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How may I help you?

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A favorite image of our magnolia tree: Glorious for three days a year, a pain in the ass the other 362. We treasure those three.

More than 30 years as a journalist. More than 20 as an adjunct professor at Washington University.  A second career in communications.

My toolbox is ample.

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Raising an Outdoor Enthusiast in “Terrain”

Brad Kovach, editor of Terrain magazine, gave me another plumb assignment: 1,500 words on raising an outdoor enthusiast, which you can read here. Met some great people from the Ozark Trail Association, Camp Ondessonk, Girls on the Run and Upper Limits.  Thanks for your time and patience.

The common thread in their advice: Share your love of endurance sports and the outdoors with your little ones, and have the good sense to know when to follow their lead. Their message calls to mind the lyrics of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good-bye.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

In case you’re unfamiliar, take a listen.

Ten years of Musials in the books


Best night on the St. Louis sports calendar. Too many highlights: Arnold Palmer honoring Stan Musial, Stuart Scott’s daughters honoring Ernie Johnson, Brett Hull honoring the selfless gesture of a young Winnipeg Jets fan to a girl fighting cancer.

This stuff’s been celebrated for a decade here, and I covered the event annually for the Post-Dispatch. The event’s organizers, the St. Louis Sports Commission, asked me to write a reflection. It’s reprinted below. 

My fondest wish: The event gains the national and international audience it deserves.

The Musial Awards havi6XFq6lLe done a lot of growing up over the last 10 years or so, to the point that the trappings of this evening are hardly recognizable to those of the first edition in St. Louis, back in 2005.

The venue has changed: from the hotel previously known as the Renaissance Grand, to the Khorassan Room of the Chase, to the headquarters of Edward Jones, to the Peabody Opera House.

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Mercy Kids in Schools: a labor of love

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For the past two months, I’ve been working at Catholic Health World, a newspaper published twice a month for members of the Catholic Health Association.

The publication highlights the people, events and outreach programs that shape health care at the member hospitals and health systems.  My favorite story so far is about a program based here in St. Louis, a collaboration between Mercy and the Archdiocese of St. Louis called Mercy Kids in Schools. The program is in place at three grade schools run by the Archdiocese and uses a licensed clinical social worker from Mercy named Kim Harrelson.

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