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My name is Jennifer and I was born in St. Louis, Missouri. I always did well in school, particularly in writing and science, and was drawn to the medical field at an early age.
After high school, I weighed my options and found pharmacy school to be reasonably priced and of shorter duration than traditional medical school. Plus, I realized I was squeamish, and not seeing blood made pharmacy a win-win.
I graduated from pharmacy school in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in Science of Pharmacy and worked in both retail and hospital settings.
Slowly, healthcare began to change, with cost-effectiveness becoming more important than patient care or employee happiness. …
On June 6, 1822, 20-year-old French-Canadian Alexis St. Martin became the victim of a grisly accident. As he stood in line at the American Fur Company store on Mackinac Island, a musket accidentally discharged right next to him. The blast hit St. Martin in the chest, breaking ribs, lacerating his lung and diaphragm, and setting his shirt ablaze.
When he didn’t immediately die, customers in the store summoned a doctor. Army surgeon William Beaumont arrived and made a startling discovery. The musket blast had penetrated the abdominal wall and torn a hole into St. Martin’s stomach. …
The months from December through March are the best for viewing — if you know where to look
Winter is here, and if you’re like me, you prefer to stay inside by the fireplace rather than freezing outdoors. But take a few moments and step outside into the crisp, clear night. Look up, and you’ll be rewarded by a sky full of dazzling stars.
Winter is ideal for stargazing, especially for beginners.
Housework sucks — simplify your life with these easy, eco-friendly hacks.
One of my favorite New Year’s Resolutions is to finally clean the house from top to bottom. Inevitably, an hour passes, and I feel the tug of Netflix calling me to the couch.
I tried to lessen the load by cleaning one area per day, but this approach made it feel like I was constantly cleaning. Instead, I decided to focus on high traffic areas with the goal of cleaning smarter not harder.
I’ve also recently moved to a house with a septic tank, so swapping out harsh cleaners for more eco-friendly choices became a priority. …
For many, dreaming about White Christmas has turned into a longing for spring’s warmth and the vibrant green of nature. Bring the outdoors in with these hardy plants and start reaping the benefits.
Amphetamines conjure up many images: diet pills, all-night party (or study) sessions, and exploding backwoods labs.
Today, amphetamine and methamphetamine are only legally available as Schedule II controlled substance prescriptions. But at one time, these drugs were widely used.
The ephedra plant is known worldwide by many names. The English refer to it as a joint pine or Brigham tea. But most people recognize the plant by its traditional Chinese name, ma-huang. Ephedra has been used for centuries in both traditional medicines and religious ceremonies as a stimulant.
But what component of the plant caused the euphoric effect?
In 1885, Japanese chemist Nagai Nagayoshi found the answer when he successfully isolated ephedrine. …
Stave off wintertime cabin fever with these fun board games
There’s a reason board games have remained popular over the years. Easy to learn and quick to set up, board games are guaranteed to either elicit smiles and peals of laughter or accusations of cheating and board-flipping tantrums.
Interactive in a way that binging Netflix can never be, board games are the perfect solution to a long winter’s night.
But if you’re tired of the same dusty box of Monopoly or battered copy of Clue, check out this list of games. You may discover a new family favorite.
They say you don’t really know a place until you leave it.
It wasn’t until I moved out of St. Louis, Missouri in my thirties that I came to realize what great food the city had to offer. Now I’m not talking about that great hamburger joint on the corner or the nostalgia of Grandma’s cooking. I’m also not talking about the mysterious St. Louis-style barbecue.
No, I’m referring to foods that I took for granted all my life only to realize later that they were only found in the St. Louis region. …
Bored with lifting weights? Tired of running on the treadmill to nowhere?
Just because we’re adults doesn’t mean our workouts should be uninspiring. Think back to what activities you enjoyed as a kid. Jump roping, hopscotch, running races — they all got the heart pumping by blending coordination with whole-body movements. But what else did these childhood favorites feature? Smiling, laughter, and a delightful exhilaration.
If you don’t enjoy an activity and it becomes a chore, you’ll lack the motivation to continue. That’s why injecting fun into your workout is so critical.
Meet your new rainy day activity — hula hooping. …
There’s a great scene in the 1944 movie, Meet Me in St. Louis. The main character, played by the iconic Judy Garland, stands on an ornate bridge gazing around at the lights of the World’s Fair. She turns to her family and gushes about the spectacular scenery, “I can’t believe it. Right here where we live. Right here in St. Louis.”
Looking a St. Louis today, a delightful, but not quite world-class city, some may wonder how such an insignificant place hosted such an important event.