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Snapshots of the Missouri Arts Blogosphere

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1998: Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone hits U.S. bookstores. Saving Private Ryan wows audiences at the movies. Larry Page and Sergey Brin found Google, Inc. And no one has ever heard the word “blog.” How things have changed! As of February 1 in this year of 2014, the number of blogs worldwide on just the popular hosting site Tumblr.com was ... Read More »

Opening Morning Trout Fishing Tips

Opening day of trout season at Bennett Springs.

For some, the annual trek to Missouri’s trout parks for the opening day of trout season signals a tradition passed down from generation to generation. But what about those new to fishing or participating for the first time? What are some tips and techniques to help you catch more trout? Read on; below are some recommendations that might help you ... Read More »

10 Ways to Train for the Kansas City Hospital Hill Half Marathon

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In December, my sister and I agreed to run a half-marathon this summer. Recently pregnant, it is a goal of recovery for her, and my first half marathon. After researching the numerous half marathons that will be held in Missouri this year, I suggested the Kansas City Hospital Hill half marathon. We both enjoy the shopping and restaurants in Kansas City ... Read More »

Girlfriend Getaway in Springfield

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When it’s time to rejuvenate and get out with your besties, Springfield really knows what a girl wants. From spas to delectable dining, you’ll find everything you need for the perfect girlfriend getaway. Setting the tone for the weekend – or even a longer stay – is all about accommodations, and Springfield’s cozy inns are a great choice when you ... Read More »

Come Play in Cape Girardeau

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Deadlines at work.  Endless winter weather.  Piles of homework to help the kids with.  Summertime and sunshine feel so far away…kick those winter blues to the curb, shake things up and get away for a weekend escape to Cape Girardeau to recharge your batteries! Snag your tickets and take in a show or concert at the River Campus.  Giselle and ... Read More »

Winter Hikes in Missouri: Explore the Best Trails Year-Round

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While many families think about getting outdoors in the fall, spring and summer months, winter hikes are also a great chance to get outdoors.  Don’t let cabin fever coop you up throughout the winter months, and take advantage of this great time to explore the trails in Missouri State Parks. Missouri has been named the “Best Trails State” by American ... Read More »

14 Ways to Fall in Love with Columbia

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February’s most notable holiday might fall on the 14th, but we think the best thing you do this month could be escaping with your girlfriends (single and taken!) to Columbia. Whether you are looking to relax or go all out, this list will help you and your ladies beat the winter blues. 1.  Stretch out with some yoga. Select from ... Read More »

Missouri’s Lincoln Connections

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Many people are surprised to know that Missouri is one of only five states that observe Lincoln’s Birthday as a state holiday. Most states only observe President’s Day, which falls on George Washington’s birthday and is five days after President Lincoln’s birthday. With Abraham Lincoln’s many ties to the Show-Me state, it makes sense we’d “show-him” special commemoration on his ... Read More »

Historic Black Kansas City: A Vibrant Community for the Ages

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A wide range of ethnic groups have made significant contributions to Kansas City’s cultural landscape for centuries. In the beginning there were the Wyandotte, Osage and Kansa Native American tribes, followed by Eastern Europeans, Irish, Italians, Germans and other immigrants. African-Americans, originally brought as slaves, date back to the early 1800s – an estimated 4,000 laboring here until Emancipation in ... Read More »

Date Night in Weston: Wine, Dine and Leprechauns

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With my kids being basically no-shows on weekend nights with one in college and the other a senior in high school, I now have the luxury of free time! With long lost date nights suddenly being found again, the same question gets asked continually by my husband “what are we doing tonight?” Luckily, I have an easy answer – let’s ... Read More »