From Readers

Kids talk about space, rockets and aliens

The Missourian asked kids and their parents about space, rockets and aliens while they visited Columbia Public Schools Planetarium on Saturday at Rock Bridge High School.

FROM READERS: Columbia author talks derby names and secret identities

Trudy Lewis discusses the roller derby nicknames in her new novel, "The Empire Rolls."

TELL US: What lesson did you learn from your first love?

Share your memories (fond or otherwise!) of early romance, and you might be included in a Valentine's Day story.

FROM READERS: Brain injury prompts patient to launch 5K

After being hit by a car in 2010, Dina McPherson suffered a traumatic brain injury and went through extensive therapy. Years later, she started Racing for Recovery, so others can receive the same care she did.

FROM READERS: Tolton student shares significance of Catholic Schools Week

Senior Hannah Claas shares her experience as a student at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School.

FROM READERS: MU project seeks volunteers to promote respect for minority groups

Chuka Nestor Emezue asks for help dismantling racism and encouraging diversity at MU.

FROM READERS: Assistance League baking for a good cause

The Assistance League of Mid-Missouri bakes and delivers cookies through their Cookie Connection program to support local women and children.

FROM READERS: MU alumna's book documents Columbia history

The State Historical Society of Missouri will host a book discussion Saturday with Valerie Battle Kienzle. It's open to the public.

FROM READERS: MU freshman self-publishes first book

Riley de Leon, an MU freshman, self-published his book, "Life's not always written in Times New Roman: The untold stories of people like you."

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.