Pamela O'Meara

Pamela O’Meara
Review staff

Pam O’Meara can be reached at pomeara@lillienews.com or 651-748-7818.

 

 

 

Tue
15
Jul

Fly, fish and float at Lake of the Ozarks


photos by Pamela O’Meara

At the Lake of the Ozarks, a great blue heron flies near the bluffs on the shore near the blooming redbud trees.

Jack Uxa of Jack’s Guide Service beams as he holds up two largemouth bass he caught in Lake of the Ozarks.

This colorful salad of chicken, tomatoes, corn and black beans was featured at H. Toad’s Bar and Grill at Camden on the Lake Resort.

In the early 1900s, a wealthy Kansas City businessman chose a hilltop near Lake of the Oaarks to build a sprawling retreat resembling a European castle. Years later the castle caught fire and only the stone ruins remain in what is now Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

The green leaves against the turquoise water are found at the scenic spring in Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

Like over 2,400 people before them, Susan and Steve Pollack renewed their wedding vows in the spectacular Bridal Cave near the Lake of the Ozarks.

For years, friends have been talking about their boating, fishing and wine tasting trips to the beautiful resort area of the Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri, and I wanted to go, too.

Thu
19
Jun

LBJ signs ‘bill of the century’


The Texas White House is where President Lyndon Johnson met with members of Congress and world leaders in the 15 months total he spent at his family home outside Fredericksburg, Texas. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

LBJ’s Texas White House office was a comfortable place to work while he was away from Washington, D.C. There was a desk as well for his press secretary, Bill Moyers. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

LBJ’s bedroom has a massage table for his back problems, which is also the place he had a massive heart attack and died in 1973. Because he used to have visitors in the master bedroom, Lady Bird got tired of pulling the covers up over her head, so they built separate rooms. Their clothing still fills the closets. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Fifty years ago on July 2, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act which was sometimes called the “bill of the century” and a continuation of President John Kennedy’s initiative

Fri
13
Jun

Food and fun at Central Park


Guests can take a chance at the wine wall, where a $20 ticket guarantees a nice bottle of wine in the $15 to $25 range with a chance of getting a great bottle of wine, which could be valued over $50, or even over $90. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Taste of Rosefest is June 26
Join neighbors and friends in Roseville’s beautiful Central Park for generous samples of food and drinks from Roseville’s favorite restaurants at Taste of Rosefest on Thursday, June 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. It’s a big community party.

Tue
03
Jun

End of an era at Crazy Horse Memorial


This model of the finished Chief Crazy Horse sculpture shows visitors what Korczak Ziolkowski envisioned when he began his decades-long project in the Black Hills of South Dakota. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Up close, the head of Chief Crazy Horse is amazingly large and confounds visitors. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Ruth Ziolkowski chatted with guests at the visitors center at the Chief Crazy Horse Memorial and talked about carrying out her husband Korczak’s vision. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

As I read the obituary of Ruth Ziolkowski last week, I recalled meeting her four years ago at the Crazy Horse Memorial on top of Thunderhead Mountain in the Black Hills outside Rapid City, South Da

Sat
17
May

A deadly place


This old cell block at the historic Missouri State Penitentiary is spooky and has a checkered past. (Pamela O’Meara/Review staff)

Chairs in the gas chamber at the old Missouri State Penitentiary had holes to allow the lethal gas to rise from a bucket below. On a few occasions, two people were executed at the same time. (Pamela O’Meara/Review staff)

As I write this, people around the world are talking about the botched execution of a death-row inmate in Oklahoma on April 22. Less noticed was an execution of a man in Missouri the following day - the same day I toured the historic Missouri State Penitentiary, including the gas chamber, and learned that being gassed was ordinarily the most painful death an inmate could experience.

Fri
25
Apr

From global events to local treasures, history has a home in Kansas City


The Kansas City National World War I Museum is housed in the Liberty Memorial.

Grenades and “fighting knives” attest to the bitter fighting of World War I, where soldiers in tunnels or trenches might be blown up, gassed, buried alive or encounter the enemy with barely room to draw a blade in defense.

