Happy anniversary to us!

Anniversaries tend to sneak up on me. At the Harrison house, we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries in the evening, when everyone is home from work and school, giving me one more day to go out and get a gift and a card. As organized as I’d like to think I am, I was never going to be that wife or…

Old Leawood 4th of July Parade

The 40-year tradition in this Old Leawood neighborhood continues with a parade of kids on decorated bikes, trikes, scooters and more circling from Ensley to Belinder to Meadow Lane to Meadow and back to Ensley while neighbors enjoy from lawn chairs.

CASA Superhero 5K

“Every Child Needs a Hero, but Abused Children Need SuperHeroes.” More than 1,000 adults and kids raised $46,000 to help CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) advocate for abused/neglected children. Photography Tracie Lansing Photography and Joe Coulter

September 2015 Around Town

AMGutters.com celebrates a milestone of repairing and replacing more than 20,000 professionally installed gutters in the Kansas City area. Known for their quality work and lifetime guaranteed solutions, and based in Olathe for over 28 years, they are the preferred dealer for the Rhino Gutter Guard and Gutter Glove guttering systems. Their goal has always been to provide a professional,…

Jack Sock is Making Waves on the WORLD TENNIS SCENE

Blue Valley North 2011 graduate and Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tennis player has done well in his first five years on the pro circuit. And by ‘well,’ we mean he has earned more than $2-million on the professional tennis circuit.

Training Humans to Get the Most Out of Man’s Best Friend

If your family is mulling over getting a dog, consider talking to a professional first. Deathe often counsels families to best match a specific dog and/or breed (and inherent temperament) with a family and its distinctive lifestyle.

Bogess & Miller

In the glorious presence of God at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Leawood, Nikki C. Boggess and Ross T. Miller were married in a magnificent wedding ceremony blessed by three priests and the Archbishop. Nikki is the daughter of Bob and Brenda Boggess of Olathe. She is a graduate of Kearney High School and received a bachelor’s degree…

Hershberger & Crane

Abigail Hershberger and Kyle Crane were united in marriage on June 20 at Christ Community Church, Brookside in Kansas City, Missouri. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Aaron Bates.

Happy Days In Blue Valley

The endearing and memorable TV show from the 1970s and 80s coined the phrase “Happy Days,” but it doesn’t hold a candle to the philanthropic and kind-hearted Mr. and Mrs. “C” of modern Johnson County. Patrick and Kathleen Cocherl (Pat and Kathy) are the quintessential mom and pop of altruism in our own community.

Best Friends and Committed Cat Cuddlers

To hear Lane Sturgeon and T.J. Sweeney tell it, it’s all very simple. They play with and “love on” the cats, says Sweeney; they offer and receive unconditional love, adds Sturgeon. “When I’m around animals,” says Sturgeon, “I’m happy and can’t help but smile. There is no judgment and we’re just loved for who we are.”


The restaurant is named for American financier John Pierpont “JP” Morgan. In the late 1800s, Morgan was a world-famous financier, art collector and banker whose corporate dominance helped merge companies in order to form the likes of General Electric and United Steel Corporation. His reputation as a railroad baron made him the perfect namesake for an iconic restaurant located in…

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

Courtney Thomas, president and CEO of Great Plains SPCA, feels as if she needs a huge umbrella and some rain boots… after all, it is usually metaphorically raining cats and dogs and other domestic pets everywhere she turns. This energetic, smart, spunky lover of animals presides over two campuses in our metro area: one in Merriam and one in Independence.

Okoboji – True North

Nestled among Iowa’s wide-open acres of fertile farmland and sleepy small towns, just shy of the Minnesota border, a group of six glacial lakes glisten in the sunlight as devoted visitors approach. If your trip begins in south Kansas City, as it does for my family a few times each year, you’ll travel about 350 miles of country highways leading…

Birds on aWire

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…