Author Archives: Katie Steele Danner

The Morel of the Story

I have had the pleasure to live in various places across Missouri, but during this time of year, I admit I miss my North Missouri years.  Our spring ritual included an annual morel mushroom hunt.  Not just a small hike to favorite areas known to produce bountiful harvests.  I am talking about a spring hunting ritual that a large, coed, ... Read More »

Missouri celebrates all things Irish

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2009, Rolla

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” George Bernard Shaw Over the years, there is no day that makes me think of family and good ... Read More »

The Big Game

Missourians don’t have a “hometown” rooting interest in the Super Bowl (just wait till next year, though), but Show-Me staters always seem to enjoy a big game, and there’s none bigger than the Super Bowl. In recent years, Super Bowl Sunday has become an unofficial holiday of sorts, particularly for people who like to eat huge quantities of food and ... Read More »

Missouri Has Film Festivals, Too

I am preparing for departure from my three days at the annual Sundance Film Festival.  In addition to enjoying the premier of “Winter’s Bone” (see story at http://News.Visitmo.com/DivisionNews/Detail/Missouri-Offers-Ideal-Locations-for-Filmmakers), we have been able to meet with film office staff, economic development specialists, lawyers, tax advisors, producers, site-selection officials, and tourism officials to promote the film, entertainment, tour and travel industries in Missouri.  ... Read More »

Who is on your fav list of Famous Missourians?

What makes one famous? To be included in that category, the dictionary indicates you must be celebrated, famed, far-famed, illustrious, notable, noted, renowned (widely known and esteemed), “a famous actor”; “a celebrated musician”; “a famed scientist”; “an illustrious judge”; “a notable historian”; or “a renowned painter.” Celebrity culture has become so important to so many over the last decade that ... Read More »