Discovering Family Heritage

Explore the powerful connections to black history in Kansas City, KS Every person has a unique history. A culture. A past. With the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life nowadays, it’s easy to get caught up in the present. Far too often we rush ahead at full speed ready for the next thing life throws at us, forgetting to take the time to sit and reflect on the history of those who came before us. My husband and I sat talking about this one night, and decided we needed to do something different…

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Discovering the Fierce Females of Kansas City, Kansas

Three generations of women discover the true meaning of girl power in Kansas City, Kansas Lyda Conley fascinates me. I wish I had known about her in high school, when I was struggling to write a paper titled “If you could go back in time and have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be?” Now the answer was obvious to me: Lyda Conley. But I was long out of high school when I first saw a mural with her image on the side of a building in Kansas City, Kan. The mural made such an impression…

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Tacos to Go in Kansas City, KS

Nothing beats the atmosphere of a busy taqueria where you hear the sizzling of carne asada or get to witness the taquero cutting Al Pastor meat right off the trompo for your tacos . Unfortunately, the scenes of a taqueria have been replaced with limited seating and a quieter atmosphere to maintain safe and socially distanced dining. Although there’s no replacement for the experience of getting tacos, there is an alternative to getting your taco fix on the go! Many of the taquerias in Kansas…

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Fit Fab 40s in Kansas City, KS

TWO COUPLES LIVE IT UP ON A WEEKEND GETAWAY TO KANSAS CITY, KS. We’d just dropped off our daughter, Maddie, for her first college visit. College. When did Dave and I grow old enough to have a daughter scouting out campuses and contemplating dual degrees? I wasn’t ready for us to become empty nesters at 45. Dave, always looking for the rainbow, remarked on how much more time we’ll have to get back to our active lifestyle. He reminded me there were plenty of things to do in nearby Kansas City…

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Derby Girls in Kansas City, KS

Usually, I’m in Kansas City, Kan. visiting my grandmother nearby. But this last time, I was in town for roller derby. My cousin, Dana, had recently joined a team that was going to their first away game in Kansas City, Kan., and to quote her, “I could NOT miss it.” I hadn’t seen her in a long time, so it didn’t take much convincing for me to go. We decided to turn our trip into a long weekend so we could catch up. With its abundance of art, great food and even better spirits (both of the cultural…

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Affordable Family Fun in Kansas City, KS

Kansas City, Kan. is the perfect destination for a family looking to maximize fun and minimize cost. My girls, Sarah and Ashley, play just about every sport imaginable, but softball is their favorite. A few weeks ago, my husband, Will, and I took the whole family, including their little brother Sam, to a tournament in Kansas City, Kan. We had come to town for the games, but in our downtime the kids weren’t interested in just chilling at the hotel. After the third complaint of “Mom, I’m…

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Kansas City, KS: More than just a stop along the way

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in California anymore,” my wife said in her best Judy Garland impression as we crossed the state line and entered Kansas City, KS. Having followed the Missouri River south for almost 300 miles, our next stop was Lewis & Clark Park at Kaw Point, where the Kansas River loses itself in the Missouri. As a history buff, I was eager see the place where the Lewis and Clark expedition party had camped more than 200 years earlier. As a hungry man, I was eager to find a…

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It’s Race Day in Kansas City, KS

Nothing quite prepared me for an actual day at the track. “Can you feel it, yet?” asked Dave as we pulled into the parking lot of Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS. I finally understood what he had been talking about—that palpable buzzing of excitement that surrounds race day. Dave is the big car racing fan in our family, and we were bringing our 7-year-old twin boys to their first race. It was my first race, too. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big sports fan. I’ve been to more Royals and Chiefs…

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A War Memorial Tour in Kansas City, KS

When I think of my dad, I think of a lot of different things. I think of his hands steadying the seat of my bike as I pedaled my way down the sidewalk. I remember his wink as we both snuck a second popsicle on a hot summer evening. I think of my horror in finding that I’d been placed in his history class in ninth grade, and I think of the sheer joy and pride that shone on his face when I was accepted to college. There are other memories in there too—the furrow in his brow when he grounded me…

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