We all like to imagine that we have 'good' taste. For many, it's a true statement; and for some, not so much. There are, however, people who have passed through this world and are the definition of arbiter of good taste: Rachel Lambert Mellon, known as 'Bunny,' was one of those people.
In the realm of wedding planning, there is nothing more beautiful or exciting to be a part of than a well-done Christmas wedding. The romance of a wedding, and the awe and majesty of Christmas combine to provide memories that are unequaled.
Elizabeth Anne Gerhart & Michael Gregg Benner
Story: Annie, a contestant on the reality TV series Looking for Love, is ecstatic when she outlasts the competition and receives a wedding proposal from the focal eligible bachelor Matt, taped of course for a later broadcast. Meanwhile, producer Josh informs Annie and Matt that they are legally obligated to keep quiet about the results until the show airs or they will forfeit their winnings.
Story: Dr. Ruth Westheimer is known as a sex therapist who, at age 86, is still dispensing advice to an ever-present audience interested in matters of human bondage. That is the familiar scholar-turned-celebrity Dr. Ruth.
Newport, Rhode Island, is a Christmas wonderland from November to January, with three of the most spectacular mansions (The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House) decked to the nines and the downtown harbor transformed into a quaint ice-skating rink with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving via yacht.
Story: The heart is a lonely hunter, said novelist Carson McCullers. So it is with Nance, a 30s-something divorcee who juggles her responsibilities as a social worker with the trials and tribulations of raising a teenage daughter. Through a dating service she comes in contact with Tom, a divorced salesman who cautiously picks an art museum for their first meeting.
He is nothing like we have had in St. Louis lately: Jason Heyward is big, strong, athletic and yes, African-American. The last African-American starter for the Cardinals was Reggie Sanders back in 2005. Four years ago, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Heyward was considered the consensus No. 1 MLB prospect. Why not? He has a rocket right arm, arguably the best in baseball. He has incredible range in right field. He could be the best defensive outfielder in the game right now. Not many in history have two gold gloves by the time they are 25 years old. He also is fast enough to steal 20 bases a season.
Earlier in our marriage, when my husband and I were trying to establish our own holiday traditions, we volunteered for several years at the New Life Evangelistic Center downtown to serve meals on Christmas Day. For our 'shift,' I always enjoyed the cooking part: checking on the simmering sauces on the stove or getting the casseroles ready for serving. My husband usually helped man an assembly line along the hallway that took the hot food from the upstairs kitchen to the dining room downstairs, where hundreds were anticipating a hot, 'fancy' meal. The mood was made even more festive by the non-stop singing of Christmas carols, courtesy of the volunteers.
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.
Story: Figaro, valet to Count Almaviva of Seville, is set to marry Susanna, maid to Countess Rosina Almaviva. The womanizing Count, determined to have Susanna, threatens to invoke the “feudal right of the manor,” by which he may take the place of his valet on the latter’s wedding night. This doesn’t set well with either Figaro or Susanna, who make plans to thwart the Count’s efforts.
Story: Oh, the pressure. As the parents of a 4-year-old, Greg and Alexandra are steeped in stress. That’s because they are New York City yuppies who are convinced that they must spend thousands of dollars to get Jake into one of Manhattan’s prestigious academies for kindergarten students.
For the final event (of eight) to celebrate their marriage, Afnan Tariq planned an evening of family, music, elegance and cultural traditions for his new wife, Ayesha Ahmed.
Lindsey Farr and Randy Abbott mixed classic traditions with modern details to celebrate their love and marriage.
You’re newly single and itching to date. But, wait…should you? Area attorneys discuss how dating during a divorce proceeding can affect the outcome. Their overarching opinion? Wait until the divorce is final.
Story: Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, arrives in Messina following success in battle, accompanied by several of his men, including Benedick, Claudio and Don Pedro’s illegitimate brother, Don John. Don Pedro is invited to spend a month at the home of Leonato, whose daughter Hero is in love with Claudio.
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.
Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) leaves his rural Missouri cul de sac one sunny July day and heads to visit his twin sister, Margo (Carrie Coon), at a neighborhood bar they co-own. There, Nick receives a call from a neighbor letting him know—we assume—that his front door is open and his cat has gotten out. When Nick returns to retrieve the animal, something is not right.
Michael and Ivy Klein, celebrating 40 years of marriage
John and Marilyn Robinson, celebrating 50 years of marriage
Last month, St. Louis and Ferguson dominated national headlines. As the story surrounding Michael Brown's shooting grew, my 11- and 13-year-old boys had many concerns about the incident itself and their safety, but they also had more general questions about racial conflict, economic differences, and why everyone was so upset.
No matter the size of a donation, when someone gives money to charity, they have some level of confidence that it will be used for a specific purpose. And that expectation only grows with the size of the gift, particularly if there’s a donor agreement in place. The book, Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family’s Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University, was written by Doug White, director for the Master of Science in Fundraising Management program at Columbia University. In it, he digs into a high-profile case where the donors accused the university of misusing their charitable gift. We asked the author about the case, its implications, and steps donors should take before giving their hard-earned funds—no matter how noble the cause.
Rolls-Royce. The name alone conjures up images of beautiful people getting out of fancy cars. For gearheads, though, a Rolls-Royce is an exquisitely engineered and built machine that represents the pinnacle of automotive fabrication.
You’ve worked hard building your career, raising your children and accumulating assets. Now, you’re entering into a second marriage…Should a prenuptial agreement be part of the equation to protect these important parts of your life?
Story: Life in Czarist Russia is harsh for the Jewish residents of Anatevka, but it is the life they know. Their story is seen through the lens of Tevye the dairyman, who with his wife Golda struggles to raise their five daughters according to the precepts of the “Good Book.” The world, however, is evolving rapidly, and those changes are reaching even into their small, inconspicuous community.