Why we need a lot more souls around here like Lux, St. Louis’ genuine article

Genuine people are the the best people. There’s no screen door or sliding glass bullshit separating that person’s actual self from what they decide to show the world. While I have no problem with the folks who install a higher privacy fence around their lives–the ones who let people, even strangers they may never meet, … More Why we need a lot more souls around here like Lux, St. Louis’ genuine article

Best News of the Week: Southwest Diner is open for dine-in service again!

There are some things you begin to understand as you get older. One of those is how you define a great restaurant. Is it the food? Is it the people? Is it just comfy and easy, or next to your house? Here’s the thing about Southwest Diner: they are all three and then some. The … More Best News of the Week: Southwest Diner is open for dine-in service again!

Dear Younger Kids: Please don’t take your grandparents for granted

Life presents a double-edged sword to contend with as the years stack up. If you are going to love something or someone, the fact that it can’t last forever smacks you in the face–like a warranty on the upcoming relationship. If love is on one end, the other edge of the sword is grief. Ten … More Dear Younger Kids: Please don’t take your grandparents for granted

South City Confessions: Don’t look up! In a world without Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg lost nearly $6 billion today. Say it again with me, but with a Dr. Evil meets Donald Trump line reading… A BILLION DOLLARS! That’s a lot of money. I’ve had some rough days myself, including last week’s instance where I wanted Kraft Mac n’ Cheese but didn’t have it. As men, these sorts … More South City Confessions: Don’t look up! In a world without Facebook

Mick Jagger gives Crown Candy Kitchen a shoutout during Rolling Stones show at the Dome

Andy Karandzieff must have been smiling ear to ear last night at the Dome in downtown St. Louis. The greatest rock n’ roll band in the world had just given his local eatery, Crown Candy Kitchen, a shoutout in the middle of their show–loud enough for the 60,000+ audience to get a reminder of where … More Mick Jagger gives Crown Candy Kitchen a shoutout during Rolling Stones show at the Dome

A freak of nature in the octagon, Matt Hughes’ life after retirement is even more remarkable

A lot of fighters tried to take Matt Hughes out in the ring. A few succeeded, while many failed and failed again. But zero battles inside the Octagon could measure up to the fight he’d face after retirement. A few years ago, a train tried to take Hughes out near his hometown of Hillsboro, Illinois. … More A freak of nature in the octagon, Matt Hughes’ life after retirement is even more remarkable

Farewell, Mr. Orange: A master film projectionist, father, and lover of baseball caps tilted up

“Smile! It’s good for ya!” Last week, I was at a movie screening with a few minutes to spare. As 10 turned to 15 and that escalated into 30 minutes, a delay brewed and audience members wondered what was happening. There aren’t projectors up there anymore at Ronnies or Esquire, just a digital machine with … More Farewell, Mr. Orange: A master film projectionist, father, and lover of baseball caps tilted up