Joe Heide of Kansas City carries on a family tradition of growing sweet sorghum on a farm in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Each fall, friends and family gather for two to three days to cut the cane by hand and boil the juice into syrup.
After moving to Kansas City in the 1980s, Terence and Brigida Goree of Louisiana continued their Southern cooking traditions by preparing Thanksgiving each year with a group of friends also transplanted from the South. Click the link to see Goree’s recipe for sweet potato pie.
More than diet, body mass index, smoking or alcohol consumption, your social life is the most accurate predictor of how long you will live, according to the findings in “The Village Effect” by Canadian psychologist Susan Pinker. But as a society, in the age of online social interactions, we are moving in the opposite direction.
A reader in Pennsylvania says every year, residents on the block where he and his wife recently bought a house celebrate the holidays in a big way. But he and his wife never make a big deal about Christmas and don’t want to spend our money on decorations. What should they do? Also: Why it’s OK to put mother’s care costs ahead of her promises to grandchildren and how to keep a birthday tradition now that friend is married.
Starting this year, students enrolled in Shawnee Mission School District’s award-winning culinary program also are expected to break a sweat working on the farm: Every week students spend up to four hours of class time planting, watering, weeding, hoeing and harvesting organic produce.
Titled "Touching Home: The Story of the Kansas City Royals' Dream Season and Magical Run to the World Series," compiles the best coverage from The Kansas City Star's award-winning sports department and photography staff.
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Jerry Viviano of Overland Park is host of the Viviano Benefit Variety Show, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The show that started in his apartment now sells out regularly. Proceeds benefit Kansas City nonprofits.
DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: For the past five years, a friend and I have made good money buying foreclosed-on houses from banks, fixing them up and then either selling them or renting them out. Last year, though, “Matt” got married, and now his wife, who manages a fitness center and who knows zero about real estate, insists on reviewing every decision we make. Matt and I never had trouble agreeing on what to buy or when to sell. But now he has to run everything by his wife.
As the largest drawdown in forces since Vietnam grinds on, experts worry that our most recent warrior class could become a welfare class if military leaders and private business owners don’t break down the barriers veterans face when competing for civilian jobs. Getting a job as a project manager for Civic Plus in Manhattan, Kan., was nearly as daunting as anything Brandon Bear, a 32-year-old veteran of the Iraq surge, endured in the Army -- and it makes him one of the lucky ones.
I’ve heard people pooh-pooh travel and moving around by saying, “No matter where you go, there you are.” The implication is that you can’t find happiness by changing your geography. My life as a Navy brat taught me the opposite is also true. If you are happy and feel at home in the world, you’ll be happy wherever you go.
Chris Stout of Liberty is a veteran’s navigator for United Way of Greater Kansas City. Stout, who was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, served in the Army until injuries sustained in Afghanistan he was forced him to retire as a corporal. This conversation took place at the United Way call center in Kansas City.
DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: We have two sons and don’t know which one to choose as the executor for our estate. One lives locally but has family responsibilities that keep him busy, while the other has no family but lives out of state. Which one do you think we should appoint? By the way, neither is very good at managing investments or sensibly handling large sums of money, so their relative financial skills are not a reason to choose one over the other.