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.
Statistics reveal the way Columbians live, from favorite foods to voting habits.
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.
Nicole Wilson was an athlete at MU on both the volleyball and women’s basketball teams.
Ghanaian-born artist El Anatsui illustrates his provocative use of found-object art in his first U.S. solo show.
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.
On the phone, Debbie Dougherty reassures her father she will pick up the medicine for the animals on the way home.
Not the type of academic conversation one would expect for such a well-regarded MU professor of communications.
Debbie and her husband, Tom Clark, are academics, but they are also farmers. They live in Williamsburg, approximately 31 miles from farmhouse porch to her office door in Switzler Hall.
The black sky met the 16 acres of land the Renwicks owned in Hillsboro, 45 miles south of St. Louis.
From her bathroom window, Annette Renwick could no longer see the two horses, five sheep and 11 chickens the family had acquired during the past 16 years.
The next day, the family was leaving for good. They were moving to Columbia.
The Renwick family sold their animals, left the in-ground swimming pool and the home they had built upon 16 acres of land to move from the farm to the city — a place where people live closer together, sit in traffic and wait in long lines at grocery stores at 6 p.m. on weeknights.
Both traded what they knew for something new.
The invention and universal acceptance of the Internet has transformed gardening, and for the better.
The widely popular video game Guitar Hero has spurred tournaments, been featured on TV and given many the chance to feel what it’s like to be a rock star. But for guitar players, the game has a slightly different draw.
Use these strategies to protect yourself from people who pinch you for not wearing green.
The old Missouri Theatre stirs as restorations and renovations progress.
The land at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is rich with layers of cultural history. Park staff are digging into the past to find clues about the area, and they hope community members can help them in preserving the park’s heritage.
Facebook allows users to indicate if they are single, dating, in an open relationship, engaged, married or “complicated.” Anne Meyer, a psychologist at the MU Counseling Center, sees both benefits and drawbacks in this rapidly evolving form of friendship and intimacy.
MU senior Lindsey White teeters on the edge of the ice melting into Hinkson Creek at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia on Saturday.
On Sunday, American and international families gathered at the International Community Church to sing carols in different languages, enjoy exotic food, watch a movie about the origin of Christmas and celebrate homeland traditions.
The social networking site has become a big part of how college students keep in touch, waste time and have fun. But more important, perhaps, it has also developed into a powerful platform for them to broadcast — or shape — their personas.