Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Well, at least close to perfect...
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Happy Days

"Every gardner knows under the cloak of winter lies a miracle -- a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream." -Barbara Winkler.

Our blueberry plants are alive!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Life is Short

"Be swift to love; make haste to be kind." -Henri Frederic Amiel
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Sunday, March 28, 2010

So Long

"You stand as tall as the columns at the university, and your legacy will last as long." -Chancellor Deaton pays tribute to Mayor Darwin Hindman at last night's dinner in his honor; Hindman is retiring after 15 wonderful years of service.
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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Gunsmoke = Long Gone

Too bad the only thing thriving in Dodge City is the casino...
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Friday, March 26, 2010

More NPR Goodness

Happy Friday!
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Finding Peace

"Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup always tastes better out there." -John D. Voelker (thanks to Ashby for passing this along).
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Classic CoMo

"At my age, the main goal is to preserve history." - 92-year-old historian Warren Dalton explains his incentive to write Historic Downtown Columbia with co-author David James. My review of the book is in the Spring issue of Inside Columbia's CEO magazine.

Not only did I have the pleasure of interviewing Warren, but I also see him regularly at the gym!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Prize

My newly signed copy of Pulitzer -- makes me proud to be a journalist! The author gave a fantastic lunchtime talk at MU yesterday.
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Monday, March 22, 2010

March Madness

Our front yard on Friday:Our front yard on Sunday: "In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside four and twenty hours." -Mark Twain

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Long Run

Quivering Quads trail half-marathon today! Definitely an adventure...
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Way With Words

"ok this bike is great i know it because mine got stolen from me, i was wondering what you would not take for it i live in bakersfield and i ride to work every day, well i use to so im just asking becasue these bike are hard to find these days and i loved my bike i put alot of money into and now its gone so email me back if you like with some info thanks alot hope to hear from you soon." -legit message from an ebay user interested in a Tryathletics bike. Good grief.
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Friday, March 19, 2010

STL Today

"The Mississippi River will always have its own way; no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise." -Mark Twain

Weekend in the city.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

On Air

"I couldn't agree more with Whitney on this. You can't easily draw mustaches on peoples photos in Facebook like you can in a yearbook. What a damn shame!" -Mike D.'s response to my NPR debut (see Monday's post ... or see the other parts in the WVTF series here).
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Pat's

For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wise Words

"It's hard to make something that's interesting.... It's like a law of nature, a law of aerodynamics, that anything that's written or anything that's created wants to be mediocre. The natural state of all writing is mediocrity. ... So what it takes to make anything more than mediocre is such an act of will." -Ira Glass
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Making Memories

"Every book is kind of like a little time capsule, and the hairstyles change, and the fashion changes, and there are social movements, there are wars. At UVA, women and minorities are incorporated into university life, and you see this sort of progression of time and history, and I think it's just interesting to look at." -me, speaking about UVA's yearbook on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday (and sounding a little nervous!). Listen here.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Dreier Debut

"She has a new last name!" -response from a St. Pat's participant when my name was called for an age-group award.
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Done and Done

St. Pat's 5k today :)
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Wait, Wait...

"...we'll be right back, after the break and after these commercial messages, and we say "we're back," "welcome back," or "welcome back everybody." -end of a sentence comprised solely of newly banned words at WNG-AM. See the full (very long) sentence and the list of words here.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010


"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." -Charles Dickens
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

No, Thanks

"There is a particular Mexican fruit -- it tastes somewhat like a green persimmon tainted with kerosene --, and while learning to like it you are advised to sit in a bathtub full of water up to your neck, in order to avoid getting all messed up with the outspurting juice. And when you have finished that special preparation you must have the patience to sit quietly for about an hour, picking with questing and diligent fingers to remove the great number of flossy, silken fibres from between your teeth. But they do say that after you have eaten eleven of them in this particular manner you will have acquired the taste and become willing to accept them in any form." -from one of the files - dated 1919 - that I've been sifting through. I have no idea what this relates to, but I do know I've been spending too much time in the library.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010


"You have probably found out long ere this: that every typical Swede bristles the moment he suspects anybody of trying to persuade him against his own will, and that he simply cannot be driven." -part of a letter by the head of the Scandinavian Bureau (a Swedish-American) for the Committee on Public Information during WWI.
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Monday, March 8, 2010

Parts of Speech

"Every time I see the word used as an adverb, I can take a quiet satisfaction in knowing that I'm marching to a more logical drummer than the half-billion other speakers of English who haven't yet cottoned to the problem." -NPR's Geoff Nunberg reflects on the use of "gingerly" and notes there's no corresponding adjective "ginger." See the rest of his explanation here. Hooray for good grammar.
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Big Birds

1912 Texas Posten.
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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Three's A Crowd

"Sir, I'm jealous." -a homeless man speaks to Matt as we walk down Ninth Street together -- the same scruffy fellow who asked me to adopt him last year. Creepy.

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Friday, March 5, 2010


Check it out here! (although please note, no one else gets a kiss for selecting correctly).
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Every Little Bit Counts

"Ninety-nine is not 100." -a good thought from Waste Land, the stand out documentary at True/False 2010. Recycilng one can does make a difference.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010


"Are you going to hurt me?" -a Teletubby questions Matt as he offers her a hug at the True/False parade. Who volunteers to be a Teletubby and is afraid of (friendly) strangers?!

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Rock Band

"The Muppets, YoYo Ma and Miles Davis. Animal, of course, on drums. As long as Animal’s on drums, I’ll be happy with that." -Avett Brothers cellist Joe Kwon builds his dream band. See story here... and see the band tonight at the Missouri Theatre.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Good Impressions

"You're my favorite couple that comes into Sparky's." -a Sparky's employee pays me and Matt a compliment on Friday night at the True/False @ction party. Perhaps this is a sign we eat too much ice cream.

Apparently, the Missourian thought we were pretty cool as well ... our photo (above) made the front page :)
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