All posts of Mia Pohlman

A Good Story

Why do stories matter? I will tell you something about stories, [he said] They aren’t just entertainment. Don’t be fooled. They’re all we have, you see. all we have to fight off illness and death.   You don’t have anything if you don’t have the stories.   — from “Ceremony,” by Leslie Marmon Silko   […]

Hear a Good Story

These places might have one for you. Southeast Missouri Genealogy Research Rooms and Societies: Do some research on the stories of your ancestors or of the Southeast Missouri region at the River Heritage Museum research room in Cape Girardeau, the Kirby Genealogy Room at the Cape Girardeau Public Library or the Perry County Genealogical Research […]

Tell A Story

Looking for a place to tell your story? Here are a few venues to consider: -Cape Girardeau Public Library Open Mic Night: Bring your songs, poetry and/or comedy to a welcoming and receptive audience at the Cape Girardeau Public Library from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Stay to listen, too. […]

Connect Nationally

Get involved with these projects across the U.S. working to tell, record and listen to stories from people of all perspectives and experiences. Story Corps, storycorps.org: StoryCorps documents the stories of people from across the nation, through recording meaningful conversations with people from all backgrounds. These recordings are archived at the Library of Congress. It […]

5 Places to Go

It’s spring — get out and explore Southeast Missouri and beyond. Here are a few gems I’ve discovered throughout this beautiful region we get to call home:   The Mudcat Coffee House in Oak Ridge, Missouri The 1911 building that is home to this restaurant-coffee shop was once a hardware store and is complete with […]

The Lines We Draw

How do the simultaneously artificial and real lines of race and politics affect us, and how are women in our community stepping over them to unite? By Mia Pohlman The first time I heard the term “white studies,” I was in my first year of graduate school. Eighteen years of kindergarten through college education, and […]

To Have and to Hold

Deeply personal touches from local couples’ weddings   Your wedding day: the one day when all the people you love from all the parts and places of your life gather to witness two separate lives joined together. It’s the day to celebrate all that love is and has been and will be. Here, five couples […]

The Single Life

Live into it. According to the life plan I mapped out one day in middle school, when my 20s were but a distant dream, I should be married by now. Well, that hasn’t happened. And although my ideas have grown and shifted and changed, this self-imposed relationship timeline is apparently subconsciously ingrained somewhere deep inside […]

Onward, Together

37 Years: Mary and Robert Gentry In Chicago, almost four decades ago, Robert Gentry was working at Cook County Hospital, and his friend told him about a wedding taking place. “Two things that’s always connected with weddings: good food and beautiful women,” Robert says. “That’s what got me there. And they both worked out well.” It […]

Onward, Together

5 Years: Kelley and Jeff Branch Kelley and Jeff Branch met in 2010 in downtown Cape Girardeau. Kelley was a senior at Southeast Missouri State University, and Jeff had just graduated. One of Kelley’s best friends worked with Jeff, and they all happened to be at the same place at the same time. It was a […]
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