Europe without Borders

Jo Leinen, a member of the European Parliament, cuts through the border for the Europe without Borders campaign in a street action May 25 outside the Parliament on Palais du Luxembourg. "As you can see, it is very difficult to break the border," says Leinen as he saws through the border post. The issue of passport-free travel under Schengen will be discussed at an EU summit next month.

World AIDS Day

The flag supporting World AIDS Day stands along a sidewalk on Ninth Street.


A few dozen flags lined the sidewalks of Broadway and Ninth Street Wednesday as a part of World AIDS Day, an international day dedicated to raising awareness about HIV. About 33.4 million people are living with HIV worldwide, according to UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program about HIV/AIDS.


This appeared on the Missourian Neighborhood News Blog on Dec. 2. Here’s a link to the post.

Peach Tree Farm

This week was “shooting week” for my multimedia project. My partner and I went out to Peach Tree Farm to gather audio and take photographs for our future audio slideshow. I had the idea to see how people are preparing their farms for pumpkin picking season. I took the pictures for this project. This is one of my favorites from the 500+ pictures I took at the farm.

Mural painting supports urban agriculture


About 20 Columbia residents helped paint a mural at the intersection of Ash St. and St. Joseph on Saturday that depicted that world around them.

“It’s a celebration of Mother Earth,” said Sandra Eccles, the artist who designed the mural.

The mural was created as part of the Windsor/Ash Bike Boulevard pilot project.

“It was a neighborhood initiative, but everyone helped out,”  GetAbout Columbia employee Corri Flaker said. Flaker helped coordinate painting of the mural.

The mural depicts the community’s support of urban agriculture and buying local produce.


This appeared on the Missourian Neighborhood News Blog on Sept. 5. Here’s a link to the story.

I saw a press release saying this intersection would be closed Saturday and Sunday for a mural painting. So, after writing an update about the closing on the blog, I decided to check it out myself. This is what I found.

I showed up with my camera just as the volunteers were finished painting. This allowed me to photograph the mural with the painters and artist behind it. I included two photographs in the post because I thought it was essential to show what the mural looked like and interesting to see the face of the artist who was responsible for it.

In this picture, she was telling me about a man who was trying to drive through this intersection. She stopped him and asked if he could take another way through. He called the volunteer painters “damn hippies” and drove away, Eccles said. I like her expression.

CoMo neighborhoods blog updates

Here are some of the updates I posted last week on the Missourian Neighborhood News Blog. Click the headlines to go to the post.

August 29, 2010 – 5:40 pm

Cyclists choose “style over speed” for Columbia’s first Cycle Chic Sunday


Cyclists prepare to turn on 9th Street during Columbia’s first Cycle Chic Sunday ride. From 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, cyclists of all ages rode through downtown Columbia as a part of the Cycle Chic Sundays, a monthly ride where cyclists around the world choose “style over speed,” as the ride’s motto goes. These rides will take place from on the last Sunday of each month. The five-mile ride will begin and end at Flat Branch Park Gazebo. The next ride is scheduled for Sept. 26.


August 27, 2010 – 4:21 pm

Last show for Blue Moon Concert Series at Mojo’s


The Blue Moon Concert Series in Forrest Rose Park near Mojo’s closed Thursday night with music from Motobeacon, Richard the Lionhearted and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

The summer concert series ended after having free shows every Thursday since June 10.

Mojo’s will have a free show at 5 p.m. on Saturday with Rogue Valley.


August 26, 2010 – 12:29 pm

‘Tasting the Sky’ author to speak at United Methodist Church on Sept. 1

Author and MU alumna Ibtisam Barakat will speak at 10 a.m., Sept. 1 at Missouri United Methodist Church. Barakat, a Columbia writer and poet, will give a presentation about her book, “Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood,” at the church’s Women’s monthly meeting, which takes place in the parlor.

“She’s a beautiful writer,” said Diane Fitzgerald, the church member who scheduled Barakat’s appearance. “You can really tell she’s a poet.”

Fitzgerald expects an audience of 50, but the presentation is open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and to be signed by the author at the event, according to the weekly church newsletter, The Messenger.