This movie is exactly what you expect. I say that with a kind of psychological surety because this film is sort of a cinematic Rorschach test: You see what you want to see. If your faith is unshakable and your fandom unwavering, this is a brilliant setting-of-the-stage for the big finale: the less-spectacular but still awe-inspiring fireworks before the grand finish. If you're a little less invested, you might find this third Hunger Games installment to be like watching a lit fuse as it slowly burns toward dynamite without ever getting there.
What’s that, you say? You’ve got your living room set up just the way you like it? That may be so, but home design is an ever-evolving art, and any room—however perfect—could stand to be freshened with a new piece from time to time. These statement pieces will make your guests stop and marvel, no matter your budget.
When Covenant House Missouri hosted its first ‘Sleep Out’ three years ago, the executives and civic leaders who signed up for the fundraiser experienced for the first time what it’s like to be homeless—a reality faced by some 2,000 St. Louis youth every night. “I’ve been a social worker for more than 30 years now,” says Sue Wagener, executive director of the nonprofit that works to get homeless youth off the streets. “I’ve been in some really poor areas, and I’ve seen a lot. But I really was not ready when I slept out the first year. It’s dark and it’s 2 a.m., and there’s silence—you can only hear the night noises. It struck me that I didn’t realize the advantage of cardboard—my feet would drop off the cardboard and start freezing. Then, in the distance, I heard a gunshot.”
To date, the Ebola virus has infected approximately 9,000 people and killed at least 4,500 in several West African countries. The numbers continue to rise exponentially. The Centers for Disease Control says in a worst-case scenario, the infected numbers could balloon to 1.4 million by mid-January.
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.
It’s safe to assume that when you visit a high-end department store, the staff will go the extra mile to make the shopping experience a memorable one. But if you’re looking for a bit of extra attention—whether it’s help finding a gown for an upcoming gala, seeking out versatile styles to complete your suitcase for a trip to the coast, or a complete seasonal wardrobe overhaul—a number of local stores offer designated personal shoppers who can lend their undivided attention to your search.
We're lucky here in St. Louis to have no shortage of good new restaurants. Many of these get a decent amount of press, especially when there are well-known folks involved. The Purple Martin is somewhat of an exception to this.
There are those in this world who dream to no avail, and then there are those whose dreams become reality—even if only for a while.
What reminds you of home? To the many St. Louisans transplanted across the country and around the world, one top yearning I hear about the most is for the food. Whether it be St. Louis-style pizza, toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake or Ted Drewes, there is nothing that relives the memory of home like its signature fare. Fortunately for us here, the taste of home is just a farmers market or grocery store away.
Despite an economic recession, the nation's net worth has increased by $23 trillion during the past 15 years, according to the Federal Reserve. And as Americans' financial assets grow, many may be asking themselves, Where should I invest my wealth?
Imagine 100 people who start working at age 25. “By age 65, 1 percent will be considered wealthy; 4 percent will have enough money saved for retirement; 3 percent will still be working; 63 percent will be dependent on Social Security, friends, relatives or charity; and 29 percent will be dead,” says Alan Skrainka, chief investment officer at Cornerstone Wealth Management and author of the book Principle Based Investing: A Sensible Guide to Investment Success. “That’s frightening stuff. So I’m on a mission, trying to save the world—one investor at a time.”
Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University, digs into strategies for moving Ferguson down a path for growth.
Perhaps you purchased the right painting at the right time. That is a possible outcome of investing in collectibles—and so is having a basement full of Beanie Babies.
Katherine Marie Bear and Adam Joseph Brown
If you’ve been watching the returns on your savings account lately, you might have noticed the numbers are not as high as they once were. The historically low prime rate, which gets passed along to the rates that savers earn from their banks, has many consumers wondering, Where can I find higher yield?
The Acropolis has stood in Athens for more than 1,000 years. That symbol became the inspiration for the name and philosophy behind Acropolis Investment Management. “We liked the idea of a strong, safe place that serves as the citadel during good and bad times,” says David Ott.
When it comes to saving, things can get a lot more complicated than clipping coupons and knowing how to balance a checkbook. For many, adopting bad routines can stop the balance in your bank account mid-climb. Three area financial advisers spoke to LN about bad habits they see that can prevent you from building wealth—and how to break them.
Pumping iron may be considered a younger person’s activity, but in fact, maintaining muscle mass as we age is crucial to health and continued independence. That’s why strength-training is an important part of an exercise routine for older adults.
It's an odd conundrum: They say a wedding is 'your big day,' but to brides taking on the challenge of planning, it may be more like 'your big year of hard work.' That's where local wedding and event planning company Absolutely IN! comes in, offering services to help brides through the many areas of the matrimonial celebration.
Are you hooked on your smart phone? Do you take it from room to room, when you get out of the car, even if it’s going into the store for a two-minute errand? If you are, then you should want to know how to care for this most treasured companion.
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Last fall, Bud Drennan was raking leaves in his yard when he took a step back and thought, Maybe I’ve had enough of this. The retired Merrill Lynch stock broker had lived in his house for 48 years, but had been there by himself since his wife succumbed to Alzheimer’s seven years earlier. “Once I made up my mind, the question became, Do I want to buy a condo in Clayton? Or do I just want to make one leap?”