From Readers

FROM READERS: National Short Story Month offers chance for commentary

Every day this month, a different writer will post on The Missouri Review blog about a short story. That’s all we’re asking of our contributors this month: pick a story, talk about it. We just want to see what happens, give the writers a venue, and get fired up about the story selected.

FROM READERS: 'Love those who hate you' and other lessons from the Sermon on the Mount

Several years ago, I re-discovered a road map for life itself, an ancient teaching that is like a spiritual GPS, directing our lives with thought-by-thought precision.

FROM READERS: Birds affected by 'global colding'

John Hall, a frequent contributor, snapped photos of robins trying to stay warm.

QUIZ: How well do you know prom movies?

As high school students in the mid-Missouri area celebrate high school's final dance, you can test your skills on matching these prom scenes to their respective movie.

ENGAGEMENT: Elizabeth Conner to wed Jesse Stephens

The future bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kennedy Conner of Signal Mountain, Tenn. The future bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stephens of Columbia.

FROM READERS: Stephens students honored in international fashion competition

Holly Hmielewski, a Stephens College junior, snagged two first-place awards and landed a major $10,000 prize last month at the Fashion Group International of Dallas Career Day Awards.

FROM READERS: Going to the movies is a treat for kids in residential care

Susan Reeves, the regional director of advancement for Great Circle, shares information about a movie outing that took place on April 20.

TELL US: What one word best describes your mother?

Share one word that best describes your mother in preparation for Mother's Day.


ANY QUESTIONS: An answer about regulations on the width of roads, parking spaces

A reader asked why roads are narrower in certain areas and why parking spaces can be smaller than others, and we answered.

FROM READERS: Columbia Metro Rotary celebrates partnership in education

The Columbia Metro Rotary became involved in the Partners in Education volunteer program in 2003 to help students improve their literacy skills.

FROM READERS: Tips for being a successful designated driver

MU senior Andrew Patchell has dedicated more than 1,000 hours and 150 nights of service to giving safe rides to MU students with STRIPES. He shares the best tips for being a successful designated driver.

FROM READERS: Mizzou alumna makes an impact in Morocco

MU alumna Cara Stuckel served in the Kingdom of Morocco as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. This is her experience, as told by Melissa Gilstrap, a student communications assistant in the MU Office of Undergraduate Studies.

FROM READERS: Crockpot chicken tortilla soup to make for a rainy day

Christa DeMarke, the creator and author of the lifestyle blog c. jane create, shares the perfect dish for a rainy day — crockpot chicken tortilla soup.

ArtTalk: School of Metaphysics hosts dream-inspired art show

Walter Hrycaj, director of the School of Metaphysics, shares information about an art show that will take place April 26 to 28 at the School of Metaphysics.

FROM READERS: MU student highlights young entrepreneurs

Monica Cook, an MU senior studying textile and apparel management, has created a weekly video series called "The Young Entrepreneurs."

FROM READERS: Columbia second-graders participate in Bird Day

Columbia second-graders learned about many different kinds of birds on April 25, as part of a collaboration between the Columbia Public Schools science office and several local organizations.



FROM READERS: What it means to be 'rocker' for Rock-A-Thon fundraiser

One person sits in a rocking chair on the corner of Ninth and Broadway for three days without getting up, while fraternity members solicit donations for cancer research.

FROM READERS: A letter to Dysautonomia

Carrie Boone is an Army wife, mother of of four children, and an advocate for those who suffer from chronic illnesses. She writes an open letter to Dysautonomia.



FROM READERS: Vultures, doves and yet another snowfall

John Hall shares his photos from his mid-Missouri surroundings.

FROM READERS: A collection of photos from Eagle Bluffs

Robert Behne has been taking pictures at Eagle Bluffs for many years, ever since his mother first showed him the area 20 years ago.