On the Bookshelf

 Article Kathryn Leo  On the Bookshelf  By Kathryn Leo, Johnson County Library Media Specialist

Kid Rocker Shares Lessons Learned from Taking a Childlike Approach to Life

Children know him as Mr. Stinky Feet, the award-winning kid rocker who has performed thousands of high-energy shows throughout the U.S., Europe and his native Kansas City over the past two decades. But if you’re an adult, you may also know him as Jim Cosgrove, author and motivational speaker.

Homes That Cook Offers Recipes for Heart and Home

Lettiann Southerland has always known the important difference between a house and a home. As part of a large Italian clan, life revolved around meals shared by generations of family at her grandparents’ sprawling home in Pennsylvania. Yet when she relocated to Kansas City to start her own family, Lettiann found herself desperately homesick. So she set about accomplishing two…

Just Let ‘Em Play

For coaches, parents and athletes, navigating the complexities of youth sports can be a challenge. As a parent of two baseball players, one of which plays at the college level, I know this first hand. For some, youth sports are no longer an activity taking place in our neighborhood parks and school yards with the primary purpose being physical fitness…

ClutterFree Revolution

Evan Zislis had to live simply because the salary of a seventh-grade teacher in Aspen, Colorado didn’t provide for many housing options. After a frustrated search, Zislis was able to rent a 250-square-foot mining cabin without running water or electricity for $50 a month. The historic cabin was discordantly sandwiched in between two contemporary houses in a neighborhood where the…

Following a Different Kind 
of Basketball Dream

Johnny Carver’s dream of following in his father and brother’s footsteps in basketball came to a halt in high school. But that didn’t stop this University of Arkansas sophomore from living his basketball dream in another way. His father, Brad, and older brother, Steve, both excelled on the high school level at Shawnee Mission Northwest and played on the collegiate…

Homes that Cook

When Lettiann Southerland first arrived in Kansas City, she was desperately homesick. Leaving her home and family in Pennsylvania was a little more difficult than she believed it would be. Like many of us who have faced relocation away from our roots, she missed the family dinners, the wine and appetizers under the grape arbor, the laughter and the closeness…

Listen to Your Mother

In 2010, Ann Imig organized a live-staged reading event in Madison, Wisc., to bring together her community—mothers and non-mothers alike—and provide a forum for a diversity of voices to share their personal stories. These readers spoke honestly and openly about motherhood, family, childhood and parenting. And so, the Listen to Your Mother movement was born. This one event quickly grew…