I awaken from an unexpected nap on the Sun Deck of the S.S. Catherine cruise ship. We are docked in southern France, on the Rhône River, just outside the Medieval walls of Avignon. A tarp over my lounge chair shades the sun and a gentle breeze from the dormant mistral, the famous wind of Provence, whisks away the heat. I had been replaying the morning sightseeing through groves of sunflowers and perfect picturesque villages graced with startlingly blue sky and lavender-scented air. Perhaps the dreamy glory of the moment and memory lulled me to sleep—-or maybe it was the rosé served at lunch.
Donna Heckler interviewed for a fantastic job and felt great about her prospects. Later that day, the St. Louis woman learned she had breast cancer. “The question became, Do I stay home and focus on fighting the cancer? Or do I go out, work at a job with considerable travel, and live my life? I chose to work. I chose to live my life. I tried to live like a lady every step of the way,” she writes in the introduction to her book, Living Like a Lady When You Have Cancer.
Nail polish is all about the color, right? Well, it turns out there’s a little more to it than that. For some insight on getting great manicures, we turned to industry veteran Deborah Lippmann. As luck would have it, her company is now celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Congratulations!
His skills are far beyond your wildest imagination: By day, he dons a black T-shirt and shorts as a personal trainer; by night, he can be found in wigs, tights, capes, feathers and mirrors. Meet Leo Stoff, one of the most versatile performance artists in St Louis, who excels in trick-roping, stilt-walking, aerial silks and Japanese Taiko drumming.
Story: Polly and Walter’s living room sofa doubles as a bed in their tiny and cramped New York City loft apartment. Space is at a premium because Walter, a seldom-employed actor whose glory days are behind him, has filled their dwelling with costumes from his many performances through the years as well as outfits he’s purchased along the way.
Story: Ariel, mermaid and youngest daughter of Triton, king of the sea, yearns to learn more about the humans above water who fascinate her so much. Her aspirations are different than those of her six mersisters, who are content frolicking in the ocean.
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.
Toastmasters is an international organization with more than 313,000 members in 126 countries. It is a world leader in communication and leadership development.
STACEY ABELES has been hired as director of special events for the March of Dimes Missouri Chapter. She previously worked at Gateway to Hope and The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.
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.
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.
Students Abigail Isom, Emma Baylis and Olivia Prosser perform in Visitation Academy's recent production of Little Women.
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.
Story: Theseus, Duke of Athens, prepares for his wedding to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. He is approached in his court by a nobleman named Egeus, who complains that his daughter, Hermia, prefers to marry a young man named Lysander rather than Demetrius, the suitor selected by her father.
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.
With the arrival of fall, so come all the cravings of the season: squash of all varieties—including and especially pumpkin—apples, caramel (or apples dipped in caramel), and bacon and chocolate. (OK, those last two can apply to any season.)
This 5-bedroom, 5 full- and 1 half-bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $1.435 million.
Move over, Radiant Orchid! For our money, navy blue has turned out to be the real color of year in interiors. It’s all but replaced black and brown as the new dark base for decorating. We love navy’s easy-going vibe, as well as the way it effortlessly pairs with neutrals, brights and, of course, metallics.
Story: Eteocles and Polyneices, sons of the late King Oedipus of Thebes, each dies in battle on opposite sides of the civil war fought in Thebes. Their uncle Creon, now ruler of Thebes, declares that Eteocles shall be honored as a patriot and given a proper burial, but that Polyneices’ body will be left in the streets to be preyed upon by carrion birds and animals.
Story: At a carnival shooting gallery, the proprietor encourages a motley group of misfits to purchase guns and take aim on their frustrations by assassinating an American president. Historical eras overlap as disgruntled actor John Wilkes Booth commences the violence with the murder of President Abraham Lincoln to avenge the South’s loss in the Civil War.
Wrinkles range from tiny, fine lines to deep creases, and there is a dermal filler for just about every type.
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.
A couple months ago, my editor approached me about one of those new painting-while-drinking-wine classes that have recently dominated everyone’s social media newsfeeds. My mission was to visit the new Pinot’s Palette in Webster Groves. The thought of doing something artistic while drinking wine, and then writing about it sounded like something just this side of nirvana, so, of course, I signed on.