into your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. But this move will generally result in taxes and, if you are younger than 59½, a 10 percent penalty as well. Because of this, and because your retirement accounts are designed to be a financial resource after you retire, think twice before dipping into these funds if you leave your current employer. If your employer allows it, you can leave

And if you plan to work for yourself as a freelancer, consultant or business owner, you’ll still want to save toward retirement. Possible retirement plans for the self-employed include an “owner-only” 401(k), a SEP-IRA or a SIMPLE IRA, all of which may be relatively easy to establish and offer tax benefits. A financial advisor can help you find a retirement plan that’s appropriate for your needs. Here’s something else to keep in mind – an emergency fund. As mentioned above, if you already have one, you’ll have some breathing room if you’re thinking of leaving your job and might have a temporary gap in income. But as the name suggests, an emergency fund is there to help cover unexpected costs, such as a major home repair, without forcing you to take out a loan, or cash out part of your longer-term investments. So, if you are planning to tap your emergency fund, work to restock it as soon as possible. If you’re participating in the “Great Resignation,” it means you’re feeling positive about your future employment prospects, which is great. But you’ll want to support that optimism with a strong financial foundation. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones is a licensed insurance producer in all states and Washington, D.C., through Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P. and in California, New Mexico and Massachusetts through Edward Jones Insurance Agency of California, L.L.C.; Edward Jones Insurance Agency of New Mexico, L.L.C.; and Edward Jones Insurance Agency of Massachusetts, L.L.C

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CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION For The Westbury Executive Director Troy Gibbs, having The Westbury Senior Living complex fully and officially open is worth popping a bottle of bubbly and raising a toast: “Our residents and families have been very patient throughout the building and construction process,” Gibbs

says. “We’re very excited to finally welcome them to the community where they can experience and enjoy what they’ve been hearing about for the past year!” Gibbs played a large part in opening The Westbury’s sister community in St. Charles, MO four years ago, where he served as director. He

says what he’s most excited about are the relationships that will form in the coming weeks and months. “It’s an opportunity for our residents and staff to meet and build new friendships and interests with so many people. Really, it’s about being a part of something new and exciting, which it certainly will be!

It’s an opportunity for our residents and staff to meet and build new friendships and interests with so many people.

TALK ABOUT A LIVEABLE LOCALE ... Because his children have lived in Columbia for several years, Gibbs is grateful he was able to transfer here — they’re the primary reason why he accepted the executive director position with The Westbury. Already familiar with Columbia from visiting his children and 84 BOOM MAGAZINE

grands, he doesn’t think O’Reilly Senior Living could have found a more ideal location: “We’re just a short distance south of the interstate and we’re within 10 minutes (west) of the University. Our community’s part of The Westbury Village which will have a range of

shops and services within walking distance, including a grocery store, coffee shop, medical offices, a credit union and several restaurants. The Village area provides a great opportunity for those that like walking and bicycling as well.”


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Our residents will enjoy a host of amenities, including full service dining at our ‘Butlers’ restaurant, open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and an always-available bistro food offering at no additional cost.

Gibbs says, “Our residents will enjoy a host of amenities, including full service dining at our ‘Butlers’ restaurant, open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and an always-available bistro food offering at no additional cost.” Other extensive features include: • Room service and local delivery • Daily events and entertainment, held in The Westbury’s event, game, movie theater and • and lounge spaces • A wellness center, indoor pool and libraries • Scheduled transportation and personal trip services • A caring, trained staff available 24/7 • Housekeeping, linen and maintenance services • Utilities, cable and internet included • Move-in coordination services • Pet care and services • Partnerships with local home health and therapy services




publisher’s note “You’re never too old to learn something new,” the saying goes. In this issue of Boom!, we’re going to stretch you a little. From dating to new job opportunities to travel, you’ll find this issue is chock full of ideas on trying your hand at something new. In this issue’s feature section, you’ll find an article on dating later in life. Whether you’ve been divorced, widowed or just haven’t yet found the perfect partner, it’s never too late to give love a chance. We’ve featured two Columbia couples who have recently found love right in their backyards. In addition to interviewing a local relationship expert, we’ve asked these couples to share their best advice for those entering the dating scene and to give us insight into what they wish they knew when they started dating. We’ve also shared insight into some of the best jobs for seniors who are interested in working from home. Whether you want a little extra income or are wanting to stay busy after retirement, consider taking your years of expertise and starting your own small business. Speaking of working in a small business, we’ll introduce you to an awardwinning film that focuses on young adults who aren’t quite sure they want to commit to the professional life. The film "Small Pond" was written, directed and produced right here in Columbia in 2009. You’ll enjoy catching a glimpse of familiar mid-Missouri celebrities — including Carl Edwards — and favorite Columbia landmarks like Shakespeare’s Pizza. Finally, for those who enjoy visiting historical landmarks, consider a trip to Syracuse, Sicily. Located on Sicily’s Ionian Coast, Syracuse is known as one of western civilization’s greatest ancient capitals. Our travel writer, Donna Hull, gives tips on which historical sites to explore. There are other articles to explore in this issue, including nostalgic holidays traditions and insight into the priorities of Columbia College’s newest president, David Russell. You’ll find all this and more in this edition of Boom! magazine. I’d love to hear from you on how you’ve committed to learn something new.


staff Chief Executive Officer Carla Leible Founder & Publisher Emeritus Fred Parry Publisher & Managing Editor Melody Garnett Parry Associate Editors Madeleine Leroux Peg Gill Art Director Tim Flanner Graphic Designer Madelyn Jones Photo Editor L.G. Patterson Advertising Coordinators Jeff Ausmus Kalie Kramel Stefanie Joseph Marketing Representatives Cathy Atkins Laurie Quail Laura Fuchs Josh Arnold Will Reimer Hayden Haumann Office Manager Becky James Distribution Associate Steve Leible

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Nine years without a cold?

Copper can stop germs before they spread


cientists have discovered a natural way to kill germs

fast. Now thousands of people are using it against unwanted viruses and bacteria in the nose and on the skin. Germs, such as viruses and bacteria, can multiply fast. When unwanted germs get in your nose they can spread and cause misery unless you stop them early. In the last 20 years, hundreds of studies by government and university scientists show the natural element copper kills germs just by touch. The EPA officially declared copper to be antimicrobial, which means it kills microbes, including viruses, bacteria, and fungus. The National Institutes of Health says, “The antimicrobial activity of copper is now well established.” Ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. They didn’t know about microbes, but now we do. Scientists say the high conductance of copper disrupts the electrical balance in a microbe cell by touch and destroys it in seconds. Some hospitals tried copper for touch surfaces like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA, and other illnesses, by over half and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. He made a smooth copper probe with a tip to fit in the bottom of his nose. The next time he felt a tickle in his nose that felt like a cold about to start, he rubbed the copper gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “The cold never got going,” he exclaimed. “That was September

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News Brief

Dr. David Russell, the incoming president of Columbia College, reveals his top priorities for the educational institution.


Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Are you interested in staying in the workforce after retirement? We’ve found 19 possible companies you can start from home, with little or no financial investment.

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Meaningful Memories Find out how eight staff members

are keeping their beloved holiday traditions alive.


A New Chance With Romance

Read about two local couples who are navigating new relationships later in life and their advice to others in the dating game.


102 Quintessential


This film, written and produced by a Hickman High School graduate in 2009, portrays a slice of college life in downtown Columbia.

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Focusing on The Future I

n September, the Columbia College Board of Trustees named Dr. David Russell

the college’s 18th president. Russell is

a familiar fixture in education: He has

served as interim president of Columbia

College, the chief of staff for nine presidents at the University of Missouri System and as commissioner of higher education for the state of Missouri for six years. His first priority as president, Russell says, is responding to the changing state of education and ensuring Columbia College keeps pace. “Higher education has been evolving for some time, driven in part by concerns about the shrinking pool of high school graduates, evolving technology and the shifting needs of the future workforce,” he says. “These factors have forced colleges and universities to modify the way they deliver education.” Additionally, Russell is focused on expanding the college’s Military Affiliated Benefit program to the spouses and families of military personnel and private contractors who work on military installations. He’s also developed a new initiative called the Talent Development Program to “attract, retain and develop our first-rate faculty and staff,” he says, which will soon contain a leadership development component.


