Author Archives: Josh Renaud

About Josh Renaud

I'm the Emperor of the Renaud Empire, which is to say that I'm the husband of a Boliviana and the father of three daughters and one son. When I'm not conquering lands and expanding borders, I'm a newspaper designer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Find me on Twitter (@Kirkman) or Google+.

Strings attached

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ferguson offers a program called “Strings Attached” which offers students guitar lessons and the chance to earn a guitar if they stick with the program. A spot finally opened up for Josie this year and … Continue reading

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An All-American Christmas

Ludi got her first taste of the theater this year. We enrolled her in a new program at church called “Miss Kathey’s Academy for the Performing Arts.” She spent the last several months learning dances and songs in preparation for … Continue reading

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K’nex armada

Last year, I built Joseph a U.S.S. Enterprise from K’nex pieces. He played with it a lot, and oftentimes the ship would crash or be destroyed.

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Dozens of monarchs

Today we released 20 monarch butterflies that emerged from their chrysalises. The season started off seemingly slow. We weren’t finding caterpillars like we had at the same time last year. I guess they just got a late start, because eventually … Continue reading

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No training wheels!

I can report that today Ludi finally learned to ride her bike without training wheels. She is the first of the kids to do it. I am a very proud dad! UPDATE (Sept. 20, 2016): I was so proud that … Continue reading

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Trip to San Antonio 2016

Here are a few scenes from our recent trip down south to Texas.

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Jadzia on the air waves

As a member of Vogt Elementary’s chess club, Jadzia has had opportunities to be featured in stories about the “Your Move” chess program in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Here are a couple of her recent appearances: “Crossing Continents” (BBC Radio … Continue reading

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Finding Fire Capt. Frank J. Becker

My great-grandfather Frank Becker was a fireman. I knew that he had been promoted to captain at some point, and some relatives had once told me they thought it had been covered on TV or in the newspaper. I wanted … Continue reading

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Pie in the face

Our kids attend AWANA at Grace Church. AWANA emphasizes memorizing Bible verses so that the kids can hide God’s word in their hearts. One of their teachers, Mr. Rich, has a very unusual way to motivate the kids in the … Continue reading

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The Current at 50

In November 1966, UMSL’s student newspaper published its first issue under the name “Current.” That means The Current turns 50 this year! To celebrate, this year’s editor-in-chief, Kat Riddler, put together a fantastic banquet for the current Current staff, alumni … Continue reading

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