From Readers

FROM READERS: Take time this Thanksgiving to remember the real meaning of the holiday

Memories of Thanksgiving and family togetherness run strong as holiday nears. And creates a yearning for a return to the importance of the day.

FROM READERS: Make healthful snacks to eat on your way to work

Ellen Schuster, a nutritionist with the MU Extension, offers advice on how to make your "morning on-the-go food" flavorful and healthful.

FROM READERS: Christian Science church invites all on Thanksgiving

Christian Science practitioner Cathy Partusch invites everyone to the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Columbia, to give thanks and pause before the "hustle and bustle of the holidays."

FROM READERS: Ed Lambeth, former reporter, recalls the moments after JFK's assassination

Former reporter, MU professor emeritus recalls President Kennedy's assassination 50 years ago.

FROM READERS: MU grad recalls scene at Missourian when JFK was shot

A retired journalist who worked at the Missourian when Kennedy was shot describes  quick work in the newsroom to make the afternoon edition deadline.

FROM READERS: Reader shares poem, 'LAmerica'

The poem stems from a "film-noir-esque" story narrative the author, Zachary Pannell, is writing. In the scene, a movie director writes the poem to a Hollywood detective who is investigating him.

FROM READERS: Columbia native prepares for intercontinental journey

Tommy Goszewski is planning to spend time in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia during a year-long trip he'll begin in August 2014.

FROM READERS: A book review on 'The Deserters'

Joe G. Dillard, a long-time Columbia resident, reviews the book, “The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II” by Charles Glass and shares his own connections to Glass' story.

Fallen leaves signal the end of autumn

The foliage has faded and the temperatures have dropped, marking the end of our CoMo Fall project. Highlights from the photo album are included below, and we invite you to relive the beauty.

FROM READERS: How Bonnie Chasteen finds artistic inspiration in rural landscape

Columbia resident Bonnie Chasteen is an artist and editor for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Her exhibit, "Faces, Places, Figures, and Food," will be at Orr Street Studios from Nov. 19 to Dec. 1.

FROM READERS: Young Socialists Club strives for bipartisan collaboration

After returning from a trip to Appalachia, Greyson Holliday wanted to try to do something to make a difference. That's when he decided to start the Young Socialists Club at Rock Bridge High School.

FROM READERS: Julia Moore expands horizons with Global Connect

Julia Moore, an honors student and junior at MU, is a health sciences major and initially started the certificate because of the overlap in credits she has acquired for her degree.

FROM READERS: MU professor brings ePortfolios to curriculum

By transitioning to digital portfolios, students can better understand and reflect on what they've learned.

FROM READERS: Music still sings in Georgia Morehouse's heart

Georgia Morehouse is an active volunteer in the community, working for the Women's Symphony League and the Missouri Symphony Society. One of their yearly events, the Piano Student Showcase, is on Nov. 16.

FROM READERS: Cupcake Club encourages creativity, community, friendly competition

The Mizzou Cupcake Club meets once a month and has a different theme that uses new techniques.

FROM READERS: Stephens College alumna comes back to Columbia after 53 years

Carol Kelley came to Missouri to support the Florida Gators, but she ended up reconnecting with memories from 53 years ago.

FROM READERS: My confession: I'm a 'trichster'

Melissa Gephardt, an MU student, recounts her struggle with trichotillomania — a disorder characterized by the compulsive urge to pull out one’s hair in response to stress, anxiety or depression — and how she eventually learned to accept herself.

FROM READERS: MU student Cole Karr shares pictures of fall colors

Cole Karr, an MU strategic communication student graduating in December, has lived in Missouri for most of his life and has made documenting landscapes a hobby. He took these photos at various mid-Missouri locations in September and October.

FROM READERS: Marcia Shannon writes about women in agriculture, shares conference vision

The “Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture” conference is an opportunity for women involved in livestock production (specifically sheep, goats, beef, swine and forages) to learn about agriculture issues and gain hands-on training in livestock production with guidance from other professional women.

TELL US: What were Columbia's most memorable sports moments of 2013?

What moment in Columbia sports from this year will you never forget?