This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 6, 2008 - WINFIELD— Diane Hays intently worked the power washer, blasting a filmy layer of grime from Mike Moran’s homemade slice of heaven.
Any other Independence Day, Moran's bachelor paradise of a patio would be buzzing: Friends crowding the handcrafted wooden bar. Baseball on the television. Hot dogs sizzling on the grill. But this year, the Winfield homeowner’s Shangri-La is a soggy, mud-stained mess.