How to Wash a (Mostly) White Horse

Legend has it that the only way to get a white horse perfectly clean is with your own tears. However, after years of frustration, experimentation, and going through way too many bottles and brands of whitening shampoo, I have finally found a way to get my mostly white Paint horse clean without any crying – although occasionally, tears of anger and disappointment manage to work themselves into the equation anyway. Continue reading

A Different Side of Benton

When you first walk into the State Historical Society of Missouri’s art gallery, what will immediately catch your eye is the gigantic George Caleb Bingham piece “Order No. 11.” Or perhaps if you say hello to the man behind the desk, the huge portrait of President Truman and his family painted by Greta Kempton will be the first painting you see. But neither of these pieces will prepare you for what lies around the corner.   Continue reading

By The Way, This Play is for Those Over 70

When my composition professor first told me I would need to pick something to review, other than the Jonas Brothers’ concert–I was heartbroken to say the least. So while looking through my options, I stumbled upon something called Talking Horse Theatre and a little play called By the Way, Meet Vera Stark produced by Adam Brietzke. After reading a quick synopsis. “Young black maid in the fifties struggles through Hollywood to make it big” I decided it was worth a shot, and that I’d probably enjoy it more than an art exhibit. I was half right.  Continue reading

How to Try to Hit a Softball

I initially wanted to try to teach you how to hit a softball, but then thought better of it as some people just might not be able to hit the ball, no matter how hard they try or how good my advice is. There are also a million different approaches a batter can take up at the plate, so who am I to tell you my approach is the best, or the only way you can hit the ball? I instead decided I would give you all the knowledge you would, in theory, need to try to hit the ball Continue reading