Work From Home

Nineteen Self-Employment Ideas For Seniors


or a variety of reasons, many older Americans won't retire. According to a May 29, 2019, report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 30.2% of Americans ages 65 to 74 are projected to be in the workforce in 2026. While financial necessity is one big reason many people won't retire, others are choosing to stay employed for as long as they can. According to Maurie Backman, in “Three Reasons to Work During Retirement,” generating extra income, saving on leisure costs and warding off depression top the reasons many seniors choose to remain in the workforce. Still, working after retirement age doesn't necessarily mean seniors are punching time clocks. According to data from the Kauffman 2017 National Report on Early-Stage Entrepreneurship, 26% of new entrepreneurs are 55 to 64 years old. So, if you plan to remain in the workforce, but would like to work for 92 BOOM MAGAZINE

yourself, there are plenty of business opportunities that don't cost a bundle to get started. Here are 19 companies you can start from home, most of which require minimal to no investment.

Wedding Planner. Does the idea of helping couples with one of the most important and romantic days of their lives make your heart skip a beat? Wedding planners help couples with every aspect of their wedding and reception, from invitations and the wedding party's attire to the cake, reception hall and entertainment. Catering. Do you live for making delicious and eye-appealing food? If you've got excellent culinary skills, then offer your catering services. Think wedding receptions, corporate events, graduation parties, bar mitzvahs, luncheons, anniversary parties and a host of other occasions.


Home Staging Consultant. According to the real

estate industry, well-staged homes sell faster and for more money. Yet, when it comes down to it, most people's homes are anything but show-ready. If you like home decorating and rearranging furniture, this might be up your alley. You can either offer consulting services or do the staging yourself.

Professional Organizer. Are you obsessed with keeping your cupboards, drawers, closets and garage organized? If so, you might be surprised to learn that most people are not. Here's where your organizational skills can earn you a living. Between those who lack organizational skills and others who don't have the time, there's a massive market for such services. Pet Sitting. For animal lovers, this has become a particularly popular form of self-employment. With the rising

cost of pet boarding and pet owners' desire to reduce the stress their pets experience during owners' absences, many hire sitters and are willing to pay good money for the service.

Tour Company. Do you live in a

big city, historical town or scenic area with state parks and national monuments? If so, there's likely a need or demand for tour guides, which can be a lucrative business. You can provide either walking or driving tours to visitors and residents while sharing your knowledge of the area and sights with them. Just be sure set up good safety measures before you meet alone with strangers.

Social Media. If you're savvy with social media, companies large and small require your service. Social media management includes setting up social media accounts and writing ongoing, engaging and shareable posts. You'll also respond to social media messages and comments to build and maintain the company's relationship with its followers. Blogging. If you love writing and

have the skill to write ongoing, engaging posts, you'll discover every type of business imaginable either has or needs a blog. Just look for companies related to your area of expertise. If you're an expert researcher, that's all the better, and the sky's the limit.

Content Writing. This is another high-demand writing job. Businesses of all kinds need well-written website content that describes their products and services as well as related content to increase targeted traffic. For most companies, search engine optimized (SEO) content is a must. So, if you have this skill, you already have the edge over many writers. Consulting. What's your area of

expertise? Whatever it is, there are likely plenty of people or businesses that could use your advice. To get your

brain churning, here are a few examples of consultant services to consider: financial, business, social media, legal, career, technology, public relations, human resources, strategy, marketing, information technology, management, childbirth, interior decorating and the list goes on.

Travel Agency. Despite the ease and cost-effectiveness of buying and scheduling travel online, there's still a good demand for travel agents. Many people prefer using an agent because of the travel advice agents offer as well as for arranging complicated travel plans. So, if you love travel and helping people, this might be just the right business for you. Website Design. Have you built a website for yourself or someone in the past? If so and you have a knack for design along with excellent computer skills, this might be just the homebased career you've been waiting for. With Wordpress, in particular, website design is relatively simple yet offers designers unlimited options.

this might be just the career for you. Personal trainer certification programs run between $400 to $1,000. Upon completion, you can either work as a personal trainer for a fitness corporation or independently.

Teach Online Courses. Here's a wide-open opportunity because courses can be taught on just about anything. Do you have a passion for something? What are your areas of expertise, educational background, special skills or talents? Chances are there's something you're great at and qualified to teach. Here are some ideas to consider: a hobby or craft, computer skills, photography, web design, writing, professional development, how to play an instrument, dog training — the list is endless. Recruiting Agency. Because of the challenges and time involved in finding qualified applicants to fill positions, many companies now use recruiters to help fill the roles. With the current low unemployment rate, businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to find qualified candidates on their own. So why not step in and help them?

Project Management. If you're an idea person with excellent management skills, this career is worth considering. Can you take a project and run with it and see it through to completion? As a project manager, your role is to put together and lead teams through projects. You'll also be in charge of creating project budgets and managing their costs, and ultimately, making most of the project’s decisions.

Event Planner. If you have excellent organizational and time management skills as well as business acumen, this might be the perfect fit. Event planners coordinate every aspect of a meeting or convention, and sometimes social events as well. Planners arrange the location, catering, speakers, printed materials for events and more.

Bookkeeping. Small businesses

Life Coach. If you enjoy helping

often have only a few hours of accounting per week or month. So, it isn't feasible or necessary for them to hire an employee for the task. This is where you can step in and offer your services. Landing just a few business accounts could quickly provide you a full-time income working from home.

Personal Trainer. If you're a fitness buff and enjoy motivating others,

people better themselves, here's the perfect opportunity to make the most of your skill. Depending on where you live, there may be educational requirements for this career. So, do your research. But if you're good at setting goals and developing personal plans, solving problems, understanding people and what motivates them, and offering sound advice, this career is worth considering.


Festive Traditions

A Nostalgic Nod To Holiday Memories What do you fondly remember about the holidays? Here are a few traditions that our staff have enjoyed with their families over the years. Photos by L.G. Patterson

Ribbon Salad

Ever since I can remember, we've enjoyed this festive ribbon salad at Christmas. This Jell-O salad is comprised of three layers — cherry Jell-O; a fairly wide layer of yellow Jell-O mixed with crushed pineapple, cream cheese, whipped cream, a dash of Miracle Whip and 12 large melted marshmallows; and the last layer is green Jell-O. Peg Gill Associate Editor 94 BOOM MAGAZINE

Santa Mugs

One of my favorite memories from my childhood is sipping hot chocolate and marshmallows from red Santa mugs. When the original cups became old and cracked, my husband surprised me with a new set after commissioning a local artist to recreate and paint new mugs. My family enjoys a cup of hot chocolate in the Santa mugs while decorating the Christmas tree and on Christmas Eve. Delicious! Melody Parry Publisher

Foil Wrap

For years, I’ve wrapped all Christmas gifts in aluminum foil. It’s handy, less expensive, easy to do and beautifully captures the reflection of Christmas lights under the tree. My daughter loves my signature wrap, which even carries over into the holiday ribbons and bows. No tape required! Tim Flanner Art Director

Annual Ornament

Every year, my brother and I receive a Christmas ornament that highlights the memories and milestones of that year. My parents have kept up this tradition since I was born. The milestone ornaments are hung on a small tree and placed in our bedrooms. I love looking back at all the memories. Madelyn Jones Graphic Designer

and my grandma would take turns letting each cousin light the candles for each night. She’s no longer with us, but my family still gets together for a reunion every Thanksgiving and we celebrate Hanukkah when we are all together. Now we pick names and give presents on the day after Thanksgiving so we can all celebrate Hanukkah together, even if it’s a little early!

