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From Readers

FROM READERS: A Cardinal who got all wet and an update on Daddy Bluebird

FROM READERS: The path of a scholar brings color to Columbia

Kiffaya Al-Saffar reflects upon her 11 months as a visiting professor in the MU College of Engineering from Iraq.

FROM READERS: Images of the transit of Venus

Readers sent the newsroom these photos of the transit of Venus. Send yours to submissions@ColumbiaMissourian.com.

FROM READERS: Bluebird parents grapple over dinner choice

The mother blue bird would not allow a spider from father blue bird in to the nest.

FROM READERS: Injured soldier uses experience to educate others on female veteran issues

Columbia resident Joy Smith served in the Army and continues to serve as the women veterans chair for Missouri's Veterans of Foreign Wars.

FROM READERS: Broadway Christian Church offers summer program for children with disabilities

The church is expanding a Sunday school program called All God's Children to include a Vacation Bible School experience.

FROM READERS: Listen to scanner traffic from Brookside fire

Reader Brad Wilmot edited 13 hours of emergency crew communication down to two hours.

FROM READERS: Photos from the Voluntary Action Center's Spring Into Action

Boone County National Bank presented the 11th Annual Voluntary Action Center’s Spring Into Action, which was held on May 22 at the University Club.

FROM READERS: Battle of the Bakers event raises money for Ronald McDonald House Charities

Six bakers competed in the 2012 Battle of the Bakers, which raised money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri.

FROM READERS: Mid-Mo Yo-Yo Expo

FROM READERS: Lauren Cameron of the Red Cross retires

The Heart of Missouri Chapter employee spent 17 years helping others.

FROM READERS: Paleo strawberry rhubarb pie

Neil and Jessica Kohler, creators and co-authors of Kohler Created, share their recipe for paleo strawberry-rhubarb pie.

FROM READERS: Interview with artist Ben Chlapek

Columbia blogger Zac Early interviews Ben Chlapek, local musician and creator of Never Sleeping Design. 

UPDATE: FROM READERS: Go Girl Run passes by a reader's house

John Hall witnessed and photographed the runners of Saturday's Go Girl Run while they passed by his house.

FROM READERS: Vietnam veteran's injuries endured with inspiring dignity

Injuries suffered in Vietnam could have ended Kenny Hunt's life, but he persevered with the help of family and friends.

FROM READERS: On the road to McBaine

John Hall shares photographs of his trip to McBaine, which include ripening raspberries, peonies and recently sheared llamas. 

FROM READERS: A meaningful day with an aging mother

A local Missourian shared his photographs depicting his family's celebration of Mother's Day.

FROM READERS: Joplin native returns home for brother's graduation

Jordan Herr didn't go to Joplin High School's graduation to see President Barack Obama or Gov. Jay Nixon speak. She was there to support her brother, the class of 2012 and Joplin.

FROM READERS: Business school students volunteer in Joplin

Approximately 35 students and faculty spent three days working at various rebuilding sites throughout Joplin during a volunteer trip with the Cornell Leadership Program, a program for MU business majors.

FROM READERS: Children in Guatemala need Columbia residents' help

The Foundation for the Higher Good encourages people in Columbia to seek out ways to show compassion to people in need around the world.

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