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Charlottesville, VA. Love not hate.

Bigotry Has No Place Here

The news cycle coming from Charlottesville, Virginia is astonishing. It is maddening, shameful and repugnant. My visceral reaction to the Neo-Nazi protestors has nothing to do with where my family and I fall along the political spectrum. It is not a matter of freedom of speech or the right to protest. It is not about […]

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The April Giraffe Fiasco is Finally Over (So, What’s Next?)

The last two months of  many (probably way too many) people’s lives have been filled with live feeds of April the giraffe and a will-she, won’t-she vibe. It seemed like every other day some “expert” or “specialist” was guaranteeing she would go into labor or have her baby soon. And after several weeks of constant trending and […]

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KC for Refugees

KCMB Event: Sips and Sweets at Kendra Scott Benefitting KC for Refugees

Join us this Sunday for sips (champagne, wine and tasty non-alcoholic drinks) and sweet treats while checking out the new Kendra Scott location at Town Center.  What: Sips and Sweets When: Noon – 2 p.m., Sunday, April 23 Where: Kendra Scott, 4533 W 119th St, Leawood, Kan. We’re excited that 20 percent of sales during the […]

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Through a Mother’s Eyes : My View of a Refugee Camp in Greece

Motherhood is an identity that transcends countries of birth and circumstance. Mothers across the world experience starkly different realities, but the connection between us all is unavoidable. When I see a mother, no matter where I am, I feel a sense of kinship. We are the nurturers, the matriarchs, the teachers of life lessons. We […]

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The Firefighters

We left a birthday party last week and headed northbound on the highway back home. I casually looked out my window and noticed an enormous growing black cloud headed upward, eerily contrasting the pale blue sky. I knew something was wrong. We got off on our exit and immediately fear entered my heart. My boys and […]

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10 Steps to Preparing for a Kansas City Ice Storm

10 Steps to Preparing for a Kansas City Ice Storm

Have you heard? KC might be getting an ice storm this weekend … I mean, possibly … there’s a chance. Here’s your KCMB Guide to Preparing for an Ice Storm. You’re welcome. Step 1: Expect the unexpected, including absolutely nothing happening. Draft a statement explaining why (insert activity here) was canceled even though nothing has started […]

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Be Kind. Be the Change.

Groggy morning routine begins. Diaper changed. Cartoons turned on. Brewing coffee. Toddler signing for milky. Stumbling over toys. Four year old comes into kitchen and asks, “Mommy why did that bad guy kill people?” I thought I had turned on some harmless Daniel Tiger, but I had actually switched to the morning news. The heartbreaking […]

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Pretending to be Shannon Miller (and other Olympic memories)

Pretending to be Shannon Miller (and other Olympic memories)

Tonight the Olympic Games begin. The nations will march in carrying their flags with pride in the Opening Ceremony in Rio. We’ll tune in from afar, explaining to our children why these Games matter. Our team has memories of the Magnificent Seven gymnastics team and its dramatic victory, Flo-Jo’s speed and long nails and Michael Phelps’ record-setting performances. We […]

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George Addair

To Paris, With Love

I’ve been in love with Paris, France since I was young. I remember growing up watching Madeline. Somehow she made living in a boarding school with nuns look like the best time ever. I wanted her hat. When given the option, I always asked for or ordered French Toast. It was actually one of the […]

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