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Humanity is predictable, with our species\u2019 endless drive for more. No sooner do we invent the wheel before it\u2019s used to create trade networks and weapons of war, stonework, and feats of engineering and architecture. Within just a few short years of the creation of the first modern automobile in 1885, humanity made such vehicles faster and formed the first motor sports. And ever since Karl Benz showed us a world without the horse and carriage, it\u2019s safe to say humanity became obsessed with the automobile.

The term sports car has been applied in many ways. To some, it simply means a car that\u2019s fun, while others have a more rigid definition. I fall into the latter category, in large part because of my upbringing around British sports cars of the \u201950s, \u201960s and \u201970s. No one will argue with a declaration of the low-slung and nimble Austin Healey 3000 and MGA two-seaters as being \u201cproper\u201d sports cars, with their thin canvas tops applied only as an afterthought. And for good reason: Those cars serve the simple purpose of painting the faces of their riders with ear-to-ear grins. For me, those cars created the blueprint of a sports car, to give what\u2019s needed for true enjoyment and little more. Majestic as they were, however, they weren\u2019t without flaw. Ideas like reliability, comfort and safety simply hadn\u2019t become priorities yet \u2013 enjoyment came first.

And it is the undeniable enjoyment cars of that mold provide that spawned a few generations of fanatics. It could easily be argued that the success of small, British-style sports cars led to the development of the first Corvette. At a time when America was making cars defined in terms of water displacement, the release of the small and nimble Corvette was a shock. And let\u2019s not forget that Carol Shelby\u2019s AC Cobra began life as a British creation, the AC Ace. Whether cars that fit more like jackets is your style or not, it cannot be argued that the British mold left a lasting impression that still exists today.

Just when the sports car era was hitting its stride, the fuel crisis of the \u201970s also hit. Shortly afterward, fears of looming federally mandated rollover protections struck, and just like that, we saw the long, dry decade known as the \u201980s that deprived us of fun topless cars. These cars didn\u2019t disappear, however; manufacturers knew customers would never stop wanting fun behind the wheel, and so, likewise, development didn\u2019t stop in the \u201980s. Once normalcy returned toward the end of the decade, the savior of the British sports car mold came from an unlikely source.

Japanese underdog Mazda released the first Miata at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1989 and, in doing so, changed the automotive landscape. Mazda didn\u2019t create a new blueprint with the Miata; it instead reminded us all of the classic British sports cars we had come to know and love. But what the Japanese did, which the Europeans never could, is produce a four-wheeled smile-inducer that was also drivable daily. The automotive press was positively ecstatic about the new Mazda: About the only 10-best list the Miata didn\u2019t find itself on was the FBI\u2019s \u201cmost wanted.\u201d Demand far outstripped supply; if Mazda could have built 100,000 of that vehicle in the first year, the company would have sold every one.

What made the Miata hugely successful was in-your-face obvious. Because of humanity\u2019s timeless desire for pleasure, the idea had already been well established as popular that what we want most is a car that gives exactly what\u2019s needed for smiles per hour and little else. Mazda was the perfect dark horse to release such a car, as it had received similar acclaim for similar reasons with the introduction of the RX-7 in 1978. The small Hiroshima-based company knew how to build cars that connected driver and road intimately. In fact, with the development of the first Miata, Mazda used a philosophy called Jinba ittai, which translates to \u201crider and horse as one.\u201d

That was nearly three decades ago, and the Miata, now known as the MX-5, has become far and away the best-selling two-seater of all time. It\u2019s easy for mission creep to come into play, as humanity\u2019s desire to build bigger and better often leads to spoiling simplicity. Mazda, however, has stayed rigidly pure to that concept and, in doing so, has essentially cornered the market on the classic British style. I reviewed the 2016 MX-5 some months ago and was smitten, nay, infatuated with the car. The Miata and MX-5s of years past had always been so very close to what I wanted, but they just missed the mark in some small way. Early ones were a bit too small, later ones were just too cute, and the stereos installed had always been laughable. Yes, they all delivered the driving experience, but living with one was something I\u2019d never considered.

That all changed with the newest iteration. The new MX-5 is complete in every way. Cuteness has been replaced with real edge and honest sex appeal. At 6 feet 2 inches and 190 pounds, I don\u2019t feel at all constrained by the interior. And the stereo in the new car is legit rather than laughable. My infatuation for this new car was something I just couldn\u2019t shake, so much so that I recently purchased one. In fact, the exact car I tested was still available on the Bommarito lot, and as I walked up to my old friend after months of absence, it still recognized and connected to my phone. I couldn\u2019t fill out the paperwork fast enough.

