From Readers

FROM READERS: Civil rights movement remembered through paintings

MU professor emeritus William Berry transformed scenes he experienced from the civil rights movement into his artwork.


FROM READERS: Author finds meaning in loss of his son

When John Agliata and his wife lost their newborn son, they suffered and then suffered some more. But over time, John has realized his suffering had a purpose.

FROM READERS: Amateur photographer shares nature images

Bill Allen Jr.'s photography portfolio includes images of birds, plants and the night sky.

FROM READERS: Volunteer reflects on faith, stress at homeless shelter

Letitia DenHartog has volunteer at Room at the Inn, a homeless shelter sponsored by faith organizations in Columbia. She shares her experiences providing a warm, safe place for people to get rest and food.

FROM READERS: MU track and field team hosts season opener

Reader Ji-Sung Lee shares pictures from Friday's meet.

FROM READERS: The joy of adopting an old dog

Betty Anderson adopted an 8-year old Labrador Retriever from Central Missouri Humane Society. She says the older dog made her family happy and complete again after losing another pet a year ago.

FROM READERS: Educational malpractice in inner-city schools fuels frustration and a novel

Author Rick Skwiot's concern about under-performing public schools grew into a novel. He will read from his novel on Jan. 2o at Orr Street Studios.

FROM READERS: Why owning a bed and breakfast works for Dawson and Sherri Claridge

"We are proud of where we live, and therefore try to show what's great about Missouri," Sherri Claridge says.

FROM READERS: Douglass students learn through community involvement

Reader Skyler Huff writes about how Frederick Douglass High School students are engaged in their learning rather than just encouraged to graduate, and how it wouldn't be possible without the help of the community.

FROM READERS: Columbia College alumni and friends gathered for holiday social

More than 175 alumni and friends of Columbia College gathered to visit with Santa Claus and donate to The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri.

FROM READERS: Counseling Center staff shares coping tools for stress, mental illness

The MU Counseling Center staff shares often-recommended strategies for coping with stress, including creative arts, martial arts, animals and a healthy lifestyle.

FROM READERS: Stressed? Craft time can offer an escape

Sometimes, engaging a creative part of your brain can help balance a life that feels overwhelming.

FROM READERS: The yin and yang of creativity and mental illness

"I think it is precisely because of this two-cuts-of-the-same-cloth attribute that the act of creating art is so soothing to many of whose heads are a little off-kilter," author Keith Ecker said.

FROM READERS: MU awards honor dedication to disability awareness and advocacy

The Chancellor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities developed the Lee Henson Access Mizzou Awards as a way to recognize others on campus who share Henson’s passion and dedication to disability awareness and advocacy.

FROM READERS: Homecoming Queen candidate raises more than $1,400 for charity

High school student Tristen Shaw writes about why she's working for Alzheimer's research in honor of her grandmother.

FROM READERS: Columbia Independent School students support Heifer International

Students raised enough money to buy two heifers, three sheep, two water buffalo, two goats, three flocks of chickens, two flocks of ducks, a share of a llama and 10,000 honeybees.

FROM READERS: AVID students get an early holiday gift at Columbia Area Career Center

Twenty students in the program will receive computers through the computer recycling program at the Columbia Area Career Center.

FROM READERS: The Elf and Grandma's Noodles

New holiday trends, such as The Elf on the Shelf, come around every few years, but little can match the comfort given by lifelong traditions like family recipes.

FROM READERS: Center for Urban Agriculture gets people involved with food production at its roots

Volunteers with the Center for Urban Agriculture share what the experience has meant for them.

FROM READERS: Directory of nonprofit organizations makes giving easy

The CoMoGives campaign is a publication and accompanying website catalog of local non-profit organizations that accept and are in need of donations.