Tales
   from the
Heartland
Sylvia's Publications

A Sampling of Travel Features

Home & Away (AAA Oklahoma)
(July/Aug 2016) Lotions, Potions and Curious Notions
(Jan/Feb 2016) On the Terrace


Prime Magazine
(Dec 13) Atmospheric Edinburgh
(Nov 13) Prosperous Singapore
(Oct 13) Frolic in Finland
(Sep 13) Dancing Your Way Across Southern Spain
(July 13) Hiking the Himalayas
(June 13) Many-faceted Milan
(May 13) Springtime Extravaganza - about the Chelsea Garden Show
(Apr 13) Finding the Soul of Seoul
(Mar 13) Explore he Emerald Isle (Ireland)
(Feb 13) Puerto Rico Is Calling
(Jan 13) Winter Wonderland (about Dogsled Endurance Races)
(Dec 12) A Natural Choice (about Earthwatch Scientific Expeditions)

(Nov 12) Encounters with Elephants (Thailand)

(Sep 12) Crete
(Aug 12) Crazy about Copenhagen
(July 12) Alluring, Ancient Athens
(June 12) A Jolly Good Time in London Town (about the Summer Olympics)

(May 12) A Tale of Three Cities (Budapest)
(Apr 12) Captivating Keukenhof (the world's largest bulb garden, in the Netherlands)
(Mar 12) The Saints Be Praised (U.S. Virgin Islands)
(Feb 12) The Pearl of the Pacific (Bora Bora)
(Jan 12) In Search of the Mayan Calendar (Mayan sites in Central America)
(Dec 11) Journey to the Bottom of the Sea (Centennial of the Titanic)
(Nov 11) Marvelous, Multicultural Melbourne (Australia)
(Oct 11) Bavaria's Munich (Germany)
(Sep 11) Luxurious Pampering (Luxury spas around the world)
(Aug 11) Llama Trekking in Peru
(July 11) Iceland's "Mane" Attraction (Riding Icelandic horses in Iceland)
(May 11) A "High-flying" Vacation (Falconry in Ireland)
(Mar 11) Eco Cruising (Good whale watching spots)
(Feb 11) Living on "Jamaica" Time
(Dec 11) Sea Breezes in Belize
(Nov 10) Bicycling New Zealand
(Oct 10) A Bird's-Eye View of Brazil (Tree-climbing adventure in the jungle)

(Sep 10) Outback Adventure (Exploring Australia by camel)
(Aug 10) Becoming One with Nature (Touring Japanese Gardens)
(Jul 10) Canaling England's Waterways
(May 10) Take a Literary Holiday (literary tours in New Zealand, England, France, Nova Scotia, etc.)
(April 10) Romantic, Reverent Rome
(Feb 10) Olympian Odyssey (the Olympics in Vancouver)
(Jan 10) Looking for Lost Civilizations (the Yucatan pyramids)
(Dec 09) Volunteer on an Archaeology Dig
(Nov 09) Cooking Vacations (taking cooking classes in foreign countries)
(Oct 09) The Atlantic's Azure Isles (the Azores)
(Sep 09) Idyllic Days, Heavenly Nights (Staying at French monasteries)
(Aug 09) Castles, Clans and Quaint Countrysides: Rent a Scottish Castle for a Fairy-Tale Vacation
(June 09) Carefree in the Canopies (Zipline Adventures in Costa Rica)
(May 09) X marks the Spot: Treasure Hunters Can Find Adventure in Curacao

AAA Midwest Traveler
(Sept 04) Seeking Sam  (visiting Hannibal, MO)
(May 04) Sophisticated Ladies  (about historic homes in Lexington, MO)
(Jan 04) Big Art Small Towns  (about historic murals across Missouri)
(Nov 03)
Gazing at Geese, Looking at Loons & Peeking at Pelicans  (about winter birdwatching)
(Sep 03)
Uncork a Great Getaway Uncork a Great Getaway  (about wine trail in Southern Illinois)

AAA Southern Traveler
(Sep 05)
Colorful Kentucky 

Illinois Magazine
(May 03) Born Again Barns

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
(June 04) Paddlewheelers cruise the Upper Mississippi on a Grand Excursion