Post-honeymoon, I can honestly say the 2016 MX-5 doesn\u2019t belong on 10-best lists just for the year \u2013 but for all time. As with the Miata of 1989, it didn\u2019t create a new idea, but after all this time and urge to stray from those ideals of purity, it\u2019s that purity that has remained and been refined, to the point of a head-shaking \u201cHow can it get any better?\u201d More than the well-known driving experience, it was the livability that sold me. A car that can do all that, start at $24,915, deliver in the neighborhood of 40 miles per gallon and have no problem holding $200 worth of Wal-Mart haul in the trunk is pretty hard to talk yourself out of.

Clearly there\u2019s a demographic that will never show interest in such a car: those who demand more space or those in the market for a Hellcat, for example. But if you\u2019re shopping for the closest thing in today\u2019s world to a teleportation device, something that carries you to a place of stress-free liberation, the new MX-5 should be No. 1 on that list. The MX-5 is truly a car that must be experienced firsthand to be understood, which has always been the case with the classic British sports car.

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Akande Headshot

You might say Bennet Omalu entered this world fighting.

Omalu was born in the late 1960s amid one of the deadliest and most-harrowing conflicts on the African continent: the Nigerian Civil War, sometimes called the Biafran War. In that conflict, more than 1 million people, most of them members of Omalu\u2019s Ibo ethnic group, died from disease or starvation \u2013 or were slain by government troops. The nearly three-year war attracted attention from prominent figures like Pope Paul VI and John Lennon.

To survive, Omalu and his family relocated from their ancestral village and lived as refugees under perilous conditions. Through a combination of luck, the grace of God and a relentless will to live, the Omalus \u2013 father, mother and all seven children \u2013 survived.

Subsequently, Omalu carried that familial relentlessness through a long and distinguished career as a forensic pathologist and neuropathologist. Perhaps no experience tested Omalu\u2019s resolve better than his first encounter with a mysterious brain disease that was killing former football players.

More specifically, in 2002, Omalu began looking into the death of \u201cIron\u201d Mike Webster, an erstwhile Pittsburgh Steelers center. Omalu suspected Webster died from a form of dementia caused by repeated blows to the head, and he coined a name for this brain disease: chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

But his efforts to make a significant contribution to neurological research earned Omalu powerful enemies. For more than a decade, he battled the NFL, the most powerful sporting organization in the United States, over his research on athletes\u2019 concussions. In the process, he was threatened, mocked and harassed. But his strong will prevailed.

Today, thanks to Omalu, most Americans know of CTE and of the debilitating brain injuries many athletes suffer because of repeated blows to the head.

In 2015, Omalu\u2019s lengthy ordeal became the subject of Jeanne Marie Laskas\u2019 book Concussion, expanded from an earlier article for GQ magazine. That same year, Hollywood legend Will Smith portrayed Omalu in a film of the same title, and Omalu\u2019s story also was featured in the 2013 PBS Frontline documentary League of Denial.

Omalu twice has testified before Congress and served as an expert witness in hundreds of trials. He has a string of degrees from prestigious institutions like Pittsburgh\u2019s Carnegie Mellon University and an even longer chain of medical certifications.

Along the way, Omalu has become more than just an unlikely celebrity medical doctor; he has become a terrific role model and an inspiration to all people, particularly the young. His uncompromising commitment to truth forms a study in perseverance, and he remains a paragon of hard work, high ethical standards, discipline and scholarly excellence.

More than anything else, perhaps when we most need it, he vividly reminds us of the promise of the American Dream.

Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande is the 21st president of the 166-year-old Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He has a Ph.D. in economics and previously served as dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University.

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\"Janis

Janis Murray\u00a0

For most high school seniors, the college application process is the first time an outside decision-making institution asks, \u201cTell me about yourself.\u201d Grammatically, the sentence isn\u2019t even a question, but rather, an imperative. When I present this question to a client, it usually results in a pause of confusion, immediately followed by, \u201cWell, what do you want to know?\u201d

The analogy I often use is of a giant roulette wheel spinning round and round with all those little holes along the perimeter; the student may not know which hole to drop the white marble in. This is normal. General requests are new and even scary for young adults. Specific requests are much easier, like, \u201cWhat did you have for breakfast?\u201d The answer may be eggs. \u201cWhat\u2019s your favorite color?\u201d Red. But making your life relevant in a college essay, in 650 words or less, is tough! So let\u2019s start simple.

