The Long Night by Tim Matsui, an Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist and producer, shines a light on the issue of sex trafficking in America. This riveting documentary weaves together the stories of seven people — young girls who were forced or coerced into the sex trade, their parents, and police — whose lives have been forever changed.  Originally a photography project the 72-minute film is a culminates 15 years of work. Set in Seattle, WA, it was named Pictures of the Year International’s top documentary project of 2014. The Kansas City Public Library screened The Long Night at the Plaza Branch’s Truman Forum Auditorium. Matsui then lead aRead More →

There are so many great neighborhoods in Kansas City, all with their own special flair! For those who are shopping for unique specialty gifts, look no further than right here at home. No matter what part of Kansas City you’re in there are plenty of locally owned businesses that will cater to your likes in fashion, beauty, food, lifestyle, and everything else! Here’s my neighborhood guide to shop local in KC. Brookside The Brookside Shops have been fulfilling J.C. Nichols’ vision for the absolute best in neighborhood shopping, dining and services for nearly a century. Generations of Kansas Citians have turned to the Brookside Shopping District toRead More →

In Eastern Europe and Slavic legend, a rusalka was a water sprite or nymph. Originally thought of as benevolent, they were associated with fertility. They would emerge from the water in the spring to help nuture crops before returning. However, in the 19th century, the legends got darker. The rusalka became known as the spirit of a woman who had died in the water. She was said to be malevolent, sometimes luring unsuspecting men to their death with her beauty, much like mermaids and sirens of Western European stories. While the story of the Little Mermaid and Rusalka have similarities, there are several key differences.Read More →

The City of Kansas City, MO and the Kansas City Royals have invited all fans to a Royal Celebration parade for our World Series Champions. As soon as I heard this, I thought, “Great, I’ll be there among the over 800,000 people cheering and sharing in this tremendous moment of pride in Kansas City!”. But wait, the parade is on a Tuesday, at 12 pm. I’ll be at work. And I can’t get off. Trust me, I tried but the boss gave it a no. Grumbling to my husband I asked why the city would have the parade during hours when most would be atRead More →

“Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence, and a belief in our right to be equal members of society.” – Janet Jackson Such is true of David Smock, who recently opened Dutchman Coffee Roasters in North Kansas City. What started as a creative outlet for Smock has become, what I can only describe as, an experience where science meets coffee. Alton Brown would be proud. What is Dutchman Coffee? Dutchman Coffee is a coffee roasting company. We focus on high quality, direct trade and/or organic coffee. By roasting to high standards,Read More →

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