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Writing’s a journey: Will it be worth it?

To earn the title of writer, it is absolutely necessary to put words together into something that will eventually take shape as a book, a story, an essay or a poem. They may even be destined for the wastebasket, but as long as the word-stringing is taking place, you can claim to be a writer.

Joco Opinion

The skinny on hard-body mom gyms and the Paul Henson Y

After living south of Interstate 435 for most of my adult life, I moved north with my family two years ago to old Leawood. And whatever contrasts you can find in the north/south divide of our county, none embodies the differences more than a place I visited as soon as we moved north: The Paul Henson YMCA on 79th Street and Mission Road.

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Fresh Market closing in Overland Park’s Prairiefire

The Fresh Market was the first tenant to open in Prairiefire in mid-2013. The company plans to close 13 locations in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Texas, but would not confirm specific store closings in other markets. The stores could start a liquidation sale this week and are expected to close by May 18.

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Exchange student from Pakistan relishes year spent in Kansas City, North

For the past school year, exchange student Sadaf Naeem from Pakistan has been staying with a host family in Kansas City, North. She’s experienced such American traditions as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and school prom. She’s wrapping up her time here and returns to Pakistan in early June having made many friends and enduring memories.

Business

Limousine service is a dream come true for Syrian immigrant

When Fariz Turkmani arrived in the United States in 1979, he spoke no English. Turkmani had just landed at John F. Kennedy Airport, had no change in his pocket to call a friend and he didn’t even know how to dial an American telephone number. But the kindness of strangers made the difference.

Joco Opinion

Some family roots are better left buried

A popular topic of discussion among my friends is the DNA mail-in service that provides a snapshot of one’s ancestry. After sending a simple swab of saliva to a laboratory, they discovered with a high degree of certainty their ancestral origins.

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At 80, Shirley Marley is still dancing — and turning out stars

At 80, Shirley Marley is still dancing — and turning out stars (Video by Shane Keyser | skeyser@kcstar.com).
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At 80, Shirley Marley is still dancing — and turning out stars

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Teenage musical phenom Gracie Schram performs

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Inclusive early education center expanding to meet great need