Colleges are curious about the future because you may be spending the next four years on their campus. They are asking for a glimpse of who you might be as a budding citizen going forward. This requires college essay writing that is expository, from the Latin word meaning to expose. I agree that this is different from a literary analysis, a compare-and-contrast paper for an English class or a research paper. It\u2019s riskier too for the young, sensitive psyche. Because while sharing one\u2019s own introspection may be safe and private in a diary, putting our thoughts out there for the world to see can fuel judgment. This may be wrong or, worse, sound like you\u2019re bragging \u2013 something we are all taught not to do! Plus, we need to grab the college\u2019s attention and keep it. Most diaries don\u2019t do that. So the answer is somewhere in the middle \u2013 what I call personal journalism. Start with the who, what, when, where and why of your life \u2013 choosing one or two, not all. Focus on what you have done in the past and what you have learned as a result. These examples help you prove what you say is true, reflecting values and depth. And no, you don\u2019t have to be sure of everything. If you think you are sure of everything at age 18, I can assure you, you\u2019re wrong. Give the college a glimpse of you, your goals and how you see life going forward. It\u2019s the start of a story that will take years to tell.

Janis Murray is president of Murray Prep LLC, providing communication training for individuals seeking college admission and career advancement. She works with students and professionals, creating successful strategies, r\u00e9sum\u00e9s, cover letters, essays, and image and interview/presentation performances. Contact her at jmurray@murrayprep.com.

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Happily Ever After 091616

Once upon a time, Sue Sehrt was looking to adopt a dog \u2013 or two. Sehrt is a firm believer in having two pups at once, so each can have a friend to romp around with.

She and her mom went out to a Needy Paws Rescue adoption event at the PetSmart in Sunset Hills. Sehrt spotted a little black dog named Marigold, but her mom wasn't too keen on Marigold since she was still a puppy. They continued looking and spotted a black-and-white dog who was very shy. Foxy, a border collie and Jack Russell terrier mix, was four years old at the time and had been feral. When she was found in Gideon, Missouri, she had heartworms and fleas. But Sehrt was immediately drawn to her.

\"I thought there was something about her,\" Sehrt says. \"I could tell she was in need.\"

Foxy is what Sehrt calls a \"special needs girl,\" so she wanted to give the dog a place to heal and learn to trust again. She ended up leaving the adoption event with both Foxy and Marigold.

\"Our last two dogs had been rescued from terrible situations, and both shook almost to the point of convulsions, so I was hoping we could provide a nurturing environment for Foxy and help her continue to heal and trust as well as learn to love and live life to her fullest potential,\" Sehrt says.

She's had both dogs for a few months, and Foxy continues to make improvements. When she was a foster dog, Foxy didn't want to be touched. She was scared to go outside to go to the bathroom. Sehrt credits former foster mom April Belangee for Foxy's progress in the 13 months she had her, saying her love and patience made all the difference.

Marigold has helped Foxy come out of her shell, along with Sehrt respecting Foxy's personal space. It didn't take long before the two dogs were playing together. Foxy watched Marigold interact and play with Sehrt and has started to follow along sometimes.

\"I let her come to me, and I'll slowly pet her as she controls the length of contact time,\" Sehrt says.

The two pups have \"probably 20\" toys and a very open house they can run through. Foxy's still coming out of her shell, though, and will surrender toys to Mari without hesitation.

\"She's still coming into her own self and needs to be reassured,\" Sehrt says. \"She'll get there. It just takes time.\"

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\u201cTo come to a point of \u2018goodbye,\u2019 we have come to the end of one journey moving toward another; it\u2019s called change. How we handle change determines its benefit in our future.\u201d \u2013An Ottley-ism

Bidding goodbye to \u201cthe old\u201d numbers among the most significant challenges to success.

Hereafter appear a few frequently asked questions (with my own responses) for you yourself to consider and answer in doing just that:

Are all goodbyes hard?\u2002Yes. Even when you get angry and end a relationship or quit a job on your own terms, doing so still reflects a loss. Also, when you\u2019re unready to release something you love, whether a job or a person, you feel hurt. Finally, even when you\u2019re approaching a better opportunity, greater than you\u2019ve ever experienced or even dreamed of, a sense of loss still can color the vista ahead.

If it\u2019s so hard, why say goodbye?\u2002You have to let go to grow. Of course, not all goodbyes reflect the same value. You transition from one situation to another for a reason \u2013 \u201cmoving on up,\u201d being downsizing and so forth. \u201cOld habits die hard,\u201d although a bromide, nonetheless remains true. Ask any dieter, workaholic, drug abuser, athlete or retiring professional; he or she will tell you the fear of the unknown, despite new potential, can overshadow that of continuing to embrace known mediocrity and the status quo.

Even if you say goodbye, how do you forget?\u2002You don\u2019t! Lessons from the past nurture a more insightful present \u2013 and future. They compare to having an old-school customized \u201cpreparation book\u201d; the past inevitably instructs, and when you get through that instruction, you yourself have passed!

And in acing that figurative course, you may well never forget the people you met along the way who helped you crystalize your values. Co-workers, family members or friends all may feature in fond memories.

Why don\u2019t you want to say goodbye?\u2002Think about why you\u2019re considering a goodbye. Discuss timing with others who could be affected; goodbyes are best when they\u2019re mutual. Holding on alone can reflect mere pride when others have readied to bid you adieu.