Stefanie Joseph Multi-Media Marketing Coordinato

Coconut Water

On Christmas Eve, our tradition revolves around a coconut. We get a hammer, crack open the coconut and poke holes in it. Then those who are willing take sips of the coconut water out of Santa cups. This tradition was handed down by my great-great-grandfather, a sharecropper who loved to celebrate the holiday season with the delicacy of a coconut! L.G. Patterson Photo Editor

Memorable Menorah

My favorite Hanukkah tradition was always lighting candles with my grandma. When I was a kid, all my family would get together for Hanukkah and my grandma would take turns letting each cousin light the candles for each night. She’s no longer with us, but my family still gets together for a reunion every Thanksgiving and we celebrate Hanukkah when we are all together. Stefanie Joseph Multi-Media Marketing Coordinator

Christmas Tale

Festive PJs

Fred Parry Publisher Emeritus

Madeleine Leroux Editor

For the last 17 years, I have gathered my two sons together on Christmas Eve and read aloud to them “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore. This beautifully illustrated large format storybook is one of our family’s most cherished treasures. Although my sons resisted the tradition during their awkward teenage years, they are now warming up to the tradition once again.

Every year, my mother buys Christmas pajamas for my brother and me (and now incorporates our significant others). The pajamas are given to us on Christmas Eve, the one gift we open that night, and she always insists that we put them on right then. (Even when we're not with her for Christmas, she will insist on a photo of us in our new holiday pajamas!) Sometimes, it's a full set and others, it's just a pair of pajama pants — but who doesn't love those?!


Younger than Springtime Seasoned Grownups Enjoy Dating And Romance By Jack Wax – Photos by L.G. Patterson The Cupid who targets middle-aged and older adults may be gray-haired and a bit out of shape, but he’s still a good shot. Although not everyone who is single and long past their 40s is interested in finding a partner, those who make the effort can — and do — find new relationships that may begin with a date. In fact, older people have an advantage in the dating game: They know themselves better and have years 96 BOOM MAGAZINE

of experience relating to others. “I think that younger adults are sometimes too idealistic and seek too much from a single person,” Christine Proulx, associate professor of human development and family science at the University of Missouri, says. “Older adults might be accustomed to having their needs met by multiple people, and their goals in the dating world might be more realistic.” Goals for dating? Absolutely. Love

at first sight might be a plot line for a Broadway musical, but in real life love is more likely to begin with mutual interests and compatible personalities. Proulx, who studies the science behind intimate relationships of middle-aged and older adults, believes that love in all its manifestations is a gift regardless of the age or gender identification of those lucky enough to have been struck by one of Cupid’s arrows.

Tee for Two

Angie And Marty Siddall Angie and Marty Siddall are a retired couple that married about a year and a half ago. Both had previous families and have children who are now independent or soon will be. Both had been dating others: Marty was

dining and having a few drinks with their friends, fishing and golfing. They liked a lot of the same things, which is important for older couples. “If you’re very active — a cyclist or a kayaker, for instance — you’re not going to be

"You’ve got to put yourself in a position where you are going to meet like-minded people."

- Marty Siddall definitely not looking for a marriage partner; and Angie was content living her life by herself. But Angie had a playbook for dating. “I had created a list of very specific things I must have in a relationship and things I wouldn’t put up with — must-haves and dealbreakers,” she says. “I know my own limitations, and I was fine to be alone, at peace. I was all teed up for the right person if he walked into my life, but I was OK if that didn’t happen.” In walked Marty. He started a conversation with her while she was at a restaurant with friends, and they haven’t stopped talking since. Within a few weeks of meeting each other and going out, Marty realized there was something special about their relationship. “I was so taken back and so sure we were on the same plane,” Marty says. “I told Angie that I have this feeling about us and I’d like it if we could approach it from the get-go as if it’s a long-term relationship.” They continued dating and got to know each other better, taking rides together on Marty’s motorcycle,

attracted to someone who prefers to never leave the house. That’s just not a very good match,” Proulx says. Mutual interests can, but not necessarily do, lead to a deeper relationship. There’s no step-by-step process that intimate relationships have to follow. “There are some older adults who have quick entry into a romantic relationship,” Proulx says. “But that’s a more typical pattern of a younger adult where romantic activity begins within days or hours of meeting each other. There’s no one pattern that couples follow.” But one thing is certain. Those who wish for a life partner but don’t make any effort finding one will never change their circumstances. Mature adults meet each other in any of a variety of ways. “There’s church, friends, online services specifically geared to adults 55 or older. And there’s always the tried and true method of going through a mutual friend,” Proulx says. Putting himself “out there” was easy for Marty, who liked dating and is outgoing. But he recognizes that some


Marty and Angie had mutual friends, but they didn’t wait to be set up. Marty made the first move, starting a conversation with her at a restaurant where Angie was sitting with friends.


MARTY: Know yourself. Understand what you like and don’t like, what’s compatible with your personality. ANGIE: First, you cannot be desperate. You’ve got to be able to live by yourself and to be comfortable with yourself. You can’t start from a vulnerable position and expect a good result.


ANGIE: I used to be a fixer, walking through life with rose-colored glasses. I thought I could fix anything, but my approach was wrong. I needed to fix my own attitude and be more honest about what I needed. MARTY: I always knew Angie was a beautiful woman, but I just wish I had known what a truly wonderful person she was and how many interests we had in common. BOOM MAGAZINE 97

of his friends find it intimidating to leave their comfort zones behind and try new experiences. “You’ve got to put yourself in a position where you are going to meet like-minded people,” Marty says. Taking that first step into a new relationship can be easier for mature adults who feel confident about their own self-worth. “If you know yourself, when the right person gets in front of you I think you will be able to figure it out from there and feel very comfortable moving forward,” Angie explains. “It’s wonderful going into life at this age and sharing it with someone.” On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with remaining single. “Not every middle-aged or older adult is looking to date again or have a new partner or marriage as a goal,” Proulx says. “There are so many other relationships that can fulfill our social needs, such as friends, family, even more casual relationships — the people who are your gym buddies, people you see in your aerobics class or who you see in your neighborhood.” Older individuals who seek and then find someone for a more intimate relationship may experience a deeper appreciation of each other and the new life they share as a couple. “We have the luxury now of focusing just on each other. We don’t have a lot of other responsibilities pulling on us right now,” Angie says. With more time to focus on each other, the couple is committed to doing whatever they can to stay healthy. “We ride ebikes,” Marty says. “We have a rowing machine and an elliptical — so we workout together, and, for us, golf is great exercise.” Which is where the couple began. The restaurant where they first met overlooked a golf course, the same one they look forward to playing together and enjoying for years to come.


Good food and good friends Ali Hamrah And Amy Greenwood Amy Greenwood and Ali Hamrah can barely remember a time when they didn’t know each other. During their first marriages, both had children attending the same school; they knew of each other but were both focused on their own families. Neither had any thought that one day circumstances

life together. Amy still works as a real estate agent. Ali serves as a restaurant and catering consultant after many years in the food business in various capacities. Ali started Peachtree Catering 25 years ago and now his son Benjamin owns and runs the business alongside of his own restaurant, Beet

"We get each other. There are times when I accuse of him of reading my mind." - Amy Greenwood would change and they’d be more than family friends. They’d become life partners. Those circumstances changed about six years ago. “My sister said, ‘You're not going to believe who is on the market and you really need to go out with him because he is such a nice guy,’” Amy says, who was at the time divorced herself, co-parenting her three children with her ex and managing a career in real estate. She didn’t have much time for a serious relationship and wasn’t looking for one. “I was looking for a plus-one,” she says. So, it wasn’t such a big deal when she asked Ali whether he’d be interested in playing a game of golf with her. She envisioned nothing more than two friends, out together, enjoying a sunny afternoon on the golf course. “The rest is history,” Ali says. The couple now share a home and

Box. Both Amy and Ali agree that being older and more mature is a definite plus for their relationship. “I always said you get wiser as you go through your life, especially as your experiences grow,” Ali says. Reflecting on the experience of being in a loving relationship in his 60s, Ali says, “It’s not that you didn’t have real love when you were younger, but you took it more for granted. At my age, I don’t take it for granted any more. Not every day is a glorious day, but we get up in the morning knowing that we love and respect each other.” “There are so many differences in finding love later in life than when you are young,” Amy says. “I think when you get to the post-divorce stage of life and your kids are almost grown that you have a better understanding of who you are as a person.” It helps if your partner also has a good sense of who



ALI: I’d known her family for years. Our kids went to the same school. There was never any intention for a relationship like we have now. AMY: We ran into each other four times in eight days, and every time we would talk, we had a hard time pulling away from each other. Actually, I asked him out to play golf.


