Instrument of healing

In a small Columbia College conference room, they came inside, expectant and hopeful. Some sat on folding chairs, and others took the floor. These 15 women were seeking healing, therapy, answers. They weren’t expecting to receive medicine or any traditional treatments for their ailments. Instead, they were looking to Margaret Waddell to use sound for healing.

Waddell is a woman of all trades. In addition to her work with sound healing, she’s also an early-childhood music educator at Children’s House Montessori and offers classes at the Whole Health Wellness Center in Columbia. She coaches parents of infants as young as 4 weeks old in the value of singing to children. As a performer, Waddell sings sacred chants of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th-century abbess and mystic. Waddell tries to educate people on how to tap into the power to heal themselves.

Tigers’ streak ends

The wait left Missouri groggy.

The Tigers appeared sluggish after rain delayed their game against Texas Tech for four hours Saturday, losing 1-0 to the Red Raiders at University Field and ending an 11-game home win streak.

Kerry stresses international cooperation in Iraq

FULTON — Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry on Friday told a crowd at Westminster College that the world today is as perilous as it was nearly 60 years ago, when Winston Churchill warned that the “iron curtain” of communism was descending upon Europe.

Speaking in the same gymnasium where Churchill spoke in 1946, and just four days after Vice President Dick Cheney lambasted Kerry’s foreign policy stances, the Massachusetts senator outlined his strategy for bringing peace and stability to Iraq.

The young and married

Before Jan. 3, Megan Roe, 20, always gently ousted her high school sweetheart, 23-year-old Andy Roe, out of her home when the clock struck midnight.

Although there were no parents enforcing this rule — as they had during the budding years of their romance, when her parents sometimes limited their dates to strolls around the block — the couple wanted their relationship to mirror their religious beliefs about being pure before marriage.

Tigers besting the best

An extra week of rest was enough for starter Garrett Broshuis to make Missouri the first team to shut out No. 1 Texas.

Broshuis’ strong outing helped the Tigers defeat the Longhorns 8-0 on Saturday at Taylor Stadium in a Big 12 Conference game and gives them a chance for the sweep at noon today.

Speeches enliven Mo. politics

FULTON — Westminster College became a dance floor for presidential partisan politics last week. The music was foreign policy and the disc jockey was Fletcher Lamkin, the college’s president.

Lamkin strove for balance by inviting Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry to speak Friday on campus, just four days after Vice President Dick Cheney addressed the Westminster College community on Monday.

When it comes to gardening, I’m all thumbs

I’ve never been very good at gardening. To say I don’t have a green thumb is putting it mildly. As a matter of fact, I’m all thumbs when my hands come in contact with dirt.

When I was growing up, my mother loved to plant flowers and was actually quite good at it. She planted rose bushes and was proud of her rock garden. She never asked us to help. I think she took up the hobby to get away from her six kids. And although I’m almost a clone of my mother — down to the varicose veins — I never had the urge to take up a hoe and dig in the ground.

A musical recovery

Sheryl Clapton suffered from total amnesia in 1997. She moved from California to Albuquerque, N.M., where she worked as an on-site radio producer, and has lived in Columbia since last July. As an AmeriCorp Vista volunteer, she fixes computers at the Intersection, a local activity


A Sunday Struggle

Moesel is the Hickman lacrosse team’s captain and leading scorer with 27 goals. His leadership role means he has a responsibility to his team to play his hardest every day.

Moesel also is a Mormon, which means he has a duty to his faith to honor the Sabbath.

Extra Points

11 Tigers earn Big 12 honors:

The Missouri women finished fourth, and the men finished 11th in the Big 12 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Norman, Okla.

Drumming to the past

A light morning rain did not dampen the spirits of festivalgoers Saturday at the Hartsburg Lewis and Clark Festival.

“Nothing stops us Hartsburgers,” said resident Cheryl Miller.

Political Roundup

A potential “enterprise zone” in Columbia’s First Ward took its legislative first steps last week, when state Rep. Jeff Harris, D-Columbia, introduced legislation allowing for its creation.

Enterprise zones are set up in areas of the state considered economically disadvantaged, according to the Missouri Department of Economic Development. By giving businesses tax credits to set up shop there, enterprise zones are seen as one way to spark economic growth.

Cannon explosion leads to suspension

The MU chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order faced criticism from both its national organization and the MU Office of Greek Life after a cannon exploded on the front lawn of the fraternity’s house Thursday night.

Three members of the organization have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Walk points focus to HIV

It was the early 1980s, and Damon Willow was a 20-year-old living in New York City. He remembers his friends becoming infected with HIV, and in 1985 he found the courage to be tested and learned what he had suspected all along. He, too, was HIV positive.

Twenty years later, at 42, Willow looks healthy and at peace. “I found my equilibrium,” he said.

Heartfelt singing

Everyone has something to say. We want to devote a space for you, the reader, to express your thoughts and emotions about more than just politics. In Muse, we want to give you a space to tell us what inspires you. For this week, we invited people to write about singing.

Kabob queen

As she stands behind the Schnucks meat counter, all that can be seen of 5-foot-5 Virginia Marshall is a shy smile, two blue eyes that never leave yours and neatly curled dark-blond hair under a black Certified Angus Beef hat adorned with pins.

She’ll let you pick out your meat cuts, instruct you on how to cook the meat or suggest a recipe. For example, trout is best marinated in lemon juice and butter then baked for 15 minutes in an oven preheated to 400 degrees then turned down to 350. One customer came back asking Virginia for this recipe: “It was just so flaky and good,” the woman reported.

How to start knitting

Expert knitter Julia Helvey has been knitting for 35 years and teaching others to knit for 34 years. She took her first knitting class at Columbia Career Center’s Adult Learning Center when she was a new mother looking for a night out and a new hobby.

“Knitting circles are a great way to socialize one night per week,” Helvey said.

Triumph over fear

For Sean Richmond, rock climbing isn't just another hobby: It’s a way of life. When life is good, this means another chance to match wits with a vertical rock face. Since growing up in a most befitting place, the mountainous north-central town of Mountain Home, Ark., Richmond has had a passion for the sport.

“I absolutely love climbing. … I can’t really explain it,” he says. “There’s no reason really to climb. It’s the fact that you’re surrounded by the outdoors, the fact that you’re on a wall, scaling this vertical wall. You start at the bottom and work your way up to the top. It’s a different sort of challenge, and every climb poses a different challenge.”

Retracing their first steps

While other mid-Missouri residents are gearing up for spring by firing up the grill or pulling out the old baseball glove, Jefferson City resident Cliff Olsen is taking a trip back in time.

Olsen is a member of the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, a nonprofit group that is rediscovering the legacy of Lewis and Clark by re-enacting a part of the historic expedition each year. The group members don period clothing, set out in keelboats and live in conditions similar to those faced by the expedition crew. Several members of the group will be sailing up the Missouri River this summer. And while Olsen will not be with the group this year, he’s still impressed by its efforts.

Military academy earns top honors

Missouri Military Academy cadets wowed Army inspectors April 23 during the school’s annual Formal Inspection.

From a military perspective, Formal Inspection is the most important day of MMA’s year, as cadets are graded on everything they’ve learned during their time at the academy. A successful inspection means MMA retains its standing as an Honor Unit with Distinction in the Junior ROTC; only 10 percent of all participating schools achieve this status.