Apparently the first step in saving the world is to buy author Eric Mann’s book, Playbook for Progressives: 16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer. At least that’s the impression I got when he refused to answer questions about his organization unless I bought one. I didn’t, by the way, and here’s why: The Kansas City Public Library hosted Eric Mann as a guest speaker to promote his book and bring awareness to the Fight for the Soul of the Cities movement. Well…that’s what people came for. What actually transpired can best be described as surreal. Mann started off with a bizarre tangent on how allRead More →

During the month of March I challenged myself to find at least one free event everyday. I posted all of them on  KiaraLovesKC’s Facebook page. Any time I see the word “free” used in the description of something happening in Kansas City it grabs my attention. And those who are reading this may be surprised to know that I see that word a lot. Most of the entertainment I enjoy in the city is free or extremely cheap. (Remember, my favorite theater shows movies for under $5.) My main concern was finding events that would appeal to a wide range of people. I’m a bookwormRead More →

Travel on the yellow brick road through the land of Oz as Crown Center celebrates the beloved motion picture, The Wizard of Oz, 75th anniversary. Each vibrantly painted section has interactive prompts to delight adults and children alike. You can watch as Dorothy gets sucked up in the tornado that takes her to Oz. Meet the Munchkins, Glinda, the Good Witch, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and The Cowardly Lion. Walk through the evil enchanted forest to The Wicked Witch’s castle. Fly in the Wizard’s hot air balloon. A section of the exhibit is dedicated to display Jane Albright’s collection of Wizard of Oz memorabilia.Read More →

Philomena is based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, the story of a woman in 1950’s Ireland who was forced into a convent to work manual labor in order to hide an illicit pregnancy. Three years into living in the convent her child was adopted. Eventually she left, was married, and had other children. But throughout her life she never stopped searching for the child that was taken away from her. Journalist Martin Sixsmith (author of the book) read of her story and decided to assist in her quest. Their journey led them all the way to America where life changing secrets were revealedRead More →

It was a freezing 16 degrees outside. The harsh biting air hit like a brick to my face. Lily was so bundled up she looked like the Michelin Man. “Is this really worth it?”, was the question that formed in my head as I buckled Lily in her stroller. I asked myself that question a dozen more times as I walked to the front ticket counter. The cashier handed me an entry pass and a map then informed me that most of the animals wouldn’t be seen due to the cold temperature. “Hmm, maybe I should turn around and go back home”, I thought, “No,Read More →

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