Mid-Missouri Mature Living
  Features on National Destinations
(Feb 09) Sun, Sand, and South Padre Island (in Texas)
(Jan 09) Discover Orlando’s Wild Side  (in Florida)
(Dec 08) Deck the Palms with Boughs of Holly (about San Diego)
(Nov 08) Charming Charleston (about Charleston, SC)
(Oct 08) Door County’s Fall Splendor (in Wisconsin)
(Sep 08) Easy, Breezy Monterey (in northern California)
(Aug 08) Paradise Valley: Breathtaking scenery soothes the soul at Yosemite National Park
(July 08) Vancouver: the Sparkling City
(June 08) Island Holiday: Have a “Grand” time on Mackinac Island (in Michigan)
(May 08) Horses, Heavyweights, Home Runs and History (about Louisville, KY)
(Apr 08) Springtime in the Smokies (about Smoky Mountain National Park)
(Mar 08) Take a Stroll in San Antonio
(Feb 08) Mobile on the Move (about Mobile, AL)
(Jan 08) Clowning Around in Sarasota (in Florida)
(Dec 07) Sweet Dreams in Central Texas (about Fredericksburg, TX)
(Nov07) Winston-Salem: A Window into the Past (about Winston-Salem, NC)
(Oct 07) You’ll Fall For Concord (in Massachusetts)
(Sep 07) Portland: The Jewel By the Sea (in Maine)
(Aug 07) Traverse City: The Place for Outdoor Lovers (in Michigan)
(July 07) Quad Cities: Four Times the Fun (on the Iowa/Illinois border)
(June 07) Hudson River Valley Mansions (in New York)
(May 07) The “Other” Indianapolis (in Indiana)
(Apr 07) Birdwatching along the Texas Border 
(Mar 07) Have a Blast in Rocket City (about  Huntsville, AL)
(Jan 07) Totally Tucson
  Features on Missouri Destinations
(Feb 09) Memphis: Small Town Fun South of the Border (Memphis, MO)
(Jan 09) Cavort in Kirksville
(Dec 08) Ozark: At the Bend in the River
(Nov 08) Kennett: Where Cotton is King
(Oct 08) Scary St. Joseph
(Sep 08) California: Uptown, Downtown, and In-Between (California, MO)
(Aug 08) Horsin’ Around: Head to Ava for a tail-swishing good time
(July 08) Gone Fishin’: Bennett Spring State Park – an Angler’s Paradise
(June 08) West Plains: Heart of the Missouri Ozarks
(May 08) Wet, Wonderful Warsaw
(Apr 08) Warrensburg: A Dog-gone Friendly Place
(Mar 08) Rockin’ Rolla
(Feb 08) Have “un bon temps” in Ste. Genevieve
(Jan 08) The Magic of Kirkwood
(Dec 07) Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland (Lake of the Ozarks)
(Nov 07) Renaissance of a River Town (Clarksville)
(Oct 07) Carthage: Celebrate Autumn’s Splendor in Southwest Missouri
(Sep 07) Head to Horse Country (Mexico, MO)
(Aug 07) Take a “Chance” on Centralia
(July 07) Marshall: A Dog-gone Friendly Town
(June 07) Nevada on my Mind (Nevda, MO)
(May 07) Escape to the Cape! (Cape Girardeau, MO)
(Apr 07) Springtime Spectacular: Cherry Blossoms in Marshfield, MO
(Mar 07) Tea Time in Versailles (Versailles, MO)
(Feb 07) Excursion to Smithville
(Jan 07) Escape to Springfield (Springfield, MO)
(Dec 06) Branson with Bells On
(Nov 06) At Leisure in Liberty
(Oct 06) Neosho, the Flowerbox City
(Sep 06) You’ll Have a Ball in Buffalo (Buffalo, MO)
(Aug 06) Back to the Past in Boonville
(July 06) Blue Springs Holiday
(June 06)Sedalia: A Railroad Town with a Taste for Ragtime
(May 06) Cole Camp
(April 06) Spring Bling (about Azalea Festival in Charleston, MO)
(Mar 06) Frolic in Fulton 
(Feb 06) A Jaunt to Joplin
(Jan 06) Stepping into Yesteryear (St. Charles, MO)
(Dec 05) Christmas in Jefferson City is a Capital Idea
(Nov 05) Show Me a Little Defiance (Defiance, MO)
(Oct 05) Colorful Louisiana (Louisiana, MO)
(Sep 05) Wheelin’, Dealin’ and Reelin’ (Lebanon, MO)

Must See Missouri (Weekly Travel Column in Fayette Advertiser Newspaper - in fall '05)
(Nov 05) Small Farms, Big Profits
(Oct 05) Chestnut Roasting
(Oct 05) Weekend Gallery Hopping
(Oct 05) Fall Foliage and Fun along the Mississippi River
(Oct 05) A Patchwork of Quilt Shows
(
Sep 05) Sustainable Living & Garden Inspiration
(
Sep 05) Paw Paws, Puppets, Pioneer, Pelts and a Pedal Pull
(Sep 05) Mule Kickers, Mums Music, Mickey and a Massacre
(Sep 05) Letting off some Steam
(Aug 05) Life in the Boonslick
(Aug 05) Rendezvous at the River 

