From Readers

FROM READERS: Brother writes of Norris Stevenson's experience as MU's first black football player

A former football player's brother writes about the racial climate at MU in the late 1950s, and how black players like Norris Stevenson and Mel West were received.

FROM READERS: GI Bill allowed MU graduate to pursue goals

After spending time in the Missouri National Guard, Tom Holt went to MU to pursue a degree in civil engineering.

FROM READERS: John Hall shares memories of Stan Musial from around the country

Frequent contributor John Hall shares thoughts and memories of the recently deceased Cardinals legend Stan Musial from friends, family and former minor league baseball players across the country.

FROM READERS: A fan's tale of making a movie with Stan Musial

In 950, Missourian reader Billie Silvey was in a safety movie with the St. Louis Cardinals ballplayer.

FROM READERS: Knowing the difference between a squat and a hunker — a hidden talent

There's more to hidden talents than burping letters and using grass as a musical instrument.

FROM READERS: The Altar at Olivet offers a mix between traditional, contemporary worship services

Brad Bryan, who leads worship at the Altar at Olivet at Olivet Christian Church, says his service provides the community with a service that is a balance of traditional worship with contemporary themes.

FROM READERS: On Stan Musial's last game day, Larry Dickerson tagged along

Larry writes that Stan Musial's "humility, caring and warmth set an example of how everyone should be treated, no matter who they are."

FROM READERS: Memories of Stan Musial's last game

Harvey Hoffman, a local lawyer, was present at Stan Musial's last game in old Busch Stadium. Hoffman writes that Stan Musial is the final loss of his childhood memories.

FROM READERS: Remembering Stan Musial

John Hall writes about the first baseball player he ever heard of, his hero, Stan Musial.

ArtTalk: Check out 'Beauty and the Beholder' at Columbia Art League

Jennifer Perlow, owner of PS:Gallery, talks about "Beauty and the Beholder," the Columbia Art League's current exhibit.

FROM READERS: A ducky Friday

Photographer John Hall shares photos from a cold morning drive with his dogs. 

QUIZ: Match the president to his Inauguration Day quote

In honor of Inauguration Day, we've compiled a list of memorable quotes from past inauguration speeches. Can you guess which presidents said the following quotes?

FROM READERS: Confessions of a less than perfect parent

Nathan Tiemeyer is a teaching pastor at The Crossing in Columbia. In this post, he reflects on four challenges of being a parent.

FROM READERS: Tales from a Buddhist meditation retreat

Reverend Dhammaruchi William B. Edwards explains the practices at and benefits of a recent meditation retreat held at the Vipassana Buddhist Church in Jefferson City.

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.