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The sweetest season

The sweetest season

Spring is here. The pitter-pattering of the rain has begun to hit my windows every morning. And I lull myself to sleep with quiet french songs, cuddled up in the nook of easy chair with a worn out Harry Potter novel. It’s the time for freshly-cut flowers, playing frisbee in the park and chocolate-covered strawberries. […]

Friendships blossom at Lucy’s Corner Café

Friendships blossom at Lucy’s Corner Café

On a blustery Saturday morning, I met my old friend at Lucy’s Corner Café. I walked in a little later than he did, and across the chaos that the diner held, I saw him sitting comfortably in a little burgundy booth. His head was leaning against the window, and he held a little white cup […]

Blue Stem renders customer speechless

Blue Stem renders customer speechless

When I was a child there were two classifications for stores. The “you can’t touch anything in here, or I’m going to have to sell you to the store owner to pay them back” kind and the “you can run around as long as no one is glaring at us” kind. Blue Stem is a […]

Joyful Columbia College lighting

Joyful Columbia College lighting

Quick Details: What – Lighting of Columbia College  When - Friday, Nov. 30 at 4:45 p.m. Where – Columbia College main campus When we are kids, the holiday time was a fast paced whirl of magic. Come December, Santa Claus’ squeaky black boots and big rumbling belly occupied my daydreams. At nighttime, I would fall asleep to the sound of […]

Broadcast cinema enhances movie experience

Broadcast cinema enhances movie experience

There is an awkward moment between fall and winter, between falling leaves and falling snow. This in-between season is a horrible mix of cold, windy and wet. People’s confused wardrobes display winter boots with sundresses, and raincoats piled on top of light t-shirts. Fall sports are ending, while winter ones have not yet begun. Teachers […]

Flat Branch Pub and Brewery cares for details

Flat Branch Pub and Brewery cares for details

I want to brag on a business today, to take a moment to recognize a Columbia favorite. They are renowned for serving up amazing food and having a casual college atmosphere. But today, let’s talk about something even more important that they do. I want to talk about what happens behind a closed bathroom door. […]

Cafe, bakery creates perfect hideout

Cafe, bakery creates perfect hideout

When I was little I had a tree house, a fort made of pillows and sheets or a big cardboard box that said “Do not disturb.” And as I grew up, hideaways became more important. It is a place where I can shut off my phone, sit back and not worry about Calculus and (shockingly) […]

The “horse bank” is a Landmark

The metal horses gallop around on the corner of Stadium and Ash in front of Landmark Bank. As financial woes of Americans continue to pile up, it is oddly calming that these strong, metal structures stand outside the local bank’s doors. Protecting us. Scrap metal makes up the bodies of the horses. From up close you can […]

Capturing moments with cards from Poppy

My mom was having a bad day. It wasn’t anything in particular, but all the little inconveniences and frustrations had piled up and her brow was a deep furrowed line. That day, I had to go downtown to run a few errands and, fearing going home to the wrath of an angry mother, popped into […]

Waiting for nighttime atop the blue garage

On one of the last days of summer, a long-time friend and I went to the top of the new parking garage on Fifth and Walnut. We climbed up the ten stories, huffing and puffing, one hand on the rail, the other holding tightly to our berry cobbler and lemon poppy-seed muffin flavored ice cream […]

Jamboree sees, knows all

Often times I wish I were a statue: trapped infinitely in one pose, watching others carefully, as their lives pass by me, but I remained unchanged. I wouldn’t be a quiet statue, a reverent, careful, memory statue. I’d be loud. I’d be trapped in Columbia’s Jamboree. If I were forever rooted in one spot, I’d […]

Stephen’s bridges bring endless adventure

I wasn’t much of a delinquent as a kid. Somehow, I kept my crazy ideas to myself, spending my days in the barely existent library of Columbia Independent School. But, every once in a while, the teachers would open the doors and my friends and I would pour outside. When I was a scrawny, awkward […]

Sparky’s is city landmark

Every Columbian has seen the attentive ice cream guard dog who sits outside Sparky’s downtown, 21 S. Ninth St. He has the happy eyes and the slouchy smile of a bulldog. He stands forever still, with an almost audible whine inviting walkers to come in. This place is city landmark, but, each time people come […]

Formosa

The red cursive letters pull late night food scavengers to the second-floor restaurant. The steps to Formosa, 913 E. Broadway, are steep and hidden from sight; each one lets out a creaky whine as hungry citizens tramp up them. At the top they take a left, pushing open the glass door and letting it bang […]

Childhood games lead to lasting love of parks

Growing up, I always had an uncanny ability for imaginary games. I had an entire collection of Barbies, but I hardly touched them; they were too simple. If I played with the Barbies, I wanted to be the Barbie, and not just a normal one — an FBI Barbie, with superpowers, fairy wings and spy […]

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