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Hello again! I can’t believe it’s been a month since I first wrote, but I’m hoping this is just the second of many columns to come. I plan to be here every first Friday of the month, and I hope you’ll share your thoughts and stories with me, too.

Among the things missed most in the six-plus months since COVID-19 became part of our vocabulary are what we never imagined not being able to do: Greeting people with a warm handshake in church, eating in a restaurant, or root, root, rooting for the Cardinals with 40,000 of your closest friends. 

We have recently become “Front Yard People.” You know the type — the ones splayed out in their lawn chairs with children’s toys peppering the ground around them. Yep. That’s us. 

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Having grown up in St. Louis, I’ve always had a fondness for Webster Groves. Three aspects have continued to pull me to the area. First, the feeling of a quaint, small-city downtown area that’s walkable. Second, its architecture and history. Third, the sense of community that permeates the a…

It takes a big fancy word like ubiquitous to describe Webster Groves resident and art icon Marilynne Bradley. She’s taught at Webster High and Webster University. She’s published six books of her drawings and paintings. You can see her watercolors everywhere from your friends’ homes to publi…

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Cold weather calls for warm drinks, and nothing says winter like a mug of steaming hot chocolate.  Powdered hot chocolate mixes range in price from cheap to pricey. I wondered: does price correlate with the quality of a hot chocolate mix? Or are they all more or less the same product?

One of the perks of having teenage kids is that, after about a two decade hiatus, I finally know what teenagers are talking about again. I know slang, music and general pop culture “stuff” that had fallen off my radar since I delved into graduate school and my career in my later 20’s. It’s s…

The front page of this newspaper last week told us a lot about what we find difficult to talk about in our communities. It held a light to some parts of life we may try to avoid. One featured story highlighted the work Mitch Murch is doing to promote mental health awareness/suicide preventio…

As I am writing this, the city of St. Louis is galvanized around Blues hockey. In case you hadn’t heard, we are in the Stanley Cup for the first time in 49 years. We are a loyal and energetic sports town.

People who know me know that in my family we have frequent, colorful political discussions, mostly because many of us disagree. There is no better way to learn respectful civic rhetoric than to love people who you also think are totally wrong. Or mostly wrong.

As the calendar turns to the new year, we inevitably think about what the future holds. The Census Bureau projects the senior population will increase by 55 percent, to a total of 62 million Americans, in this decade. By one calculation, the population of baby boomers entering retirement is …

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Everyone knows the Kirkwood Train Station. It’s featured on the city logo, locomotive enthusiasts come to watch trains pass, and its stormwater problems have been well chronicled in this paper. Since 2009, the station has also functioned as an exhibition space for Art at the Station, a commu…

For those who need to walk off some stuffing, turkey and pie after Thanksgiving dinner, look no farther than Laumeier Sculpture Park.

It’s 1978 and I’m 6 years old, sprawled out on the royal blue carpeted floor of my parents’ bedroom, watching cartoons on a Saturday afternoon. These were not the premium (and favorite) cartoons – Super Friends. These were the really old reruns of cartoons from the 1940s – Nancy and Sluggo.