Story: Frances “Baby” Houseman is spending three weeks following her high school graduation in 1963 with her sister and parents at a resort in the Catskill Mountains. It’s her physician father’s first vacation in quite a while, and it’s Baby’s time to relax as well before heading off to college at Mount Holyoke, where she plans to get an education in economics before joining the Peace Corps and helping change the world.
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.
Last winter, Joshua Kazdan, now a junior at John Burroughs School, heard about a trip being offered by the Japan America Society of St. Louis to create ambassadorship between the two countries. Interested in Japanese culture, Joshua applied and was selected as part of a group of students for the all-expense-paid trip, thanks to sponsorship by Toyota and Hitachi.
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.
Now in its ninth year, the St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award honors local women who not only embody a healthy lifestyle, but also inspire others in the community to follow their lead. This year’s four honorees, who were feted at the recent St. Luke’s Hospital Spirit Girls’ Night Out, include: Mary Pat Henehan of Olivette, Jan Paul of Webster Groves, Susan Richmond of Eureka, and Jennifer Riegel of O’Fallon, Missouri.
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.
Halloween is upon us. There's a chill in the air, wet leaves in the grass and an inexplicable credit-card receipt from something known only as the 'Halloween Super Store' on the table. For those of you not familiar, the Halloween Super Store is what I imagine as the modern-day equivalent of the gypsy caravan: It pops up overnight in a previously abandoned retail space, stays open for one month selling all things spooky, and then—more quickly than it appeared—it's gone. The HSS is not a new concept. The receipt, however, strikes me as odd, odd because it means the kids have already gone to the Halloween store—and they have gone without me.
Ashley Sewell and Patrick Ryan were worried about the weather: The forecast for their big day, over Memorial Day Weekend in Cape Cod, was predicted to be cold and rainy. But the storm clouds stayed away and sunshine blessed the beaches for the couple’s nautical nuptials.
Having a child with a learning disability of any kind is a struggle. Between diagnosis, doctors appointments and treatments, school work can get lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, several area schools cater specifically to students with learning disabilities, which means youngsters can focus on their education and stay on track to success.
Leif, Gareth and Anton Schuster of Ladue, with parents Glen and Julie
After 33 years as a veterinary practitioner, I've come to realize just how difficult it is for pet owners to determine whether they have a true pet emergency.
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.
Story: Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were two kids chafing to escape the cross-hairs of the Great Depression. Clyde’s father was an itinerant farmer, always beholden to someone else for the meager wages that fed his wife and two sons, while Bonnie was raised by her God-fearing widowed mother to work hard and respect the system.
Each year, 2,700 prisoners are released back into the St. Louis area. Without any support system in place, about two-thirds of them are likely to re-offend and return to prison within three years. But Project COPE is changing those statistics—and changing lives. For those who receive assistance from the nonprofit, only 4 percent re-enter prison within a three-year period, contributing to the success and safety of the entire community.
When Annie Seal’s oldest daughter was in high school, she was diagnosed with an eating disorder. Although the teen wasn’t showing signs of extreme weight loss that are typically associated with such disorders, Seal had noticed unexplainable extreme mood swings. “For a long time, I thought my daughter was just a teenager,” Seal says. “She was just not herself. My sweet girl was gone, and in her place was someone I didn’t recognize who was emotional, moody and always unhappy. It was beyond the normal adolescent; but she was my oldest, so I thought maybe this is really how adolescents behave.”
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.
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.
As a parent, you constantly hope you are doing it right. Occasionally, things happen that confirm that hope, changing it into a belief: I believe I'm doing it right. Be it an A on a test, a win in the big game, a good decision on the playground or at a party, the belief becomes a surety. Wow, I'm a good parent—no, I'm a great parent! You bask in the glow of it and fleetingly consider baking cookies or taking on a DIY project. And then one day, your teenage child stands in the kitchen, between you and the cupboard, and says with disturbing sincerity: I need a plate.
If I were to ask any St. Louisan about what they consider to be the biggest news story of the year thus far, there wouldn't be any doubt as to the answer: Ferguson. The story surrounding the police shooting and ensuing protests continues to command the attention of the 24-hour news cycle, as well as social media chatter here and beyond.
More than 400,000 kids in the U.S. and almost 18 million worldwide await a forever home, according to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
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.
Parents of today’s school kids may fondly remember their '80s-era lunchbox filled with bologna on white bread, cookies and chips. While that may have been the standard school lunch of a few decades ago, today’s parents are packing more nutritious lunches that contain all the important food groups needed to keep a youngster going through the day. And that’s half the battle.
It has been a landmark few years at Westminster Christian Academy, where enrollment currently is at its highest: 1,017 students throughout its co-ed middle and high schools. “We’re grateful to see continued growth in enrollment,” says Tom Stoner, who is in his second year as head of the school. “That’s one of many healthy signs for this school that’s very encouraging.”
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.