St. Louis interior designer Jay Eiler’s sleek navy study makes us want to clean up our act. All of this perfection begs the question: Does good design really encourage us to live and work more beautifully? We went to Eiler for answers.
Huge congratulations to chefs GERARD CRAFT and KEVIN NASHAN, who have both been chosen as finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Midwest. Craft and Nashan, along with KEVIN WILLMANN of Farmhaus, BEN POREMBA of Elaia & Olio and JOSH GALLIANO of The Libertine were all named semifinalists for the award last month. Winners will be revealed at a gala in NYC in May. We'd like to thank all of the folks who represented St. Louis this year--well done!
Virginia Braxs (Cultural Enrichment)
Let’s start with the back story: Russ Henneberry is a good friend and mentor. I have learned a great deal from him about building websites and Internet marketing, among other things. Regularly, I would go to his site to read his latest article. On one occasion, I noticed an audio icon near the top of the latest post. Not knowing what to expect, I clicked on it. To my delight, Russ was reading his post, with inflections and pauses that made the article easy to understand.
Story: What does a talent agent do when her prime client, a suave and popular leading man, has a “recurring case of homosexuality”? Well, if the agent is Diane and the matinee idol is Mitchell, she does her mighty best to submerge his true identity. In fact, lesbian Diane even poses as Mitchell’s ‘beard’ to allay any fears or concerns by the general public about his manliness.
As we continue our discussion about crafting your elevator speech, remember that your speech might have great content on each ‘floor,’ but if not delivered properly, the results will not meet the intended goals. Last month, we discussed the first element of nonverbal communication, eye contact. Let’s look at some more:
Once in a great while, you stumble onto a story that is just so full of wonder and intrigue, that you have to share it. Enter Effie Brooks Theodate Pope Riddle, and the Hill-Stead mansion.
Holiday traditions in St. Louis are so established that it might not even surprise you that we have a ‘head elf,’ if you will, in our midst. We all have our cherished things to do this time of the year: taking in the Symphony at Powell Hall, a carriage ride through Tilles Park, or maybe ice-skating at Steinberg Rink in Forest Park.
Who can you trust? Where can you get accurate information? There are a lot of misinformation and falsehoods online. Many people, however passionate, are just plain uneducated—these are the ones who post based on emotion and not on facts. Others have political, religious or other agendas that they want to promote with little or no regard for the truth. Another group can be considered the scam artists, who only have one purpose: to take your money. Another category is reserved for terrorists or hate groups, who want to impose their hateful ideologies. For them, truth has a very low priority. In addition, there are honest misunderstandings, in which people just don’t fact-check before they post.
You went out to dinner and, to put it mildly, you did not have a good experience. What do you do? If you’re of a certain generation, your next move is probably to write a scathing review on Facebook or Twitter.
Let’s refresh: A great elevator speech should:
THE ELEVATOR SPEECH: WHAT IT IS AND WHY HAVE ONE
LN selected some of St. Louis’ best designers to work on the upcoming 2013 Show House. Beginning this week, we'll introduce the most talented design teams behind the third annual Show House at #23 Lenox Place, which will be open to the public Oct. 5 through Oct. 20.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. With the birth (and upcoming christening) of Prince George Alexander Louis, the line of succession for the British monarchy extends to a fourth generation. The Prince of Cambridge is now third in line to the throne after his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father, Prince William. He booted his Uncle Harry to fourth. What could have been groundbreaking—but wasn’t—was a change in the law of succession passed by Parliament in 2011 that guaranteed that the first child of Prince William would become the ruling (regent) king or queen: This child was going to be third in line to the throne regardless of sex. The difference is, under the old law, had this baby been a girl, she could have been surpassed in the line of succession by a later-born brother. Since George is a boy, he’s third under either law—and will stay so—thus, things stay the same this time. Interestingly, primogeniture, or the practice of the oldest male inheriting a nobleman’s entire estate, continues for dukes and earls and other landed gentry.
When I’m addressing an audience about the subject of ‘elevator speeches,’ I’ll ask, By a show of hands, who—within the last year—has tweaked their elevator speech? Immediately, many hands go up. I’ll continue, In the last six months? Six weeks? Six days? As I’m speaking, you are…?
A ground-breaking exhibition on Thomas Jefferson currently is on display at the Missouri History Museum. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty, which attracted more than a million visitors while on display at the Smithsonian, explores one of the most difficult topics in American history and how it played out in Jefferson’s world at Monticello. The exhibit features more than 280 museum objects, works of art, documents and artifacts found through archeological excavations at Monticello, including Jefferson’s personal chess set and books. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello runs through March 2014, and is free and open to the public.
At the Campbell House Museum, a collection of historic wedding gowns showcasing the meticulous ornamentation and painstaking detail found in attire from decades past currently is on exhibit.
In our last several columns, we’ve offered nuggets to lessen the fear of public speaking. We don’t want to completely rid ourselves of those butterflies in our stomach. Put that nervous energy into your presentation. A presentation without energy is boring!
It's been another busy month with several local golfers achieving success in various tournaments. Let's get right to it.
Nugget No. 10
On any given Sunday, people gather inside to hear the message of the pastor. Standing at the pulpit with their undivided attention is the Rev. Terri Swan, the first woman to be the senior pastor in Salem in Ladue United Methodist Church's 172-year history.
There were merely seven Mexican gray wolves left worldwide in 1971. Today, the population is past 300 living in captivity, with more than 70 additional wolves living in the wild, thanks to Missouri’s Endangered Wolf Center.