Still, being true to yourself will help you sense a proper goodbye before your boss or mate initiates it. At the end of the day, you must make the best decision for you, your conscious and your vision; you can\u2019t be right for anyone else if you\u2019re not right for yourself \u2013 and you make every situation better when you are.

A good goodbye always surpasses a false, forced one, especially if you recognize that the \u201csweet sorrow\u201d (to steal a phrase from Shakespeare) of parting can prompt true joy at some future point.

In that regard, never forget that goodbyes can lead to new and better hellos. Almost necessarily, they trigger conversations about the best that was, as well as what\u2019s yet to come. They remind us, in short, that every goodbye doesn\u2019t have to mean gone.\u00a0

Charlotte VM Ottley is a market-development strategist, a \u201creal-time\u201d coach in professional development, an Emmy Award-winning TV producer and an author. She is available for seminars, interviews and speaking engagements. Contact her at cottley@cottleystl.com.

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In early October, I will be speaking to the middle school parents of Chaminade College Preparatory about teens and social media. My curiosity was particularly piqued by this topic, as I am the father of seventh- and ninth-grade boys. Virtual activity is part of our everyday life, and most families, ours included, frequently discuss and disagree about our online involvements.

At the risk of sounding like an old-timer, I remember when the television and telephone were the most significant pieces of technology in our family home. In today\u2019s world, these two things are one, and our kids have never known life any other way.

Social media is an integral part of almost every child\u2019s life. In fact, teens are electronically connected about nine hours of every day \u2013 more time than they sleep and attend school independently. Research, interestingly, indicates that online interactions have many benefits, including fostering technical skills, enhancing communication abilities and strengthening social connections.

That same research, unfortunately, also acknowledges that interpersonal skills are suffering as a result of social media use. Understanding tone, facial expression and nonverbal cues cannot be learned from a screen, for instance, and communicating via a mobile device can prevent users from truly understanding how others feel.

Despite the fun and convenience of online opportunities, most kids truly do enjoy and even crave face-to-face interaction and emotional connection. Parents, however, need to encourage this behavior to make sure it happens. Dinnertime should always be tech-free. When friends spend time at the house, require your children to disconnect and go outside. Nothing is better than laughing with family and friends.

It is also a parent\u2019s job to teach etiquette. The same rules that apply to in-person communication also apply to the online world. Greeting elders with the proper salutation and saying \u201cplease\u201d and \u201cthank you\u201d should be a natural part of all communication. Also, discuss when it is appropriate to view your devices. Model expectations and acknowledge good behavior.

For me as a parent in a busy family, texting my kids and wife is convenient and efficient; it is not, though, a substitute for spending time together. Real living takes place in the real world, so make the most of your time together \u2013 put those devices down and talk to each other.

Prior to going into private practice as a psychotherapist and learning-disabilities specialist, Russell Hyken, Ph.D., Ed.S., M.A., LPC, NCC, worked for more than 15 years as an English teacher, school counselor and school administrator. Visit him online at ed-psy.com.

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In late September, St. Louis will host a two-day conference spotlighting innovation happening in the Midwest \u2013 a region arguably overlooked in the world of technology \u2013 bringing together entrepreneurs, innovators and creatives alike.

Maritz, a marketing services and research agency headquartered in Fenton, is hosting the Innovation by Design Summit, open to the public from Sept. 27 to 28 at Union Station. \u201cAs a corporate innovator or someone who is in the innovation space, in order for you to go and get inspired and connect with other innovators, you have to pack your bags,\u201d says Tracie Gildehaus, senior director of innovations and insights at Maritz. \u201cYou have to travel to either New York or Austin \u2026 We thought, \u2018Wow, we have this unique innovation ecosystem thriving here in St. Louis. Why shouldn\u2019t St. Louis power an amazing event and bring innovators here?\u2019\u201d

The summit will offer keynote speakers \u2013 including Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, and Jeremy Gutsche, founder of TrendHunter.com \u2013 as well as \u201cinnovation safaris\u201d (think of them as immersive tech trade shows), talks and workshops by leaders in the field of innovation, happy hours and \u201cbrain dating lounges,\u201d which Gildehaus describes as \u201cMatch.com for innovators.\u201d Individual attendees of the brain dating lounge will use the app Bonfyre, created and headquartered in St. Louis, to upload a topic they wish to discuss at the summit, which will connect them with others interested in the same topic to meet and chat.

The summit aims to be a hands-on experience rather than mere PowerPoint presentations and business-card exchanges. Its purpose is to foster deep discussions on best practices, reimagining business challenges in the workforce and more, as well as to discuss the latest in topics like 3-D printing, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. The conference\u2019s layout in Union Station is designed to be fluid so attendees can pop in and out of any workshop throughout the day.