AMY: Love and respect each other. Let that person be himself and always being open and honest. ALI: Understand who you are and don’t try to change each other.

WHAT YOU WISH YOU KNEW WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED DATING AMY: Where he was when I was 22 years old! ALI: I wish I had met her many years back. It’s one of those things where you’d say, “Where have you been all my life?”


you are. “We get each other,” she says. “There are times when I accuse him of reading my mind.” Although love in midlife and beyond is less dramatic than the young love of a Romeo and Juliet, it can be more rewarding. “I think about the quality of love as distinct from the goals you might have in a relationship,” Proulx says. “If love is a feeling of tenderness, of admiration and desire to be with someone, I think love ought to be as fulfilling and exciting at age 65 as 25. The goals of that relationship are different, but love is so exciting that it has to be as spectacular at 65, 75 or 85 as it is at 20.” Thoughtful and serious when discussing their life together, Amy and Ali find time for golf, traveling and socializing with friends,

including Marty and Angie Siddall. As a restaurateur, Ali knows the perfect ingredients for a great night out — a pleasant ambiance, excellent food and the warmth of friends and family. At parties and other gatherings, they may each go their own way, enjoying the company of others, but they have their own private signal when it’s time to stop mingling and start paying attention to each other. “We came up with a system early on,” Ali says. He'll make his way to Amy, then exchange a quick hug, or a gentle tap — just enough to let her know he’d like some attention. When asked what they would like to be doing in the future, they don’t hesitate in answering. “We want to grow old together,” Ali says. “One hundred percent,” Amy says.

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Columbia Is A Big Fish In National "Small Pond" Movie By Jack Wax • Photos By Karen Johnson


n the opening scene of "Small Pond," a full-length movie, a young woman wakes up groggy, wearing her pajamas, an oversized T-shirt. As she shakes off her

slumber and hangover, she seems indifferent to the young, slovenly man who obviously spent the night with her. “Last night was awesome,” gushes the guy. “We’ve got to do this again sometime.” The young woman mumbles and gets out of bed, pulling a fresh tee over her head. “Going to work?” the guy asks. The young woman ignores him, and as she makes her quick exit from the scene — and probably his life — she turns toward the camera. In that instant, the writing and logo on her light blue tee becomes readable and the location of the scene becomes unmistakable. It’s a Shakespeare’s Pizza shirt — and she is definitely in Columbia.


(Above) Carl Edwards with director Josh Slates. (Below) Hari Leigh at Eastside Tavern. 104 BOOM MAGAZINE

Columbians who watch "Small Pond" (available for rent or purchase on iTunes and Amazon) will get a double treat. First, it’s an engaging movie — kind of grungy and offbeat. The film industry thought enough of this independent film to present it the Programmers Award at the 2011 Sidewalk Film Festival, held in Birmingham, Alabama. Regardless of how film professionals rate the movie, Columbians will enjoy catching glimpses of their hometown in just about every scene. Filmed back in 2009, it’s clearly a work of fiction, but it’s about our very real town as much as it is about the characters. In addition to familiar local landmarks, there’s a cameo by one of mid-Missouri’s celebrities. In a bar scene, a younger Carl Edwards masterfully tosses off his one-line contribution to the movie — “That’s three strikes, captain,” he says in his role as a bouncer at McNally’s Irish Pub. The Columbia that the movie portrays is a slice of summer life as experienced by young adults not quite sure of who they are and not quite ready to commit to the adult world of 9-to-5 work. Although the characters are having trouble finding their identities, Columbia viewers will have no trouble identifying the local landmarks that make up the background. Among the most obvious are Shakespeare’s Pizza, Ernie’s Café and Steak House, the water tower off Walnut Street, downtown Columbia, the limestone wall in front of the Calvary Episcopal Church, Patricia’s Grocery on the eastside of town (now a Moser’s) and the flying french fries sculpture outside the Boone County Public Library. The 2009 summer in Columbia vibe wouldn’t be complete without the main character, Kirsten, watching videotapes of old "Pepper and Friends" shows. The effect of viewing a movie that takes place in your hometown is a bit like a déjà vu experience. It’s a doubletake situation, one that feels familiar yet novel, simultaneously. David Wilson, filmmaker and cofounder of the Ragtag Film Society and the True/False Film Festival, describes "Small

Reflections From Director Josh Slates

How "Small Pond" Was Conceived And The Youth It Portrays


grew up in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 1994. My family was living on an unpaved stretch of Vawter School Road that is

probably more bustling these days. I enrolled in film school at Rochester Institute of

downtown world. I definitely credit our producer Kim Sherman for rallying the Shakespeare's crew. The cast even at-

Technology in Rochester, New York, because honestly,

tended a Shakespeare's Boot Camp

I was excited to wind 16mm Bolex cameras and make

where they were schooled in all of the

inscrutable avant-garde films. I’m currently working as

essentials. But the only way to make it work

a location scout in Baltimore, Maryland.

was to film outside of regular hours: midnight to

The rarest gift is to direct a movie that you have conceived from scratch with some of your best friends. Producing that movie on location in Columbia with

7 a.m., or then 4 a.m. until the dough machines started up at 9 a.m. It was miserable but fulfilling. Trends and fashion may come and go but McNally's

Kim Sherman during the summer of 2009 is still the

remains a reassuring constant. I also have some unrea-

craziest thing that I've ever done. We were all com-

sonable nostalgia because I fondly recall when it was

pletely out of our minds!

a Godfather's Pizza way back when. My friends and I

The whole thing kind of started as a screenplay

wasted most of our teenage years watching ridiculous

fragment from Dean Stover's Write to Publish class

movies on VHS tapes and then wandering over to their

at Hickman High School. It was maybe six or seven

endless buffet on 6th Street.

pages of this bored young woman wrapping up her

Location scouting is just about the most incredible

shift at Shakespeare's and wandering around an empty

job anyone can have in the film or television indus-

downtown Columbia in the dead of night. To me, that

try. I wake up every day and I never know where I'm

sounded like the most amazing thing at the time.

going or what I will see or who I will meet. Never a

One thing we all really wanted to strive for was to

dull moment.

create this simultaneous element of timelessness and anachronism. The character of Kirsten has to go to

Thank you, Columbia, for the memories.

Daniel Boone Regional Library to check her email,

Josh Slates

but she's lost her cordless phone and stealing the newspaper from her next-door neighbor’s lawn. Is this the early '90s or the late '70s or even today? It doesn't really matter. Whenever I revisit "Small Pond," it's like I'm watching a documentary about that moment and that summer. It's like revisiting our youth. This movie never would have happened without the incredible generosity of Jay Lewis and Kurt Mirtsching. Why on earth did they ever allow us to film at the downtown Shakespeare's headquarters? They begged us over and over to consider filming at one of their satellite locations but it was essential to tie Shakespeare's pizza to the rest of Columbia's weird nighttime


