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2010 Stories by Brooke Foster

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  • Hot Enough For You?

    published December 30, 2010

    The threat posed by global climate change is ongoing, expanding and frighteningly real. While documentarians startle the populace awake by showing... More >>

  • What Gives?

    published December 30, 2010

    Given the 24-hour media cycle and the global onslaught of war, poverty, disease and more war, the idea of Utopia can become incredibly appealing.... More >>

  • Well-Aged Beer

    published December 16, 2010

    Oof, 1991: the year that Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" topped the Billboard charts, revealing Americans' embarrassing... More >>

  • The Lack of a "W" Is Key

    published December 9, 2010

    Holiday fires are perfect for roasting chestnuts, for toasting marshmallows after a brisk sleigh ride — and for Blo-Ho-Ho at Third Degree... More >>

  • The Art of Pumpkin

    published October 20, 2010

    Is there a finer squash canvas than the Halloween pumpkin? These orange orbs can assume the visage of celebrities or presidents, or they can bear... More >>

  • This House Is...Not Clean

    published October 13, 2010

    Like many kids growing up in the 1980s, each October we turned the garage of our modest suburban home into a DIY haunted house. In retrospect, the... More >>

  • Eat, Drink, Help Many

    published October 13, 2010

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. At many Oktoberfests, the mission is to celebrate the German communities that, like all immigrant groups, have made... More >>

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    What happens when you take the same shopping list to four very different markets? An RFT food experiment.

    published October 6, 2010

    To dispense with the obvious: A chicken from Pete's Shur-Sav is not a chicken from your local farmers' market. The first is a... More >>

  • Hoop It Up

    published October 6, 2010

    “Me -- I want a hula hoop.” So opined Alvin the Chipmunk in the 1958 ditty “Christmas, Don’t Be Late.” As it turns out,... More >>

  • Turn the Page

    published October 6, 2010

    As enjoyable as solitary reading is (and as embarrassing as it is to be seen crying over the last few pages of Freedom in public -- or, um,... More >>

  • Let's Go to the Dogs

    published September 29, 2010

    Human beings may be increasingly turning to the Internet for socialization, but dogs prefer to interact the old-fashioned way: nose-to-nose,... More >>

  • Mr. Whatever

    published September 29, 2010

    Each Muppet is a mini-masterpiece, blessed with the ability to — somehow — combine childlike enthusiasm with adult angst. This dual... More >>

  • A Good Time By Design

    published August 11, 2010

    When crafted by the right hands, everything from a sofa to a salad bowl can become a work of art. Some form-meets-function items are mass-produced... More >>

  • Out on the Tiles

    published July 21, 2010

    Whoever thinks Scrabble is a civilized parlor game obviously hasn't played with true enthusiasts. Replace "civilized parlor game" with... More >>

  • Wedded Blitz

    published July 14, 2010

    As with most of William Shakespeare's great works, The Taming of the Shrew has been both blessed and cursed by shifting cultural... More >>

  • Man Enough

    published June 23, 2010

    The advertising glut that surrounds Father's Day would have you believe that masculinity fits into just a few tidy stereotypes. The usually stoic... More >>

  • Buck Naked Takes the Lead

    published June 16, 2010

    As the Deepwater Horizon spill seeps its way through the Gulf, destroying habitats and wrecking livelihoods, our nation's dependence on Big Oil... More >>

  • Perfect patios for al fresco boozing on sweaty summer days

    published May 19, 2010

    Summer in St. Louis means many things to many people. For the at-home gourmands, it's the time when farmers' markets make their glorious... More >>

  • Try Small Bites of Maplewood for Dinner

    published May 19, 2010

    The Taste of Maplewood is a far different thing from tasting Maplewood. While the latter requires licking parking meters and gnawing on the... More >>

  • Green Tea and Greenery

    published May 12, 2010

    Some festivals, like the ill-conceived Annual Celebration of the Circular Saw or the ill-timed Midsummer GravyFest, just don't have staying power.... More >>

  • Street Smart

    published April 28, 2010

    There's just something about the art of puppetry that allows for greater creative expression; we can say through puppets what we'd dare not say on... More >>

  • Jiminy Croquet

    published February 17, 2010

    Let's face it: We are one food-lovin' nation. Deep-fried butter at the Texas State Fair? Pass it on over, y'all. A demitasse of cucumber foam from... More >>

  • Body, Language

    published January 20, 2010

    Thanks [sic] in large part to TV shows and fashion magazines, unrealistic body images have woven themselves into many women's psyches. The female... More >>

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