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‘Tis the time for giving, and these area organizations need your help to keep children safe and St. Louisans warm and well-fed this holiday season.
One of these days, Laura Dierberg-Padousis vows she’s going to find the time to learn how to cook. For now, her only ‘specialty’ is macaroni and cheese. You see, even though she’s a member of one of the prestigious grocery family names in St. Louis, she’s been a little busy since she graduated from Villa Duchesne in ’93.
So something funny happened last week. It’s not earth-shattering or anything, but it did kind of creep up on me. Birthdays don’t exactly appear out of nowhere. On some level, we know when our kids’ birthdays are coming up. Punch’s big day shouldn’t have been a shock. We’ve been celebrating it for years, after all. I remember the first one vividly as it was the night of the infamous Bush-Gore presidential election, dimpled chads and all. Nevertheless, when he burst through the bedroom door that morning and announced, I’m a teenager! It hit me like a safe falling from a roof: I have three teenagers.
A healthy diet and exercise are crucial to the health of a growing child. But another leg on the tripod of good health is proper sleep. Creating a maintaining a good sleep schedule is an important health issue for children.
St. Louis truly is a unique educational marketplace. There are more private schools in St. Louis than most any other city in the United States. Because many of these institutions have small classes and a unique educational niche, students who learn differently thrive in our city. In fact, many of these children and teenagers enroll in honors-level curriculums, take advanced placement classes, or attend the city’s best preparatory schools.
Sarah Murphey grew up in-and-out of foster care, without a stable home, always facing an uncertain future. But when she was 13, Megan Murphey and Michael Lettau came into her life. “They adopted Sarah a year later, and she is now a confident, young teenager attending a Ladue high school and looking at opportunities for college,” says Lisa Schaffer, Missouri director of development at The Adoption Exchange.
If you recall last weekend was delightful, weather-wise. Saturday was a crisp fall day—well technically it’s still summer, but you get my meaning—a sweatshirt and shorts kind of day. So it was in an almost spontaneous, certainly unpremeditated, moment that I said it. I’m not sure I had ever actually uttered the words before. I mean, I’m sure I had, but I may have blocked it out. I don’t know why but the weather must have caused a sudden surge of sentimentality. So I said it: we should go to the pumpkin patch.
Once Upon a Time…Carolyn Grove was looking for a new dog, several months after her previous dog had passed away. “I decided that I needed another rescue dog, because I needed and incentive to get up and walk. Otherwise, I’m a couch potato,” jokes Grove, a longtime interior designer.
Beyond the gates of one of the most coveted streets in the historic Central West End neighborhood sits the third annual Ladue News Show House: a grand World’s Fair-era manse created to rival the greatest of English estates.
As a teenager, Peter Martin would get up an hour-and-half before school to practice jazz, then go right back to his piano after the last bell rang. All that dedication certainly paid off, as he went on to attend Juilliard School of Music, earn multiple Grammy Awards and perform with his music idols throughout the world—even in the White House. Soon, the St. Louis native will return to his favorite place to play: The Sheldon. His Peter Martin Music Series has become a crowd favorite on the famed concert hall’s schedule, which also will include performances by Americana musicians Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn (Sept. 20), Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin (Oct. 4), and folk artist Rickie Lee Jones (Nov. 8) this year. LN recently caught up with Martin to talk about the series, his CD set for release in February and some highlights of his prolific career.
Michael McMillan piled up a large sum of leadership roles after he became the youngest person ever elected to the St. Louis Board of Alderman; and seven years ago, his clout multiplied tenfold when he was voted in as the license collector for the City of St. Louis.
BREAKDOWN STL partnered with Three French Hens to host a Design Dilemma party. The event took place at Three French Hens' store and featured both decorating demonstrations and answers to design problems. BreakDown STL works to educate teenagers about positive life choices in topics such as sex, alcohol, drugs bullying and self-harm. Pictured: Nancy Ade, Jeannie Hood and Sandie Hea.
I’m on vacation. It’s the same vacation I take every summer to a cozy hamlet in northern Michigan. The little town is the same, with fudge shops and stray bikes. The lake is beautiful as always, and the weather is delightfully unpredictable. Nevertheless, something is different. Something has changed.
Judy Ciapciak, executive director of Friends of Kids with Cancer, recalls a teenage boy who recently spoke about the organization at an event by saying, It takes the lows and balances them out with highs. His words were something Ciapciak considers an achievement for the nonprofit, whose goal is to enrich the lives of kids going through cancer treatment. “It’s just keeping them positive—it’s not a cure, but it’s the best thing they can get at this time in their lives,” she says.
CLAYTON EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER celebrated its first full year of operation with a summer picnic. Since opening last summer, the preschool has doubled in size to serve 100 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. The picnic was held on CECC's campus in Oak Knoll Park, and children celebrated with Kona Ice snow cones, barbecue and more summer fun. Pictured: A CECC student dances in a cloud of bubbles courtesy of Tekno Bubble Bus.
I don’t want to raise the bar too much after the abysmal cinematic summer we’ve had, but things do seem to be looking up. Here’s what’s coming in August:
As president of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter Wyse Jackson is one of the world’s foremost botanists and conservationists and the steward of an institution that is recognized around the globe as a leader in plant research.
This month’s Nonprofit Spotlight shines on one of my favorite places to be in St. Louis: Laumeier Sculpture Park.
I own a lot of things with screens—maybe too many. In addition to my work computer and laptop, I also have a TV at my office, in the bedroom, and in the bathroom as I need to watch the news while brushing my teeth. And, I own an iPhone, as well as multiple iPads. In fact, as I look around the house, it is safe to say that my old iPads never really die, they just get recycled into expensive room clocks and personal gaming devices.
An eagle is magnificent but an albatross is unimaginable. Heck, for me a birdie is an accomplishment.
Maybe you've tried every recipe plan, diet book and exercise video out there in an effort to finally reach your ultimate weight-loss goal, yet you keep coming up short. But your past doesn’t have to be your future, according to Charles D’Angelo. The weight loss coach, who has come full-circle himself—losing 160 pounds more than a decade ago—is in the business of motivating people to change the script in their heads to achieve healthy lifestyle goals. “The key is to drop the excuses and tap into that God-given spark that everyone has to fulfill their dreams,” D’Angelo says.
By day, they may be all business behind an office desk. But by night, they know how to let loose. LN recently caught up with some local working dads who use their garage bands as an after-hours outlet.
The common wisdom is that people who love their work are those who find the most success. Here, we feature three women who prove that common wisdom right: By following their dreams, each built a business that has seen more success than most of us would dare to dream for. As John Updike once said, “The refusal to rest content—the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one’s obsessions—is what distinguishes artists from entertainers and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.”