Events in our community in the past few months have prompted conversations about race relations, justice and equality. For many in St. Louis, these conversations have been uncomfortable. For decades there have been great divides in our communities, where we are too often separated by race and ethnicity, north and south, city and county, old and young.
These divisions might be common, but they don't need to be the norm. We should start with some self-challenge.
In my high school civics class, the teacher challenged us to explore our differences. One day, a student challenged back.
One of the most salient and defining characteristics of American culture is a pragmatic approach to reality. As Americans, we value our freedom to be practical in both public affairs and personal life and choices.
Much of our entrepreneurial spirit finds a home in this convenient and sensible approach. In the public, professional work environment, for example, we measure our success and effectiveness in concrete terms: We like goals to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
The coach whose basketball teams set records at De Smet Jesuit High School and St. Louis University is in awe of those who have gone before him.
"As a youth growing up in St. Louis, my heroes were (Stan) Musial and (Red) Schoendienst in baseball and Bob Pettit and Cliff Hagan in basketball. I never did get to meet them, but at least I'll be in the same building with them now in Springfield," Rich Grawer said at a press conference Oct. 2 at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur.
Lena Dunham isn't done confessing. That's the headline of the New York Times Magazine profile just published about the actress-turned-memoirist, and it couldn't be more apt.
Though I've never seen an episode of her highly-rated, super-raunchy, nudity-filled HBO show "Girls," I consider Lena something of a cultural case study, given how often she's touted as the voice of my generation. That voice has never shied away from revelation, however unflattering or immoral.