Category: Culture

A little over a year ago, my right foot hurt so badly I could barely walk. I researched the pain online (not recommended), but eventually made an appointment with a local podiatrist. I learned my feet are very flexible; I have a bone spur in my heel, but it’s the bone spur to have; and plantar fasciitis was the culprit of my intense pain.

I like to save money. Or, I like to not spend money and still receive the goods. Coupons help. If you also enjoy a coupon or two, let me introduce you to The site offers printable coupons for items such as shampoo, lotion, food, baby products and makeup.

Last year was a time of deep, deep, deep cleaning at the Johnson house. Imagine finding aged chemicals older than you. Camping fuel? Fertilizer? We had it all. But what do you do with it all, right? For those residents of Greene, Christian, Dallas, Polk and Webster counties, you make an appointment at the Household Chemical Collection Center and let them discard of the chemicals properly. For more information, visit their website. Make an appointment by calling 417.864.2000. The employees are so nice and so helpful. You drive up to the door, and they unload the items from your ride. Have questions about my experience? Comment below.

Before I fall asleep at night, I enjoy reading. It rarely lasts but a chapter or so because zzzzzzz. The Greene County Library system (and perhaps your local, public library) has ebooks and magazines (and more) to download using two different apps: Libby and OverDrive. I just began reading The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré. Listen to this: “That day, I tell myself that even if I am not getting anything in this life, I will go to school. I will finish my primary and secondary and university schooling and become teacher because I don’t just want to be having any kind of voice … I want a louding voice.” One of my favorite reads has been Beginner’s Pluck by University of Missouri alumna Liz Forkin Bohannon. Bohannon is funny, yet challenging, as she yanks away any sort of possible excuse you might have for choosing comfort over moving an inch toward something. Really, one of my takeaways was how she encouraged the reader to make a move, a small, itty bitty move, toward a pint-size goal. She set out to change the world, but she paused and realized the first step was in making a friend.

Light the Way Music Festival 2021 is July 23-24 in Rogersville, Missouri. The event is presented by WorldServe International and includes For King & Country, TobyMac, Aaron Cole and We Are Messengers. By partnering with the music festival, local nonprofit WorldServe International hopes to fund a brand new solar-powered water project in Africa. Purchase tickets at Elsewhere in Southwest Missouri, the KY3 Grandstand Stage at the Ozark Empire Fair will host multiple concerts this summer, including Loverboy (yes, LOVERBOY #80sRock) on July 29 and Crowder + Danny Gokey on Aug. 1. For details and tickets, visit

SUPPORT ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL WITH PAWS FOR ST. JUDE. Grab the leash and take your dog out and about each day this summer. Capture the fun on film and post to social media, using #PAWSforStJude. Pick a team: Huckleberry vs. Puggle (seriously, you can’t go wrong with either) and encourage your friends and family to donate for the win. Both Huckleberry and Puggle are specially trained service dogs that can sit, stay, shake and come, but the two can also “carry out helpful tasks to ensure St. Jude patients feel safe and secure on their treatment journey,” according to the press release. To learn more and to sign up for PAWS for St. Jude, visit Deadline is Sept. 1.

OH THOSE SUMMER NIGHTS. The Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, Missouri, is hosting a Grease movie night on July 23 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Additional upcoming movie nights include Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Visit the Gillioz website at to purchase tickets and see the complete event schedule. Michael W. Smith: Worship Forever is Oct. 8. For more information about volunteering at the Gillioz Theatre, click here.