The award-winning film "Small Pond" was shot in Columbia in 2009. Pond's" relationship to Columbia in this way: “In addition to telling a fictional story, the movie also delivers a real-life time capsule of the moment.” "Small Pond" was the brainchild of filmmaker Josh Slates. He produced it with then-Columbian Kim Sherman; co-wrote it with Kirsten Straub and directed it himself. Slates, who was raised in Columbia and now lives in Baltimore, has since gone on to take a prominent place among the film crews of blockbuster movies and Emmywinning TV series. Slates does most of his work as a location manager, the movie professional who scouts the nation for just the right place for a scene, then coordinates production logistics. Occasionally, Slates serves as a cinematographer, editor and writer of short features. He’s as much a part of the film industry as it is a part of him. He’s worked on productions that have 106 BOOM MAGAZINE

become woven into global pop culture — movies, such as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier;" "The Dark Knight Rises;" "Transformers: Dark of the Moon;" and "He’s Just Not That Into You." Among his television credits are his location work on "Veep" and "House of Cards." When preparing to shoot "Small Pond," Slates brought in professionals to play the main characters, but he used locals for small parts and as extras. One of those Columbians who had a supporting role in the movie was Jay Sparks. Today, Sparks is the entrepreneurship coordinator for Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI). But 12 years ago, he was working at McNally’s Irish Pub as a bartender when he got to know Slates. It turned out that McNally’s would become a perfect location for one of the movie’s key scenes and Sparks would be typecast, playing the familiar role

of bartender. Sparks wasn’t a newcomer to the film world. He had been involved in Columbia’s 48-Hour Film Competition as well as CAT TV’s "One Night Stand", which gave aspiring local filmmakers 24 hours to make a movie. Acting in "Small Pond" was fun for him as well as for a lot of other Columbians. Part of what made the movie meaningful to him was gaining an insight into Slates’ vision. “I loved seeing Josh’s mental direction as it evolved. It had all the indie vibes of the town in the summer.” When the shooting of the movie ended, the relationships of the film crew and actors didn’t. “I enjoyed getting to know Josh, and we became friends and still see each other. The movie holds a special place in my life,” Sparks says. There’s really no such thing as being “just” an extra in the film busi-

ness. Being part of a movie can have a long-term impact on everyone participating in the film. “It makes lasting memories for the people involved,” Wilson says. “We’re talking about the world of low-budget filmmaking, which is clearly a labor of love, and I think it’s really important and valuable for everybody involved. People come together because making a movie is always hard and means long hours of work. It’s sort of like an improbable accomplishment. Just getting a movie done is a really big deal." The storyline to "Small Pond" revolves around the life of Kirsten, a young (maybe in her late 20s) woman who can’t catch a break. Her life is a bummer. She doesn’t like her roommate; has no goals; no future; is bored with her job at Shakespeare’s and is always broke. She also has a drinking problem and seems to have substituted beer for water as her main source of hydration. She is offered a better job at Shakespeare’s, as bartender — one that would provide health insurance as a benefit — but passes it up. One night, she is doing “whippets,” which is a dangerous way of getting high by inhaling nitrous oxide (laughing gas). In a moment of haste, the frigid nitrous oxide fuses Kirsten's face to the stainless steel "whippet" canister and the results are disastrous. She is left with a horrible gash and her friend gets her to the emergency room late at night. Unfortunately, the hospital won’t accept her credit card. Afraid of being billed, Kirsten and her friend drive off without getting any help. They manage to staunch the bleeding with Kleenex, leaving Kirsten with mummy-like facial bandages that leave her unable to speak clearly until she heals. Too selfconscious to work at Shakespeare’s, she

Actress Amy Seimetz plays Katie. quits and pins her hopes for the future on traveling with a band and tending to the merchandise table. Hari Leigh, the actress who played Kirsten, is still in the film industry, based in Los Angeles where she directs actors playing roles in video games. “I am still acting and writing my own projects whenever I get the chance,” she says. She remembers Columbia fondly. “My co-stars and I had a great time at all the local haunts and found everyone to be really warm and friendly.” The only bad things she recalls are the Midwest humidity and having fake blood made of

corn syrup on her face. The corn syrup seemed to attract mosquitos. The Columbia of 2009 has long since faded as a memory, but its impact on the fictional lives of a group of young people coming of age then has been preserved in "Small Pond." It’s definitely worth revisiting this time and place, as well as this movie. “It is one of those curious oddities that if you live in Columbia long enough you find these little things worth investigating,” Sparks says. “It’s almost more interesting that this movie is not well known, then discovering it for yourself.”


The Roman coliseum in Syracuse.

An Ancient Adventure

Exploring Greek And Roman History On A Syracuse Shore Excursion WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY DONNA HULL


n a Mediterranean cruise, active Boomer travelers will find plenty of historical sites to explore. And by history, I mean some of the most ancient places you’ll ever visit. I’ve walked the ruins of Ephesus, investigated the ancient city of Nora and stood among wildflowers in front of Greek temples at Selinunte — all while participating in Mediterranean cruise excursions. But when my husband Alan and I cruised on a Silver Wind spring cruise in the Mediterranean, we hit the historical jackpot on a Syracuse shore excursion.


You could argue the point that there’s almost too much history to see in Syracuse, Sicily — or Siracusa, as the Italians say. Located on Sicily’s Ionian Coast, Syracuse is known as one of western civilization’s greatest ancient capitals. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, having the largest concentration of Greek ruins outside of Greece. I’ll be honest, when exploring archaeological sites and ancient buildings, a little goes a long way. Alan and I get much more out of a halfday informative shore excursion than

dragging through ruins an entire day. (I guess you could say that we like our history in short bites so that we can chew on it for a while.)


We tendered to Syracuse from the Silver Wind in perfect May weather. I can’t imagine how hot it would be in the blazing summer sun. I recommend spring or fall Mediterranean cruises over the busy, and extremely hot, summer season. Our Syracuse cruise excursion was

mostly a walking tour, although we were bused between sites. And we lucked out that fellow passengers listened, didn’t talk over the guide or keep the group waiting. They also asked just enough questions to make the tour interesting without dragging the group down with overinvolved discussion.


The narrow streets on Ortigia Island.

Of all the things to do in Syracuse, Neapolis Archaeological Park is at the top of the list. Founded by Greek colonists from Corinth in 734 B.C., Syracuse became the wealthiest city-state in the western world. Its power and influence surpassed that of Athens. Siracusa remained powerful for two centuries, until the Romans conquered the city-state. The sites we visited at the archeological park provided a glimpse into life during the ancient times of the Greeks and Romans. Our first stop is at the Altar of Heiron II to learn of its historical significance. Although Spaniards destroyed much of the altar in the 16th century, the remains are impressive. According to the guide, it’s the largest known altar from antiquity. Imagine 450 oxen being sacrificed on top of the altar at the same time. Yes, it’s that big. Next it’s time to explore the jewel of Neapolis Archaeological Park, the Greek Theatre (or Teatro Greco). It does not disappoint, except for the scaffolding over some of the stone seats. A construction crew works to set up the seating section (also known as cavea) for the annual Greek Theatre festival held from mid-May until the end of June. With 59 rows and seats for 15,000 spectators, this is the largest theater ever built by the ancient Greeks. Of course, not all of it remains today. The group continues behind

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The Fountain of Arethusa is a natural, freshwater spring in the center of Syracuse. the cavea to Paradise Quarry, where limestone rocks were extracted for building the theater. Today, it truly is a paradise that’s shaded by lemon and orange trees, but in ancient times, the quarry probably wasn’t such a pleasant working environment for the slaves who mined the limestone. Excavating all that rock created a cave known as the Ear of Dionysius, famous for its acoustical properties. This part of the tour ends with a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre. Standing at an overlook, I imagine what it must have been like to attend gladiator fights at one of the largest amphitheaters ever constructed.


After a short bus ride through the city to the drop-off point for Ortigia, the


Syracuse walking tour continues. The historic heart of Syracuse — and also part of the UNESCO World Heritage site designation — this island is made for strolling. The journey begins at the Temple of Apollo, where remnants of antiquity, including two Doric columns, hold secrets from 6th century B.C. and more. Imagine being part of the 1930s excavation team to discover the oldest Doric temple in Sicily. Through time, the huge Greek temple evolved to a Byzantine church and then a Muslim mosque before becoming a church again. Yes, there are definitely some historical secrets in these remains. And then the true stroll begins as the group meanders down narrow, winding streets to one of the most beautiful piazzas in Sicily — Piazza Duomo. The Cathedral of Syracuse

sits on one corner. But the Temple of Athena (built in 5 B.C.) stood here first. Visiting inside the cathedral reveals a wall of ancient, Greek temple columns, thanks to the historic builders who wrapped the building around the temple. It probably wasn’t their intention to preserve ancient Greek history, but I’m so glad that they did. The Church of Saint Lucia stands at the end of the large Piazza Duomo. It houses the painting “Burial of Saint Lucy” by Caravaggio. Continuing toward the harbor, we arrive at the Fountain of Aretusa. Like in ancient times, papyrus still grows around the fresh water spring that connects to the sea. It’s a pleasant spot to reflect on the thousands of years of history we’ve just seen.




