Brittany Ruess


Illustration by Anke Weckmann

For seventh grader Kalise Harris, poetry has been an outlet for healing. “I don’t like people seeing my pain, so I usually just write out what I’m feeling and it turns into a poem,” Harris says.... more

Sep 20, 2013 1:57 PM Family

Firing up the pit for dinner requires a finesse that few have. We talked to four super grillers to get their tips. more

Apr 26, 2013 7:08 AM Home

In her 40s, Dr. Amelia Jo Mitchell says she thought her dream of becoming a psychologist was impossible. It’s too late, she thought. Then, her therapist advised her otherwise and gave her a new ... more

Apr 22, 2013 9:00 AM Health

Cowboys. God. Abandonment. Hitler. These are some of the subjects Aaron Williams has seen pop up in seventh graders’ poems. Williams is the board president of the 7th Grade Poetry Foundation , ... more

Apr 15, 2013 12:00 AM Culture


A still from the film Greed, which will screen at the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival this April.

This year, the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival takes money and greed as its theme. more

Mar 27, 2013 2:18 AM Culture


Photography by Whitney Curtis

Stephanie Williamson was skimming an issue of People magazine when she landed on a story about Lisa Klein, a California woman who founded Loved Twice , a nonprofit that donates baby clothing to ... more

Mar 21, 2013 4:40 PM Family

Two registered dietitians share what you need to know about juicing more

Mar 14, 2013 5:29 PM Health

Standing on the roof of his seven-story Moonrise Hotel, Joe Edwards says he can’t wait until winter is over. When the vernal equinox (spring) begins, Edwards will be heading towards the final phase... more

Mar 13, 2013 1:35 PM Dining


Eric "Prospect" Davis, Basil Kincaid, Damon "LooseScrewz" Davis and Robert Powell. Below:Kincaid's layered painting of St. Louis buildings on discarded wood; and his mixed media piece about seeing the city multiple ways, represented by the multiple eyes of the figures. Photography by Britany Ruess.

As driftwood brushed up on the California ocean shore, Robert Powell grabbed the wood with purpose. In 1973, Powell was stationed in California with the military, and would create art from the drif... more

Feb 8, 2013 2:35 PM Culture

Meds & Food for Kids (MFK), a non-profit organization that provides healthy food to Haitians, is hosting its second-annual gala and auction, “Experience Kanaval and The Spirit of RaRa” at the Sai... more

Feb 6, 2013 10:03 AM Health

Chicago-based, eco-friendly restaurant prasino will celebrate its grand opening April 1 on the new Streets of St. Charles. Prasino will focus on what’s local and what’s natural.  Even its name c... more

Jan 31, 2013 4:23 PM Dining

Joshua Brown, 9, laid on the bed of a CT scanner at Cardinal Glennon Hospital with his arms folded behind his head, resting on a pillow. His outfit was business-casual, wearing a light blue butt... more

Jan 24, 2013 4:48 PM Health