Letter from the Creative Director

Even though I don’t love frigid temperatures, December is by far my favorite month of the year. The excitement and magic of watching my kids experience all of our family holiday traditions is so much fun, and the anticipation of Christmas morning makes me still feel like a kid. I absolutely love every part of it, and I think I…

11th Annual Carnival for CASA 

More than 700 people enjoyed an incredible array of special carnival activities plus unlimited access to Paradise Park’s fixed attractions, lunch, snacks and much more, and funds raised will go to Jackson County CASA. Photo credit: Alex Jinks Photography and DigitalPhotoJoe.

Saint Luke’s East 7th Annual Boo Ball

This year’s Fire & Ice themed Boo Ball was held at Stoney Creek Hotel where guests enjoyed delicious appetizers, cocktails, dinner, and entertainment by Quixotic performers.This year’s proceeds will help provide transportable cardiac monitors for 14 patient rooms in the ED at Saint Luke's East Hospital.

Winter on the Lake

Many Midwesterners enjoy spending summertime on and around the lake. The hot and humid climate fits perfectly with activities such as swimming, boating, skiing and sailing. When the seasons begin to change, the lake does too. What was once a fluid vehicle for family fun, soon becomes a frozen obstacle, causing many lake goers to dock their boats and retreat…

Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Mizzou Ball Cap at Sports Scene $ 29.99 Ocean & Sea Tee $32 Leather Monarch Wallets by Sandlot Goods $ 45 Standard Leather Journal Cover $118 Vikar Bronze cigar cutter and double torch lighter from The Cigar Room $200 Montecristo El Conde Classic Series from the Cigar Room $12.90 La Flor Dominicana Oro Tubo from the Cigar Room $13.50 Fedora…

Cookies & Cocktails

A fun holiday tradition amongst friends is a good ol' cookie exchange. It's a great excuse to get together and then return home with a plethora of sweet treats and festive goodies. I often want a big selection of baked goods around the house in December for family and guests, but often run out of time to make a huge…

The Maple Flip

Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon

Travel Edit | Steps of Style

Hit the slopes with Steps Of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, as she shows you her picks for staying warm while keeping it cool in Aspen.

Kansas City Bone And Joint Clinic 
Gives Back Through Operation Walk

Kansas City Bone and Joint Clinic Gives Back to Help Patients Move Through Life Pain-Free In 2012, Janet Sitzmann gingerly and painfully made her way through life on two bad knees, often assisted by a cane or a walker. With no insurance and no way to afford knee replacement surgery out-of-pocket, her situation seemed hopeless.

Lee’s Summit Doctor’s Caring Practice Grows

Lee’s Summit gastroenterologist Marc Taormina, MD, is a clinical educator. Talk with him for a moment about his job, and he’ll emphasize the importance of screening for colon cancer at age 50, or at age 45 if you’re African American and at higher risk for the disease. Or how a persistent case of heartburn should be evaluated to rule out…

My Favorite Things

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