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Adventure Through Intuition: Your guide to going wild

By Aaron Arnzen What does adventure mean to you?  If we turn to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it tells us adventure is “an exciting or remarkable experience,” “an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risk.” Hopping on Instagram, our view of adventure quickly shifts towards one seen through the lens of the outdoor industry, be it […]

More Girls on Bikes: Making space for the women

“More girls on bikes.” That’s the motto and goal of Girls Riding Together (GRiT), a program created by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) specifically for female mountain bike student-athletes. The national organization has chapters all across the U.S., teaching mountain biking skills and the joys of being part of a cycling community to young […]

Chics Dig Bikes: Get riding.

When Dawn LaRue started cycling five years ago, she couldn’t find a group of people to ride with on the road. Then, in May 2019, she decided to do something about that, and founded Chics Dig Bikes, a cycling group for women who want to ride bikes and learn how to ride on the road […]

Who to Invite: Create the guest list of your dreams

By Nicolette Baker When Chelsea Fletcher of Cape Girardeau began planning the guest list for her Sept. 26 wedding, she envisioned an intimate ceremony surrounded by the closest of family members. For the nuptials themselves, she chose to include only her and her fiancé’s immediate family members. The guest list for the “big party” reception […]

And Eat It, Too

Fun wedding cake flavors are having a moment. Here, we ask local bakers: What’s a favorite wedding cake flavor you’ve been making?  Lemon poppyseed cake with blackberry curd and vanilla buttercream frosting Lemon poppy is one of my absolute favorites, and I love fruit curds because they’re super fresh and add some extra dimension to […]

Have Your Cake

It’s beautiful and expensive, and you don’t want to mess it up. Yep, we’re talking about the time-honored tradition of the wedding cake and how to cut it. Here, we show you the traditional way to cut a tiered circle cake so you can be ready to say yes the next time someone asks you […]

Have a Yes Day With Your Kids

A few weeks ago, my kids and I watched a movie on Netflix called “Yes Day.” In the movie, the mom, played by Jennifer Garner, has become accustomed to saying no and is challenged to a 24-hour day of saying yes to her children’s wildest dreams come true. After setting some ground rules — they […]

Paddling Into Adventure

By Missy Nieveen Phegley When I was nearing my 40th birthday, lots of people asked how I wanted to celebrate this milestone. I really wanted to take a vacation by myself, but when I shared this with family and friends, their responses were, “You don’t want to do that,” “That doesn’t seem safe,” “That wouldn’t […]

Going Home Again

By Phoebe Pohlman It’s strange the things I can talk myself into if I try hard enough. I will suppress my own true and deep desires to make my life fit a version of something I think I want.  I began questioning my carefully-crafted plans of moving away from Southeast Missouri to begin my teaching […]