Beth Bramstedt is a trained journalist who spent the last 25 years serving on the staff of a local non-profit. She is a world traveler, loyal friend, fan of country music, and mother of boys, who strives to see the world with the heart of a pastor and the eyes of a storyteller.

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Wearable Art

By Libby Wall and Beth Bramstedt | Photos by Keith Borgmeyer Six local artists illustrate why jewelry is more than an accessory; it’s a work of art. Jenny McGee Artist Jenny McGee started her jewelry line in 2013 to create wearable pieces of art. “A piece of jewelry became a solution to get more people to […]

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Floating Away

A new experience for your self-care regimen. When was the last time it was so quiet that you could hear the rhythm of your breath? So still you could feel your heart beating in your chest? So calm that nothing else mattered? For me, it was just a few hours before writing this. I consider […]

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Honoring Centenarians

Photos by Anastasia Pottinger Local artist Anastasia Pottinger fell into photographing the elderly by accident. Six years ago, Stacie’s mother was the personal assistant to an adventurous 101-year-old woman. While getting her ready for a massage, she noticed the unique beauty of her skin. Thinking of Stacie’s photography work, her mom asked the woman if […]

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A Fervor for Life

Photos by Anastasia Pottinger Three Columbia seniors live life passionately. Sue Winn On a grim, icy day in December, Sue Winn, 89, sits tucked in her apartment at Provision Living, watching out the window as cars slide their way down Chapel Hill Road. Inside, her room looks warm, with white wicker furniture and pops of […]

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Embracing Differences – Fostering Independence

by Beth Bramstedt photos by Angelique Hunter Jeff and Dana Sharland share their 16-year journey with daughter Katie’s spinal cord condition. Dana Sharland sips a cup of coffee, curled up in a chair while her oldest daughter, Amy, feeds her daughter, Aster, nearby. Søren, the oldest grandchild, builds Legos at the table while Dana’s husband, […]

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Wearable Art

By Libby Wall and Beth Bramstedt | Photos by Keith Borgmeyer Six local artists illustrate why jewelry is more than an accessory; it’s a work...

Honoring Centenarians

Photos by Anastasia Pottinger Local artist Anastasia Pottinger fell into photographing the elderly by accident. Six years ago, Stacie’s mother was the personal assistant...

It Takes a Village

Photos by Keith Borgmeyer More than 8,000 refugees live in mid-Missouri. They’ve fled persecution and danger from around the world and taken their families...

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

Photos by Alexanderia Rinehart Take a day to wander. Most townies can remember when Cool Stuff was on Broadway, when the downtown Shakespeare’s was...

A Fervor for Life

Photos by Anastasia Pottinger Three Columbia seniors live life passionately. Sue Winn On a grim, icy day in December, Sue Winn, 89, sits tucked...