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Fireflies glow.
Tsuneaki Hiramatsu

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: This time last year, the fireflies were out in full force. But after a cool spring, they’re a week or two behind, says Tad Yankoski, an entomologist at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.

“We’re just getting into the prime time for fireflies,” he says.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Missouri Botanical Garden pulses with green life: plants, flowers, trees, fruits, herbs and vegetables. Visits to the vast space feel peaceful, but the gardens themselves are also purposeful. They're not just lovely, they're useful and necessary.

That idea runs through the garden's year-long series, Foodology.

Peter Wyse Jackson
Provided by the Missouri Botanical Garden | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In many parts of the world, a web of gardens work to connect the past with the present, and the present with the future.

They grow in India and Israel, in Cambodia, Peru and the Bronx, in Costa Rica, Madagascar, Colombia and Sri Lanka, in South Dakota, in St. Louis, and now, for the first time, into Europe through France.

Hieroglyphics are just one element of ancient Egypt explained in the exhibit.
Provided by the Science Center | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - With the St. Louis Science Center's new exhibit, “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science,” you can peel back the layers of an ancient civilization that continues to fascinate people.

Literally.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: On Tuesday morning, while plugging away at the week's work, I stopped for a moment to surf a bit for story ideas. I hadn't been to the Foundry's site in a while, so I headed over.

Provided by Jeff Phillips

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Carol Felzien remembers them -- her Great Aunt Edna and her Great Uncle Harry Grossmann.

Uncle Harry was her grandfather’s brother. Together, they owned Grossmann Contracting Co. Uncle Harry and Aunt Edna lived in Frontenac. He was a Mason. She belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Amanda Doyle is not from St. Louis. She grew up in Memphis, Tenn., and went to high school in St. Petersburg, Fla. 

But she probably knows St. Louis way better than you do.

That’s partly occupational, perhaps. Doyle, who is the associate editor of "Where" magazine, gets to be a nosy journalist, she says. And that’s taken her all over the region.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Christopher d'Amboise has been to St. Louis a few times now to collaborate with the St. Louis Ballet, each time working with the dancers here on pieces he's already composed.

"In the process of that, I got to really know the dancers," he says, learning how quirky and interesting each one was.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: On ink and paper, working mom Jill Kaplan juggles her job, family and marriage, while trying to hold on to who she is as an individual. Her story unfolds in "“The Pajama Diaries,” by cartoonist and Washington University grad Terri Libenson. Libenson herself is a work-at-home mom, and it’s a situation she enjoys.

"I don’t have to worry about how I look,” she says. “I pretty much look the same as when I roll out of bed.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: If you flip channels around to Bravo most weeknights, you’ll see “Watch What Happens Live” host and executive producer Andy Cohen, some real housewives, some celebrities, and signs of St. Louis. Some weeks, there’s a Cardinals hat. Sometimes, there's a Lite Brite Arch on the set. Cohen, who grew up in St.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Since 1965, Vic and Grace Phillips made their home in Ballwin. There, they raised three children, including son and broadcast journalist, Stone Phillips.

Today, the Phillips live in a retirement community in North Carolina, and the years, conversations and choices it took to get them there are documented in “Moving with Grace,” a new documentary filmed and produced by Phillips.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Silvia Ursu didn’t know too much about St. Louis before coming here about two weeks ago. 

Now that she’s here, Ursu says she’s found a great city that’s taken the steps to ensure equal rights for people with disabilities.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Laura Bates first went to prison in Chicago. She wasn't there to stay, of course, but went to volunteer, beginning work that’s lasted several decades.

“My first thought was to work with first-time offenders,” she says. “Ironically, 25 years later I’m all the way in super max.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When she was 9-years-old, Marguerite Garrick reached up into a bookshelf in the living room of her family’s Chicago apartment and pulled out a book.

"People and Places" by Margaret Mead came down, and with it, new worlds and ideas and lives to explore.

More than 50 years later, she hopes the hundreds of books from her mother and father’s library will create that same experience for someone new.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Spring, at last, and with the warming weather comes more time, and light, to be out in the garden planting. Two experts from the Missouri Botanical Garden took time to share their tips and tricks for getting the most out of your garden this spring, with vegetables, herbs and flowers. 

Elizabeth Spiegel, a horticulturist and chief bee keeper, and June Hutson, supervisor of the Kemper Home Demonstration Gardens, spoke with the St. Louis Beacon about getting your garden growing.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Late last year, a new project set out to change the image about St. Louis through crowd sourcing and crowd funding. 

But as ideas flowed in to Rally STL, co-founder Aaron Perlut found they weren’t about image as much as internal civic change. So they went with it.

In January, Perlut hoped that Rally would help to fund three projects in the course of the year.

Bill Greenblatt | UPI | file photo

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon:A shiny, gold bow wraps around the skinniest part of the hyperparaboloid that sits in Forest Park, celebrating the golden 50th for the James S. McDonnell Planetarium

The bow, like the shape of the building, stands out as a symbol of St. Louis, at least at the holidays.

Provided by the St. Louis Science Center

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon:On Tuesday, April 16, 1963, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium opened to record crowds flocking to see Forest Park’s newest cultural institution and learn about the stars.

On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, the planetarium celebrates its 50th anniversary, with better and newer technology and an expanding ability to explore and view our solar system.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Twenty-two years ago, when Merryl Winstein began raising chickens in her own Webster Groves backyard, the practice brought up certain words for some people -- like low-class.

“Now, there are other words,” says Winstein, “like sustainability, low-carbon footprint and green living.”

In the more than two decades since her first chickens began laying their first eggs, a lot has changed. Raising backyard chickens is seen, by many, as sustainable and a way to have some control over their food source.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Signs of spring are rare, so far. A few daffodils, maybe, but if the lingering cold has you doubting the season’s really arrived, then look to the tens of thousands of runners hitting the streets of St. Louis this weekend for confirmation.

Go! St. Louis Marathon offers several events throughout the weekend, from a marathon and half marathon, a 5K run/walk and children’s fun runs to a mature mile, which this year will feature two 100-year-old participants. (Follow the links to find routes and start times, so you can -- if you're not running -- applaud the efforts of those running by.)

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