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There’s no question about it: St. Louisans love silver, especially old-school vintage pieces with the look of coin silver. It’s now possible to have it literally hanging around 24/7, thanks to these new light fixtures that incorporate silver flatware as a decorative element. Troy Lighting’s Bistro kitchen fixture blends classic hand-worked iron and elegant crystal with spoons, forks and knives in one conversation-starting piece. Another charmer: the Spoondelier from Cake Vintage featuring old teaspoons. Each one is made to order.
Story: Charley Wykeham, an undergraduate at Oxford, is in love with Amy Spettigue, niece of the officious Stephen Spettigue. Jack Chesney, Charley’s pal and another Oxford undergraduate, is in love with Spettigue’s ward, KittyVerdun. The young men long to express their feelings to their respective heart-throbs, and use the excuse of a visit by Charley’s aunt, Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez, a wealthy widow in Brazil who plans to see her nephew for the first time, so that Donna Lucia can serve as the young ladies’ chaperone.
Story: Bishop Alfred Bridgenorth and his wife, Alice, are preparing for the marriage of still another of their many daughters, this time the nuptials of young Edith. This morning, their Chelsea home is overflowing with guests, including the bishop’s military bachelor brother Boxer and Alice’s friend, Lesbia Grantham.
BRIAN HALL, chief marketing officer for the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, has been named chairman of Christmas in St. Louis Foundation, which produces Macy’s Festival of Lights and the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Dr. SHARI COHEN opened her new practice at 555 N. New Ballas Road, in Creve Coeur. The practice shares office space with medical psychotherapist BRUCE SCHMIDT.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, darn it! And if you’re not bursting with joy at the prospect of all the decorating, baking, gift-buying, card-sending and party-going packed into the next couple of weeks, then there must be something wrong with you.
Undoubtedly, everything is faster paced now than in the ‘good old days,’ whenever those days may have been. Still, there’s no reason to automatically equate modern technology with rudeness, a self-centered attitude and a lack of common courtesy and grace.
If the number of new developments that have sprung up across the city is any indication, the residential loft trend is alive and well--not only among the urban 20-somethings, but also adventurous baby boomers, especially empty-nesters.
Story: Mrs. Randall is considered ‘comfortable’ by friends and associates in her New York City circle, circa 1908. That’s actually a step beneath the wealthy status enjoyed by her British relatives across The Pond, but nonetheless they entreat her to help in a very special way. It seems that Rhoda Meldrum, an upbeat, intelligent young lady politely termed “interesting” to avoid referencing her plain looks, is fast approaching 30 years of age with prospects for a husband nowhere in sight.
Story: Henry Pulling has retired early from business and pretty much from life as well in 1969. The solitary former banking executive takes solace in his dahlia garden, but even that fails to stir passion in his barren soul. All of that changes abruptly, however, when he meets his late mother’s sister Augusta at the former’s funeral. Quickly, Aunt Augusta thrusts her forceful personality upon her timid nephew and soon has cajoled him into joining her on various adventures around the globe.
On May 17, 10 exemplary St. Louis-area women will be honored at the annual Women of Achievement Luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton. With the help of LN fashion editor Katie Yeadon and photographer Wesley Law, the honorees grace our fashion pages in chic, spring-inspired luncheon wear.
The year 2011 yielded an abundance of significant news in local theater. Eleven presentations stood out above the rest. In ascending order, here’s a list of the year’s best productions:
Story: Angel Cruz is being held in prison for assaulting a religious leader along the lines of Reverend Moon. Actually, Angel shot the reverend in the posterior, angry that the man's cult had inculcated his best friend. When the religious leader dies from a heart attack following the shooting, Angel is accused of murder.
Play: Gruesome Playground Injuries
Play: “The Royal Family”
Play: “Kind Sir”
Play: “Suicide, Inc.”
When a physical therapist at St. Alexius Hospital asked Liz Aurbach to bring her dog, Tommy, into a patient’s room, she wasn’t expecting great results. The patient had been non-responsive to all other therapy attempts. However, when Aurbach set the little Cairn Terrier onto the bed, the patient woke up and began brushing and petting him. “A month later, the physical therapist told me that patient perked right up and starting doing rehab and was out of there in two weeks,” says Aurbach, therapy dog coordinator at C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs. “It was pretty dramatic.”
Springboard has named SHEROO MUKHTIAR executive director.
Depression recognizes no age limits. Studies show even infants who are denied human contact become depressed. Sarah Hanly, a clinical psychologist with Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, says “There are risk factors for depression that parents and teachers should be aware of, including family history, a history of stressful events for the child such as abuse or loss of a loved one, constant family discord and problems in school.”
Behaviors can be good or bad, but what happens when they become something outside your power to change? “Addiction occurs when a behavior has become out-of-control and the person can’t seem to quit doing it, cut back, or control it without help,” says Sue Self, a licensed clinical social worker and compulsive gambling counselor with Provident, Inc. “He may say he can control it, may even believe it, and refuses help. He may even cut back but over time, he can’t seem to maintain it.” Self says that the counseling field is changing how it looks at controlling addictions and treating them. Instead of telling patients to quit and go to a support group, they have learned more about the brain and how to use medical treatments to change how the brain works. One of those newer drugs, Chantix, is used to help people quit smoking, a highly addictive practice.
Play: “The Cassilis Engagement”
Play: “Abie’s Irish Rose”
BREAKTHROUGH IN BREAST SURGERY
Perfect! Cor Jesu Academy senior MARGARET MCGOWAN has achieved a 36 on the ACT, making her the first-ever CJA student to have reached a perfect score on the national college entrance exam. Maggie, a 2009 National Merit Semifinalist, is the story editor for the school paper, has held high honors all four years and has reached magna cum laude status on the National Latin Exam.