Oak Grove artist Russell Joy finds his passion in stained glass

A few of Russell Joy’s stained glass windows are at businesses, restaurants and homes, but mostly they’re at churches, lighting up sanctuaries and chapels, cavernous and intimate, across the Kansas City area. Their themes are sacred and their styles range widely. They tell a story. They say a prayer. They stir a sensation. They do what stained glass does: twinkle, glow, radiate, illuminate.

Jeneé Osterheldt

Miley Cyrus is sick, and we are too

Ever since Miley Cyrus twerked with teddy bears on MTV last summer, the world has been clamoring for her breakdown. Everyone is saying something has to be seriously wrong with her. Maybe something’s wrong with the world.

Eat + Drink

About the food you eat and what happens after

Two authors in Kansas City this week will be talking food: where it comes from and then where it goes. Christopher Leonard, author of “The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business,” speaks Wednesday at the Central Library. Mary Roach, the author of “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,” speaks Thursday at the library.

The Kansas City Star Magazine

Oak Grove artist Russell Joy finds his passion in stained glass

A few of Russell Joy’s stained glass windows are at businesses, restaurants and homes, but mostly they’re at churches, lighting up sanctuaries and chapels, cavernous and intimate, across the Kansas City area. Their themes are sacred and their styles range widely. They tell a story. They say a prayer. They stir a sensation. They do what stained glass does: twinkle, glow, radiate, illuminate.

House + Home

This year’s Symphony Designers’ Showhouse is a stylish home of note

The first goal of any showhouse is to raise money for a nonprofit. The second is to give designers a chance to play with trends and showcase their design chops. Many of this year’s trends have been skillfully applied by local designers to put a fresh modern twist on a stately and traditional home to produce the 45th annual Symphony Designers’ Showhouse at 1256 West 59th St.

Solving your gardening dilemmas

These are recent questions and answers posted on KC Gardens, The Star’s gardening blog. Questions come from readers, with answers from volunteers for Johnson County’s K-State Research and Extension, as well as Dennis Patton, Extension horticulture agent.

Faith

An old, old hate raises its head among us

The Rev. Molly T. Marshall writes: “In this week Christians call holy, we confront once again the blood thirst that characterizes sinful humanity ... the ‘fall to violence.’ ”

Advice Columns

Don’t let her short hair fool you

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 14-year-old girl with a problem. Because of my buzzed short hair, slim hips and flat chest, I frequently get mistaken for a boy. It really bothers me because, despite my haircut and body shape, I have a feminine face and I wear women’s clothes and makeup. I’m not too much of a tomboy.