Since the fear of public speaking is one of the main fears people have, facing it is the first step in lessening it. But we really don’t want to eliminate it completely! Toastmasters tells us to take the “butterflies in our stomach and teach them to fly in formation.” A Toastmasters club is the perfect setting for this. It is a nurturing environment where many have been in your shoes and can easily relate to the courage you’re demonstrating.
Story: In 1938, 8-year-old Berry Gordy Jr. witnessed the thrill his parents experienced when American boxer Joe Louis defeated German fighter Max Schmeling in a heavyweight bout. Gordy Jr. was determined to bring happiness to others in a way much like he saw in his parents’ faces at news of that epic boxing event.
November houses Turkey Day, and that means tons of great food, lots of family time and more. Many of our pet health concerns around Thanksgiving have to do with all those scrumptious table goodies getting into the mouths of our non-discriminating pet gourmets.
I still can’t figure out exactly how Michael Henderson did it. It is one of the most incredible pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, never-say-die, never-surrender, life-changing stories I’ve ever heard.
Ashley Hollensbe and Scott Pilkington have known each other for so long—and have so many mutual friends—that “nobody got introduced the entire night,” of the wedding, Scott says.
Depression is known to affect about one in 10 American adults; and for many, depression takes hold well before adulthood. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18. In fact, very young children can show signs of depression, notes one area expert.
Just in time for the cooler weather, Jewish Family & Children’s Services recently concluded its annual Feed the Pantry—Feed the Soul fundraiser with a trip to Eckert’s Farms. The food drive collected more than $107,000, as well as barrels of non-perishable food and apples picked by participants at Eckert’s. The donations will benefit the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.
He doesn’t appear to have much in common with big-time head coaches: He doesn’t wear $1,000 suits, he doesn’t try to act slick, he isn’t arrogant. Kim Anderson is about the nicest guy you are going to meet, and he is the future of Mizzou basketball.
Donna Heckler interviewed for a fantastic job and felt great about her prospects. Later that day, the St. Louis woman learned she had breast cancer. “The question became, Do I stay home and focus on fighting the cancer? Or do I go out, work at a job with considerable travel, and live my life? I chose to work. I chose to live my life. I tried to live like a lady every step of the way,” she writes in the introduction to her book, Living Like a Lady When You Have Cancer.
Tucked away in the back of the home at 34 Briarcliff is a classic 1950s-era den, complete with a vintage built-in wet bar, brick fireplace, pine paneling, parquet flooring, and picture windows providing an unobstructed view of the expansive grounds beyond.
When he arrived in St. Louis from Italy 50 years ago, Giovanni Gabriele had one dime left in his pocket. He saved that dime, just in case he needed it for a pay phone. As it turns out, he never really needed it in the first place.
Students sewing costumes, building sets and even filling the director’s chair are common occurrences at Visitation Academy. Its middle and upper schools’ theater program, led by drama and speech teacher Marty Strohmeyer, allows young women to take the reins in four annual productions. “We believe in entrusting them as leaders—if you trust them, they are going to trust it and go with it,” Strohmeyer says.
Merilee Kern knows about fitness. A former female body-building champion, Kern was an active child. Now that she’s a mother herself, she wants to ensure that her children and their peers benefit from physical fitness and healthy food choices.
Story: Otto Frank, a German-Jewish businessman, moves his family to Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1933 following Adolf Hitler’s ascendance to power in Germany. Otto, his wife Edith and daughters Margot and Anne remain there after the Nazis take control of most of Europe.
Unfortunately, the percentage of marriages ending in divorce is increasing. If the numbers are to be believed, as much as 55 percent of all marriages end this way.
Points of Light, the country’s largest volunteer management and civic organization, recently awarded St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) with the Point of Light Award. St. Louis HELP loans home medical equipment to those in need at no cost. Last year, the organization loaned more than 4,000 medical items.
Some people are blessed to work in a field they love for their entire lives, while others find that their calling changes as they advance in their professional life. And still there are those who find fulfillment in their hobbies, which can take center stage once the responsibilities of work have given way to retirement. We spoke with two women who found their calling only after many successful years in another profession.
Caring for an aging loved one can be a daunting task. And when that task becomes too difficult for family members, they often turn to a health-care provider. But how can a family determine the best type of long-term care for their relative?
Story: Bo lives a quiet but adventurous life with her parents in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in New Mexico. The “Land of Enchantment,” however, can be challenging for the home-schooled Bo, who yearns for amenities such as indoor plumbing and modern communication devices.
Look out, lovers of preppy fashion: That well-known smiling pink whale is coming to St. Louis.
It seems that lately, a slew of former Saturday Night Live cast-members are branching out, with varying degrees of success. One need only glance at a Rob Schneider comedy to know the downside of these attempts. Will Forte turned in a solid performance in Nebraska, Tina Fey has had spotty success, and Will Ferrell is a superstar. And while Kristen Wiig had a monster hit with Bridesmaids, this is her first foray into an actor-driven independent film, and she and her SNL castmate Bill Hader deliver.
The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) in St. Louis believes every child with cancer deserves every chance to live. Founded in 1987 by president and CEO Mark Stolze to help children in need of bone marrow transplants, the nonprofit has expanded its services through the years to provide financial, emotional and educational resources for families facing cancer. Since its inception, the organization has provided almost $60 million in direct financial assistance to more than 35,000 kids nationwide.
If you think you’ve been noticing more new-home construction in the St. Louis area lately, you are right. Home builder Payne Family Homes alone is opening four new communities in the next 60 days. “St. Louis County is lot-scarce right now,” says Ken Kruse, Payne Family Homes president. “We’re very excited to bring more new homes onto the St. Louis County market.”