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Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Inconveniently located in neither Wilson’s Creek, Mo., nor Battlefield, Mo., this national park is still more than worthy of a visit. About 15 miles southwest of Springfield, the park is a natural and historical breath of fresh air on a visit to one of the stalest, ugliest cities in the nation, perhaps the world.

Fought on August 10, 1861, Wilson’s Creek was the second major skirmish of the Civil War and the first major battle fought west of the Mississippi River. A bloody mess, the battle was considered a Southern victory, in large part because of the death on the field of Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general killed in action.

You can easily spend a morning or afternoon here, strolling through the museum with more than 5,000 artifacts and a nice visual recreation, then driving the eight-stop self-guided auto tour.

Other than the Gateway Arch, Wilson’s Creek is the closest destination for St. Louisans who want to celebrate the centennial of the National Park System.



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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GO! St. Louis Halloween Race redefines fun run

Sure, the Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race attracts competitive runners, as you can see from the results. But it also brings out the goblins and ghouls and tutus.  And we learned the answer to the eternal question, “Where’s Waldo?”

The Halloween spirit is what sets this race apart in a crowded field of fall running options. The folks who entered the 5K, 10K, half marathon and fun run proved that. Doesn’t hurt when the weather is ideal for running.

I enjoyed helping out the pros at GO! St. Louis. Here’s a sample of the images.

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