Asking for respect, in a high voice

I have one of those high-pitched, yet laid-back voices that one friend describes as “surfer girl-ish.” I wouldn’t say it is unpleasantly high, but it is easily recognizable. On the phone, callers have asked if they could “talk to your mother, sweetheart?” What?

Already caring for one grandchild, pondering adoption of a second

DEAR ABBY: I’m 62 and own my own home. I have legal guardianship of my eldest grandson, who is 5. Another grandchild is 21/2 and in foster care. I would like to keep both children together because I have been told that in the long run it is better so they won’t lose contact with each other.

Walk away from excess running, researchers say

If running 15 miles a week is heart healthy, running 45 miles a week gives you a cardiovascular system three times as clean and strong, right? A new study sounds a serious alarm about such thinking, adding to a growing body of research on the topic of excessive endurance exercise. You’ve heard of the runner’s high. Researchers now want you to hear about runner’s plaque — coronary artery plaque.

Crazy for coconut: A better kind of fat?

Not so many years ago, Western medicine demonized coconut oil as a saturated fat that significantly contributed to heart disease. Fast forward, and now even Dr. Oz has found a lot to like about coconuts, and especially their oil. Why are Oz and other nutrition educators jumping on the coconut bandwagon?

Ellen DeGeneres loves Kansas City rapper Mac Lethal

After a long weekend of Kansas teams getting edged out of the NCAA Tournament, Mac Lethal delivered a hometown win Monday. The Kansas City rapper walked across the stage on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” hands in the air, smile on his face, and it was hard not feel victorious.

Oldies but goodies: Kansas City’s history echoes through a collection of vintage microphones

From Harry Truman to Robert F. Kennedy, from Count Basie to the Beatles, microphones have set the tone for recording epic events. Microphones from Crown Recording, along with others from the now-closed Kansas City film studio Calvin Co. and a retired sound engineer in Texas form the core of Don Miller's collection, which captures the history of recorded sound in Kansas City and the nation.