Leslie Gibson McCarthy

There was the time, during a spring not so long ago, where he wore a tiny, paper mortarboard in a tiny, Presbyterian pre-school gym, grinning from ear-to-ear. I have pictures.

Leslie Gibson McCarthy

National Library Week is the annual celebration that highlights the role libraries play in our lives and our communities. It’s not just books; it’s lifelong learning. Libraries are community c…

Leslie Gibson McCarthy

A bread-sliced cinnamon crunch bagel from Panera (or as you and I know it, “BreadCo”) yields 10-11 slices. That’s 10-11 chances for crunchy, cinnamon-y goodness made easy to enjoy on any given…

Leslie Gibson McCarthy

There are 347 colleges who play Division I men’s basketball, and only 64 get to play in the NCAA Tournament. Only one March basketball tournament boasts a capital “T,” and it’s not the one dow…

Leslie Gibson McCarthy

“A golden hearted woman with a sharp tongue and a keen wit.” That’s how Lula Naff was described in the Nashville Tennessean in the 1960 obituary for “America’s most picturesque theater manager.”

Leslie Gibson McCarthy

Affton High School may be one of the most underestimated public high schools in the region. There’s a Hollywood connection: John Goodman is among its alumni, and the building itself made an ap…

Leslie Gibson McCarthy

Last Sunday morning, when I woke up to freezing rain glazing the neighborhood, my first thought was of gratitude: Thankful I was able to squeeze into the last pew at St. Elizabeth’s 4:30 p.m. …

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This week marks the 100th celebration of Children’s Book Week, the nation’s longest-running literacy initiative.

If all went well last night, the St. Louis Blues’ first game of the second round of the NHL playoffs ended with a 1980s dance tune reverberating throughout the Enterprise Center.

National Library Week is the annual celebration that highlights the role libraries play in our lives and our communities. It’s not just books; it’s lifelong learning. Libraries are community centers that provide meeting spaces and media of all kinds, and we are lucky to have them.

A bread-sliced cinnamon crunch bagel from Panera (or as you and I know it, “BreadCo”) yields 10-11 slices. That’s 10-11 chances for crunchy, cinnamon-y goodness made easy to enjoy on any given morning.

One of the more delightful storylines of the week was watching the Saint Louis University Billikens win their way to the NCAA Tournament.

There are 347 colleges who play Division I men’s basketball, and only 64 get to play in the NCAA Tournament. Only one March basketball tournament boasts a capital “T,” and it’s not the one down the road at Holy Redeemer.

“A golden hearted woman with a sharp tongue and a keen wit.” That’s how Lula Naff was described in the Nashville Tennessean in the 1960 obituary for “America’s most picturesque theater manager.”

Affton High School may be one of the most underestimated public high schools in the region. There’s a Hollywood connection: John Goodman is among its alumni, and the building itself made an appearance in a major motion picture, 2009’s “Up in the Air,” with Affton playing the role of fictiona…

Last Sunday morning, when I woke up to freezing rain glazing the neighborhood, my first thought was of gratitude: Thankful I was able to squeeze into the last pew at St. Elizabeth’s 4:30 p.m. mass the night before and didn’t have to go anywhere.

A young man never forgets his first love, even if that first love keeps breaking his heart, time and time and time again.

“So many people came through St. Louis in the 1800s,” genealogist Ann Carter Fleming said. “They may have stopped here for a year or two, they may have just passed through, but somehow they left their footprint in St. Louis.”

For the first time in recent memory, we’re facing back-to-back weekend snow storms. If you haven’t already, you might want to get to the grocery store to stock up on milk, bread and eggs.

Streaming. It’s a word you hear a lot these days pertaining to our in-home entertainment. As if, for example, you spent the holiday break streaming nine seasons of “The Office” on Netflix.

I did my share of questionable things in college, but this was the first: Taking a 100-level chemistry class with my brother, Rick, a senior who needed a science credit to fulfill his graduation requirements.

One of the most unheralded and under-appreciated natural attractions in our region is Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones Confluence Point, the wetlands state park that marks the spot where the Missouri River flows into the mighty Mississippi.

It’s all just stuff, really, the trappings of holiday decorating. Bows and baubles, knickknacks and nativities, luminaria and lights. Some years, that’s how it seems, when the bustle gets the best of us and we can’t find the energy to haul it all out. Until you hear stories like this one:

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