Strongman Justin Wheeler

The farmers walk is one of Justin Wheeler's favorite events. The task combines strength, speed and endurance as a competitor must hold the bars of weight and walk as fast as possible for a set distance that varies from competition to competition.

Missouri softball player Micaela Minner

Sixth-year senior Micaela Minner warms-up at practice on Wednesday. Minner is graduating with a master's degree in Health Education and Promotion and hopes to find a job in medical sales.

Rock Bridge closer Travis Bittle

Rock Bridge sophomore pitcher Travis Bittle throws during the seventh inning against Hickman on May 14, 2009. Bittle's pitching helped to secure a 5-3 win for the Bruins.

Travel Guide

Preparing for the show

Eric Carlson, an artist, works at the Columbia Art League on Sunday, preparing for the upcoming 'FATE Fiber Show: Seven.' In the show, which opens Thursday, clay, handmade paper and cloth have been used to create works where meaning is revealed through layers of materials and narrative. The other artists whose work will be displayed are Jenny Dowd, Jessica Forys-Cameron, Joleen Goff, Nicole Ottwell, Betsy Roe and Patti Shanks.

Meaning through medium

Diana Moxon, left, executive director of Columbia Art League, and Education Director Amy Meyer hang artwork at the gallery on Sunday in preparation for the upcoming "FATE Fiber Show: Seven." The show opens Thursday and includes the works of seven artists who explore the metaphoric potential that medium can imbue into artworks.

Retired minister Dick Blount

Retired minister Dick Blount runs the Open Door Ministry program at the Missouri United Methodist Church on Ninth Street.

John Cheetham conducts

John Cheetham conducts a piece of his own work during a rehearsal of the Columbia Community Band at West Junior High School on April 29. Cheetham conducted his work as well as played euphonium on other pieces with the rest of the band.

John Cheetham

John Cheetham takes part in a rehearsal of the Columbia Community Band at West Junior High School on April 29. Cheetham plays euphonium as well as conducts a work he has written.

Making music

Matthew Thurman toys around with audio editing equipment in his room on May 5. Thurman is a singer, music producer and owner of his own production company.

Lee Meyers at a high pass on Everest trip

Boone County doctor Lee Meyers stands at a high pass with the Himalayas and Mount Everest behind him during a three-day driving trip to the base of Mount Everest.

Tents at Rongbuk base camp

Tents fill the Rongbuk base camp at 17,000 feet. The tents act as homes for three months of the expedition when climbers are not too high on the mountain to use them.

Asher Kolieboi with Mallory Herrmann at Lavender Graduation

After receiving his purple tassel, Asher Kolieboi sits with fellow graduate Mallory Herrmann as others are recognized during Lavender Graduation. The event was hosted by MU's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center and the student group Triangle Coalition. Kolieboi helped create Queer People of Color, a group at MU.

Prayers on paper tossed skyward

During the Puja ceremony performed by the Buddist monk, small pieces of paper containing prayers are thrown skyward to ask the gods for a safe and successful journey.

Moving toward Camp 4 on Mount Everest

Puja ceremony during first week of expedition

Before one of Lee Meyers' trips up Mount Everest, a Buddhist monk was invited to perform a Puja ceremony, which is to ask the gods for the safety of all on the trip. Tibetan prayer flags are strung out in four directions, and as the wind causes the flags to flutter, it is believed that the prayers are taken skyward.

Saying a prayer at Truman Veterans Hospital

Willie Payne, left, prays with volunteer Jim Frisby on April 4. Frisby donates his time at Truman Veterans Hospital by working with and interacting with patients.

Recounting a war story at Truman Veterans Hospital

Patient Tony Dolahite recounts a war story while volunteer Jim Frisby listens at Truman Veterans Hospital on April 4.

Making impressions

Lugine Hein guides her son Austin's hands over a piece of clay during their Access Arts pottery class on April 23. Austin, who has Batten disease and is blind, has been attending class at Access Arts since 2004.

Pottery wall

Students' projects line the walls inside of the Access Arts pottery studio.