Christopher Tolkien, son and literary executor of J.R.R. Tolkien, died today at age 95. He was the very first “Middle-earth scholar,” having organized, edited and published many of his father’s works after his father’s death in 1973.
Recently I had occasion to fix a couple things: Our Mr. Coffee coffeemaker and Joseph’s Nerf Stryfe dart gun.
In 2014, I was in the strange position of working at a newspaper covering racial unrest that was erupting in the little suburb where I happened to live. As I wrote that year, “That weekend was intense and surreal: I designed the front page of the Post-Dispatch each night, while watching on TV as my town convulsed with anger.”
I designed numerous Ferguson-related Sunday and Monday A1s for the Post-Dispatch in the subsequent weeks, months and years (See some here). I remain proud of all that work. But it was the one from the second night that will forever be ingrained in my memory.
This has been a tough year at the Post-Dispatch.
In February, the Post announced it would outsource newspaper design to Lee’s design center in Indiana in May.
Somehow I didn’t lose my job — and I felt guilty about that. But most of the night crew did. Friends and colleagues I have loved and learned from since I first came to the P-D as an intern in 2001.
We lost the smartest, wittiest, best people I know.
FINALLY! A second Renaud kid has learned to ride their back. Keep reading to hear the whole story and see a video.
This summer, Josie and Ludi performed in “101 Dalmatians” and “Oklahoma!” with Miss Kathey’s Academy. It was a new experience for the girls, who previously had been in several Christmas shows, but not Broadway-style musicals.
I asked the girls what they thought of the shows.
Along with the rest of St. Louis, we’ve been reveling in the exploits of our hometown hockey team, the St. Louis Blues.