\u201cWe designed it that way so they can absorb as much content as possible instead of just being locked into a room,\u201d Gildehaus says.

The event also will stress application of tactics or inspiration received at the summit to attendees\u2019 professional and personal lives.

\u201cA lot of times you go to a conference, and you can be inspired and take a bunch of notes, but unless you do something with the information, how valuable was that experience?\u201d says Jessica Edgar, marketing manager for the Maritz Institute, one of the many legs of the company.

Maritz was founded in 1894 and was originally a wholesaler of fine jewelry. When the Great Depression hit, the company pivoted to the incentive industry to design reward programs for large corporations. Through much more reinvention, the company now has multiple business lines that include Maritz Travel, Maritz Motivation Solutions and Maritz CX. The innovation summit originally was held in 2013 for Maritz employees only. The second year, the company invited a handful of outside innovators to attend, and it grew even more in its third year. Now in 2016, the event has been rebranded into the Innovation by Design Summit, and for the first time, it\u2019s open to the general public.

\u201cThe core purpose of the event is to celebrate the intersection of innovation and design thinking,\u201d Gildehaus says. \u201cWe want St. Louis innovation and the entire entrepreneurship community to shine.\u201d

The tech industry in St. Louis has been steadily growing. This year, the website Business Insider listed it as the No. 1 U.S. city with the fastest-growing startup scene, with a 33.02 percent average annual-growth rate between 2012 and 2015. St. Louis even ranked above booming cities including Seattle, Austin and Kansas City. From homegrown businesses such as LockerDome, programs such as Arch Grants (a nonprofit that awards startups and entrepreneurs with $50,000 grants) and Capital Innovators (a St. Louis startup accelerator and partner of Maritz), it\u2019s evident that St. Louis is a thriving hub.

The Innovation by Design Summit wants to shine a light on this growth, most notably through the Social Hackathon component on the summit\u2019s second day, hosted by Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit formed in response to the unrest in Ferguson two years ago. Attendees will be presented social problems like the education gap and wage inequality, and they will work together to apply design-thinking to come up with solutions. The goal is to execute the solutions after the summit and improve our community.

\u201cI think it\u2019s very meaningful to celebrate St. Louis in a positive light,\u201d Gildehaus says. \u201cI think this event, along with the community, can shine that light \u2026 We really want to showcase what\u2019s happening here.\u201d

To register for the Innovation by Design Summit, visit maritz.com/innovation-by-design-summit. Registration closes Sept. 26.

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I love when the end of one season collides with the beginning of another. September is a supreme celebration of that transition, when lingering summer produce meets the \ufb01rst flashes of the harvest season. My garden is still producing tons of summer squash, and at times it can be a bit overwhelming to \ufb01nd new and creative ways to prepare it.

There are many reasons I adore summer squash, but a main one is because it comes in an array of beautiful colors and shapes and subtle changes in \ufb02avor. Dark green zucchini, the most common, is soft, mild and extremely versatile. My favorite, yellow zucchini, comes in a deep golden hue and is a tad sweeter. Striped \u2018Costata Romanesco\u2019 is pale with darker ridges, while yellow squash comes with either a straight or crooked neck and is rich and somewhat buttery. Pattypans are like little discs that cook quickly and have a nice crunch. And probably the most fun of all is the eight-ball zucchini, as it\u2019s small, round and fun to cut in perfectly circular slices or stu\ufb00.

Summer squash is loaded with vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and \ufb01ber, and although I certainly eat it for all of its health bene\ufb01ts, I don\u2019t believe it\u2019s ever tasted as good as it does with halloumi cheese. If you\u2019re new to halloumi, it\u2019s a semihard, unripened, brined cheese made from a mixture of goat\u2019s and sheep\u2019s milk. It\u2019s known for its high melting point \u2013 making it a perfect cheese to grill \u2013 and its chewy texture.

On warm summer nights, one of my favorite meals is grilled squash and salty halloumi cheese wrapped in tortillas with some fermented hot sauce or salsa for an extra kick.

Grilled Summer Squash and Halloumi Tacos

Serves | 4 |

| Preparation | Wash, dry and cut summer squash into \u00bd-inch-thick slices. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and set aside.

Cut halloumi cheese into \u00bd-inch-thick slices, brush with olive oil and set aside.

Over a medium-\ufb02amed grill, spread out squash slices evenly and grill on each side, about 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from grill and cover to keep warm.

Spread out halloumi slices evenly over grill, and cook on each side, about 45 seconds or until dark-golden brown. Remove from grill and dice into small cubes. Dice squash into medium cubes or thin strips.

Fill each tortilla with equal parts squash and cheese, a sprinkle of onion and cilantro, and your preferred hot sauce or salsa. Serve.

