“There is tremendous joy at how complete the family is right now, it just didn't feel complete until we were together," says Scott Wells, starting center for the St. Louis Rams and father of six.
In the past, mammograms always were very stressful for Jamie Jones of O’Fallon. Now 46, the mother of three girls is classified as having ‘dense’ breast tissue, and as a result, every year, she would get a call afterward that there might be a problem, and she needed to come in for more tests.
When December becomes icy and dark, the garden may go to sleep for the winter, but my kitchen window showcases the flurry of activity around our row of bird feeders.
Before the annual stroll around The Galleria in search of holiday gifts both selective and silly, it’s time to contemplate what occurred on local stages in the past 12 months.
Breathe in. And out. Focus on the breath entering and leaving your body...again… This is all it takes to begin a basic meditation practice. When your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your breath.
Q: Chef, I saw your wonderful gingerbread house at River City, and enjoyed breakfast with my family a few days ago. Would you share the recipe for the gingerbread cookie stars you served? I would like to make some for Christmas this year.
Local artist Theresa Disney recently opened The Funhouse Gallery, which will display her work. The first exhibit, The Art of the Circus, features Disney’s circus-themed work, including painted furniture, paintings and 3-D sculptures. Guests at the recent grand opening enjoyed circus-themed drinks and food, as well as a performance by Clownvis Presley.
Story: The heart is a lonely hunter, said novelist Carson McCullers. So it is with Nance, a 30s-something divorcee who juggles her responsibilities as a social worker with the trials and tribulations of raising a teenage daughter. Through a dating service she comes in contact with Tom, a divorced salesman who cautiously picks an art museum for their first meeting.
He is nothing like we have had in St. Louis lately: Jason Heyward is big, strong, athletic and yes, African-American. The last African-American starter for the Cardinals was Reggie Sanders back in 2005. Four years ago, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Heyward was considered the consensus No. 1 MLB prospect. Why not? He has a rocket right arm, arguably the best in baseball. He has incredible range in right field. He could be the best defensive outfielder in the game right now. Not many in history have two gold gloves by the time they are 25 years old. He also is fast enough to steal 20 bases a season.
Think for a few moments about your financial goals—they might include saving for a comfortable retirement, preparing for your children’s college education, purchasing a primary or second home, or leaving a legacy to the broader community. Everyone has goals like these, even though they can sometimes take a back seat to day-to-day concerns. A financial adviser’s job is to help you clarify those goals and turn them into a reality, says Brian King, wealth manager at Plancorp. “The goals are set by the clients, and it’s our job to discover them. We’re here to do a reality check, look at those goals and educate our clients about opportunities to achieve them.”
Although it’s been 20 years since David Halen was named concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he still savors that moment. “The announcement was made the night Isaac Stern was featured soloist for our orchestra," he recalls.
Kelley Barr says she was always a concoctor at heart. Growing up, she dissected her makeup and melted it to create new things, and learned early on about botanicals from her mom’s involvement in a garden club. That tinkering spirit paid off: Today, she co-owns K. Hall Designs with her husband, John Barr. The local company just opened its first location outside St. Louis, and is gearing up for a bustling holiday season.
Earlier in our marriage, when my husband and I were trying to establish our own holiday traditions, we volunteered for several years at the New Life Evangelistic Center downtown to serve meals on Christmas Day. For our 'shift,' I always enjoyed the cooking part: checking on the simmering sauces on the stove or getting the casseroles ready for serving. My husband usually helped man an assembly line along the hallway that took the hot food from the upstairs kitchen to the dining room downstairs, where hundreds were anticipating a hot, 'fancy' meal. The mood was made even more festive by the non-stop singing of Christmas carols, courtesy of the volunteers.
The first real Oscar contender of the season has emerged: If you recognize Eddie Redmayne, it will most likely be from his endearing performance as Marius in Les Miserables, or his charming turn as the object of Marilyn Monroe's fleeting attention in My Week with Marilyn. This time, Redmayne takes center stage in a striking portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking.
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?
St. Louis is nothing if not tradition-heavy around the holidays, and though some practices have fallen to the wayside, many others are here to stay. John Oldani has literally written the book on local traditions, aptly titled Christmas in St. Louis.
So, Cranky is 16. Like most 16-year-old girls, she is focused on a few priorities: clothes, boys, texts, One Direction and homework—if the last item is not on that list, please don't shatter my belief system. So it comes as no surprise that when a diet miracle appears on social media, Cranky would be quick to jump on it.
The holidays are a romantic time—who would argue that? After all, the season’s gatherings are filled with good cheer, a few drinks and a healthy dose of mistletoe. But whether you’re planning your office holiday party—or just planning to attend—it’s worth a reminder that real life is not like Love Actually or When Harry Met Sally. Local attorneys shared with LN their advice for avoiding the pitfalls of too much holiday magic in the workplace.
With the holiday season comes holiday shopping, and Ladue’s Colonial Marketplace is dedicated to providing customers with a unique and convenient retail, dining and lifestyle destination.
Since the fear of public speaking is one of the main fears people have, facing it is the first step in lessening it. But we really don’t want to eliminate it completely! Toastmasters tells us to take the “butterflies in our stomach and teach them to fly in formation.” A Toastmasters club is the perfect setting for this. It is a nurturing environment where many have been in your shoes and can easily relate to the courage you’re demonstrating.
I still can’t figure out exactly how Michael Henderson did it. It is one of the most incredible pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, never-say-die, never-surrender, life-changing stories I’ve ever heard.
It’s the time of year when socializing ramps up and invitations start arriving in both inboxes and mailboxes throughout the city. If you’re hosting a get-together this November, kick off the season in style
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.)