Dave Hawley sits beside a stanchion from the “Arabia” -- a ship he discovered buried beneath a cornfield.  

This is what the ill-fated “Arabia” would have looked like under full steam as she carried passengers and supplies toward the frontier. 

Keys and all sorts of tools were found in the once-buried Arabia steamship.

Shoes of various kinds appear to have been bound for general stors farther west. As well as personal goods, the “Arabia” was loaded to the decks with “dry goods” to stock stores for the coming season of families traveling to the frontier.

Stockings, someone’s cloak and hat and bolts of material were preserved by nearly 150 years below ground. The reason there were no human fatalities; the “Arabia” sunk while most were on land eating supper, and the rest were able to scramble to shore.

President Harry Truman’s home is in Independence, Mo., just outside Kansas City. The unassuming Midwesterner, who famously “lost” to Thomas Dewey in every poll except the actual Presidential election, returned to his Missouri roots as soon as he could. 

When co-workers asked me why I was going to Kansas City -- as if it were merely flyover country -- I said there is much to see and I’d tell them after my trip. While some seemed skeptical, one piped up that the World War l museum was the best military museum he’d ever seen.

Sat
12
Apr

The extraordinary world of Mr. Selfridge and his fabulous store


Selfridges department store dominates Oxford Street in London, just as it has for over 100 years. ( Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Little did I know when I started watching “Mr. Selfridge” on PBS’ Masterpiece Theater last year that the go-getter who opened a shocking new store in the heart of London in 1909 was the same person who first modernized and popularized Marshall Field’s in the heart of Chicago. I often shopped at Field’s as a high school and college student.

Tue
18
Feb

Abe Lincoln’s roots are in rural Kentucky


A bronze statue of Lincoln sits in the middle of downtown Hodgenville, Ky., and is older than the national Lincoln momument in Washington D.C.

Bronze statue shows Lincoln as a boy sitting on a log reading. A model depicts what the exterior of the Lincoln family cabin looked like at Knob Creek. A bronze statue of baby Abraham Lincoln in his mother’s arms along with his father and sister is in the visitors center at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

The first Lincoln Memorial sits in the rolling green hills of rural Kentucky in the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.

In the Lincoln Museum in downtown Hodgenville, Ky., the upper floor displays artwork and paintings of the Lincoln era, including this quilt.

This nearly life-size diorama of the Lincoln-Douglas debates is in the Lincoln Museum in downtown Hodgenville.

A diorama of Lincoln being sworn in for his second presidential term in 1865 is in the Lincoln Museum.

Illinois isn’t the only state claiming 16th president as favorite son
Growing up in the Chicago area, I attended Lincoln Junior High, went on my high school’s traditional trip to tour Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Ill., and every day saw Illinois license plates reading “Land of Lincoln.”
 So I was surprised to learn on a recent trip to Louisville that America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, was born in Kentucky and that state also claims him as a favorite son.

Thu
30
Jan

In the Shadows of the Blue Ridge Parkway


A bluegrass quartet performs in the parlor of the Homeplace_Restaurant. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

The Mabry Mill, south of Roanoke, started life as a blacksmith’s shop in 1905; later, water from the river powered gristmill and sawmill operations. Now, the mill draws tourists and photographers year-round, and in peak seasons the National Park Service hosts crafting and food-preservation demonstrations.

Not only does Center in the Square house historical and cultural exhibits, it offers a state-of-the-art science museum with collections from all over the world -- and beyond. We were fortunate enough to visit during the government shutdown, when Roanoke’s Butterfly House was caring for the Smithsonian’s collection, including this swallowtail.

As the largest Virginia city along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke is the gateway to the sights along the way as well has being a good destination on its own merits.
Whatever direction you go from Roanoke, you can find beautiful mountain views, woods, wineries, outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and camping, historic sites, and in Roanoke, interesting museums and good food.

Mon
18
Nov

A look back at the JFK years: ‘We sat in shock’

As a 16-year-old, I stretched out my hand as far as I could but missed shaking hands with John Kennedy by inches in the crowd. Still, I was thrilled to see him up close at O’Hare as he flew to Chicago for a 1960 presidential campaign visit.

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