Sherrie Castellano is a health coach, photographer and private chef based in St. Louis. She writes and photographs the seasonally inspired vegetarian and gluten-free blog With Food + Love. She has contributed work to Driftless Magazine, Vegetarian Times, Go Gluten-Free Magazine, Food52 and Urban Outfitters, among others. You can find her hanging with her aviation-enthusiast husband, sipping Earl Grey tea, green juice and/or bourbon.

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\"mouse's
mouse's first fall

The oncoming fall provides ample opportunities for your family to experience nature\u2019s amazing transformations. Temperatures moderate, replacing St. Louis\u2019 typical summer heat, and cool breezes prompt the reappearance of light jackets.

As darkness falls earlier each evening, take your family on post-dinner walks to enjoy the dwindling evening light while it lasts. Note the trees, plants and animals along your route \u2013 they\u2019ll all be changing soon.

Children learn through viewing life cycles in nature. To toddlers, varicolored leaves likely seem magical, as if sprites spent their evenings painting each leaf in a kaleidoscope of autumnal hues. Older children enjoy peering more closely, noticing everything from insects to tree bark, leaves to acorns, and animals in their arboreal habitat.

\"We're
We're Going on a leaf hunt

Beyond sharing books with almost 10,000 preschoolers in the Ready Readers program, we feed their hungry minds by celebrating the connections between our books and the world around them.

Mouse\u2019s First Fall by Lauren Thompson with illustrations by Buket Erdogan \u2013 just one title in The New York Times bestselling Mouse\u2019s First series \u2013 constitutes one of our favorites for toddlers and other young children. Its simple text and vibrantly colored full-page illustrations draw children into Mouse\u2019s world as she explores the wonders around her: the many shades, sizes and shapes of the falling leaves, as well as the joy of piling leaves to jump into and play hide-and-seek with a friend.

We\u2019re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger with illustrations by Miki Sakamoto celebrates colors as adventurous friends embark on a walking journey and discover a variety of trees. Its rhymed text encourages participation, as children join in saying, \u201cWe\u2019re going on a leaf hunt, we\u2019re going right away. Let\u2019s find colorful leaves. It\u2019s a wonderful day!\u201d Kids also gleefully join in the refrain, \u201cWe can\u2019t go under it \u2026 We have to go around it! \u2026 Come on, let\u2019s go!\u201d

Especially curious kids will revel in the details of The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward with illustrations by Lisa Falkenstern. Its macro views and realistic oil-painted visuals show the insects and animals that live in, under and around trees, and its descriptive language should compel children to investigate both the book and their own environments more closely.

\"The
The Busy Tree

Regarding the evening walk mentioned earlier, when taking it, also take a bag to collect fallen foliage, seeds and bark to inspect and compare later at home. Also, a big plastic magnifying glass should encourage budding young scientists and prompt insightful discussion. Family nature walks foster wonderful learning and memory-making opportunities.

At Ready Readers, we know that \u201cKids Who Read Succeed!\u201d Reading aloud daily with your child provides a strong foundation for early literacy. If you enjoy reading with young children, consider becoming a volunteer for Ready Readers. You will read weekly to the same classroom of preschool-age kids from underserved communities in St. Louis, sharing your love of high-quality children\u2019s literature. Visit readyreaders.org for more information.

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\"Dr.
Dr. Joseph Kahn

Research has shown that children who sleep less than the recommended number of hours suffer an increase in attention, behavior and learning disorders. On the flip side, children and adolescents who sleep too much are prone to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and, again, behavior problems. The situation recalls Goldilocks and her porridge: What\u2019s just right when it comes to sleep?

The recommendations for sleep during a 24-hour period, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics, are:

Here are a few tips that will help your kids sleep better:

Good night, all.

Dr. Joseph Kahn is president of Mercy Kids (mercykids.org), an expansive network of pediatric care dedicated to meeting the needs of every child, every day.

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\"Frank
Frank Cusumano headshot

When I hear Jeff Fisher, head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, say on HBO\u2019s Hard Knocks that 10-6 isn\u2019t good enough for the 2016 Rams, I want to drug-test the man.

His owner is Stan Kroenke, though, so you know what that means \u2013 you\u2019re going to lose more than you win. In 15 of his 21 seasons, he\u2019s .500 or worse. Now the man is saying 10-6 isn\u2019t good enough? It\u2019s like giving a steak to a homeless person, and he or she responds, \u201cThis is medium-well. I prefer medium-rare.\u201d

The last time Fisher actually had a winning season, Donald Trump supported Hillary Clinton, and Caitlyn Jenner was a dude \u2013 but 2008 is a long time ago. However, the Rams are a little like the Cubs. They\u2019ve been so awful for so long that they\u2019ve had so many early-draft picks that you can\u2019t screw it up. They have talent on the roster, but they still have Jeff Fisher as the head coach. I\u2019m guessing they\u2019ll find a way to screw it up. After all, they are the Rams.

