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St. Louis is a city with layers of stories, and Ladue News recently uncovered one of them. Fittingly, this story involves one of the first families to occupy #23 Lenox Place, the setting of the 2013 LN Show House.
Story: Set in Russia at the end of the 19th century, The Good Doctor consists of eight comic vignettes, four in each act, that present snapshots of life, mostly in Moscow, among people at all levels of society.
The most successful women also are the most creative, according to Gail McMeekin, a Boston-based psychotherapist, writer and career coach. But how do you leverage creative ideas and passion into a viable business? We talked to McMeekin, author of the best-selling book, The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women, about her definition of success and how to achieve it.
As someone who has worked for more than 30 years both as a professional consultant to nonprofits and as an ardent volunteer, Donna Wilkinson believes that an organization’s biggest asset is the volunteer leadership behind it. “I’m pretty passionate about the role of volunteers,” she says. “For instance, if you have an organization that wants to move forward with a capital campaign, that will make the difference in whether something is successful or not. If you don’t have the volunteer leadership behind you, it is really difficult.”
A simple bark, sniff or tail wag might seem trivial to the everyday pet owner, but veterinary behaviorist Dr. Debra Horwitz sees animals a little differently. More than a traditional veterinarian, Horwitz works to understand why companion animals do what they do—and for her work is being lauded by colleagues across the country.
When Lauri Tanner was a child, the oldest of five siblings constantly read the Nurse Nancy book series and took the lead in caring for her younger brothers and sisters. As an adult, her life continues to be focused on her greatest love: taking care of people.
Cheryl Polk leads by example. And she hopes other women will follow. “Women in leadership positions should always seek to develop the next generation of leadership,” she says.
Vida ‘Sister’ Goldman Prince knows that only a Holocaust survivor can fully comprehend what happened in those terrible years. A volunteer at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center (HMLC), she has made it her lifelong commitment to record the extraordinary lives of these survivors and their horrifying stories to ensure they are never forgotten.
On Saturday morning, June 15, Susie Knopf will join tens of thousands of friends, family, survivors and community members in downtown St. Louis for the 15th annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure. A long-term breast cancer survivor, Knopf will be walking in a sea of pink to raise funds and bring attention to the quest to cure breast cancer, the No. 2 killer of women after heart disease. “We are all one for those few hours and each shares a passion to end this dreaded disease,” she says. “Although we have come a long way, breast cancer is still a killer and 40,000 people in the U.S. will die of the disease this year.”
Story: Writer Charles Bukowski (1920-94) lived most of his life in Los Angeles, and derived inspiration for many of his works from the City of Angels. He wrote during the same period as many of the Beat Generation writers, including poet Allen Ginsberg and novelists Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.
Maxine Clark grew up in the decade of big dreams realized. Today, the Build-A-Bear Workshop founder is affectionately gazing back on the journey of her own realized dream.
Kim Eberlein (Volunteer Leadership)
We now have the names for the upcoming Maryville University St. Louis Speakers Series. The 2013-2014 season at Powell Hall begins Oct. 8 with former Greek Prime Minister GEORGE PAPANDREOU. The rest of the lineup includes: A Walk in the Woods author BILL BRYSON, Former U.S. Defense Secretary ROBERT GATES, Apple co-founder STEVE WOZNIAK, historian/author DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN and journalist DAN RATHER, whose March 25, 2014, appearance will be sponsored by LN. For subscription information, visit stlouisspeakersseries.org.
Story: George Bernard Shaw is a force to be reckoned with in late 19th century London; you need only ask him for verification. The vain scribe, confident of his own intellectual superiority, is a firebrand in the Fabian Society, a group dedicated to the transformation of society with improved social conditions for all. Shaw meets regularly with his close friends Sidney Webb and Beatrice Webb to advance their common cause.
Story: Boy Willie Charles has lived his entire life as a sharecropper in Mississippi on the same land where his grandfather was a slave of a white man named Sutter. When Sutter’s last remaining descendant down South puts the land up for sale, Boy Willie is determined to buy it. The time is 1937, in the Great Depression, and Boy Willie journeys north to Pittsburgh to convince his sister Berniece to sell their family’s heirloom piano so that he can buy the land with his share.
Story: Lorraine is out of prison for the first time in 12 years. She’s served her sentence and now is free to get on with living. Trouble is, she has no life on the outside. She’s a stranger to her adult son, whom she gave up for adoption, and she has no trade with which to earn a living. Unemployed and unwanted, she shows up on the doorstep of her cell mate Marie, who was released a while before her.
Although celebrities like Bruce Willis, Patrick Stewart and Sean Connery may be rocking the bald look, not everyone is at ease with a visible scalp. Yet genetics, illness, stress and drug side-effects may cause significant hair loss in men and women, whether you like it or not.
When she was young, Ellen Port thought golf was a boring, silly game. My, how times have changed. “Golf is the total package. It’s something new every time I get up and play—from who I play with, to what I need to do to get better. I never get tired of it,” Port says now.
It took just two weeks of volunteering at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf for Susan Lenihan to find her calling. At the school, the then-high school senior realized the impact she could make in the world through deaf education. “It was very inspiring to see the ways people can help improve the lives of children who are deaf and hard of hearing,” she says.
Veronica McDonnell sees the need in St. Louis, and she wants to give a hand up. As a health care professional for more than 20 years, the local renal dietician and consultant has firsthand experience with patients’ challenges—from struggling to pay for medications to educating their children and paying for food and utilities.
Editor’s Note: We regret to inform you that Delia Greer passed away on Monday, July 23, 2012. Because of our deadline to get the paper to the printer, it was too late to pull the story that appeared in Friday’s July 27 issue.
When Debra Hollingsworth moved to St. Louis in 1988, a friend took her to Union Station and showed her the hand-cut Tiffany stained-glass window in the Grand Hall, which features the three great train cities of the 1890s: New York, San Francisco and St. Louis. The idea of the city as an important and vibrant place has stuck with Hollingsworth ever since. “So many organizations and businesses in our area help create this great city,” she says. “I think it’s beneficial personally for all of us to be engaged and involved in the community.”
When Susan Hais started her family law practice in 1979, she knew it would be both an opportunity and a challenge. With recent changes in the divorce statute, the field was encountering more litigation, and as one of the few women practicing divorce law, she relished the chance to work in an area that truly appealed to her. “Divorce work is the kind of practice where you can relate to your clients, make them feel better about their lives and really make a difference. It was the right fit for me.”
Congratulations to all the young and not-so-young brides-to-be out there. This beautiful day is one of the most important in your life so you will want to look your best and feel fantastic.
Story: Mrs. Randall is considered ‘comfortable’ by friends and associates in her New York City circle, circa 1908. That’s actually a step beneath the wealthy status enjoyed by her British relatives across The Pond, but nonetheless they entreat her to help in a very special way. It seems that Rhoda Meldrum, an upbeat, intelligent young lady politely termed “interesting” to avoid referencing her plain looks, is fast approaching 30 years of age with prospects for a husband nowhere in sight.