B & B Stories

Missouri Life
(Feb 04) Yates House  (about a B&B in Rocheport, MO)
(Dec 03) Twinkling Elfindale (about a B&B in Springfield, MO)
(Oct 02) All Aboard! (about the Iron Horse Hotel in Blackwater, MO)

Show Me Missouri
(Dec 07) Rivercene (about a B&B in New Franklin, MO)


A Sampling of Garden Features

Missouri Gardener
(July 2016) A Woodland Oasis in the Midst of Town
(Dec 2014) All Aboard! Railroad Gardens for the Whole Family
(May 2014) Dazzlying Daylilies
(Nov 4, 2012) Preserving the Fall's Colors. Missouri Gardener - on website.
(Aug 2012) Herbal Corsages. Missouri Gardener - on website.
(July 12, 2012) Gardening Up High. Missouri Gardener - on website.

(2012) Bodacious Basil: The Sumptuous Taste of Summer - on Carolina Gardener website.

Herb Quarterly
Making Herbal Rainbows (Spring 07) about dyeing with native Missouri herbs
South Texas Border Herbs (Fall 06) about medicinal native Texas herbs
Omaha’s Herbal Oasis (Summer 06) about the herb garden at Lauritzen Garden
Herban Renewal (Fall 05) about the herb garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden
 
Christian Science Monitor
(July 08) A Garden Thrives - Between a Rock and a Hard Place - about a "living wall"

Grit
(Aug 06) From Ruins to Roses (about a collapsed building turned into a garden spot)
(Jan 03) All Aboard with Ozark Gardeners (about a garden railroad tour)

Alabama Living
(Aug 07) Prescription for Beauty (about Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, AL)

Happiness Magazine
(Feb 06) Grandma’s Daylilies

Missouri Life
(April 07)Tiptoe Through the Trillium  (guide to over two dozen wildflower hikes in MO)
(April 07)Herbal Extravaganza  (about herb society and annual sale of unusual herbs)
(June 03)Daylily Delights  (about a daylily farm that creates new hybrids)
(Aug 02)Taking a Chance on Roses  (about the Chance Garden in Centralia, MO)
(Aug 02) An Abundant Bounty of Berries (about a local u-pick berry farm)

Columbia Home & Lifestyle
(Oct 07) Gardening for a Greater Good (about the city’s community garden program)
(Apr 07)Patio Planter Pizazz  (about creating patio planters)
(Aug 06)Playing Koi (about local resident’s water garden

A Sampling of Art Features

St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles
(May 2014) A Passion for Glass
(Jan 2014) Tile with Style
(Nov 2013) Cool Beans - artisan coffee bean roasters
(Aug 2013) Bar Hopping - about natural soaps
(July 2013) Stylish Reflections - about using mirrors as art
(June 2013) Shape Shifter - about a sculptor
(May 2013) Forged by Fire - about metalwork as art
(Aug 2012)  Concrete Connoisseur - about concrete sinks, counters

Columbia Home & Lifestyle
(Aug 07) Art & Ambiance -about a new art trail through the Lake of the Ozarks area
(Dec 06) Pringle’s Bling - about jewelry designer
(Jun 06) Teeny Gibbons – about watercolor artist
(Apr 06) Jeanne Ramlow – about portrait artist
(Feb 06) Just a Little Bit Funky -about collage artist
(Feb 06) Transforming Nature into Art -about watercolor artist who paints nature
(Dec 05) A Splash of Color, a Sprinkle of Fun -about artist who creates greeting cards
(Oct 05) Eggxotic Eggspressions -about artist who carves emu eggs

Missouri Life
(Aug 07) Russ RuBert -profile of sculptor
(Dec 02) Handmade for the Holidays: Glorious Gourds -about gourds painted as Santas
(June 02) History Larger Than Life -about historic murals throughout Missouri

Columbia Business Times
(July 06) Missouri Contemporary Ballet Takes the Stage -about a new ballet company forming
(June 06) Ramp Art -about art auction that raises money for disabled ramps
(Mar 06) Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater “Casts” New Director, Steve Bertani

Fayette Advertiser
Local Resident’s Artistic Talent Helps to Beautify Fayette (Jan 04) profile of a sign painter
Riverport Market: A Glasgow Treasure (10-25-03) Profile of a retail art business
Gallery Features Fayette Artist (9-7-02) Profile of artist Peggy Guest, who works in multimedia

