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Parents struggle with kids leaving for camp

For summer camp staff, dealing with "kid-sick" parents has become as common as tending to homesick kids. But experts say camp is good for both children and their parents.

Japanese woodblock prints illustrate calming scenes

“The peace accompanying the beginning of evening happens to me with this print,” said Mary Pixley, associate curator at the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology. She was gazing at a woodblock print of an evening water scene by Tsuichiya Koitsu (1879–1949) and was lost in it for a moment. Her face and eyes softened as she described the effect the image has on her, “And then you feel night falling with the last light of the sun touching the edge of the clouds.”

Grill One 5 closes after nine years

Saturday was a night of reminiscing and farewells for the patrons and staff of Grill One 5. The restaurant and bar’s owner, Mike Reilly, has reluctantly decided to close its doors after nine years of business.

MU graduate makes zero-budget movie

Sarah Phillips graduated from MU with a degree in journalism. At the end of this summer she is moving to Los Angeles to attend acting school. But before that, she’s filming “Memory, Loss” — a no-budget film home-grown in Columbia.

Local elementary schools plant seeds of learning in students minds

Minutes after the final bell rang at Ridgeway Elementary School a few weeks ago, fourth-grader Cole Nelson was pressing dirt around the delicate stem of a newly planted flower, a rose turtle head.

Little green thumbs like Cole’s are sprouting up all over Columbia, thanks to students, teachers, volunteers and parents tending elementary school gardens. The idea is to give kids a hands-on learning experience and encourage them to play outside, away from TV and video games.

Family provides foster care for babies

Before newborns can be adopted, birth parents must legally end their parental rights. The Watson family provides foster care for newborns in their transition from the hospital to their adoptive home.

Connecting with cameras

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Columbia residents learn to relax through yoga nidra

Frances Hayashida lies on a mat in a quiet room as a soothing voice washes over her, guiding her toward a tranquil place.

She listens as the yoga nidra instructor talks her through the emotional and spiritual process of becoming aware and letting go.

As she slips into a serene state, Hayashida is suddenly startled by a familiar sound.

The person next to her snoring.

Special section: Who we are

Statistics reveal the way Columbians live, from favorite foods to voting habits.

The rising cost of food

Here’s a typical grocery list: ground beef, bread, eggs, grapes, cheese, milk and flour.

Today it would cost $18.28.

In February, it cost $17.57.

Last year, you would have spent $15.08.

It has become painfully obvious that grocery prices are on the rise.

College athletes struggle to find new identities

Nicole Wilson was an athlete at MU on both the volleyball and women’s basketball teams.

African art exhibit is ‘all about what you don’t see’

Ghanaian-born artist El Anatsui illustrates his provocative use of found-object art in his first U.S. solo show.

You know you're from Columbia if...

In Columbia, many people have been here for years, others for just a few months.

Some are just here to attend school, some chose this town to be their home.

But whether you’ve settled here for life or just for a couple of years, the question is this: How well do you know Columbia?

The Missourian asked at least 25 people what makes the city special and collected 15 ways to know you’re a die-hard Columbian.

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