Ugh. Those four little words that every parent dreads to hear during the summer months.
I am so bored.
The CDC reports that tooth decay remains the most common chronic childhood disease while dental care is the largest unmet health care need for children. Right here in the Northland of Kansas City, there are an estimated 17,000 children with no access to dental care (i.e. no insurance or financial ability to pay for dental care).
People travel alone for various reasons. Some are running away from something. Some are on a spiritual journey. Some are trying to find themselves. In all honesty, I had never actually planned to travel alone. It wasn't a part of any bucket list or what I longed to do. It just kind of
happened. None of my friends were able to travel with me (for various reasons) and although I love my parents dearly I declined their offer to accompany me. I had my heart set on a certain kind of vacation and I wasn't going to depend on anyone else to make that wish come true.
I love a good ghost story. I'm convinced we're genetically predisposed to either enjoying the adrenaline rush that comes will all-things-scary or turning the channel whenever a horror film preview comes on. I don't turn the channel – I turn up the volume so I can hear better. I've been like this as long as I can remember, my memories vivid of staying up to watch old Vincent Price and Boris Karloff movies at an age far younger than most. Stories of pits and pendulums or masked figures have never really affected me; I can watch, read, and listen to these stories and simply turn off the lights with little thought as to what may be hiding in my closet.
In many ways, Kansas City Fashion Week reflects everything that The Real KC is all about – supporting local talent, dreaming big, and putting yourself out there. This year's lineup of events did not disappoint and, in a world that seems to spin out of control sometimes, it is worth taking the time to get a little dressed up, grab a drink and take in a show or two. Here's why.
Let those leaves fall! Autumn is here and with it, the smell of cider and warmth of cozy sweaters. Those of us at The Real KC love everything that the season has to offer and we want to share some ideas with you as you plan your monthly calendars. There's something for everyone – from cider mills to spooky adventures this Halloween. Let's get cozy people!!
Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs and their loyal following, is known for many things. As one of the largest and oldest NFL stadiums in the country, the 44 year-old structure can accommodate more than 75,000 fans and transforms into a sea of red when those fans take to their feet and cheer, small arrowhead tattoos on cheeks as common as the rally towels spun wildly in the air. Chiefs fans take great pride in being part of the game itself and will not be outdone by other football fans in spirit, Arrowhead crowd noise breaking the Guinness World Record in 2014 when it reached 142.2 decibels and earned it a title that surprised very few – “Loudest Stadium in the World.”
September is a transitional month; summer is over, but the days are still warm and thoughts of pumpkin patches and warm apple cider may still be a few weeks away (well, maybe not for those of us who think there's nothing wrong with getting a little giddy at the sight of Autumn décor in stores). If you're looking for something to do this month, the city has plenty to offer. Check out some of these events
School supplies may be in the stores, but that doesn't mean there's not more fun to be had at one of the many local events in late July and August. So, go ahead, get yourself a batter-fried Oreo and take in some live music or just relax at one of these amazing events, festivals, and museums around the city. Summer is far from over!
Sometimes, I feel like I can't even breathe. The actual exercise of inhaling and exhaling is severed by a thought of something forgotten, or a schedule too full, or a project not yet started. Deep breathing – the kind they taught me in yoga class with soft music and incense burning – isn't something I feel capable of outside the yoga studio. I somehow get enough air in my lungs to survive, but sometimes it feels like the type of breath you gasp for when you're on the verge of drowning.