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The original Magic Tree debuted here in 1995, in the yard of its creator Randal Fletcher. It moved to the Village of Cherry Hill in 2010. Since then, Magic Trees have sprung up at the Crossing Church, Commerce Bank downtown and in the yards of many homeowners, de-light-ing all who see them.







rowing up, Nina Mukerjee

Les Dames D’Escoffier International,

from their travels to South America into

Furstenau was raised

has taken that cultural and culinary

India, the rich soil allowed for them to

between two cultures.

exploration further in her latest book,

grow everywhere.

As a toddler, her family

"Green Chilis and Other Impostors,"

Earlier in history, the eastern world

left India and immigrated to Chicago

released in late October. The book is the

and India were a nexus where several

and then to Pittsburg, Kansas. While

result of Furstenau’s experience in 2018

food stories overlapped as they came

her parents spoke Bengali at home,

and 2019, when she traveled to India as

through ports. "Green Chilis and Other

Furstenau otherwise had a typical

a U.S. Fulbright-Nehru global scholar to

Imposters" traces the origin of foods

Midwest upbringing, with summers

conduct research on the food stories of

including limes, potatoes and tomatoes,

spent playing softball and going to

Bengal. The experience also allowed her

and encourages readers to consider

county fairs.

to spend time with family who still live

what makes food, or even people,

in India, sharing recipes and learning

foreign and how they then become

from one another.

integrated into a culture.

So Furstenau’s Indian identity was centered around culinary experiences at home, where she absorbed the sound

Those nine months, which Furstenau

For Furstenau, the food we consume

of her mother’s silks as she moved

recalls as some of the best of her life,

exists as more than just physical

around the kitchen and the chiming of

resulted in the food journey of the book

sustenance. Each time we sit and share

her bangles as she rolled out bread. It

— one that delves into the history of

a meal with family or friends, personal

heightened as she watched steam rise to

how different foods moved around the

memories and associations are being

curl the hair at the frame of her mother’s

world, where they come from and what

brought to the table, inspired by the

face as she poured curds through a

cultures claim them as their own.

aromas and tastes of the food being

cheesecloth to make chhana, a soft

Take chili peppers, for example. Today,

served. This is our individual, edible

cheese similar to ricotta. The daughter

chilis are a staple of Indian food, with

archive, as a chef in India once told

of an English teacher, Furstenau found

their flavor often married to Indian

Furstenau. It’s a place that exists in

a love of writing and began to explore it

cuisine. But the history of how chilis

the mind and can be accessed again

as a way to address topics of both food

arrived in India is less familiar. According

and again, giving emotional, caring

and culture.

to "Green Chilis and Other Imposters,"

sustenance that can also foster an

Now, Furstenau, a Columbia resident

South American chilies in India can

appreciation for how people and cultures

and winner of the M. F. K. Fisher Book

be traced to Vasco da Gama, the first

entwine through food.

Award as well as the Grand Prize for

European explorer to reach India by sea,

Excellence in Culinary Writing from

in 1498. As the Portuguese brought chilis






ariola Klepadlo and Thaddeus Usovsky met by chance at a downtown parking garage July 31,

2017. They then decided to dine together and walked to Tellers. After a wonderful evening of conversation, they agreed to meet again the next morning for breakfast at Main Squeeze. Fast forward to their one-year dating anniversary, where the couple retraced the steps of their first date. Then Thaddeus took Mariola to Stephens Lake Park where he got down on one knee and proposed. She said, “Yes!” and, fittingly, they went to Main Squeeze the next morning. After planning a big wedding in St. Louis for July 10, 2020, with a reception in Columbia a day later, their grand plans were put in park by the pandemic. After several attempts to reschedule, the couple decided to hit the gas pedal and “I do” on their original date. Their reception was postponed to earlier this year. The wedding was held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, known for one of the largest mosaic installations in the world. When Thaddeus first brought Mariola to the church, she was moved to tears. They knew this would be the place of their wedding. The bride wore a Milla Nova Azalea gown imported from Europe. It featured an A-silhouette and long train, with a V-neck bodice and long gauzy lace sleeves. The ivory lace dress had an azalea and branch pattern on its nude-shade ball skirt. Mariola’s




cathedral-style veil was handmade

Calvin Klein tuxedo with a black bowtie.

More Newman Center in Columbia. It

with the same lace and had 3-D flowers

His boutonniere was made of a white

was livestreamed for the bride’s family in

scattered across it. Her Freya shoes from

panda anemone with gray brunia berries

Europe who couldn’t attend due to the

Bella Belle Shoes had a delicate blue

and eucalyptus.

COVID pandemic.

flower blossom embroidered on the illusion mesh.

He, too, did not have traditional

The couple exited to “Mendelson’s

groomsmen. His brother, Joshua, served

March,” along with the Basilica bells

Mariola decorated her classic hair bun

as best man. Joshua, along with their

ringing loudly. Rather than following the

with real flowers, using some of the same

father and the usher, wore matching

ceremony with a reception, the couple

ones from her bouquet. She accessorized

Calvin Klein tuxedos with boutonnieres

opted to postpone that celebration until

with crystal drop earrings and her First

made of ivory spray roses, brunia berries

this year.

Communion Saint Mary’s necklace.

and eucalyptus.

She carried a bouquet of fresh white

Due to its inherent splendor, the couple

A few days after the wedding, the newlyweds traveled to Iowa to leave

panda anemones, peonies and blush stock,

decided to leave the Basilica largely alone.

Mariola’s bouquet on the grave of

blush garden roses, brunia berries, peach

A framed Papal Blessing on an easel

Thaddeus’s beloved grandparents.

ranunculus, white soft gray dusty miller,

greeted guests and was decorated with

pink waxflower and seeded eucalyptus.

white orchids.

Instead of traditional bridesmaids,

Mariola’s most memorable moment

The bride's parents are Mieczyslaw and Jozefa Klepadlo of Poland. The groom's parents are Ronald and Marsha Usovsky

Mariola’s sister-in-law, Megan, and

was when the massive 14-foot high, hand-

mother-in-law, Marsha, were her “kind of”

carved oak doors opened, revealing the

bridesmaids. Megan wore a pastel pink off-

stunning interior of the cathedral. She

doctorate degree and is a genetic research

the-shoulder mermaid gown and carried a

said the world stopped at that moment

coordinator and laboratory manager at

bouquet that closely mirrored the bride’s,

while she was trying to spot Thaddeus at

the University of Missouri. Thaddeus is a

while Marsha wore an elegant navy blue

the end of the almost 300-foot-long aisle.

real estate agent at the Russell Boyt Real

gown with a figure-skimming silhouette

Two priests said the Catholic mass, one

of Columbia. The new Mrs. Usovksy holds a

Estate Group. The newlyweds reside in

and a dramatic ruffle cascading over its

in English, the other in Polish, the bride’s

Columbia with their Australian Shepherd

single shoulder. Marsha also wore a silver

native language. The ceremony itself was

puppy, “Nugget.” The couple is planning

band wrist corsage with ivory spray roses,

officiated by Thaddeus’s family friend,

a honeymoon trip to Santorini Island in

brunia berries and springs of foliage.

Fr. Thomas Saucier, a Dominican friar

Greece in 2022.

