I inherited her hands, but not her green thumbs

My mother was a passionate and talented gardener. And while I see quite clearly every time I look down at my hands that I inherited her long fingers, her deep nail beds and her strong nails, I most certainly did not inherit her green thumbs.

Downtown Lee’s Summit Chocolate Crawl

The Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Gala & Auction in January at The Pavilion at John Knox Village. The evening featured impromptu video interviews and member recognition and awards.

April 2015 Around Town

There is a saying at Lake Lotawana: “There is no view that is a bad view around the lake.” Come and experience the joy of the gardens selected for their annual garden tour on June 13, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For $15, ride one of the many volunteer-driven pontoon boats from the Marina Grog and Galley and take…

Beautifying Lee’s Summit One Pot or Spot at a Time

In Beautification Land, April means it is time to Sweep the Summit and plant the pansies. With each season comes an initiative from the Lee’s Summit Beautification Commission to help beauty bloom around town.

The $70 Tomato

I come from a long line of green thumbed people. Both sets of my grandparents had large vegetable gardens. My paternal grandmother always had multiple varieties of African Violets decorating her living room and even grew rare Lady's-slipper orchids outside her front door. Gosh, I wish I could be like them. Unlike my talented relatives, my knack for growing things…

One Family Proves It Doesn’t Matter How You Become a Family…Just that You Are!

It has been said that some people are angels in disguise. Lee’s Summit residents Ted Sibley and his wife Erin most certainly have invisible halos over their heads. While their humble hearts of service might readily dismiss such a notion, there is no denying the fact that they are living testament to the idea that the most inspiring sermons in…

Nate Smith Receives National Debate Coaching Award

Nate Smith, debate coach at Lee’s Summit High School, recently received a Second Diamond Award from the National Speech and Debate Association. The association’s diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity.

Home, Naturally

To most moms, the moment might have seemed pretty ordinary. Misty Terrell had just finished mopping the floors. The surface wasn’t quite dry when her then-8-month-old daughter crawled across the shiny surface, took a seat at Mom’s feet and started sucking on her hand.

The Silverton at Woodland Trails

Tucked away from the city and nestled amidst the backdrop of ponds, twisted oak trees and wooded glen, this beautiful home stands regal. Certainly not your typical cookie cutter house, The Silverton, located at 509 Wilds Parkway in Greenwood, is part of the new development off 150 Highway, and adjacent to James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife area, called Woodland Trails.

Spring Cleaning a Senior’s Home

Back in the old days, spring cleaning meant scrubbing or laundering every surface or item in the house to remove the dark, sooty build-up from using candles, kerosene lamps and wood stoves all winter. It also meant throwing open all the doors and windows to get the stale winter air out and let in the fresh fragrance of spring.

New Businesses Promote Health, Community and Greener Living

In the world of super-sized retail chains and massive online markets, it can be difficult for new businesses to get on their feet. Like thousands of others, I've made the dash to the various new retail mega-complexes where consumers can ironically find computer terminals welcoming them to "The Family." However, these places tend to rely on pre-recordings and hold times…

Toyota Prius

Whenever I drive a hybrid such as the 2015 Toyota Prius I’m initially tempted to tiptoe on the throttle and creep away from stop signs in an effort to squeeze the most miles out of a gallon of gas. While it’s fun to see how little fuel I can use, driving slowly gets old and I soon resume normal driving.…

Longview Chapel Christian Church

As Lee’s Summit celebrates its Sesquicentennial, Longview Chapel Christian Church, a community establishment with long ties and great traditions, will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year with many special events.

Brave Transitions

Kansas City native Katie Snapp recently returned to her Kansas City roots to help women in her home city face change more bravely. Snapp, an author, speaker and leadership expert who specializes in helping women improve their leadership skills and confidence, recently gave presentations to several groups based on her new book, Brave Transitions: A Woman’s Guide to Maintaining Composure…

What’s Fresh for Spring?

Our friends at Seasonal Concepts are the experts when it comes to outdoor furnishings and accessories. Whether you are ready to add a fire pit, new furniture or an outdoor kitchen, start at the impressive showroom at Seasonal Concepts (103rd and Metcalf) to be inspired. It goes without saying that many of these items would make great gifts for Mother’s…

Our Contributors

Lee’s Summit Lifestyle is a product of the work of many passionate and dedicated freelance writers and photographers. We couldn’t do it without them. Meet a few of this month’s contributors.