Five Thoughts for This Week

1.\u2002One organization that usually finds a way to win is the Cardinals. Since Bill DeWitt took over the team, there has never been an uneventful September. Although they didn\u2019t contend every year, the years they didn\u2019t, they had the home run chase with Mark McGwire. So even though it\u2019s been an uneven season, I think September could be eventful. Bet on the Cardinals, not on the Rams.

2.\u2002I know there are some who may not consider swimming a big-time sport. However, if you put together a Mount Rushmore of most-dominating athletes, I think mine would read like this: Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Muhammad Ali and Michael Phelps. If you have more than twice as many gold medals as the next person, that is dominating.

3.\u2002I think the position with the most job security is being a Supreme Court Justice, while the least job security is being a pitcher in the big leagues. A funny thing happened to Michael Wacha on the way to superstardom \u2013 he never got there. Who knows if this once-promising pitcher will overcome his injuries and be a good pitcher again?

4.\u2002I think the best sentence ever uttered was by Barbara Bush when she said, \u201cNo one on their deathbed ever wished they would have spent more time at work.\u201d I really love my jobs. However, if I won the lottery, I would spend more time playing golf, taking walks, working out, taking vacations and holding my wife\u2019s hand. (Yes, I am writing this at the 11th hour at KSDK.)

5.\u2002Things that I am so impressed with: Netflix original Better Call Saul, books on tape that you can listen to on your phone (the Bill Walton book Back From the Dead is a must), a great Sunday sermon by a dynamic pastor where you take a lot of notes and apply them to your life that week, and a McBride & Son Homes house \u2013 they all just have a sense of style.

Frank Cusumano is a 16-time Emmy Award-winner on KSDK-TV; he also hosts The Pressbox on CBS Sports Radio 920 AM from 10 a.m. to noon each weekday and contributes to The Dave Glover Show on FM NewsTalk 97.1. Follow him on Twitter @Frank_Cusumano.

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Many parents hope and dream for the day their child applies to college. Some may see it as a grade on their parenting, thinking, \u201cIf my child doesn\u2019t get into the Ivy League or my own alma mater, I\u2019ve failed.\u201d By today\u2019s standards, though, some of us might not even get accepted into our own alma maters again! Possibly true, but that\u2019s irrelevant. Some counselors may be consoling, saying, \u201cThe process is the sole responsibility of the student.\u201d However, after you\u2019ve spent 18 years doing everything possible for your child, bowing out seems counterintuitive or nearly impossible. No, you cannot write your children\u2019s essays for them \u2013 that\u2019s unethical and stifles the unique student voice \u2013 but there is plenty else you can do:

1.\u2002Discuss the entire process with your student. Ask questions, then listen, listen, listen. Become a team.

2.\u2002Learn the commonapp.org website and its dashboard. Parents can fill out the \u201cname, rank and serial number\u201d sections and even help with the activities list. Facilitating this eases the student\u2019s workload so he or she can concentrate on essays. Never go into a student\u2019s common application and make changes without the student\u2019s knowledge. This will violate trust you may not get back.

3.\u2002Keep track of deadlines, and plan college visits.

4.\u2002Write a letter to your child\u2019s school counselor describing his or her strengths, personality, family experiences and potential, offering a glimpse of who that student may be in college. Take your time on this step, as it\u2019s very important. That counselor is going to write letters of recommendation to colleges, and you will never see those letters. So put your \u201ctwo cents\u201d in early. That counselor, with many students to write about, will certainly welcome your thoughts. Remember not to go over the top, as that will minimize the copy-and-paste potential you want.

5.\u2002Outsource for professional help when needed. This is an especially useful option for dual-career couples with multiple children. A trusted, experienced facilitator can offer that third objective set of eyes and nurturing motivation that creates results. Ask friends for referrals. A quality professional should welcome all questions and should never guarantee acceptance to any college.

Janis Murray is president of Murray Prep LLC, providing communication training for individuals seeking college admission and career advancement. She works with students and professionals, creating successful strategies, r\u00e9sum\u00e9s, cover letters, essays, and image and interview/presentation performances. Contact her at jmurray@murrayprep.com.

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Early in his career as a track and field athlete, Dick Fosbury was, to put it charitably, a below-average high jumper. On his best days, he was an ordinary athlete who used the traditional straddle technique, a method that consistently got him nowhere. Undaunted, he began experimenting with a variety of other techniques.

Ultimately, he perfected a technique that allowed him to scale the bar backward, headfirst, requiring him to land on his back safely, yet softly, on the newly developed foam landing pad. It was the beginning of a storied career that earned him incessant coverage from national news outlets, two consecutive NCAA championships at Oregon State University and a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics, where he set a new Olympic record. His new jumping technique was soon dubbed \u201cthe Fosbury Flop.\u201d Today, nearly half a century later, the Fosbury Flop is the standard technique used by high jumpers all around the world.