Thaddeus wore a black tailored fit

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MCBAINE KATY TRAILHEAD Defy December with this somewhat silly athletic endeavor from the Columbia Track Club on the Katy Trail. The closest prediction on time to finish wins the cheese, while the worst wins the sauerkraut. No entry form needed, just sign up the day of the race. 8:30 a.m.; free;


ARMORY SPORTS CENTER Come celebrate this AfricanAmerican holiday which is based around developing positive families and communities. There will be an expo featuring local blackowned businesses, socializing, entertainment and a holiday feast. 2-5 p.m.; free;


MISSOURI THEATRE Enjoy a spectacular holiday concert embracing a variety of music for the season. Proceeds from children's tickets benefit Toys for Tots. 3 p.m.; $25 adults, $5 children 17 and younger;


COLUMBIA MALL Zimmer Communication’s 15th Annual One for One Holiday Food Drive is Wednesday, Dec. 15. Join us in supporting our community, giving back to those who need it the most this holiday. This year, midMissourians need all our help more than ever to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Northeast Missouri. 6 a.m.-6 p.m.


ARROW ROCK LYCEUM THEATRE Enjoy the return of a holiday tradition in Arrow Rock when you see this Christmastime classic. It's sure to put the whole family in the Christmas spirit. 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee on selected days; $40 adults, $37 seniors, $20 students, $17 children;


THE BLUE NOTE Ring in the new year at The Blue Note's annual "Decadence" bash. Dance to the tunes DJ Requiem's spinning while celebrating the start of 2022. 7 p.m.; from $15;


January JAN. 8-9 HOOPING IT UP

COLUMBIA SPORTS FIELDHOUSE Calling all young cagers! Third to eighth grade girls and boys are welcome to hit the hardwood for this annual b-ball event. $180 (three-game guarantee); game times vary;


HOLIDAY INN EXPO CENTER In this annual event, the city of Columbia recognizes those in our community who have had a significant impact in promoting appreciation for diversity and cultural understanding. Awards will be presented in two categories: individual/family award and organization/ group award. 7-9 a.m.; $20;

JAN. 25 ROC 7K Trail Run

COSMO PARK Start your new year with Rhett’s Outdoor Challenge (ROC) and enjoy a morning on Rhett’s Run. This 4.3-mile trail run will take racers through the scenic twists and turns of this hilly, well-maintained single-track course. Registration required. 9 a.m.; $35;


JESSE AUDITORIUM The RNB has been bringing timeless ballet classics to the stages of North America for 20 years. Founded in Moscow by the legendary Bolshoi dancer Elena Radchenko during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, RNB used their newfound creative freedom to invigorate the tradition of Russian ballet. 7 p.m.; from $32;


HOLIDAY INN EXPO CENTER This spice-tacular annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia is a chili challenge that lots of local businesses take part in, including Zimmer Communications, Inside Columbia's parent company. It’s a rootin’ tootin’ good time! 2 to 6 p.m.;









The Columbia Police Department will

Fill up a thermos with hot cocoa, grab some

be assisting with traffic flow each night

cups, pile your pajama-ed fam (or SO or

one of them. Along with other local

and visitors will not be permitted to

pals) into a cozy car and tune into 98.3 The

businesses, Veterans United Home Loans

stop or exit their cars during the tour.

Dove (a Zimmer Radio Group-operated

offered a drive-thru light show to bring

Enter the display from the easternmost

station that’s rockin’ round the clock

holiday cheer and brighten the mood of

Southampton Drive campus entrance

Christmas songs)! Then prepare to pilot

countless Columbians.

and continue through the display until

your sled — uh, merry mobile, reindeer

you exit through the westernmost

ride or Santa SUV — through this fantastic,

inviting mid-Missouri residents to enjoy

Southampton Drive exit. During

free, fun event.

a drive-thru holiday light spectacular

event hours, the only way to access

on its main Columbia campus on South

Southampton Drive will be from State

Providence Road. You can experience the

Farm Parkway. Turning east from

magic from Dec. 7-19, between 7 p.m.

Providence Road onto Southampton

and 10:30 p.m. each night.

Drive will be restricted.



here were a few bright spots during 2020’s COVID pandemic, and this event was

This year, for the second time, VU is

“Bright Lights/Holiday Nights'' will offer

The driving route around the Veterans

a drive-thru delight each night with a

United main campus and the traffic

1-mile loop of lights, holiday displays and

flow accommodates an average of

music. No reservations are required. But

1,000 cars per night. The display

VU’s Manager of Community Relations

consists of LED lights and will feature

Chad Moller says the home loan giant

a variety of 2-D and 3-D displays that

suggests attending on the latter end

are equivalent to over one million

of each night’s visiting window, as

bulb lights! Community members are

last year’s inaugural event had quite a

encouraged to stay up to date on the

busy, bustling beginning each evening,

display by visiting

resulting in significant wait times.



Details WHAT

“Bright Lights/Holiday Nights”


Veterans United Main Campus, 4700 S. Providence Road, Columbia


Dec. 7-19, between 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. each night



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Are you crazy about Christmas, getting all wrapped up in gift-giving, stocking stuffing and cookie creating? Or is it a time you tolerate, eager to be sans Santa? Maybe you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza or even Festivus. How do you deal with the myriad of merry music, tinsel and trappings?

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Each issue, two on-air talents from two different Zimmer Communications' stations will voice their opinions on what you might call a controversial topic. This issue, check out Kristin Monica’s and Todd Alan’s takes on the best sandwich in Columbia.


I know it’s weird to say that the best sandwich in Columbia is actually a wrap, but wraps have all the components of a sandwich, right? A bready exterior, meats, cheeses and other goodness inside — I suppose this is more of a debate for the listeners on Y107 afternoons! I chose the turkey wrap from D. Rowe’s, which sounds basic but it’s anything but!


BURNT ENDS MAC & CHEESE SANDWICH FROM COMO SMOKE & FIRE Let the debate begin: What is a sandwich? Is a hamburger a sandwich? A hot dog? For my favorite sandwich, I decided to go in a more traditional route. What can we put between two slices of bread? When I am in the mood to indulge, I take a trip out to COMO Smoke & Fire. While I have heard everything is amazing there, I keep

I learned about D. Rowe’s pretty quickly after moving to

going back to the same thing: the burnt ends mac & cheese sandwich.

Columbia, and the minute I bit into their smoked wings, I was

I mean, come on, it’s simple math. Burnt ends + mac & cheese +

hooked. The second time is when I tried the turkey wrap, and they

Texas toast = what I imagine heaven to be like. I order it with their

use their smokey genius on the turkey, too. Upon my first bite,

homemade chips, and, I will admit, I usually need a nap after finishing

the clouds opened, the sun shone bright and I could almost hear

it. But it covers all the major food groups.

angels singing in the distance! The turkey dances perfectly with the lettuce, Provel cheese, tomato, bacon and ranch. If you love the smoked wings at D. Rowe’s, definitely try the turkey wrap next time you’re there, you won’t regret it!

At least the ones on my food pyramid.


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Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Membership Breakfast The Columbia Chamber of Commerce held its quarterly membership breakfast Sept. 29 at The Crossing with featured speaker Intercollegiate Athletic Director Desiree Reed-Francois.

Date Sept. 29, 2021

Location The Crossing

Photos by Lindsay Young Lopez, Matt McCormick and Desiree Reed-Francois

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Wende Wagner, Trent Rash and Samantha Boisclair

Desiree Reed-Francois and Gina Mauller-Crane

Desiree Reed-Francois and Michele Curry

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History Makers Gala The Boone County Historical Society's Endowment Trust held its annual Boone County Hall of Fame History Makers Gala on Oct. 22 at the Atrium on Tenth after a one-year hiatus. Inducted that evening into the Hall of Fame were the late Dr. Hugh Stephenson, Jr.; Sabra Tull Meyer; MBS Textbook Exchange; David Horner; Shelter Insurance; and the late Wynna Faye Tapp Elbert. More than 300 people were in attendance and the fundraiser provided $25,000 for the trust and the society.

Date Melanie Staloch and Barbara Weaver

David Horner Jr., David Horner, Richard Horner, John Frederick Horner Oct. 22, 2021

Location Atrium on Tenth

Benefiting The Boone County Historical Society and its Endowment Trust

Photos by L.G. Patterson

Shelley Vestal, Sabra Tull Meyers and Sabra Johnson

Joe and Sabra Rogers

Vicki Russell and Mary Waters

Members of the Tapp family and the Elbert family




Tenth annual 9-Ball Tournament for the Gurucharri Foundation

David Brown and Josh Reams

Jason Farmer and Dawnese Harper

The Vincent P. Gurucharri, MD Foundation held its 10th annual 9-Ball Tournament at Billiards on Broadway on Oct. 23. Established in 2006, the foundation has provided more than $860,000 in financial assistance to midMissouri residents undergoing

Dan Harder and Shauna Rios

cancer treatment.

