Before the annual stroll around The Galleria in search of holiday gifts both selective and silly, it’s time to contemplate what occurred on local stages in the past 12 months.
Breathe in. And out. Focus on the breath entering and leaving your body...again… This is all it takes to begin a basic meditation practice. When your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your breath.
Story: When last we visited the Armadillo Acres trailer park in Starke, Florida, Donna (“Pickles”) was convinced she was pregnant, even though everyone else thought she was experiencing hysterical pregnancy. Guess what? Pickles was right, much to the surprise of her friends Betty and Linoleum (“Lin”).
Nonprofits across St. Louis are celebrating a milestone in years of service to the community. Here, we highlight their past contributions and future philanthropic plans. Join LN in wishing them a happy anniversary—and many more! Cheers!
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: It’s another deadly dull day for Angela and Stu. The couple, who’ve been married for some 20 years, aren’t nearly as passionate as they were when they met in high school, at least not Angela. She’s grown weary of their threadbare existence and the livelihood that depends on their moribund convenience store.
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.”
Toastmasters is an international organization with more than 313,000 members in 126 countries. It is a world leader in communication and leadership development.
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.
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?
My mom is an amazing cook—so much so that I never really learned how to do it myself. Sure, she had me help prep ingredients, stir this or mix that, but I left the heavy lifting to her—dinners just turned out better that way. Now that I’m a ‘grown-up,’ I have begun dipping my toes into cooking, to mixed results (and, if I’m being honest, several burned, bland or otherwise inedible meals). So when the opportunity arose to take a cooking class at Schnucks, I jumped at it faster than I can reach for a takeout menu.
Story: An article buried in the back pages of the New York Times on July 3, 1981 tells about an unknown disease that has taken the lives of several men in the New York City area who share the common trait of homosexuality. A physician named Dr. Emma Brookner has treated a number of them and believes that they may represent the tip of the iceberg of a horrible epidemic.
How many times have you heard the master of ceremonies of an event read an introduction for a guest speaker that had absolutely nothing to do with the presenter’s topic? More times than not, that is the way it is done.
For hundreds of years, acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of ills, including pain, anxiety, phobias and addictions. Using similar principles based on identifying and targeting ‘energy meridians’ in the body, practitioners of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) teach individuals to address the same types of issues through an easy do-it-yourself process.
Story: At the Charenton asylum in France in 1807, the most notorious inmate is Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, an aristocrat better known as the Marquis de Sade. He was born in 1740 and spent 32 years in various prisons before dying in 1814 at Charenton, where he was sent in 1801.
Most parents of toddlers are familiar with the tiny face of disgust peering back at them above a plate of peas—or bananas, green beans, the list goes on—shaking from side to side: No way. Wanting to teach children about nutrition in a fun and inviting way, a group of local parents have teamed up to create Kitchen Club Kids, a series of three award-winning ‘recipe adventure story books,’ for ages 2 to 6. Each book, End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad, Garden Safari Vegetable Soup, and Feed Your Senses Homemade Bread (due out later this year), includes a recipe told in traditional storybook format, as well as the real recipe the story is based on at the end of the book, so that parents and children can work together in the kitchen to prepare nutritious meals. Eluka Moore, Kitchen Club Kids co-creator and author, and soon-to-be mom of two, shared the genesis story of the books, as well as tips for parents on teaching their kids about nutrition and trying new foods—even, perhaps, peas.
There’s more to health than just the physical, a reality that the staff at Friendship Village sees every day. “We have a widow here who was very sick and lonely, and her daughter was thinking, I’m going to lose Mom,” recalls Friendship Village spokeswoman Joanna Jones-Raymond. “She moved her mom here from the Northeast; and now you’ll see her sitting on the couch talking with eight friends, and walking around the lake every day—she’s a different person. It’s not just physical. It’s the intellectual and spiritual fulfillment, all of it. You can see the difference.”
Story: Fanny Brice, a homely young Jewish woman from the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 20th century, is determined to succeed in show business despite her lack of head-turning looks. With considerable faith in her voice and comic skills, she auditions for a role with impresario Florenz Ziegfeld and His Follies on Broadway.
Marilyn Bush recites a favorite quote by author and activist Alice Walker: The most common way people give up power is thinking they don’t have any. Bush, senior VP at Bank of America, is dedicated to empowering women to form strong relationships with each other while contributing to the community.
Just because you’re retired doesn't mean you have to slow down. Residents at local retirement communities have been staying busy this summer, learning new skills, enjoying nature, and celebrating life. Check out some of their favorite summer snapshots.
Would you like some philanthropy with your Frappuccino? Soon, you'll find St. Louis-themed stationery at a few dozen area Starbucks locations to benefit Easter Seals Midwest. The images on the note cards are a result of Easter Seals Midwest's Everyone Deserves a Shot project.
In this week’s pages, we present you with our photo gallery of the 2014 Ladue News Charity Awards. From providing youngsters with reading skills and allowing kids of all abilities the chance to seesaw and swing to their heart’s content, to giving disadvantaged individuals the gift of good vision and keeping military veterans engaged in their communities, this year’s nine finalists run the gamut of answering the call to help St. Louisans in need.
Story: The third annual St. Lou Fringe Festival brought 35 different acts to mid-town St. Louis from throughout the metropolitan area and around the country. The festival began with a kick-off party on Wednesday, June 18 and a modest schedule of events on Thursday, June 19 before a full schedule of shows each day from Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22.