Albert Pujols hits a home run April 16, 2006.Photo by Dilip Vishwanat.
It’s as synonymous to St. Louis as the Gateway Arch: Cardinals baseball. It’s an almost year-round passion for so many in this city. We spend winters pining for it, springs anxiously awaiting its return to town, summers immersed in it, and autumns hoping it lasts just a little longer. Millions of eyes are glued to the action as the birds on the bat take to the field for that most beloved of sports. But do we all see the game in the same way? How different is it to experience baseball through the eye of the camera lens? We recently sat down with Dilip Vishwanat, freelance photographer for Getty Images, to examine the job of a professional sports photographer and learn how he tells the game’s story.
Something very sweet is happening off North Broadway in downtown St. Louis at the Bissinger's Chocolate factory, where award-winning fine chocolate and confections are made. Bissinger’s chocolates is a favorite among many St. Louisians. Today’s fans are in good company, as these fine chocolates and confections date back to 17th-century France where the treats were enjoyed by the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte and Louis XIV.
Unlimited Play Founder Natalie Blakemore celebrates another playground opening with her son and inspiration, Zachary.
Do you want to be the queen of your castle, a pirate captaining your own ship, or an explorer heading west? A trip to your local playground could be the perfect background for your next adventure. New playgrounds are popping up everywhere and are becoming more imaginative than ever. Have you ever wondered where the ideas for these cool playgrounds come from, or who is behind building your favorite park? We met up with Natalie Blakemore, founder of Unlimited Play, to learn a little more about the design process of building playgrounds and how Unlimited Play is working with communities to make sure children of all abilities have the opportunity to play.
In addition to being a New York Times bestselling author who transports young readers to Disney theme parks through his adventure-packed “Kingdom Keepers” series, Ridley Pearson writes suspense novels for adults, teaches writing classes for children, and also happens to hang his hat right here in St. Louis. We chatted with Pearson about what it’s like to be a writer, what’s next for his Kingdom Keepers and what’s up with those creepy “It’s A Small World” dolls.