Ever since the movie Sideways, people have jumped on the 'No Merlot' bandwagon and decided it wasn’t cool to drink merlot. The main character, Miles, played by Paul Giamatti, helped merlot's popularity plummet, while his choice of pinot noir became the 'it' wine. Merlot is still recovering sales-wise from a movie that debuted in 2004. Where’s the mer-love?
The tones of the first and second halves of 2014 are polarized. Jubilees at the start of the year that celebrated the city’s 250th anniversary sharply contrasted against the confrontations resulting from what happened in Ferguson in late summer.
You would never give your child drugs (other than those prescribed or recommended by the pediatrician) or alcohol. Yet many parents think nothing of allowing their children to consume caffeine-laced soft drinks, sports drinks or even ‘energy drinks.’
Story: Five months after the outbreak of World War I, a number of British, French and German troops positioned in trenches alongside “no man’s land” in Europe stopped their fighting for a brief but poignant period on Christmas Eve, 1914. Tentative and leery at first, they slowly emerged from their rat-infested trenches to extend holiday greetings to each other. They sang songs, exchanged simple gifts and even participated in an impromptu soccer game on the frozen terrain.
This month, instead of offering advice, I’m going to ask for your input. But first, a little background: began my first practice more than 34 years ago in a small southeast Missouri town. When my patients needed me outside of office hours, they called me at home; my number was in the book. On rare occasions, they just dropped by my house, as my address was listed, too. I had an answering machine to direct callers when I was not 'on call,' and when I was on call, my wife was my answering service. I attended every complicated delivery, met my patients in the emergency department, and made rounds twice daily on the many patients I admitted to the local hospital. There were no 'hospitalists.' There were no urgent-care centers or walk-in clinics. (And Al Gore had not yet invented the Internet.)
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness and, until recently, there have been few treatment options available. Local citizens who have dry AMD now may help pave the way for a treatment breakthrough as subjects in an international study.
The simplest fountains include only a waterproof container and pump. Add water and power for instant effect. Go one step farther by adding a float valve, a device that tops up the water automatically by operating a valve on a garden hose. Last month’s column provided simple instructions for a small self-contained water feature.
Story: Francis “Confidential” Henshall is hungry for work, literally. The erstwhile skiffle musician can’t think of anything but food as he wanders the streets of Brighton, England in 1963. As fate would have it, he finds employment working for a two-bit gangster named Roscoe Crabbe, who was thought to be dead but apparently is not. Soon, Roscoe and Francis are strong-arming Charlie “The Duck” Clench, another small-time hood.
Story: For 36 years Willy Loman has led the life of a salesman, covering all of New England for the New York company and its products that he represents. To hear Willy tell it, he cuts a wide swath through the northeastern United States, where people welcome him with open arms and deep pockets.
The United Way of Greater St. Louis recently announced several chairs for the upcoming 2014 campaign. For the second year, MARILYN BUSH will chair the Women’s Leadership Society, and NINOSKA and PATRICK CLARKIN will co-chair of the Multicultural Leadership Society. JOHN STUPP will chair the de Tocqueville Society. JOE AMBROSE and RAY FARRIS will co-chair the Men’s Leadership Society. SARAH ROULAND will chair the Young Leadership Society, and REUBEN and D’ANNE SHELTON will co-chair the African American Leadership Society.
St. Louis' arts community is gearing up for a big season of live shows this fall! We went straight to the top and asked local arts and entertainment leaders what they're most excited about in the upcoming season:
The Acropolis has stood in Athens for more than 1,000 years. That symbol became the inspiration for the name and philosophy behind Acropolis Investment Management. “We liked the idea of a strong, safe place that serves as the citadel during good and bad times,” says David Ott.
Pencils, paper, protractors… As the first day of the new school year approaches, more than 90,000 students in St. Louis don’t know where their classroom supplies will come from. But many area nonprofits are working to change that.
SCOTT SCHNUCK of Schnuck Markets, Inc., and MIKE DeCOLA of HBM Holdings have been named chair and co-chair, respectively, of United Way of Greater St. Louis’ 2014 fundraising campaign.
Most fans of musical theater doubtless are familiar with Cabaret, the jaunty musical written by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb that focuses on the decadent lifestyle favored by the bohemians and artists who lived in Berlin in the post-World War I years shortly before Adolf Hitler and his Third Reich came to power.
It simply didn't sit well with her: Christi Griffin was a practicing attorney when she began to see instances of greed and abuse of power. It was not one particular problem, but an assortment of unethical behavior, and it drove her to do something. In 2007, Griffin founded local nonprofit, The Ethics Project (TEP).
Marilyn Bush recites a favorite quote by author and activist Alice Walker: The most common way people give up power is thinking they don’t have any. Bush, senior VP at Bank of America, is dedicated to empowering women to form strong relationships with each other while contributing to the community.
Recent Clayton High School graduate Caroline Avery has been awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest national award that a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador can earn, for her Driving Green campaign.
Take a bow, Team USA and captain Ellen Port—you have earned it!
When it comes to decorating with accessories, clear crystal is a no-brainer. Because it’s colorless, there’s no need to match a restrictive palette. And in terms of style, these accents fit in beautifully almost anywhere.
Since 2007, more than 200 post-9/11 veterans have been awarded fellowships to better themselves and their communities through St. Louis-based nonprofit The Mission Continues.