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Every year, LN salutes local nonprofits commemorating milestone anniversaries. Whether distributing and planting trees, providing a safe home for children in need or supporting those touched by cancer, these organizations continue to make a difference in St. Louis. To celebrate, we’ve shared a few of their histories and goals for the future.
‘Tis the time for giving, and these area organizations need your help to keep children safe and St. Louisans warm and well-fed this holiday season.
Story: Deloris van Cartier, a lounge singer who adapted her name from the famous jewelry, is hoping that her married boyfriend, producer Curtis Jackson, will surprise her with a breakout gig for a Christmas present. Instead, he gives her one of his wife’s old coats. When she goes to his office for an explanation, she sees him kill a man. Curtis then orders his thugs to kill Deloris as she runs away.
Your pup can snuggle up by the fire on this festive mat, $46, Three Dog Bakery.
You may think that people who have Down syndrome (DS) aren’t capable of the same things as you. That may be the biggest misconception out there about the condition, caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21.
Put the bowl down and slowly step away from the candy!
You may find this difficult to believe, but 2013 is winding to a close. That’s right. There are just two awkward family functions, one parent-teacher conference, one fight over a space in the mall parking lot, six holiday parties, three vicious hangovers and a partridge in a pear tree remaining, and it’s over. It’s also time for another end-of-year tradition: the Oxford Dictionaries Online online list of new words. Much like the technology to which many of them refer, I don’t know how long some of these will be around. Nevertheless, the distinguished people at Oxford seem to feel they are worthy of an entry. As a service to our readers, I will use each word in a sentence…and also because my children bet me that I couldn't.
We recently made it back to The Grill, The Ritz's high-end steakhouse concept. Executive chef Melissa Lee has more than stepped up to the challenge of maintaining standards while putting her own stamp on the menu.
OK. So it’s no secret that Hollywood is a shining example of environmentalism. I mean, when it comes to reuse and recycle, the film industry is unrivaled. If a movie’s a hit, they make it another hit and then another. Let’s see if we can hit a 10-figure, worldwide box-office gross without burning a single creative calorie. The film industry will squeeze every dollar out of a good movie down to the last action figure. It’s the soul-less version of using all the parts of the buffalo.
In the 1960s, Col. Ben Robinson was serving a tour of duty in Germany when his mother became seriously ill. His commanding officer was notified by the American Red Cross, which, by congressional mandate, is the only organization authorized to provide emergency communications to the armed forces. Robinson was given leave to visit his mother, who hadn’t spoken for two weeks due to her illness, according to Cindy Erickson, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region. “When she heard his voice, she said, There’s my baby,” Erickson says. “The colonel really believes it was his presence—and the doctors do, too—that motivated her recovery. She lived another 30 years.”
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A healthy diet and exercise are crucial to the health of a growing child. But another leg on the tripod of good health is proper sleep. Creating a maintaining a good sleep schedule is an important health issue for children.
The Statement Necklace
Whether you lived through it, or it was before your time, everyone has their own ideas about the 1960s. The Missouri History Museum currently is hosting The 1968 Exhibit, which brings visitors through a tumultuous year that saw protests against the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., but also a revolution in pop culture with the likes of Laugh-In, and the emergence of denim and tie-dyed T-shirts. The exhibit originated at the Minnesota History Center, and is on display locally through Jan. 5. We spoke with Gwen Moore, Missouri History Museum’s in-house curator for the exhibit, about what makes The 1968 Exhibit so groovy.
Stephanie Kantis is a bona fide St. Louis success story. LN recently spoke with Kantis about her Ladue roots, advice for fellow entrepreneurs and her most sought-after venture to-date.
The Baldwin Report
Why are people so rude? Who told them they have the right to pry into a newlywed couple’s business? This idea has had a buzz on the Internet lately, so I recently asked five of my newlywed couples about some of the rudest questions/comments directed at them since their wedding.
Story: Ben enters a farm house that appears to be abandoned. Inside, though, he finds a barefoot young woman named Barbra who seems to be in shock. Eventually, Ben learns that Barbra and her brother Johnny had been attacked by “the living dead,” and that Johnny is dead. Barbra ran to the house before slipping into shock. Ben abandoned his truck, which needs fuel, and is seeking shelter in the same house.
You’ve seen the headlines on popular magazines about celebrities who get back their ‘pre-baby body’ within about a month or so of giving birth. Maybe some of them may just be blessed with exceptionally elastic skin; or they have time to do 500 abdominal crunches per day, as well as the ability to say no to every source of refined sugar—even at 2 a.m. when that doughnut looks awfully good while the little one is nursing.
Do you know an exceptional female volunteer? Perhaps she runs a food pantry in her garage, or has worked tirelessly to promote awareness for the arts. If this sounds like your favorite volunteer, it’s time to nominate her for the 2014 class of Women of Achievement.
The patios are closing and the air conditioners are being turned off as local restaurants make the switch to cooler weather. Menus also are being updated to reflect the change of seasons. Here's a selection of eateries around town taking advantage of local produce and products to make this fall the tastiest yet:
If you recall last weekend was delightful, weather-wise. Saturday was a crisp fall day—well technically it’s still summer, but you get my meaning—a sweatshirt and shorts kind of day. So it was in an almost spontaneous, certainly unpremeditated, moment that I said it. I’m not sure I had ever actually uttered the words before. I mean, I’m sure I had, but I may have blocked it out. I don’t know why but the weather must have caused a sudden surge of sentimentality. So I said it: we should go to the pumpkin patch.
The birth of a baby is one of the happiest days in parents’ lives. But if the child’s mother and father are not married, it can cloud the situation legally. In the case of married parents, the husband automatically is considered to be the father of a child born during the marriage. However, children of unmarried parents have no legal father unless paternity is established.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. With the birth (and upcoming christening) of Prince George Alexander Louis, the line of succession for the British monarchy extends to a fourth generation. The Prince of Cambridge is now third in line to the throne after his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father, Prince William. He booted his Uncle Harry to fourth. What could have been groundbreaking—but wasn’t—was a change in the law of succession passed by Parliament in 2011 that guaranteed that the first child of Prince William would become the ruling (regent) king or queen: This child was going to be third in line to the throne regardless of sex. The difference is, under the old law, had this baby been a girl, she could have been surpassed in the line of succession by a later-born brother. Since George is a boy, he’s third under either law—and will stay so—thus, things stay the same this time. Interestingly, primogeniture, or the practice of the oldest male inheriting a nobleman’s entire estate, continues for dukes and earls and other landed gentry.