From Readers

FROM READERS: Finding fulfillment in faith without compromising sexuality

Melissa Bedford is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. This article was posted in an earlier form on her blog The Lost and Found.

Readers would march for political compromise, better health care, other issues

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the "I Have A Dream" speech, the Missourian asked readers what causes they would march for today.

FROM READERS: 1 Million Cups caffeinates and educates Columbia entrepreneurs

Matt Fischer invites fellow entrepreneurs to weekly startup gatherings.

FROM READERS: Marching for voting rights

A Missourian reader writes that he would march for the fundamental right to vote.

TELL US: What would you march for today?

In the past 50 years, people around the world have marched for topics as diverse as animal rights, energy dependence, marriage equality, abortion, education and gun rights.

FROM READERS: Collaborative research at MU leads to scientific discovery

Researchers plan to highlight the value of collaborative research on MU Research Core Facilities Day on Sept. 12.

FROM READERS: Three mid-Missouri Eagle Scouts win awards for academic success

Ryan Occena, Ian Faust and Jacob Dey earned $10,000 each for their achievements in the fields of music, engineering and medicine, respectively.

FROM READERS: Columbia couple harnesses the power of the sun

John and Joni O'Connor are concerned about the future of energy, but they believe they've found the solution. The sun.

FROM READERS: One-room schoolhouse taught kids to be self-directed

This is one reader's description of what school was like when she was young. Share your memories here.

TELL US: How has school changed since you were young?

No matter how long it's been since you were in school, we're wondering if you find yourself shaking your head at the experiences school kids have these days and how those experiences differ from your own.

FROM READERS: Mid-Missouri Lady Deuces seeking seventh-grade girls for competitive basketball team

An informational meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Armory Sports and Recreation Center.

FROM READERS: Joe Dillard's retirement tree, 'a gift that keeps on giving'

When Joe Dillard retired from the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1998, he set up a scholarship and planted a retirement tree. He tells the story of both.

FROM READERS: More than 1,000 students participated in 'Kids on Track' program

On Thursday, students participating in Boone Hospital Center's Kids on Track program completed the last 1.2 miles of a marathon they'd been working to complete this summer.

FROM READERS: Gorgeous views continue as solo kayaker makes her way on the Missouri River

Janet Moreland is attempting to become the first woman to complete a solo kayak trip down the entire length of the Missouri River. She gave the Missourian permission to share some of her photos from the trip.

FROM READERS: Downtown walker offers ode to coffee aromas

Frequent From Readers contributor Margaret Prezioso-Frye shares a poem titled "A Daywalker."

FROM READERS: A wild mushroom discovery

Frequent From Readers contributor Joe Dillard finds and identifies a species of mushrooms in his yard known as Thiers Amanita.

FROM READERS: Columbia veteran shares story of Korean War combat injuries

Bill Stroud, 80, hopes his story can show government that combat should end quickly, once that course is chosen.

FROM READERS: Caring for a flock of more than 30 finches

After a chance connection at a zoo six years ago, reader Katie Goens became passionate about raising and tending Gouldian finches.

FROM READERS: Area high school student reflects on mission trip in Nicaragua

Hickman High School student Luke Troyer shares his experiences from a recent mission trip to Nicaragua.

DEAR READER: Join the Missourian's Readers Board and help us learn more about each other

The board meets monthly to talk about what's most important to the community and how the Missourian should best reflect that. Apply to be a part of it here.