Tag Archives: St. Louis

Baking Soda

A visit to Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café was not planned during our most recent trip to St. Louis as it had been on two previous occasions. The restaurant just happens to be situated at the Delmar Boulevard exit of … Continue reading

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A Last Supper

Fr. Gary Braun started Mass by saying that small gatherings like ours were how the early Church grew during times of persecution. The Catholic Student Center at Washington University in St. Louis doesn’t normally offer a Saturday vigil Mass. Fr. … Continue reading

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Disguised as a Mild-Mannered Cartoonist…

Cartoonist Mike Peters may not have been the first person I would have guessed if asked to predict who would deliver the commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis. However, Peters’ speech yesterday was absolutely perfect. The alumnus of … Continue reading

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Summa Cum Laude

As my wife’s cousin said yesterday, it was an accomplishment for my son just to get accepted at a prestigious university. It was another accomplishment for him to graduate in four years and yet another for him to earn a … Continue reading

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A to Z in the USA

A St. Louis real estate agent emailed me about a journalist moving from Los Angeles to Knoxville. I’ve known Bruce Butler, the real estate agent selling Aunt Dee’s condo, since the days when he worked for a radio syndication company … Continue reading

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Shopping Lister

A clerk at a Walmart in St. Louis was changing an end-cap display from one item to another as I walked by. It caught my eye and I bought some store-brand whitening mouthwash on a whim. I’ve used it almost … Continue reading

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Dry Tortuga

“It’s the real muscle, the real skeleton, the brain is all still with the pet,” said taxidermist Anthony Eddy in a news report on KDSK-TV. The St. Louis station ran a story about freeze-dried pets near the end of February … Continue reading

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Your Dollar Buys More

The signs for Schnucks supermarkets make me chuckle every time I visit St. Louis. The name reminds me of the Yiddish term schnook, which is a gullible person. According to a recent article in Supermarket News, Schnucks says more men … Continue reading

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Musical Truth

The music chosen as the Mass setting in the Diocese of Knoxville is okay but it’s not my favorite. As I wrote at the start of Advent, I was looking forward to hearing different settings when I traveled. I was … Continue reading

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But Moses Invests

One of my favorite church sign sayings is “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” I assume that the owner of a decorated minivan in St. Louis wants the answer to … Continue reading

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Say Good Night

Burns and Allen might be the reason I didn’t sleep well the other night. Or maybe it was Hazel. My wife and I fell asleep with the TV on while we were staying at Aunt Dee’s condo in St. Louis … Continue reading

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No Surrender

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café in St. Louis has expanded since my visit in August. They knocked down a wall and took over an old fabric shop that was next door. They have a fun atmosphere and a great Sunday … Continue reading

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Three King Circus

St. Mark Church in Vienna, Virginia, celebrates the Epiphany by having parishioners display their nativity scenes in the Activities Center. The annual Crèche Exhibit is a nice tradition that I would enjoy seeing catch on at more places. Before Christmas, … Continue reading

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This Bud’s for You

One of the best free things to do in St. Louis is to take the Budweiser Brewery Tour. My family and I finally took the tour last week. It is infinitely better than the Ben & Jerry’s factory tour in … Continue reading

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