Author Archives: Joan E. Strassmann

About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis

Give Peter and the starcather a miss at the Rep

We have season tickets to the Rep which is supposed to be one of the better theaters in St. Louis, though I prefer St Louis Actor’s Studio at the Gaslight. Last night we saw Peter and the starcatcher. The play … Continue reading

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The gentle touch of yoga

Do you start your day agitated by what you have heard on the radio, or calmed by the measured sound of your own breath? That breath will be with you all day long, waiting for you to return to its … Continue reading

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Did you miss the Riverfront Times Iron Fork event?

Food, great food, from all of the best restaurants in St. Louis and across the river, organized by the Riverfront Times. In all, 38 restaurants if the page is to be believed. We took the Metro to the Union Station … Continue reading

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St. Louis, finally we have great 6:30 AM Mysore Ashtanga Yoga!

Centered breathing, focused gaze, tightened core, and ordered movements are one of the best ways to start the day. This is what Mysore Ashtanga yoga is all about. For me it was one of the last pieces to fall into … Continue reading

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The Ride down Mount Morgan, worth seeing at the Gaslight Theater after dinner at WEGAP

My vote for the coziest place in St. Louis is the West End Grill and Pub, followed by theater next door if the St. Louis Actor’s Studio is playing, as it was tonight in the show that just opened, The … Continue reading

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Table, a restaurant serving food, heavily salted

Did you ever go to a restaurant in the evening and find that the next morning you had gained three pounds? Guess what? You didn’t. You simply are salt overloaded and carrying around the water it retains. Your weight will … Continue reading

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Should female ginkgos be illegal?

A golden carpet greeted me by the library as I walked to my office in Wilson. The ginkgo leaves had fallen all at once in Monday night’s hard freeze. We have an entire plaza of ginkgos there, glistening like yellow … Continue reading

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