When you pick up a book, it can take you to another world: You could become a county sheriff charged with protecting the life of a controversial politician, or a teenage theme park guide who is suddenly tasked with stopping Disney’s most evil villains—or maybe even Peter Pan meeting Captain Hook for the very first time. And author Ridley Pearson, whose works include the adult suspense series Risk Agent, Walt Fleming and the children’s Kingdom Keepers and Starcatchers series, among others, has built almost 50 worlds where adults and kids alike can escape.
Dr. Robert Bergamini chose pediatric oncology as his medical specialty almost 35 years ago because he knew it was challenging: He saw it as an opportunity to care for sick children and their families, part of "doing the complete job of providing care for the entire family unit," he explains. And while you may assume working with cancer-stricken children would be emotion-ally draining, when asked how he copes, Bergamini pauses and then says simply, “We have fun.”
Sheri Sherman’s life as a community volunteer began innocently enough, some 30 years ago, when she was asked to be on the board of the Ethical Society preschool, which her children attended. “I had no experience, and someone said, You can be the vice-president, because the vice-president doesn’t really do much and you can develop,” Sherman recalls. “Soon after I started, the board president resigned, and the executive director quit at the same time, so I was thrown in deep water right away.”
One of our greatest pleasures at Ladue News is bringing you the stories of truly dynamic people who are changing St. Louis for the better. Congratulations to this year’s class of honorees—we hope their stories serve as inspiration!
Demispheres filled with Honey Caramel, Cinnamon Honey Ganache, Salt Caramel and Winter Mint Ganache. Honey Foam, Box Turtles and Dark Chocolate Almonds with Cocoa Powder. These are only some of the sweet rewards resulting in the very worthy journey of chocolatier Rick Jordan, who set up shop in Chesterfield in July 2011.
As Kate Corbett sat with her husband while their son was in surgery, their discussion turned to how readily available medical resources were in St. Louis. To help make these resources available to others, Corbett founded the St. Louis office of the World Pediatric Project.
Make no mistake, the heroic, triumphant life of Louis Zamperini is inspiring. The mere mention of his name roils emotion. He is the embodiment of The Greatest Generation. However...that being said, this film, based on the biography of the same title, is lukewarm, at best. A story like this should make filmgoers jump to their feet (operative word being ‘should’).
From preparing meals to planting flowers and painting houses, the Veiled Prophet Organization’s (VP) Maids of Honor Project is making a positive impact on the community. Funded by the VP Foundation, the program annually has averaged almost 400 volunteer dads and daughters, and about 2,500 hours of community service in recent years. LN spoke with five of these outstanding young women, who debuted in this year’s ball, about their volunteer work.
Following auspicious reigns as the Veiled Prophet Queen of Love & Beauty, these young women have been traveling the world—and making a difference. LN recently caught up with four former VP queens.
Convenient food and healthy food often aren't one and the same—after all, that’s how diets get off track, right? But Jamba Juice works to bridge that gap with its wholesome offerings.
Take a moment and ask yourself: Have there been times—as you were going about your day—that you felt dizzy, or felt a sudden pain, but then ignored it in favor of finishing the tasks at hand?
Holiday carols, Broadway show tunes and classical music can be heard these days at The Gatesworth. And it’s not emanating from a radio or television—it’s The Gatesworth Singers.
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.
Story: Singer/musician J.R. “Johnny” Cash was born in Arkansas in 1932 and died in Nashville in 2003. His impoverished childhood was grounded by a hard-working, God-fearing family, values that shaped his own philosophy. He was married twice, divorced once and briefly widowed after the death of his second wife, June Carter Cash, his spouse and oft-times performing partner for 35 years.
Think for a few moments about your financial goals—they might include saving for a comfortable retirement, preparing for your children’s college education, purchasing a primary or second home, or leaving a legacy to the broader community. Everyone has goals like these, even though they can sometimes take a back seat to day-to-day concerns. A financial adviser’s job is to help you clarify those goals and turn them into a reality, says Brian King, wealth manager at Plancorp. “The goals are set by the clients, and it’s our job to discover them. We’re here to do a reality check, look at those goals and educate our clients about opportunities to achieve them.”
Story: Joe McCandless has lived a tortured life. Forty years ago, as a kid he witnessed the deaths of his two older brothers, Andy and Jack, at the family cabin on the shores of Lake Belle Rive, Mississippi. Jealousy over a woman named Jenna fueled the escalating tension between the brothers, which ended with all three adults dying there.
Too many people seem to think Asian cuisine stops at sushi. Luckily, there are places like Hiro Asian Kitchen around, where diners can take a tour of some of the best dishes this ancient continent has to offer, with a decidedly creative spin to them.
As we surround ourselves with family and friends this holiday season, we also take the time to enhance our homes with beautiful touches to make these cherished moments even more memorable.
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.
From its beginnings as a Catholic women’s college in 1915 to today’s global coed campuses, Webster University is celebrating a century of local and worldwide impact.
Famed bridal designer Judd Waddell will soon make his St. Louis trunk show debut at Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique. While his designs may not have been displayed this way here before, Waddell is no stranger to the area. Before launching his own fashion house, Waddell was just a young adult from a small town (Illiopolis, Illinois), who attended Washington University to pursue his passion: architecture.
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.
One in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. And less than 10 percent of breast cancer is hereditary—rather, it is sporadic cancer or related to an individual risk, notes St. Luke’s breast surgeon Dr. Patricia Limpert. “Unfortunately, the public has a skewed opinion about whether they are at high-risk for breast cancer. Because you don’t have a family history of breast cancer does not mean you have no risk.”
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.
Thanks to busy plant breeders, black has arrived as the new 'in' color for landscape design. The range of horticultural offerings has grown so significantly in recent years that it now needs to be added to our garden wish lists.