From Readers

ArtTalk: Growing spiritually free through art

Artist learned to be keenly aware of the critics in her head


FROM READERS: Harvest Hootenanny to celebrate conclusion of growing season

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture is a not-for-profit organization that teaches people how to grow their own food through programs at its Urban Farm, in backyards and in the community.

FROM READERS: Missouri Department of Conservation offers dove hunting opportunity across Central Missouri

Steven Noll, a Wildlife Management Biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, gives tips for dove hunting across central Missouri.

FROM READERS: "Would you like a zucchini?" is question of the season

As many gardeners know, zucchini are more than plentiful this time of year. Missourian reader Joe Dillard shares some advice about what to do with the surplus fruit.

FROM READERS: Robin Williams, depression and the burning swamp

MU junior Elise Schmelzer reflects on her own experience with depression and the impact of Robin Williams death.

FROM READERS: Columbia preacher goes out of his comfort zone with a new congregation

Carl Kenney had to take a new approach to sermons at Bethel Church.

FROM READERS: Nancy Rogers gives a farewell toast to a friend

The toast reflects a conversation Nancy had with Gale Welliver Stone during one of their last visits at Gale's home.

FROM READERS: Stephens student finds comfort in fostering dogs from Second Chance

Stephens College student Molly Wallace describes how fostering dogs from Second Chance helped her anxiety about school.

ENGAGEMENT: Elizabeth Hobbs, John Clay plan 2015 wedding

The couple are planning a May 24, 2015, wedding at Peace Lutheran Church in Washington, Missouri.

FROM READERS: Hometown Homecare to offer free open house, cancer screenings

The organization has been providing non-profit care for 46 years. Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will be at Hometown Homecare, in Fayette,on September 2 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. to perform mammograms on site

FROM READERS: Missourian reader John Hall captures hot air balloon photo

John Hall, who has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years, frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings.

FROM READERS: FRIPS provides springboard for researchers

The Freshman Research in Plant Sciences program at MU exposes new college students to plant biology research.

FROM READERS: Food bank volunteers share their take on community service

Volunteers at the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri share their experience.

FROM READERS: MU medical student counts down to Ramadan

Nebihah Maqbool, a medical student at MU, wrote this post in anticipation of Ramadan for Columbia Faith & Values. Muslims will celebrate the end of the fast Monday.

FROM READERS: Truman Leadership Camp students share their definition of service

Campers at Truman Leadership Camp performed community service for a week and say what giving back to the community means to them.


FROM READERS: The House of Treasures becomes the house of God

Missourian reader Norma Schmitz shares her experience at a new house of worship in town.

FROM READERS: Sons of Confederate Veterans to dedicate Civil War mass grave

A dedication ceremony will be held on Sunday in Callaway County. The event is set to feature honor and color guards of uniformed reenactors, a bagpiper, a fired salute and more.


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Are you involved with a community organization or church? The Missourian is interested in sharing stories of service to the community. Tell us what volunteering means to you in however you give back.

FROM READERS: Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture teaches home gardening

The center relies heavily on volunteers to explain the process of growing food to visitors.

FROM READERS: Volunteering as a Challenger Division "player buddy" is meaningful experience

"Player buddy" finds the Daniel Boone Little League program to be just as rewarding for the volunteers as it is for the children.