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If you need a break from your Oscar checklist, or simply prefer to watch some of the early contenders from the comfort of your couch, here are the latest releases on DVD (and most popular downloads). It’s a good week for action fans. For your convenience, I’ve divided them into two categories: Worth a Watch and Must Miss.
Fifty-five years after The Four Preps introduced the surfer hit, 26 Miles, Santa Catalina still is an island of romance, unspoiled beauty and endless fun, as well as a perfect place for family vacations with something for every age.
Despite serving more than 15,000 children this year, St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Healthy Kids Express is just scratching the surface of the need for health care among kids in the St. Louis area, says Greta Todd-Moorhead, the hospital’s director of child health advocacy and outreach. “Most of the issues we’re addressing are public health crises for these kids and for the whole community,” she says. “There’s a need for a lot more than just our services, but we’re the first step.”
Named Islamorada (Purple Islands) by the Spanish in the late 1800s, this tropical Florida island has been a favorite destination for legendary storytellers like Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway. In the mid-1940s, a small inn called Olney Inn opened right smack on the Atlantic. Its first guest was President Harry Truman, followed shortly thereafter by Edward R. Murrow and other political Washington elite. Frequent transformations of the lodge brought avid fishermen from around the world, including perhaps the most famous angler, George H. W. Bush, who came so often he established an annual Bonefish Tournament raising thousands of dollars for various charities.
The business trip, the honeymoon, the family vacation—all trips come with an assumable number of corresponding travelers. But how do you describe a 12-person vacation? What about a seven-family retreat? These St. Louisans spent their summers being, to say the least, social. Can you even imagine the luggage?
Just a few short weeks ago, students were filled with anticipation about the start of school. Some were excited to see their friends and share summer stories, and others were dreading their loss of freedom and prematurely missing those lazy August mornings. Now, however, vacation memories have faded and school structure is everyone’s reality. Summer is firmly in the rearview mirror, and it is time to look forward.
Social media is everywhere: By phone, laptop, tablet, desktop or even a robot, like it or not, it’s how people communicate today. The laws dictating social propriety have been overturned. I’ve seen email RSVPs, condolence texts, wedding evites and thank-you notes on Facebook. Thankfully, tweeting during a funeral apparently is frowned upon.
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.
If you’re determined to get out of the house this week and the cineplex is your destination, you have options. OK, some of them aren’t great options, but options nonetheless. Here’s the skinny on what’s showing. Some are must-sees, others are must-misses and some are somewhere in-between.
School will begin for most youngsters in two or three weeks. For some children and their parents, the transition from summer vacation to the school year is easy; but for others, it is more of a challenge. Some kids will breeze into the classroom, while some will enter under protest. A few parents will shed a tear as they leave their child at school, while others will find it hard to restrain their joy. For those who may have a more difficult time, here are a few tips for getting the school year off to a good start.
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:
Elizabeth ‘Bunny’ Wight Herring, who swung from a trapeze to celebrate her 80th birthday, has never been particularly interested in contemplating what she can’t—or shouldn’t—do.
The concept of the American dream was popularized by historian James Tuslow Adams, who described it as the dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.
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.
I remember distinctly the day I moved from New York City to Charlottesville, Va., for graduate school. I sat in a cookie-cutter apartment in a nondescript complex with an incongruously charming name and twiddled my thumbs. Rather than unpack boxes, I decided to explore my new stomping grounds. As I walked around the town’s hub, known as The Corner, I spied a stack of newspapers on a checkout counter. What better way to start acclimating than to read about the goings-on in my new home? During my time in New York, I had ridden, the subway to some extraordinary headlines. (On a side note, I talked about New York like I was born and raised there for about a month until a guy in my section from Park Slope smacked me on the back of the head and told me to “knock it off, Hillbilly.”) What news was breaking here? I glanced at the bold letters above the fold.
There are few things that can truly be perfect, and even fewer that can accurately be measured for perfection. Golf provides that one possible moment of It couldn’t have been better greatness: the hole-in-one. As rare as they are, these readers have managed multiple shots of flawlessness and strokes of victory. We know who you want on your next team!
After interviewing for a job in Chicago in July 2007, Jessica Pedroli hoped that she’d just met her future boss. But she couldn’t have imagined that she'd also met her future husband. Taken by Jessica's confident personality—and her blue eyes—Ian Kirksey hired her that very day, and a workplace romance soon blossomed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, Life is a journey, not a destination. But did he imagine life as a journey fraught with airport lines, flight delays and crowded conditions only to reach a destination where exotic disease and tainted foods can ruin even the most carefully planned trip?
In today’s world, grandparents’ roles in their grandchildren’s lives are growing—from taking them on vacation and celebrating holidays to supporting their academic and athletic pursuits and shaping their lifelong values. But what if the children’s parents deny grandparents their desired time?
It wasn’t long ago when vacationers snapped and clicked with fingers crossed, hoping to have a few good pictures when they returned home. In the age of digital photography, things should be easier. But regardless of the equipment upgrade, vacation photos often look dull, amateurish and indistinguishable. Our in-house expert, LN photographer Sarah Crowder, weighs in on what travelers should do to capture the moments they’ll want to remember.
Have you traveled far and wide? Tell us about it!
When St. Charles resident Justine Riggs rescued two sister Weimaraners four years ago, she wasn’t thinking of becoming an author. But necessity is the mother of invention, after all, and a family Thanksgiving trip showed her how difficult it can be to find hotels and restaurants that accommodate dogs. In fact, at one restaurant where the family went inside, leaving the dogs (still within eyeshot) in the car, she says, “I could see (one dog) turning around in the seat. What I didn’t realize was that she was ripping a hole in it! She really did not like that we were inside and she was out there.”
An upcoming trip is a great reason to buy a new camera—and the items currently on the market offer more than ever before. LN asked local professionals to share their digital camera favorites for travelers.