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Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian: I made a pysanka, and I am amazed

I’m not known for precision or patience, so when my editor suggested that we take a class in pysanky — the ancient Eastern European Ukranian tradition of dyeing Easter eggs with intricate folk designs using a wax resist method — I thought it sounded like a migraine-inducer. But I’ll try anything once.

‘Breakfast Club’ still nourishes the soul

As “The Breakfast Club” celebrates it’s 30th anniversary it continues to prove that teen angst and coming-of-age realness are universal and timeless, especially when told through the imagination of John Hughes.

Over 45 years, Star Magazine covered life in and around Kansas City

The Star’s Sunday magazine traces its modern origins to January 1970, when the first issue was published featuring best wishes from President Nixon and anthropologist Margaret Mead, among others. After 45 years as part of the Sunday Kansas City Star, the magazine ceases publication with the Feb. 22, 2015, edition.

Why isn’t English ivy coming back?

QUESTION: I planted a number of English ivy’s in some shady parts of my gardens last year because some English ivy from the neighbor’s yard has invaded an empty corner and is doing very well. Mine grew last year but a lot of it looks like it’s not coming back. Is there a trick to it?

Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian: I made a pysanka, and I am amazed

I’m not known for precision or patience, so when my editor suggested that we take a class in pysanky — the ancient Eastern European Ukranian tradition of dyeing Easter eggs with intricate folk designs using a wax resist method — I thought it sounded like a migraine-inducer. But I’ll try anything once.

‘Breakfast Club’ still nourishes the soul

As “The Breakfast Club” celebrates it’s 30th anniversary it continues to prove that teen angst and coming-of-age realness are universal and timeless, especially when told through the imagination of John Hughes.

Over 45 years, Star Magazine covered life in and around Kansas City

The Star’s Sunday magazine traces its modern origins to January 1970, when the first issue was published featuring best wishes from President Nixon and anthropologist Margaret Mead, among others. After 45 years as part of the Sunday Kansas City Star, the magazine ceases publication with the Feb. 22, 2015, edition.

Why isn’t English ivy coming back?

QUESTION: I planted a number of English ivy’s in some shady parts of my gardens last year because some English ivy from the neighbor’s yard has invaded an empty corner and is doing very well. Mine grew last year but a lot of it looks like it’s not coming back. Is there a trick to it?

Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian: I made a pysanka, and I am amazed

I’m not known for precision or patience, so when my editor suggested that we take a class in pysanky — the ancient Eastern European Ukranian tradition of dyeing Easter eggs with intricate folk designs using a wax resist method — I thought it sounded like a migraine-inducer. But I’ll try anything once.
 

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Delectable Bundt cakes are beautiful without the fuss

Since its invention in 1950, the Bundt pan has become America’s best-selling cake pan. There’s only one catch to this “no-fuss cake”: It doesn’t always come out of the pan in one piece. Here are expert tips for a clean release, plus three Bundt cake recipes perfect for any occasion.

Angelina Jolie’s decision to remove ovaries touches on problem many women face

On Tuesday, Jolie announced that she’d had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after a recent blood test turned up possible early signs of cancer. “I only hope this brings more education and light to ovarian cancer,” one local surgeon says. Her previous surgery to avoid breast cancer set off a wave of responses here and around the world.

Dear Abby: Teen’s troubled friend is on a path to self-destruction

DEAR ABBY: I am a 14-year-old girl, and my friend “Leah” is out of control. She has been going down the wrong path since sixth grade.  She has attempted to end her life more than once. She has sex with lots of boys older than her and has issues with drugs and cutting. She says she wants to become a serial killer and a prostitute when she grows up. She also wants to have a baby in the near future. What should I do?

Delectable Bundt cakes are beautiful without the fuss

Since its invention in 1950, the Bundt pan has become America’s best-selling cake pan. There’s only one catch to this “no-fuss cake”: It doesn’t always come out of the pan in one piece. Here are expert tips for a clean release, plus three Bundt cake recipes perfect for any occasion.

Angelina Jolie’s decision to remove ovaries touches on problem many women face

On Tuesday, Jolie announced that she’d had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after a recent blood test turned up possible early signs of cancer. “I only hope this brings more education and light to ovarian cancer,” one local surgeon says. Her previous surgery to avoid breast cancer set off a wave of responses here and around the world.

Dear Abby: Teen’s troubled friend is on a path to self-destruction

DEAR ABBY: I am a 14-year-old girl, and my friend “Leah” is out of control. She has been going down the wrong path since sixth grade.  She has attempted to end her life more than once. She has sex with lots of boys older than her and has issues with drugs and cutting. She says she wants to become a serial killer and a prostitute when she grows up. She also wants to have a baby in the near future. What should I do?

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Kid's Closet Connections' spring consignment sale is a weeklong event at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., featuring previously owned children's and maternity clothes, shoes, toys and furniture. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Kid's Closet Connections' spring consignment sale

Kid's Closet Connections' spring consignment sale is a weeklong event at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., featuring previously owned children's and maternity clothes, shoes, toys and furniture. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Delectable Bundt cakes are beautiful without the fuss

Since its invention in 1950, the Bundt pan has become America’s best-selling cake pan. There’s only one catch to this “no-fuss cake”: It doesn’t always come out of the pan in one piece. Here are expert tips for a clean release, plus three Bundt cake recipes perfect for any occasion.