Date Oct. 23, 2021

Location Billiards on Broadway

Benefiting The Vincent P. Gurucharri, MD Foundation

Photos by Wally Pfeffer and Nancy Toalson

Loretta and Tim Ralph

Kelsey and Phil Young

Garnet Payne, Nyle Klinginsmith, Mary Starbuck, Suzanne McDavid, Nicole Nelson and Gary Powell




FORE The House Golf Tournament The FORE The House Golf Tournament was held Sept. 20 at the Country Club of Missouri. Team McDonald’s: Lisa Dresner, Lesley Crane, Kate Mehle and Cheryl Stansberry

More than $109,000 was raised in support of Ronald McDonald House Charites of Mid-Missouri’s mission to provide a home away from home that serves and sustains families of children being treated at area hospitals and health-related facilities. More than 200 participants enjoyed 18 holes of golf, food and beverages, on-

Team Little Dixie: Mac LeMone, MacKenzie Thorp, Nate Moenkhoff and Ed Erdel

Team Equipment Share: Katie Laxson, Mike Sherman, Bogdan Susan and Allie Porting

course games and prizes.

Date Sept. 20, 2021

Location The Country Club of Missouri

Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri

Photos by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri Team Lakota: Jon DuCharme, Skip DuCharme, Jimmy Barnes and Andrew DuCharme

Team VU #2 after “Hole in One:” Tim Dobbs, Jake Faerber, Blake Wollard and Rick Bridgman

Team Carfax: Todd Schonhardt, Marc Bledsoe, Jon Diekmann and Hunter Schieb





A New View



y first visit to downtown Columbia was underwhelming. I was at the stoplight at Broadway and Providence looking at a series of rundown buildings that were the home to the likes of Streetside Records and 905 Liquors. It was 1982 and, while I would eventually spend a lot of time in those two places, it was not an inviting scene. This intersection should draw you up the street to the District. Downtown has a lot to offer and I am happy with the direction the Gateway Plaza is taking to lure visitors up Broadway. Using art to promote the District can be

a bumpy road. Each individual interprets art differently and there is no way to please an entire community with artistic representation. The diverse art that exists in our community gives Columbia its character and charm. The Gateway Plaza is a good start for this spot to become more aesthetically pleasing. Now, if we could do something with that ugly parking lot on the northeast corner of that intersection.

L.G. Patterson






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Lenoir Woods...........................................................89

Ammo Alley.............................................................. 53

Lizzi & Roccos Natural Pet Market......................56-57

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre................................. 111

Magelings LLC..........................................................74

Artichoke Annie's Antique Mall..........................126

Menard Inc...............................................................29

Bank of MO...............................................................25

Mercedes-Benz of Columbia................................3


Mo Retina Consultants..........................................42

BMW of Columbia..................................................123

MO Vein Care..........................................................54

Boone Health............................................................6

Moberly Area Community College......................77

Broadway, A Doubletree by Hilton......................74

Mutual of Omaha....................................................101

Burrell Behavioral Health.......................................21

My Sisters Circus ...................................................23

CCs City Broiler.......................................................2

NH Scheppers Distributing...................................139

CenterPointe Hospital............................................45

River Hills Landscaping..........................................112

Central Bank of Boone County.............................8-9

Rost Landscaping & Superior Gardens...............128

Commerce Bank......................................................7, 82

School House Bed & Breakfast.............................29

Convergence Financial...........................................12

Socket Telecom, LLC...............................................13


State Farm Insurance - Phyllis Nichols...............119


State Historical Society of Missouri....................4-5

Downtown Appliance.............................................23

Suites at Concord....................................................34

Edward Jones - Gina Mauller-Crane...................83


Fleet Feet Sports Columbia...................................41

Terrace Retirement Community...........................90, 130

Hawthorn Bank........................................................140

Vaughan Pools and Spas........................................76

Hotel Vandivort.......................................................10-11

Westbury Senior Living..........................................84-85

House of Brokers.....................................................124

Zimmer Radio Group-Hire Hub ...........................78-79

Inside Columbia.......................................................124, 128, 134

Zimmer Radio Group-Food Drive........................89

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Losing Civility




s 2021 slowly comes to an end, it seems that the last 12 months have been nothing more than a grueling extension of a rather painful 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic changed our world in so many ways, but perhaps none more than in the way that members of the human species now interact with each other. Maybe it has been a long time in the making and the pandemic just accelerated the deterioration of human relations. Even so, never has the loss of civility in our culture been more apparent than in the last two years. From the riots that followed the death of George Floyd to the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 to the ruthless attacks on Asian-Americans and the disruptions at local school board meetings across the country, many Americans seem to have reached the brink of their intolerance and a complete lack of respect for ideologies different than their own. Business author and guru Stephen Covey once said that our collective strength lies in our differences rather than in our similarities. Sadly, the spirit of that statement seems so distant at this moment in time. Strangely enough, this era of anger, hostility and intolerance seems to be most present on college campuses across our country and right here in Columbia. From demands to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson to shouting down guest speakers on campus, the one place that was once fertile ground for ideological exploration and civil debate has now become scorched earth. The place where every radical idea deserved its turn on the proverbial soapbox has now become a place where “safe spaces” have been created to protect college students from ideas that might hurt their


feelings or, better yet, challenge them to defend their ideas and positions against conventional or widely held beliefs. Some would say that the “safe spaces” movement began on the University of Missouri campus in 2015 when student protestors, led by graduate student Jonathan Butler (see, forced the resignation of then MU President Tim Wolfe. You may recall how protestors, protected by a handful of MU professors, pushed journalists and photographers away from their demonstrations on the quadrangle demanding that they be given a “safe space” to expound their views, unchallenged by opposing perspectives or the test of outside scrutiny. It was, unfortunately, a missed opportunity for educators and administrators at MU to teach students a few valuable lessons about life. 1) Adversity builds character through strength and perseverance. 2) History has proven, time and time again, that great things are often accomplished under duress. 3) Even though free speech is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, there can still be consequences for freely expressing your opinion in our society. Be prepared to defend your beliefs. 4) If you refuse to hear opposing viewpoints, you’ll miss out on the wonderful opportunity to change your mind from time to time on issues that will become more and more important to you. It doesn’t seem like we’ve learned many lessons since 2015. Today, the official University of Missouri website still provides guidance and offers training on “How To Create Safes Spaces on the Mizzou Campus.” There’s no doubt in my mind that there are still thugs and rednecks on campus who may choose to exact

violence and hate speech upon some of the marginalized populations. However, it seems that rather than working so hard to isolate these students, there ought to be a greater effort to tap into the strength that comes through the understanding of one another’s differences. To me, that’s the most important education that happens on college campuses. As the parent of sons, ages 21 and 24, there’s no doubt that a great deal of the blame for this inability to handle adversity falls on the shoulders of the parents of my generation. We’ve worked so hard to create “soft landings” for our children with the hope that they would never have to experience the pain and rejection we experienced as adolescents and young adults. Sadly, when our kids are pushed out of the nest and go to college campuses, they now have a tougher time adjusting to the normal adversities from which parents once protected and shielded them. Though we seem to have temporarily lost our way, we’d be doing future generations a big favor if we could somehow force ourselves to give our kids a fair taste of life’s medicine. Life’s not fair. It never has been. The sooner the next generation can set aside their hurt feelings and start taking both the good and bad that comes with life, the sooner you’ll see the return of tolerance and civility. Life’s a two-way street. Sometimes it sucks. Sometimes it’s unbelievably awesome. You won’t know how good it can be until you remove yourself from a safe space.

Fred Parry Founder & Publisher Emeritus



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