Spring dreams in the winter of my discontent

I’ve had it with winter! If I have to wear one more black outfit, I think I’ll scream. All of my sweaters are pilled, and I hate wearing a coat, especially one that weighs as much as I do. And I’m tired of wearing socks and cloddy shoes.

I’ve read every book on the best-seller list, and some I wish I hadn’t bothered with. I’ve cleaned closets and rearranged my kitchen; now I want to get out of this house.

Tri-ing new things

Terry Dunscombe biked 15 hours last week. He ran for three hours and swam for two. He also spent hours in the gym lifting weights. He did about 1,500 stomach crunches and attended a pilates class.

Not bad for a 67-year-old man.

Kewpies break through

After two weeks of struggles, the Hickman offense finally found what it had been looking for, the back of the net.

The Kewpies defeated Pembroke Hill 10-5 on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Bruins’ defense dominates

Rock Bridge’s Chris Johnson was two saves away from having two shutouts.

Johnson, the goalie for Rock Bridge’s lacrosse team, helped his team defeat Fox 6-1 and Olathe 12-1 on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park. The Bruins improved to 2-1.

Life as an open gallery

A poet looks at the world as a man looks at a woman,” wrote Wallace Stevens. The Harvard-educated native of Pennsylvania worked as a lawyer and composed poetry in his head as he walked to work at Hartford Accident and Indemnity Insurance. He found poetry and beauty in the birds, trees, sights and sounds of his daily life. Art, poetry and beauty are like a vine with three distinct branches twisted and curled to form a strong living bond. Without them, life would be dull and lifeless. We don’t always take the time to stop and see the beauty and poetry of life, so here’s a chance for you to see the art of our surroundings. Stop and gaze for a while. Think of this as an open gallery. Enjoy.

Weather plays big role in MU loss

Missouri right fielder James Boone watched more balls go over his head than into his glove Saturday at Taylor Stadium.

A strong wind allowed Baylor to hit five home runs to right field in its 15-9 win against Missouri, tying the three-game series at 1.

Bruins survive sloppy opener

What Rock Bridge used for its profit nearly cost it a season-opening loss.

After several Blue Springs South errors gave the Bruins a fourth-inning lead, they responded in kind, committing a few. Rock Bridge held on and beat the short-handed Jaguars 4-3 on Saturday at Rock Bridge Stadium.

Kalka, Tigers edge OSU in 14

Erin Kalka pitched enough innings for two softball games Saturday.

She pitched a complete game as Missouri defeated Oklahoma State 3-2 in 14 innings at University Field in a Big 12 Conference game.

Tekotte carries Kewps in opener

Blake Tekotte didn’t expect to see a left-handed pitcher for Iberia, but nothing bothered him once he stepped up to hit.

Behind Tekotte’s three hits, Hickman opened its season with a 6-1 win against Iberia on Friday at Hickman.

Tigers’ defense stifles offense

The optimistic Missouri football fan could look at Saturday’s scrimmage as a solid defensive display.

Defensive lineman Xzavie Jackson recovered a fumble and Jason Simpson, James Kinney and Travis Cardoza intercepted passes. With points awarded for everything from sacks, turnovers and tackles for loss to first downs and forced three-and-outs, the defense led by more than 30 at times and won 67-50.

Ruskova lifts Tigers against Cornhuskers

Missouri’s first match on the outdoor tennis courts at Green Tennis Center was also the last home match for Lucie Ruskova and the Missouri seniors. Ruskova wasn’t about to let Big 12 Conference opponent Nebraska spoil either occasion.

In No. 6 singles, Ruskova rallied from a set down in the final match to defeat Nebraska’s Katie Garcia and give the Tigers a 4-3 win Saturday.

A sweet twist on Passover Seder

Chocolate milk and an array of chocolate-laden treats were savored Wednesday night by members of MU’s Jewish community at the Hillel Center’s eighth annual celebration of “Chocolate Seder.”

“The best thing about the Chocolate Seder is the ability to celebrate Passover in a different way — a nontraditional way ... (that) makes the observance come to life,” said Cipporah Yaghoubian, an MU senior who was been active in the Hillel Center, the Jewish student center, for four years.

Piano Man

It’s Thursday night at Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant, a little after 6 on one of those surprisingly warm spring days. The pale lights on the gray wall cast a silence that not even screaming red leather seats can break.

Jim Poletti is there to play piano.

Devastated trails

Jack Kirkman jumps back into a Bobcat and starts filling the side of the MKT trail with boulders, adjusting the rocks and piling them to recreate the base of the trail washed out from last weekend’s storm.

“From two to three feet of the side of the trail have been washed away completely,” said Kirkman, the city’s forestry groundskeeper. Some areas had been washed away, others were covered in dirt and debris. Kirkman said the last repair work on the trail would likely be finished over the weekend.

Highsteppers ready to ‘shock’ the competition

In tandem, 40 children, third-graders through seniors, brought their knees up high and kept beats on drums at the Blind Boone Center on Thursday night.

The Mid-Missouri Highsteppers were preparing to compete in the “Making the Planet Rock” drill team competition in Kansas City on Saturday. There will be 11 teams from across the country. Tyrone Raybon, assistant director of the Highsteppers, is confident the team will do well in the competition.

MU student panel discusses diversity

Students gathered Thursday night at MU’s Gaines-Oldham Black Culture Center to discuss diversity and the social climate at MU. The goal was to start an informative dialogue among different student groups.

“A lot of times we hear the administrators, but we don’t actually hear the students themselves speak,” said Travis Gregory of Collegiate 100, which sponsored the event.

Assault charge could result in MU discipline

If Rosemary Ihetu returns to classes at MU, she could get a formal disciplinary hearing before MU’s Student Conduct Committee, which could expel her from school, said Christian Basi, an MU spokesman.

Ihetu was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of assaulting an associate dean in front of the MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing. She was released from Boone County Jail Wednesday evening after posting $20,000 bond, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

McCaskill gaining union vote

State Auditor Claire McCaskill kicked up her campaign for governor a notch this week by announcing her endorsement by one of Missouri’s largest unions.

The endorsement came from the Laborers’ International Union of North America; of which Columbia’s locals 955 and 1274 are members.

2 of 3 hopefuls attend forum

A notable absence was evident at Thursday’s mayoral forum, the last before Tuesday’s election. Mayoral hopefuls John G. Clark and Darwin Hindman discussed several issues, while Arch Brooks, the third candidate, did not attend.

Brooks could not be reached for comment on his absence.

Controlling ADHD with drugs is at the center of attention

Of the approximately 6 million Americans diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, three live in Geoff Lanham’s Columbia home.

Lanham’s son, Jordan, 15, was diagnosed with ADHD seven years ago, after his school suggested that Jordan be evaluated. As a second-grader, Jordan was having a hard time staying on task with an increase in self-regulated activities and desk work.