On a less grand scale, Hannibal has many of the events and sundries of big cities. Arts, theaters, festivals, museums and galleries.

I lived most of my youth 30 miles from here in Vandalia, Mo. Even then, Hannibal was my favorite place to hang out with friends and family.

When it came time to raise a family, what better place than here, so we did in 1973.

It’s kinda neat. We’re just small town America, yet people on the other side of the world know we’re here. They come visit us because of Mark Twain, Molly Brown and the mighty Mississippi. And don’t you know, they are pleased to find most of our town people friendly, helpful and pleasant to be around. It’s pretty easy to find conversation, no matter who you are or where you’re from.

On a less grand scale, Hannibal has many of the events and sundries of big cities. Arts, theaters, festivals, museums and galleries.

It also offers a good education and sports program at the high school and university level – Hannibal-LaGrange University and Moberly Area Community College (MACC), churches of all denominations and the convenience of some big box stores.
If we want to be around a lot of people, St. Louis, Columbia or Springfield, Ill., are two hours away.

On a more personal note, paddling a kayak up the Mississippi on a warm summer evening or listening and telling stories at one of the sidewalk tables downtown would be among my favorite ways to use my time.

Downtown, I feel, is the hub of any community, and ours is thriving and pretty darn solid.
Why do I like living in Hannibal? I’m really glad you asked! Sometimes we need to remind ourselves how blessed we are.