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Sock monkeying around

For Melanie Johnson-Moxley, “playing monkey” is an everyday thing. A doctoral student in philosophy at MU, Johnson-Moxley makes sock monkeys for fun. Her passion began when friends introduced her to the Red Heel Message Board, devoted to sock monkeys.

Assemblies of God leader to leave 2 years early

The head of the Assemblies of God church will step down two years early, ending 14 years at the helm of one the nation’s largest Pentecostal groups.

It's Potter-mania as fans at last get to see the latest movie

Professor Trelawney predicted the crowd of expectant Muggles that flooded Hollywood 14 theater’s lobby for the midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” She saw it in her crystal ball.

BOONE LIFE: Two parties in one

The Van Sickles’ birthday party is more than just a community social. It’s an opportunity for friends and neighbors to gather in an informal setting, celebrating to the talents of artists from around the state.

Concerts encourage green living

“Times like these demand action,” said former Vice President Al Gore, speaking to the sold-out crowd of about 52,000 in New Jersey’s Giants Stadium.

Analyzing alzheimer’s

Ted Distiler, 70, of Jefferson City has been taking care of his wife, Norma, since she was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1993.

How do you find fellow Jews? In The phone book.

Joel Cohen wanted his kids to receive instruction in their Jewish faith. But the closest synagogue was half an hour from his house in suburban Waldorf, Md.

Dancing Thomas

Thomas Jackson keeps expanding his repertoire. He dances as well as sings. He chauffeurs his younger sister, Malinda, around the kitchen table on a tricycle, talks to his grandmother on the telephone, dresses himself and makes his own snacks.

Harvest onions, garlic now to enjoy over winter

It will soon be time to harvest the alliums, particularly onions and garlic. Their storage longevity varies and one is challenged to make use of these food essentials in ways that exploit their goodness.

Board of Health proposes adding two county members

In an effort to better represent the residents of Boone County, the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health proposed an increase in board positions and more lenient residency requirements to the Columbia City Council.

BOONE LIFE: Celtic summer

Four students, each double the age of their 28-year-old instructor, Brian Hart, take their seats in a room inside the Unity Center and begin playing a song on tin whistles.

The power of control

For filmmaker Ondi Timoner, the path to mind control was paved by rock ’n’ roll. The 34-year-old documentarian became intrigued by brainwashing and groupthink while making her 2004 Sundance Award-winning documentary “Dig!”.

Beat-boxing with the Mizzou Forte

On a Tuesday evening in late April, as the a cappella ensemble Mizzou Forte finished its final two-hour practice of the season, freshman Si Kincaid tried to maintain his grin while hunched over his knees, sweating and out of breath.

Crafting a legacy

As members of Best of Missouri Hands, Blenda and Donald Marquardt help to support and encourage the Missouri arts and crafts community. The two also own Village Pewter and craft items such as plates and goblets. To read more about the organization and the couple, click on the Lifestyles section at ColumbiaMissourian.com.

No break for this dance

Nick Rodriguez finds inspiration in different places. “I’ll find ideas from people walking, music, actors, the ballet. Anything that can relate to dance, really,” he said.

BOONE LIFE: Riding with tomorrow's cowpokes

Eight-year-old Cole Scheetz stands with his hands on his hips next to two stick horses lying on the ground at the Hallsville Fairgrounds stables. Cole looks like a real cowboy with his dirt-covered boots, long blue jeans, belt buckle, cowboy hat and light-blue shirt.

Worshiping God takes on a new direction

Heritage Baptist Church’s second annual Youth Jam focused on reaching out to young teens by presenting religious ideas with pop culture terms youth can relate to. Facing competition from a wide variety of summer offerings, religious summer programming is trying to be culturally relevant while retaining a spiritual emphasis.

Sore feet

There’s a million ways we’re healthier now than our ancient ancestors, but in one way they had it better — when humans walked barefoot, they had far fewer problems with their feet.

Journey of belief

When Zellhoefer, an MU sophomore, and freshman Brittany Lupardus began their four-month mission trip last January, each had hopes of helping a country ravaged by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Neither imagined they would be the ones to change and question their commitment to their faith.

Grant gives HPV shot to thousands for free

A grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health makes it possible for uninsured and underinsured women across Missouri to receive a free vaccine that protects against cervical cancer.

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