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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 9, 2013 - Dad died almost exactly a year and a half before we will have the auction at which his things, and Mom’s, will be sold.

Our family is lucky we’ve had this gift of time.

(L-R) Faraz, Fatima, Safi, Aariz and Zia Ahmad at their annual Biking4Books event on Sept. 22, 2018.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

Living a life of service, faith and leading by example are strong pillars in the Ahmad household, a St. Louis County family that participates in community services locally and abroad. On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked to Zia Ahmad, cardiologist and president of Muslim Community Services St. Louis (MCSL), about his family’s volunteer work.

Joining the conversation were Fatima and Aariz, Ahmad’s wife and youngest son, respectively. Aariz is a freshman at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School. Also involved in community work are Ahmad’s other sons, Faraz and Safi, currently attending out-of-state universities.

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CBS journalist Lesley Stahl, most widely known for her work on 60 Minutes, has interviewed heads of state, covered Watergate and broken scores of political news stories throughout her journalism career. Now, Stahl is facing a new challenge: “Becoming Grandma.”

Stahl has written a new book about “The Joys and Science of New Grandparenting,” and joined host Don Marsh to discuss her experience learning to become a grandmother.

S. Wray Clay of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, speaks during a presentation of the annual Kids Count report in East St. Louis.
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

“We need to do something different.”  

That was S. Wary Clay's message to parents during a presentation Thursday of the 2015 Kids Count report at the Lessie Bates Davis Family Development Center in East St. Louis.

St. Clair County, which includes East St. Louis, has a 30.3 percent childhood poverty rate, the second-highest for all counties in Illinois. Nearby Marion County's rate is 30.5 percent.

Danielle and Adam Dowd with their daughter, Alice.
Provided by Danielle Dowd

Like talking about the “facts of life,” or “the birds and the bees,” many parents and teachers know that discussing race and racism is necessary in helping young people learn about life.

St. Louis Public Radio reporter Tim Lloyd presented “A Teachable Moment,” a three-part series that examined how area teachers are leading discussions in their classrooms about issues raised after Michael Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer in August.

(Courtesy The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration)

When families gather for the holidays, it can be an opportunity to tell stories and pass on memories. For the St. Louis-based Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, that provides a possible treasure trove for young people to build writing skills and forge strong family bonds.

Every year, The Grannie Annie publishes a volume of family stories written by students in the fourth to the eighth grade.

fishing lures
Donna Korando | St. Louis Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 29, 2013 - It’s just stuff. That’s what I told myself for weeks as I placed item after item in strawberry flats.

But it was mom and dad’s “stuff.” One bowl (Bavarian) was more beautiful than another (Heisey). One lure (wooden, hand painted) was more interesting than the next (a bass annihilator).

Reflection: Family reunion; joy, honor, giving back

Aug 3, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 3, 2011 - Were someone to organize a family reunion of my relatives my guess is it would resemble, horrifyingly, the Snopeses on one side of the room and a busload of Shems, Shauns and Issys from Chapelizod on the other. That is not a picture I care to contemplate, thus the autobiographical portion of this blog ends here.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 4, 2009 - There are no medals of valor for the nation's moms-to-be whose spouses are serving overseas in the U.S. military, but a little-known St. Louis nonprofit is honoring their special sacrifices with surprise baby showers-in-a-box.

Since 2007, Lena Morrissey and a few of her friends have "showered" 300 expectant military moms who are on active duty or whose spouses are deployed overseas with festive boxes of best wishes and "onesies," handmade blankets and cheery stuffed animals and board books.