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The Healing Quality of Sweetness – A Jaunt Off the Grid

Written and Photographed by Ingrid Keizer While I admire and even envy the amicable divorce strategies of many I’ve met, my separation and pending divorce fall far from being defined as amicable. The distractions have made it difficult to focus on writing. When my divorce is over I intend to write a series titled, “Divorce in Kansas City, an owner’s manual.” It is my intention …

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Four Women Who Are Changing the Face of KC Publishing

The way that information is shared has changed the world and Kansas City’s technology boom is at the heart of it. It’s only fitting that the local publications that help identify us to the world should reflect that. Publishing has a new face and in KC those faces belong to four women. Join the women at the helm of Greater Kansas City, Midtown KC Post, …

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Reflections on the Future

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. Steve Jobs I’ve sort of dropped out …

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Immigrants and workers built their homes in the West Plaza neighborhood

Written By Mary Jo Draper Article shared with permission from Midtown KC Post. Railroad workers, carpenters and clerks were among the working people living on this West Plaza neighborhood block in 1920. They were part of the new residents taking advantage of easy streetcar transportation and affordable lots in this section of Midtown just west of the Country Club Plaza. As part of our Uncovering History …

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Skyboy: A Perfect View

Used with permission by Martin City Telegraph Written By Kathy Feist Photographs by David Bayard   Dave Bayard has studied Eastern philosophy all his life. It is present in his furniture making business, Samurai Woodworks , in the design of the cabin he built nestled in the woods off Blue River Parkway, and most recently in his newest venture Skyboy Photos. Since 1983, Bayard has …

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Frank O. Wiziarde (Whizzo the Clown)

Written By by Heather Scanlon Used with permission from Squeezeboxcity.com “Who’s always smiling, never sad? It’s Whizzo! Who makes the boys and girls so glad? Whizzo! He’s a merry fellow with a big red shiny nose, dressed in crazy mixed up clothes from his head down to his toes…” If you were a kid in Kansas City during the 1950s and 60s, you probably still …

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Harry S Truman 33rd President of the United States of America

“Tact is the ability to step on a man’s toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.” Harry S. Truman Written By Sonia Marcinkowski April 13, 2016 Seventy-one years ago today our very own Harry S Truman spent his first full day in the Oval Office. Truman’s humble beginnings started here in the Greater Kansas City area.  At the age of six Truman’s family …

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Bridging the Missouri

Written by Ingrid Keizer Photos not credited otherwise by Ingrid Keizer Not long after the civil war, construction of the Hannibal Bridge began. Two years later in 1869 it was completed. It was believed that it would be a huge part of Kansas City’s growth and it was. Its existence marked Kansas City as a major railroad hub and naturally boosted its importance to the …

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Wyandotte County Roots Help Define the Culture of Kansas City

Written and Photographed by Ingrid Keizer Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas are great examples of hidden treasures in the KC area. With the excitement of the rebirth of downtown Kansas City, Missouri it’s not difficult to overlook that just across the river, Kansas City, Kansas is also experiencing a resurrection. I find over and over again that in order to really understand something you …

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The KC Italian Food Legacy that is Nicky’s Pizza

Written and Photographed by Ingrid Keizer Nicky’s Pizza During my quest for the perfect neighborhood bar I was barraged by recommendations for Nicky’s Pizza North of the River. I didn’t choose Nicky’s as my favorite neighborhood bar and frankly doing so would have sold it short. It is far more than a neighborhood bar and certainly more than a pizza joint. Nicky’s is much more …