Archives of Inspiration

Night and Day

My husband and I are very different. If you know us well, that statement doesn’t come as a big surprise. But for those who don’t, it’s like night and day. Literally. He loves to stay up late and is energized by being around people. I love to get up early and have quiet time by […]

Leaving, Carrying and Growing

By Courtney Anderson Teams What do you do when your whole life you wear cranberry,  and cheer for the home team, and eat creamed onions at Thanksgiving, and yell at the wonderful old building and loan, and then one day — Or was it really slowly over 453 days — You don’t anymore?   Now, […]

beginnings: Dr. Bhavani Vaddey

Risk involves stepping into the unknown in faith that life will bring you what you need. It’s a process of discovery, of revision, of growth. Here, Dr. Bhavani Vaddey shares the wisdom she learned from participating in the Dancing with Show Me Stars competition and fundraiser for the first time. Dr. Bhavani Vaddey, ER physician […]

beginnings: Melissa Baer

Risk involves stepping into the unknown in faith that life will bring you what you need. It’s a process of discovery, of revision, of growth. Here, Melissa Baer shares what she is excited and apprehensive about as she begins the new adventure of moving from Jackson, Missouri, to Nashville, Tennessee.  When Melissa Baer and her […]

beginnings: Alaina Honza

Risk involves stepping into the unknown in faith that life will bring you what you need. It’s a process of discovery, of revision, of growth. Here, Alaina Honza shares what she is excited and apprehensive about as she begins the new adventure of starting middle school. Alaina Honza is 10 years old and excited about […]

beginnings: Tiffany Meade

Risk involves stepping into the unknown in faith that life will bring you what you need. It’s a process of discovery, of revision, of growth. Here, Tiffany Meade shares the wisdom she has learned along the way through transitioning career paths. In 2018, Tiffany transitioned from working what she thought was her dream job to […]

beginnings: Claire Skelton

Risk involves stepping into the unknown in faith that life will bring you what you need. It’s a process of discovery, of revision, of growth. Here, Claire Skelton shares what she is excited and apprehensive about as she begins the new adventure of switching career paths to lead her family business in Jackson. Claire Skelton […]

Meet Along the Way: Connie Angle, Klodean Crader, and Sierra Kaiser

Women do incredible things. This section features the stories of women who are a part of the Southeast Missouri community by way of living here, being from here or passing through. We hope these stories inspire you to connect with others and that they encourage you to be who you are in the world. We […]

Meet Along the Way: Anna Lipska Volodymyrivna

Women do incredible things. Here, we feature the stories of women who are a part of the Southeast Missouri community by way of living here, being from here or passing through. We hope these stories inspire you to connect with others and that they encourage you to be who you are in the world. We […]

from the editor, summer 2020

I have always wrestled with the question of whether to go or whether to stay. I love deeply this place and these people where I was born, and yet, I also love deeply the possibility, newness and unknown of other places and people. It is a tension, I believe, I will spend my life learning […]