Sedalia Magazine
Vivid Murals Capture Pettis County’s History (Nov/Dec 2002) about series of murals in county cthouse

A Sampling of Culinary Features

Missouri Farmer Today
(Aug 17, 2013) The Goodness of Garlic
(Aug 15, 2013) The Goodness of Garlic - online for Iowa Farmer Today
(May 2013) Art to Artichokes

Columbia Home & Lifestyle

Cooking Class – Grand Cru Restaurant (Aug 07)

Jefferson City Home & Lifestyle
Good, Better, Bek's (2007) about Bek's Restaurant in Fulton, MO
Bingham's: The Tradition Continues (2007) about Bingham's Restaurant in Jefferson City, MO

Fayette Advertiser
Gingerbread Houses (Dec 06) about local woman who made replicas of historic homes in gingerbread
Gourmet Chef Carlene Cullimore Brings Her Cuisine to Fayette (11-25-06)
Holiday Traditions with Howard County’s Best Cooks (12-24-05)

Inside Columbia (I took over food column, but magazine department was re-designed, and column eliminated)
(Mar 2006) Signature Dish. Sports Zone’s Sweet Potato Chips
(Feb 2006) Signature Dish. Sach’s Salad
(Jan 2006) Signature Dish. Truman’s Hot Wings
(Dec 2005) Signature Dish. Churchill’s Raspberry Duck
(Nov 2005) Signature Dish. Pasta alla Bambino

A Miscellaneous Sampling (Profiles, Business, History, etc.)

Missouri Farmer
(July 2013) Pigs in the Parlor - raising pot-bellied pigs
(April 2013) Long Line of Winning Fox Trotters - breeding Missouri Fox Trotter Horses

Rural Missouri

(Jan 10) Dollhouse Delights

Discover Mid-America
(Apr 10) Needles and Pins: A Sewing Journey Begins (about antique sewing machines)

(Jan 10) Sleighs of Beauty and Function
(Oct 09) A Bull Market for Bears (collecting teddy bears)
(Aug 09) Antique Tools, A Timeline of Technology
(collecting antique tools)
(Apr 09) Heroes, Heroines, and Happy Endings (collecting Romance Novels)
(Jan 09) Finding That Special Treasure (about finding a family heirloom in an antique shop)
(Nov 08) Vintage clothing can give one a unique personal ‘look.’
(Nov 08)  Each Store Offers a Different Experience (about vintage clothing stores)

Paddler Magazine
The Mayor and the Missouri River (Mar 06)

Missouri Life
Life Underground (June 10) about a Festus family who lives in a cave
Outdoor Festival (Oct 07) about new fitness festival
Home for the Brave (Feb 07) about the Confederate Home in Higginsville, MO
New Spa at Chateau (Dec 06) spa in Branson
Xtreme Fun (June 06) about a new skateboard park in Joplin
Fiddlin’ Around (June 05) about a week-long fiddle camp
Holiday at Roslyn Heights (Dec 03) about Missouri DAR headquarters
A Taste of Japan (Aug 03) about a Japanese festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Life’s Twelve Days of Christmas (Dec 02) 12 ways to celebrate in MO
Happy Anniversary State Fair (Aug 02) 6-page feature about the MO state fair centennial
Home Run (Aug 02) profile of the Rawlings company

Columbia Home & Lifestyles
Halloween Treat Bags (Oct 07) Craft class
Bank Clubs  (Aug 07)
Tomes for Teens (June 07) Book Club
Antique Club (Apr 07)
Take a Hike (Sep 06) About  places to hike in Mid-Missouri
Book Club (Feb 07) (Oct 06) (Sep 06) (Aug 06) (June 06) (April 06) (Short series - profile of different club each time)
Finding Fun in St. Louis (Feb 06)

