No Naked Newcomers in Columbia – Thank Goodness!

In October, I was out of the office for several days attending a Welcome Service International conference for people who do exactly what I do – welcome newcomers to their new home town.  I bet you had no idea such an organization existed … I didn’t myself until a few years ago! Amazing women (and a few men!) from Colorado,… Read more »

Neighbor Gives Good Grouse

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Columbia is filled with amazing people and today I’d like to feature one who lives just across the street from me.  My neighbor, Noppadol Paothong, is an award winning photographer who just recently published the most gorgeous book, “Save the Last Dance”.  The pictures are stunning and the pages so lavish that you cannot help but start to feel for… Read more »

Museum Madness at Mizzou

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My husband works at the University of Missouri-Columbia (UMC), and even he didn’t realize the wealth of eclectic art and downright bizarre exhibits on display until I recently dragged him all over campus for an early evening of culture.  And since the museums and galleries are all free, it is a cheap date activity which my economist husband appreciates. There… Read more »

Kids Summer Fun

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Last week, my husband and I hosted multiple nephews and nieces visiting from St. Louis.  It was decadent chaos with girls playing trumpets in my old ballet outfits, boys hiding Star Wars characters in my pantry (which, I was told, doubled as toy “jail”), endless chocolate milk flying out of cups, and an Iron Man helmet decorating my trash can. … Read more »

Ten Questions Answered by Successful Woman

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As a female small business owner, I sometimes find that brainstorming with other women is vital to my business success, personal growth and mental sanity.  One of the best places to do this is at VOICES.  The membership networking group is a comprehensive rolodex of mid-Missouri’s most successful women.  These women own businesses, run businesses, or have key jobs in… Read more »

Newcomers Go To Market

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Thinking about going to the Columbia Farmers’ Market this Saturday?  Then please stop by the Columbia Welcome booth and say “Hi” to me and the lovely ladies of the Columbia Newcomers Club.  We will be there from 8am (eek!) to 12 noon, handing out candy and talking to the community about the free newcomer welcome service and the continuing opportunities… Read more »

Turning Heads

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The weirdest thing has been happening to me lately – men keep complimenting me on my haircut.  I’ve always had a lot of women ask me about my hair.  Part of being a newcomer is finding a new hairdresser, so there has always been a lot of interest in the salons and spas I frequent.  However, this is completely new. … Read more »

Springing to Market

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The Columbia Farmer’s Market opened their doors (well, tent flaps!) this morning with an abundance of fresh spinach, leafy lettuce, intriguing herbs and all thing that make me shout, “Yeah, Spring is here!”.   Spirits were quite high among local vendors as they kicked off the 32nd season of the outdoor market.  Many mentioned how happy they were to see sunshine… Read more »

CoMo2GO Helps Newcomers Looking for Local Businesses

Last week at the quarterly membership breakfast, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce announced that they have a new app for our city – COMO2GO. It is free and available to all Chamber members, the entire Columbia community, newcomers, visiting tourists and guests.  The presenters talked a lot about the geo-location and mapping technology, so I downloaded it to my iPhone… Read more »