Sunday, February 28, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Film Festival

"For any documentarian, True/False is nirvana. You walk down the street of Columbia, Mo., and you are stopped by students and secretaries, college professors and construction workers, and they all want to talk to you about your film — the intricacies of its subject and the aesthetic choices made. This is the way it's supposed to be and never is: the town lives and breathes docs." -Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney.

Three movies down, ten more to go... :)
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Show Me the $

"What's the easiest way to become a millionaire? To be left a million ... and to be the only son." -my new 92-year-old friend jokingly dishes financial advice over lunch yesterday. I'd have better luck winning the lottery.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Baby Bishop

"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." -Elizabeth Stone.

Congrats to Kelly and Kevin on the arrival of their baby (which decided to come early on the day of its shower) ... and hooray for (pregnant) Barbie cake.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Raise the Roof

“People are coming out for an evening, and they’re investing their money into a show,” says lead singer Barry Privett. “There’s things to do to protect that, to make sure it’s a good performance. It’s generally not a social time for us.” -part of my preview of Carbon Leaf's show at Mojo's. Going to see them tonight!

Photo from Starr Hill, spring 2005.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

TA Troubles

Suck it up, kid. This isn't high school.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Morning Miles

Another 5:30 a.m. run day...
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Love Letters

"Words can never tell you, however, — form them, transform them anyway, — how perfectly dear you are to me – perfectly dear to my heart and soul. I look back, and in every one point, every word and gesture, every letter, every silence — you have been entirely perfect to me — I would not change one word, one look. I am all gratitude — and all pride (under the proper feeling which ascribes pride to the right source) all pride that my life has been so crowned by you." -a letter from Elizabeth Barrett to her husband Robert Browning. She's the author of the poem that begins: "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..."

Happy Birthday, Baby xo

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

On the Record

See more journalist-appropriate Valentines here. Amazing.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Birthday Girl

"The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age." -Lucille Ball.

Happy Birthday Tricia :)

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Sunday, February 14, 2010


"I cannot exist without you. I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again — my Life seems to stop there — I see no further. You have absorb'd me." -part of a letter from poet John Keats to his love Fanny Brawne. Read the rest here. Beautiful...

Happy Valentine's Day xo

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Suck it In

From a 1915 newspaper:

Rust proof is always good...

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Bit by the Love Bug

"I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil. Sweet, incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart! ... You are leaving at noon; I shall see you in three hours. Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire." -Napoleon Bonaparte to his lover and future wife, Josephine, in 1795. Looks like his love life was as fervent as his military career ;)

And, hooray for a Valentine's-themed week of Writer's Almanac podcasts!
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

J-School Snow Day

"Now is the winter of our discontent." -Shakespeare. Enough with the snow!
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Animal Farm

My favorite Super Bowl commercial:

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Stopped Up in 1917

from the Texas Posten. One of the more amusing ads I've run across in my research.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Journalism Jobs

"Becoming a writer is not a 'career decision' like becoming a doctor or a policeman. You don't choose it so much as get chosen, and once you accept the fact that you're not fit for anything else, you have to be prepared to walk a long, hard road for the rest of your days." -author Paul Auster, who also said: "Surely it is an odd way to spend your life — sitting alone in a room with a pen in your hand, hour after hour, day after day, year after year, struggling to put words on pieces of paper in order to give birth to what does not exist — except in your head."
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

February 5k

"A fanatic is a nut who has something to believe in." -Dean Koontz. Certainly fits the description of all those out at the Nut Race this morning. Stay warm in the snow!
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Friday, February 5, 2010

On a Roll ... or Not

"There are only two difficult things about writing: starting and not stopping." -Stewart O'Nan paraphrasing Joseph Conrad in his article "Finding Time to Write." Can definitely relate to the first challenge at the moment...
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Thursday, February 4, 2010

And Justice for All

"I believe in a TLC principal: every concert will have tears, every concert will have laughter, and every concert will have chills." -quote from the artistic director of Kansas City's Heartland Men's Chorus. Read my article about their upcoming performance on Vox online.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Silly Groundhog

"No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn. April is a promise that May is bound to keep, and we know it." -Hal Borland.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Long Love Columbia

"She decided that as a concession to honor the military, she would have a date with me," -Charlie Koelling, 83, remembers the early days of his relationship with Bettie, his wife of 63 years. They were one of three couples I interviewed for my first freelance piece for Inside Columbia magazine. Check it out here!
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Monday, February 1, 2010

Street Wise

"Only Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington compares with this street in its generous expanse." –William Jennings Bryan praises Broadway, Columbia's main street, during an October 1906 visit to mid-Missouri.

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