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Connecting with cameras

People in Columbia post their photos on Flickr as a way to connect with other photographers about shared interests.

How to buy and sell a church

COLUMBIA — Ten years ago, members of the Unity Center congregation in Columbia gathered together in the courtyard in front of the building at 1600 W. Broadway to bless their new church home, a building that had previously been used by Community United Methodist Church.

Mo. taxpayers will be able to contribute to breast cancer services

Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Thursday adding the contribution checkoff to Missouri’s income tax forms.

Columbia native's film explores Seattle band, singer's death

Former Columbian Jessica Bender will return to her hometown Saturday to show a documentary at the Ragtag Cinema that has been six and a half years in the making.

Art in the Park moves stages to encourage more mingling

Some people go to Columbia’s annual Art in the Park for the handmade arts and crafts. Some people go to hear live music. This year, in celebration of the event’s 50th anniversary, organizers want to help the two groups circulate more.

Mother embraces challenges and joys of daughter with disability

When Kate and Christian Basi’s daughter, Julianna, was born, they said they were in a state of denial that she had Down syndrome. Now, Kate Basi says she would not change her daughter’s condition; Julianna is perfect the way she is.

Teen wants people to draw their own conclusions about his art

The young artist who goes by Bob Dynamite is not loud or boastful. Nothing about his teenage demeanor screams for attention. But there is one thing about this shy, composed person that begs to be noticed: his artwork.

Minister’s retirement turns into second career as writer

The Rev. Emmanuel Hatzidakis has published a book that explains the holiest of services in the Orthodox Christian Church.

Benton exhibition tells viewers a different story of Missouri history

History books can’t tell the story of Missouri in the same way that the paintings, drawings and lithographs of native son Thomas Hart Benton show the state in the 1930s.

How different churches break bread

For each Christian, the Eucharist, or the consuming of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, is highly significant. However, the physical act of taking communion and the form the “body and blood” take may differ among denominations. Some churches have developed a preference for the materials representing the body and blood of Christ. For each of three Columbia congregations, sharing communion is a sign of faith. And it is sometimes a matter of personal taste.

UM System recognized for workplace wellness programs

The American Heart Association made a presentation at MU's Lowry Mall.

Service dogs branch out

People suffering psychological challenges can benefit from properly trained service dogs.

Accused of 'acting white'

“Acting white” is a social offense that minority students are sometimes accused of committing when they try hard to get good grades, read books for fun or join clubs. It is also leveled at students for making the wrong kinds of friends.

Keith Crown, a watercolorist, has focused his work on abstract landscapes and a strong use of color

On May 29, Perlow-Stevens Gallery will celebrate Kevin Crown’s 90th birthday and his art at a gathering from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery, 812 E. Broadway. Several of his paintings are on display as part of a larger show through June 28.

“This is a unique opportunity that you don’t often have,” said gallery owner Jennifer Perlow. “This is a retrospective of his life as an artist and what his life has meant as an artist to the community and nationwide.”

Sunflowers a perfect gardening project for children and beginners

A native plant of North America, sunflowers are easy to grow. The flowers come in various colors, and the seeds can be good snacks.

Itzhak Perlman concert reset for Oct. 6 in Columbia

The sold-out performance will be held at MU's Jesse Hall. No new tickets are expected to be available.

The history of graduation gowns

From puffy hats and tams to hanging shawls and hoods, each item of clothing worn at college and university graduation has significance and meaning.

MU volunteers reach trauma victims worldwide

MU's International Center for Psychosocial Trauma team develops and introduces creative ways to talk and work with children and families suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. New Orleans is the center’s most recent focus — MU teams have made six trips to the area since Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in August 2005 — but the program has reached thousands of people worldwide, focusing on children.

Belief in brief: Mecca

Mecca. For nearly 1 billion Muslims worldwide, the city carries with it a deep religious history, a calling to faith in God, or Allah, and a connection to the prophet Muhammad, who walked many of the same streets that nearly 2 million pilgrims traverse each year.

Breaking bread: The Eucharist

The act of communion is different within each denomination, but the act of breaking bread is a sign of faith for three Columbia congregations.

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