Barbecue that Rocks

Columbia Daily Tribune, food writing, profiles

Buckingham Smokehouse Bar-B-Q Owner Mark Brown, 62, did not grow up dreaming of owning a barbecue restaurant. He opened the restaurant out of desperation.

Brown spent 20 years on the road, driving tour buses for some of the biggest bands and musicians of the century — and has tour passes, five platinum albums and stacks of memorabilia to prove it. Starting with a gig for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils from 1976-79, Brown, 23 at the time, grew up with a few of the members in Springfield. The band took him along to be a part of the stage crew.

“I never asked for the job,” Brown said. “The phone rang one night, and before I knew it, I was on my way to L.A.” 

Written for the Columbia Daily Tribune. Find the full article here.

Elementary students learn about spinach, food miles and composting

Columbia Daily Tribune, news

Photo by Daniel Brenner

Kelsey Monroe’s third-graders were engaged March 18 at Midway Heights Elementary School. The topic was food, specifically spinach. Yes, spinach, the vegetable that makes Popeye big and strong. Except this spinach didn’t come from a can.

Source: Elementary students learn about spinach, food miles and composting – Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Food

Love INC Reflection

Columbia Daily Tribune, journalism school

How do you write about poverty?

How do you write about addiction?

It’s not easy.

When I met Latashia, she wasn’t ready to interview. She just came home from Alabama, a place that held not-so-happy memories for her, after visiting a sick grandmother. For the past seven years, Columbia has been her safe haven. Revisiting the physical location of her past shook her present world, and she wasn’t ready to tell her story when I first came to speak to her.

That was fine. I’ll be patient.

A Hand Up

Columbia Daily Tribune, profiles


Photo by Don Shrubshell

Latashia Ringold used to look for love in all the wrong places. After more than 30 years of abuse and addiction, she knew she needed to make a change. There had to be more to life.

Source: A Hand Up: Back from the brink, Latashia Ringold gets help from Love INC

A Taste of Persia: Iranian Community Rings in Nowruz

Columbia Daily Tribune, food writing, news


Photo by Nick Schnelle

At 11:30 p.m. on March 19, Iranians from all over the world celebrated the Persian New Year, Nowruz. The word translates into new day, the first day of spring.

Source: A Taste of Persia: Iranian Community Rings in Nowruz