Howard Electric CoOp News  (back page features)
(Feb 12) A Stitch and a Story. (About local quilter Trish Hilgedick.)
(May 10) Riding in Style. (About new Limo service company in Fayette.)
(Dec 08) Building a Community. (About a new subdivision.)
(Oct 08) The Hickman Legacy: Restoration Nears Completion for Home of Early Boonslick Pioneer.
(Nov 07) There's No Place Like Home. (About a recently built energy-efficient local home.
(Dec 06) The Tragedy that Almost Was. (About a couple who capsized and was sucked under a dam
                  on  the Mississippi River.
(Nov 06) Aiming at Success. (About a local gun manufacturing company.
(Sept 06) Susan May Be Lazy, But Virgil Isn't. (About a woodworker who makes Lazy Susans.
(July 06) Log Cabins, Irish Chains, and Dresden Plates. (About a local quilter.)
(June 06) Team Sorting.
(Feb 06) Wiring Howard County. (About the beginnings of rural electricity.)
(Jan 06) A Hare-Raising Tale. (About a teen who raises and shows rabbits.)
(Dec 05) Ho! Ho! Holidays! (About a local woman's Santa collection.)
(Nov 05) Oh, Tannenbaum! (About a local Christmas tree farm.)
(Oct  05) Piles and Piles of Plump, Picture-Perfect Pumpkins. (About brothers who grow pumpkins.)
(Sep 05) Teaching by Example. (Interview with the first black teacher in Howard County.)
(Aug 05) Dancing with Horses. (About a woman who does dressage.)
(July 05) Fresh from the Farm. (About a woman who raises produce for farmer's market.)
(Apr 05) The Colorful Career. (About an art teacher and her watercolor paintings.)
(Jan 05) A Veterinarian's Tale. (Looking back on a veterinarian's early career in Mexico in the 1950s.)
(Nov 04) Roll Out the Barrels. (About a local barrel-making company.)
(Sep 04) Mini-Whinnies. (About couple who raises miniature horses.)
(Aug 04) A Truckload of Tomatoes. (About a man who raises tomatoes for farmer's market.)
(April 04) Let's Talk Turkey. (About a couple who raises heirloom turkeys.)
(Mar 04) Inspired by Nature. (About an artist who makes jewelry out of clay.)
(Feb 04) Dreaming of Prairies. (About converting farmland back to prairie.)
(Jan 04) Howard County Farmer Dares to be Innovative. (About using solar panels on farm.)
(Nov 03) A Guest in the Gallery. (About an artist name Guest, who works with multi-media.)
(July 03) Just an Old-Fashioned Cowgirl at Heart. (About a woman who trains horses.)
(Apr 03) Shepherd of the Howard County Hills. (About man who raises "colored" sheep.)
(Mar 03) Masterpieces in Leather. (About local artist who works with leather.)
(Feb 03) Family Turns Hobby into Profitable Business. (About couple who raises pheasants.)
(Nov 02) The Miracle of an Electric Iron. (About local couple getting rural electricity.)
(Oct 02) The Day the Lights Came On. (About getting rural electricity for the first time.)

Columbia Business Times
Boys & Girls
Town
(June 06)
Clover’s (Feb 06) Profile of a natural foods business
Katfish Katy’s Caters to a Casual Crowd (Aug 05) Profile of local convenience store business
Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe: Weaving a Pattern of Success (Aug 05) Profile
Herbs, Vegetables Make Local Family Nursery a Hearty Business (July 05) Profile
Outfitter Turns Love for River Into Wet Business Venture (June 05) About canoe guide business

Fayette Advertiser Newspaper (a medley of profiles, local history, and other features)

(4-16-11) Colorful days recalled of Fayette telephone system. 

(11-11-09) Delmar Carter, WW2 Veteran.
(8-11-09) Farm Tour highlights bulldoggin, Tobacco, precision agriculture
(11-12-08) Roy Werner Barely Survives Prisoner of War Experience (profile of WWII survivor)
(Oct 08) Fayette Fire Department, Part I (history, from it’s beginnings in 1835 to the present)
(Oct 08) Fayette Fire Department, Part II
(Oct 08) Fayette Fire Department, Part III
(April 08) There’s no Place Like Home (profile of Clarence Hammond, local farmer)
(9-17-05) Unusual Piece of Agricultural History (about a steel horse collar)
(9-10-05) Local Students Experience Culture of Japan (about an exchange trip to Japan)
(2-12-05) On Valentine’s Day Couples Share Marriage Tips (interviewed 55 couples married 40+ years)
(12-24-03) Business Booms for Advantage Medical Transport
(5-7-03) ‘BOTTLENECK’ Casting Call Saturday Draws Nearly 800 
(4-23-03) Maintaining Cemeteries Labor of Love
(2-19-03) Couple Remembers: REA Came in ’47 and Wash Day Was Less of a Chore
(11-6-02) HoCo 4-H Celebrates 100th
(7-10-02) Sixteen Teams Compete in Horse Pull
(6-22-02) New Life for Old Fayette Funeral Home
(5-1-02) School Bell to Ring Out Again
(2-9-02) Medical Transport Business Opens
(1-5-02) New Yorker Remembers Fayette Roots (profile of former resident)
(9-5-01) Fayette's Famous Impersonator (about a Cher impersonator) 

River Hills Traveler
(Mar 08) Wild River, Wild Ride (about Missouri Whitewater Championships)
(Dec 09) 'Tis the Season for Birding
(Dec 09) Eagle Days, Christmas Bird Counts can help you get started in birding
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