109 Birthday Cupcakes

It's not every day someone gets to celebrate a "century" birthday, let alone more than that! But Ruth Brummel Stewart, a 23-year resident of Friendship Village Chesterfield, reveled in a community celebration and a whole lot of cupcakes for her 109th birthday on July 15.

Hyperbaric 
Oxygen Therapy

Increasing numbers of patients are surviving cancer thanks in part to sophisticated and targeted radiation treatments. And although their cancer has been successfully treated, some patients experience adverse effects from radiation even years down the line.

Amtrak

To celebrate the end of summer, why not hop aboard a train to relax and discover the fun of other Missouri cities wholly connected by the same whistles and wonder? Tuck away electronic devices and gaze at superb Show-Me sights, second by second, clack by clack. There's comfort in the rhythm of a train. It keeps stretching, and so does…

With Just One Twist, You Could Have A Torn Meniscus

For those who have torn their meniscus, the telltale signs can present themselves in multiple forms: a popping sensation, swelling or stiffness, pain when twisting, bending or rotating the knee, difficulty straightening the knee, a sensation of the knee "giving way" or feeling as if the knee is "locked" in place.

Aunt Dru’s Old Fashioned Banana Bread with a Twist

One of the smells that remind me of my home is my Aunt Dru's banana bread. I make this when I want to bring back memories of my childhood, and I am sure it will for you as well.

Are Irregular Heartbeats Normal?

Did you know that every heart has an electrical system? It sends electrical signals that tell the different parts of the heart muscle when it is time to activate, like a conductor of an orchestra. Palpitation is the term we use to describe awareness or sensation of the beating of their heart. This sensation can last seconds, minutes, hours or…

The Benefits of Honey

Honey is great for your skin! Did you know that raw organic honey is great for your skin too? Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it is an effective acne treatment option, and it is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, so it helps boost your skin’s immunity and fights free radicals to help slow down aging.

DIY – Cork Wall and Wine Box

A cork wall and wine box wall are some creative home projects for local do-it-yourselfers who can incorporate their love of vino with their fondness for home improvements. Cory Lamp, who lives in Chesterfield, is the owner of Lamp Wine Cellars in West St. Louis County. His 10-year-old firm offers custom wine cellars and wine cabinetry.

Family Can Be Friends; Friends Can Be Family

I’ve always had a big family—four brothers! Throughout the years, I have come to learn that you can’t pick your family—that is definitely not a problem for me. I’m actually really glad that each of my brothers is so different. Jack (9), my youngest brother, is into the theater and performs all summer at the MUNY, and there’s Mason (18),…

A “Snowie” Summer

One of my teenagers, Lucas, is working his first official job this summer. His girlfriend’s parents are entrepreneurs and own several businesses; this year they bought a “Snowie” snow cone Kiosk. After training Lucas in the art of Snowie making, they determined that he was the most skillful at the endeavor and promptly put him to work.

Focus on Better Lifestyle choices to Prevent Stroke

Every 40 seconds, in the United States, someone has a stroke. Every four minutes, someone dies because of a stroke. When it comes to strokes, time is vital. According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the nation’s fifth most common killer and a leading cause of long-term disability. A stroke can occur in two ways -- when a blood…

Home Again…Unplugged

Think about the various meanings the word home has to each of us: family…a feeling we get when we feel at peace...calmness...belonging. These days, it seems people are working more hours than they ever have and their children are involved in a great number of extracurricular activities. Evenings now consist of parents rushing their children from one activity to the…

GARDENING SUCCESS IS A FLUID SITUATION

All along, I considered hostas the lazy gardener’s hero. These attractive, leafy plants thrive in the shade where many other pretty things will not. They sprout flowers now and then; best of all, they come back every year. Plant once, kick back forever, I thought. I was so buzzed by the idea this elegant ground cover would reappear every spring.…

Skipping Away from Adult Coloring Books?

While hunting down a birthday gift for a creative friend, an enthusiastic boutique clerk introduced me to coloring books for grown-ups. “People love these,” he told me. “We’ve sold out of quite a few versions!” I thumbed through the few books that were left over and thought, “ NO.”

Sweets for the Sweet

Between the middle ages and the industrial era, St. Valentine’s feast day, celebrated on February 14, was one of several feast days that offered a break from the grind of work. The celebration activities were playful, humorous and perhaps even a little irreverent. Unmarried village men and women played fortune-telling games to divine their future mates; one such game involved…

Growing Up Greek

Opa! Meaning “Hooray!” people shout with joy as they watch gleaming Grecian traditional dancers twirl about and jingle to and fro to the unfamiliar Mediterranean music playing for their utter enjoyment. People of all ages flock to see these unique performances, often conducted by Grecian heritage women, or by women who simply enjoy the art of Greek dancing. “Zorba the…

Time Travel

Whether we like it or not, we can all agree that timing and traveling are intertwined. Being “on time” is of the utmost importance--on time to book your flight, on time to check-in for your boarding pass; we all know the differences between “A” and “C” boarding passes as they relate to convenient, comfortable seating.

Abby and Emma

A baby is a new addition to the home that comes with many changes and sacrifices. Time and focus are now divided even more and it is extremely easy to overlook the needs of others in the household when you suddenly have a brand new being for which to care. We all know that it is difficult for siblings to…

Amsterdam on Two Wheels

I slept through most of the long overnight train from Prague, waking to the golden light of a late winter morning in the Netherlands. As the trained pulled into Amsterdam Central railway station with unceremonious promptness, I braced myself for the chaos and confusion that so often accompanies arrival in a major transportation hub. My expectations were confounded when that…

Leave No Stone UNTURNED

Would you rather have your children and grandchildren climbing mountains or climbing landfill piles?” Patrick Gilmore, owner of Recycled Granite poses this question to drive home the importance of diverting waste by recycling materials. Patrick’s company creates unique and gorgeous: fireplaces, floors, walkways, back splashes, walls, islands, shower surround—and just about any other application you can dream of—using recycled granite…

“Little Peddlers”

Several years back, when my teens were younger kids, they wanted spending money. Don't get me wrong, they still want spending money, but they have more choices and opportunities to make their own money as teens that they didn't have available to them as elementary school kids. I found myself in a pickle. I didn't like the idea of an…

“Aqua Fear”

all the wonderful summer memories that will remain in our hearts, none will make the list of everlasting memories like the memories we obtained as a child. Out of all my childhood summer memories, my biggest accomplishment was learning how to swim. Yes, what seemed so simple for others was my greatest fear.

June 2015 Parting Thoughts

 As soon as my wife and I joined our lives in marriage six years ago, we planned to have a baby. After no luck and multiple doctor visits we started becoming discouraged. We thought a baby simply wasn’t in the stars for us. With the thought of having a baby set aside, we started to move forward with our lives,…

A Nice Day for a White-Out Wedding!

Words Denise Snodell Dream gown? Check. Persnickety florist? Check. Top-notch wedding planner? Check. Unexpected glitches? Check-Check-Check. I have attended and participated in many different weddings across the country. Every blessed event had one thing in common: some sort of unforeseen mishap. Amazingly, not one involved a wacky uncle + booze. To all future brides and … Continued