From Readers

TELL US: What were your top 10 sports moments of 2013?

You've seen our favorite sports moments of last year. Now tell us what we left out. Reorder our top 10 moments or add your own with this interactive tool.

FROM READERS: MU student balances school, sports, consignment store

Kate Gallagher, a senior finance major at MU, co-founded an on-campus consignment store while balancing school and a position on the MU women's golf team.

FROM READERS: Switch to Stephens College public relations department answers questions

Janese Silvey, a reporter-turned-PR-professional at Stephens College, explains all the things she's learned and loved about her job since making the switch.

FROM READERS: How to bird watch

If you can be patient and appreciate getting a glimpse into the natural world around you, bird watching can be especially rewarding.

FROM READERS: Local writer says weight loss helps her live fuller life

After reading Gracia Burnham's "In the Presence of My Enemies," Teresa Shields Parker realized living a healthy life is easy when you have access to healthy foods and exercise. Being spiritually fit is just as important as being physically fit.

FROM READERS: Tips for a happy, healthy holiday

Mica Newman, a doctor at Missouri Valley Physicians, advises that a flu shot, healthy snacks and smart alcohol consumption can help make your holiday season brighter.

FROM READERS: What swimming can teach us about health at any age

Steve Drake, a health writer, explains how swimming gives him a feeling of physical and mental well-being.

COMO SOCIAL: What Columbia folks are up to on YouTube

YouTube is good for more than videos of dancing babies and skiing squirrels. Columbians are using YouTube to show off their creative sides and help others understand what's going on in their city.

FROM READERS: Rugby more than a pastime

Rachel Boyce, who spends a lot of her time volunteering, found fun and family in a new place, the Mid-Mo Black Sheep Women's Rugby Club.

FROM READERS: MU student learns the beauty of inconvenience in Brazil

Audrey Zigmond spent the summer teaching English in Brazil, where she ended up learning that time and being present are blessings.

FROM READERS: MUTV debuts on Columbia Access Television

MUTV, a student-run TV station, broadcasts five shows, covering sports, news and arts and entertainment.

FROM READERS: Stephens College to host free holiday concert Dec. 15

The concert will feature Stephens College a cappella group The Velvetones as well as choirs from several local public schools.

FROM READERS: Former students let Spanish teacher know she made a difference

Alice’s passion and devotion to excellence created lively, compelling classes that were irresistible to her students.

FROM READERS: Perfectionism impedes writing process

Eric Praschan, author of The James Women Trilogy, explains how you can't be too concerned with perfection when you write drafts. The more restrictions in place, the harder it is to develop ideas.

FROM READERS: High Street Victorian hosts holiday tours, events

The High Street Victorian Bed & Breakfast and Tea Room plans to donate 20 percent of the profits from its Christmas Home Tours to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

FROM READERS: Columbia Community Band to perform holiday concert

Take a break from radio tunes to hear the Columbia Community Band perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hickman High School auditorium.

FROM READERS: Columbia-based startup recognized as leading job creator

Division-D was recognized in the 2013 Inc. Hire Power Awards for its growth in Missouri. The company's CEO attributes his success to driven employees and emerging technologies.

FROM READERS: Columbia author shares childhood memory

Joe G. Dillard, a longtime Columbia resident, shares a short story from his recently published book, "A Full Cup of Joe."

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Missouri's postseason success

This Saturday won't be Missouri's first trip to a championship game. Do you know how long it's been since the Tigers were part of a conference championship? Or what other Missouri sports teams have had postseason success?

FROM READERS: How to be a better writer

Eric Praschan, a local novelist, offers advice on avoiding writer's block and encouragement to people who want to be writers in the future.