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From Readers

FROM READERS: Bettering the understanding of Asperger's syndrome

The Missouri Mental Health Foundation conducted this interview with Aaron Likens, a St. Louis author with Asperger's syndrome, who was concerned about the public perception of the disorder.

FROM READERS: Teaching children their constitutional rights and responsibilities

Beth Winton, who teaches gifted students at Jefferson Junior High School, writes about  Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel speaking to her class and how she keeps her students informed on complex current events.

ArtTalk: Artrageous Fridays offer a window into the Columbia arts scene

Reader Scott Wilson invites you to the first Artrageous Friday event of 2013, in downtown Columbia on Jan. 18.

FROM READERS: Seven food trends to watch for in 2013

From homemade sodas to "mature kids" menus, Scott Rowson, who publishes the food blog Show-Me Eats, reviews food trends he expects to take hold in 2013.

FROM READERS: Sixth-grader wins national art contest

Preston Martin, 11, of Gentry Middle School, won a creative contest through Scholastic Book Club, scoring prizes for both himself and his school.

ArtTalk: Try making a "cultural bucket list" for Columbia

Sarah Dresser with Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs writes about starting the new year with a bucket list of arts activities.

FROM READERS: Francis Quadrangle represents a remarkable container of community

Missourian reader W. Arthur Mehrhoff, of the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, says during tragedy and triumph, Francis Quadrangle has served as a setting "for the entire human drama."

FROM READERS: Wildlife on a cold, early morning

Missourian reader John Hall bundled up to take photos of eagles and other inhabitants of the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on a frosty January morning.

FROM READERS: How an app is born

Missourian reader Luke Miller, developer of a camera-sharing and picture-taking app, shares how he turned the idea from a concept into a full-fledged product.

FROM READERS: A snowy end to 2012

Missourian reader John Hall shares these photos of the snowfall and the city as he journeyed around Columbia on New Year's Eve.

FROM READERS: Celebrating Christmas with the birds

Missourian reader John Hall shares these pictures he took of birds near his house around Christmas time.

FROM READERS: Reflections on becoming a teacher

Dan Weil likes to teach with life lessons — those that come from outside of school. Students need to know and understand how they will use their learning in their world outside of school, he says.

FROM READERS: My bus brother

Mel West, the director of the PET Project in Columbia, shares a story about a man he met in Costa Rica in 1986.

FROM READERS: Wind and snow, warmly photographed from inside

What this reader/photographer gives us in photo quality by taking pictures of the snow through a window, he gains in warmth and comfort.

FROM READERS: Nutritionist gives tips on how to eat healthy during the holidays

Dietary changes can be difficult, but making small steps toward a goal of healthy eating is more successful than trying to make large nutritional changes all at once.

FROM READERS: A mother discussses journey to become military officer

Marie Olson, the human resources officer with the 175th MP Battalion in Columbia, talks about balancing overseas deployment with motherhood.

TELL US: Columbia, share your 26 acts of kindness

Are you inspired to respond to tragedy by helping others? We want to hear about your efforts — or those that you witness.

FROM READERS: When will the first snow hit Columbia?

In trying to forecast when snow would first hit the city, Missourian reader Andrew Gibson created this graphic, which shows when Columbia saw its first snowfall each year since 2000.

FROM READERS: Nursing students receive Boonslick Kiwanis scholarship

Two students in the practical nursing program at the Columbia Area Career Center were awarded scholarships by the Boonslick Kiwanis.

FROM READERS: Shifting missions for a soldier, the National Guard

John Gandt has seen changes in the National Guard since he joined in 2000, but despite deployments in Iraq and Egypt, the most gratifying aspect of his career has been helping others during state missions.

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