Happy anniversary to us!

Anniversaries tend to sneak up on me. At the Harrison house, we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries in the evening, when everyone is home from work and school, giving me one more day to go out and get a gift and a card. As organized as I’d like to think I am, I was never going to be that wife or…

CASA Superhero 5K

“Every Child Needs a Hero, but Abused Children Need SuperHeroes.” More than 1,000 adults and kids raised $46,000 to help CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) advocate for abused/neglected children. Photography Tracie Lansing Photography and Joe Coulter

September 2015 Around Town

Most police dogs are cross-trained, so they can track people and drugs. They learn to scent on the ground, for the scent trail that a person leaves, and in the air. Air scenting is important, because that way a dog can sense if a suspect has circled back around to ambush the officer.

The GLA is Mercedes’ Smallest CUV

Compact crossovers continue to populate the automotive landscape. These scaled-down utility vehicles are primed for urban use because they are small enough to slip easily through congestion, haul various kinds of cargo and do so while returning good gas mileage.

PIERPONT’S at UNION STATION

The restaurant is named for American financier John Pierpont “JP” Morgan. In the late 1800s, Morgan was a world-famous financier, art collector and banker whose corporate dominance helped merge companies in order to form the likes of General Electric and United Steel Corporation. His reputation as a railroad baron made him the perfect namesake for an iconic restaurant located in…

Big or Small, Dogs Quickly Become Family

Michelle Suter remembers the first time she saw a Great Pyrenees dog. Actually, she saw three. “It was years ago in Loose Park,” Suter says. “I saw a man walking three polar bears and I stopped to talk to him because I’d never seen dogs that big. Another patron at the park said he’d seen these dogs lounging in front…

BVW Graduate Collin Wiles Hits the Minor Leagues

Blue Valley West graduate Collin Wiles was the 53rd player selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers. The right-handed pitcher is now in his second full season of professional baseball. He missed a great deal of the 2014 season with an arm injury, but he is making up for it this year with all-star season for…

Lori Fairchild Shares Everyday Truths

Johnson County Lifestyle: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Lori Fairchild: I’m a wife and mother of two daughters, ages 11 and 13. I work as a freelance writer and editor from home because I love the flexibility it gives me. I spend a lot of my time at the hockey rink and soccer field watching my girls play…

Running Toward a Challenge

When faced with unimaginable challenges in life, the instinct for some is to run away from them. Those who prefer to defy their fear may run directly into the challenge. And then there are those who go above and beyond and run for the challenge.

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

Courtney Thomas, president and CEO of Great Plains SPCA, feels as if she needs a huge umbrella and some rain boots… after all, it is usually metaphorically raining cats and dogs and other domestic pets everywhere she turns. This energetic, smart, spunky lover of animals presides over two campuses in our metro area: one in Merriam and one in Independence.…

Okoboji – True North

Nestled among Iowa’s wide-open acres of fertile farmland and sleepy small towns, just shy of the Minnesota border, a group of six glacial lakes glisten in the sunlight as devoted visitors approach. If your trip begins in south Kansas City, as it does for my family a few times each year, you’ll travel about 350 miles of country highways leading…

Birds on a Wire

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…