As the focus of the world is on Rio and the 2016 Olympics, I have been thinking a lot about Fosbury. His story has always struck me as the quintessential parable about innovation. Innovation doesn\u2019t mean thinking differently; it means doing something different. Innovation is bold and courageous. It is daring to change the rules and break the mold. The United States is the greatest country in recorded history because leaders in every sphere of society \u2013 from government to commerce, from entertainment to education \u2013 have always broken the mold. The Founding Fathers broke the mold by designing a revolutionary Constitution that set the standard for many countries around the world. Henry Ford broke the mold by inventing the automobile assembly line, which put the world on wheels.

Innovation and leadership often go hand in hand. Like Fosbury, we need to recognize the need for change and have the courage to act on it. Change doesn\u2019t always have to be dramatic. Change can be subtle, gradual and just as effective.

While Fosbury\u2019s competitors focused on refining existing techniques that worked for them, he explored new horizons and possibilities. He studied the possible impact of new changes in the sport like the foam matting, which had replaced the sawdust and uncomfortably hard sandpits. In this, he quickly saw the potential for a revolutionary game-changer that would put him ahead of his competitors.

By thinking different (as they say at Apple) and aggressively seeking value in change, Fosbury scaled impressive heights. In life, change hits you from every angle. Sometimes it is regulatory, technological or demographic. Sometimes it is health. In life, the real winners are those who have the ability to embrace change and extract value from it in ways that even their most formidable competitors have overlooked.

Fosbury was clearly that kind of winner.

Benjamin Ola. Akande is the 21st president of the 166-year-old Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He has a Ph.D. in economics and previously served as dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University.

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2013 MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS CHARDONNAY \u2013 WOLFF VINEYARDS, EDNA VALLEY

100% Chardonnay

Winemaker: Jeffrey Patterson

Aged: Barrel-fermented and aged 10 months in French and American oak

Approximate Retail Price: $28

TASTING NOTES:

Color: Golden straw

Aroma: Apples, pineapple, limes

Taste: Guava and pear with a nice texture in the midpalate, with limes and smoky meat notes with acidity coming through on the finish

In 1945, Martin Ray founded a winery where he grew grapes in the hills of central California\u2019s Santa Cruz Mountains, 2,000 feet above sea level.

Ray planted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon when other viticulturists were producing only lesser grapes. After its founding, Ray\u2019s establishment experienced ups and downs and, for financial reasons, ultimately sold in 1972, when it became Mount Eden Winery (mounteden.com).

Quite nearby, Wolff Vineyards has produced non-estate fruit for three decades in California\u2019s Edna Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area), located in San Luis Obispo County on the central coast. Because it lies farther south, that valley enjoys a long growing season, aided by cool maritime weather \u2013 in particular, Pacific Ocean breezes and morning fog where the valley runs longitudinally. That weather makes it an ideal locale for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir alike.

Given its age and location, Mount Eden operates a little \u201cunder the radar.\u201d However, enthusiasts treasure its vintages for their rock-solid quality and price. Moreover, those vintages, over time, have garnered many accolades; the winery\u2019s Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay, for instance, landed the No. 5 spot in Wine Spectator\u2019s \u201cTop 10 Wines of 2015.\u201d Also, Mount Eden has never succumbed to market trends and has kept true to its winemaking style, which more closely resembles that of French Burgundies than anything else.

Jeffery Patterson has served as Mount Eden\u2019s winemaker since 1981. Patterson knew the quality of the land in its vicinity and knew he could produce world-class wine, which explains why he and his wife, Ellie, moved there.

In 1986, the couple assumed part ownership of the winery and began running it. Since then, they have upgraded the winery by planting more vineyards, replacing the trellis system, building a 4,330-square-foot wine cave and rebuilding the water system.

This marks the 29th consecutive Mount Eden vintage from Wolff Vineyards\u2019 \u201cold vines.\u201d The excessive warmth and dryness of 2013 stressed those vines, yielding smaller fruit.

The Chardonnay in question underwent barrel fermentation and sur lie aging (wherein the vintner allows dead yeast cells to remain in contact with the wine, to extract flavors), thereby assuming more texture and complexity.

With it, Mount Eden continues its tradition of striving to make wines well-balanced in their fruitiness, acidity and oak, and Patterson continues to extend and expand Ray\u2019s vision \u2013 so enjoy!

Food Pairings: This Chardonnay pairs with many dishes, especially seafood \u2013 crab, lobster, scallops, salmon, swordfish \u2013 as well as chicken and veal. However, avoid chilies, cilantro, dill and red meats.

Certified Sommelier Stanley Browne owns Robust Wine Bar in Webster Groves and Downtown at the MX.

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