December 31, 2015
The entrance to Smallin Cave in Christian County, Missouri is seen from several hundred yards within. by Mari Winn Taylor Six miles south of Springfield near the town of Ozark is a cave that ...more
May 17, 2014
Two boys demonstrate their skill at Japanese yo-yo during the 2014 Japan Day in Central Park in New York City. by Mari Winn Taylor The weather was spectacular for the 2014 Japan Day that took ...more
September 09, 2013
The audience at the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas watches as Jesus is surrounded by his loyal followers. By Mari Winn Taylor Not everyone may be able to take advantage of an ...more
June 09, 2013
Port of Cassis, France as seen through the camera lens, at left, and as interpreted by a quilter's needle, at right PADUCAH, KY - At the National Quilting Museum there's a strict rule about not ...more
August 01, 2012
Springfield, Mo. – The nation’s first one-on-one quick draw duel took place on Springfield's town square between J.B. “Wild Bill” Hickok and Davis K. Tutt, on July 21, 1865. The City is bringing ...more
February 16, 2012
The 2012 Ozark Gateway Visitors Guide, an annual publication providing information about attractions and activities in the eight-county Ozark Gateway region: Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, ...more
August 03, 2011
The Ste-Geneviève (French spelling), Missouri area is a must see for travelers looking for an out of the ordinary side trip from St. Louis; just take I-55 south. The town, circa 1735, among other ...more
February 15, 2011
We first flew into Amman, Jordan where we had someone in the airport waiting for us with our name on a sign. The tour company representative expedited us through baggage, passport control, and ...more
January 05, 2011
Radmilla Cody, a Navajo/African was the first bi-racial Miss Navajo. She was crowned in 1998. (Photo courtesy of John Running) A groundbreaking exhibition exploring the shared history between ...more
June 06, 2010
Springfield – The Springfield-Greene County Park Board, in partnership with Friends of the Garden, will begin offering a new guide-by-cell service to visitors at Nathanael Greene and Close Memorial ...more
May 28, 2010
Above at right, Adam Fast, an officer of the Joplin Flyers, prepares to board the club's 1978 Piper Archer II craft. At right, a glimpse at avionics for the Piper Archer II includes: N/A N/A ...more
May 25, 2010
The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is the first in Missouri to develop a destination-specific app to enhance visitors’ experiences. The new, cutting-edge, WAY COOL Springfield mobile phone ...more
May 24, 2010
Infected bat is shown. (Photo courtesy of the US Fish & Wildlife Service) The summer is a time when the coolness of caves becomes a consideration in planning an outing. "The recent report of ...more
April 01, 2010 we go a-wandering...traveling is the delight of the soul... Travelogue by Chris Ciolli Asturias is the only region of Spain I’ve visited that immediately brings Ireland to mind. ...more
March 17, 2010
MALAHIDE CASTLE Travelogue by Chris Ciolli A stone’s throw, or rather a short train ride from Dublin, is Malahide Castle and its 250 acres of greenery. The expanse of lawn, formal gardens, and ...more
March 10, 2010 we go a-wandering...traveling is the delight of the soul... Barcelona’s garden mazeby Chris Ciolli Early spring in Barcelona somehow always brings me back to my Missouri roots. While ...more
December 02, 2009
There are many restaurants in caves, restaurants on rafts, restaurants in churches, restaurants in bank vaults, and restaurants in tents. But only a handful of cities and towns in the world can boast ...more
December 02, 2009
If anyone is looking for a novel way to spend a day during the holidays with visiting friends or relatives, then he or she should consider a trip to the Titanic in Branson. The visit before January ...more
November 12, 2009
Gary Augustine and Mike Conlin, L-R, are shown alongside the motor home that they drove down the Jefferson Highway, stopping overnight recently in Carthage. With all the hoopla about Route 66 few ...more
September 09, 2009
Eureka Springs, AR - Several artists in Eureka Springs invite you into their private studios for the 4th Annual Studio Tour, September 25-27, 2009. This free 3-day event is timed for participants to ...more
August 21, 2009
Legends abound. One says that when an early explorer of Arkansas' White River Valley came upon a beautiful limestone bluff, he named it "the Calico Rocks" because it reminded him of the fabric at the ...more
January 31, 2009
A group of Nicaraguan children surround Courtney Holtz during her recent mission trip. Holz visited areas where the children were terrified of seeing a white person for the first time. Courtney ...more
December 04, 2008
For those vacationers without the time or money it takes to safari in Africa or an equally distant place the US Fish & Wildlife Services (FWS) suggests traveling to one of the national wildlife ...more
September 04, 2007
Art, music and cave exploration make Mountain View, AR a great weekend getaway. Wright Pillow, woodturner and Beverly Wilhite, painter are two of the new artists that will be part of the Off ...more
June 18, 2007
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt today launched an Internet site for the Missouri River Lewis and Clark Water Trail, which at 550 miles will be the longest river water trail in the country, ...more
May 15, 2007
The Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection (OCC) recently has added 1,000 newly donated comics related materials. Most of the materials were the donations of Jon Suter, a former librarian at East Central ...more
November 05, 2006
In 21 days Mike and Sue Westfall of Joplin backpacked Europe last summer visiting these eight countries: Scotland (Edinburgh), England, France, Belgium, Netherlands (Amsterdam), Germany, ...more
May 08, 2006
A rendition of the 46,328 ton Titanic, built half-scale to her original size, is moored on about three acres at the corner of 76 Country Blvd. and Highway 165 in the heart of Branson. A crew from ...more
April 14, 2006
JEFFERSON CITY - The Division of Fire Safety within the Department of Public Safety is gearing up for the start of another amusement ride season. Since 1997 the Division has been tasked with ...more
April 12, 2006
All things spiritual rise. Any ardent angler can testify to the spiritual nature of a rising rainbow trout, the fish named for its iridescent pinkish-red stripe. Even its early scientific name made ...more
April 06, 2006
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” I read that on the poster that hung on the wall of my flat almost every time I walked through the front door. The living room window ...more
December 08, 2004
People find living in Venice, Italy quite challenging. Over 100 canals link 117 small islands. Floods caused by high tides regularly inundate the area. But when the weather cooperates, the ...more
November 04, 2004
On the road--the editor's travels part 3 ...onward to the French Riviera. Most of the shots were taken from the car. The sun evaded us again, suggesting that France was not the country to ...more
October 23, 2004
On the road--the editor's travels part 3 Arriving at Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris on a Sunday was quite nightmarish. My traveling companion and I had no idea how to get to our hotel on ...more
October 09, 2004
On the road--the editor's travels part 2 Welcome to Dublin, Ireland described by many as the "richest happiest city in Europe." After a period of rapid economic growth since joining the European ...more
February 23, 2004
We were handed the following Tips for Trekkers: Watch for low hanging branches Getting on and off can be tricky, as the [animals] sometimes bend down at odd angles--call for assistance if ...more
January 11, 2003
Fortunate to be a part of the group from Missouri Southern State University that had a government license to visit Cuba, we offer these views of life under Castro. The vibrant, colorful, ...more