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Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, January 3-August 1 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM RoKC, LLC, 1501 Howell St., North Kansas City, MO 64116 816-843-7652 | Tuesday, Jan. 10, 5:30-9:30 p.m. North Kansas City Hospital, 1st floor Pavilion, 2800 Clay Edwards Drive Recommended for childcare providers, foster parents or individuals seeking pediatric CPR training. Class includes adult, child and infant CPR, choking management and AED training. $45/person; register online at


Saturday, January 14, 2017 | Saturday, February 25, 2017 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm Grain to Glass Homebrewing and Bottle Shop 1611 Swift, North Kansas City, MO See how easy it is to make 30 bottles of delicious wine! While you sample some home made wine, Jonathan (our wine expert) will teach you everything you need to know through visual aides and by getting your hands purple as we make a batch in the store! Class cost $20 - Buying through Brown Paper Tickets will secure you a seat, however walk-ins are still welcome


Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Remington Nature Center 1502 MacArthur Drive, Saint Joseph, MO Meet a variety of rescue animals aspx?EID=1568


Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | Tuesday, February 07, 2017 | Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Remington Nature Center 1502 MacArthur Drive, Saint Joseph, MO Join naturalist Shelly Cox as “Mother Nature” for a nature-themed story time for ages 18 months to 6 years of age. Learn about hibernation!

WINTER PRINCESS FORMAL BY KC PARKS & REC Dads & Daughters Special Night Friday, January 20 | 6:30-8:30pm 2251 Howell St., KCMO Cost to register | | 816-300-0545


12:00 PM | Saturday Jan 21, 2017 Let’s purge those closets and basements to start a new year and help a great organization at the same time. Collection will be at Price Chopper in Kearney from12p-4p and tax receipts will be given for every donation. Call Shaney Beard at 816-876-6221 or email with questions.

PSYCHODELIC 5K TRAIL RUN - WINTER Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 9:00 am Kansas City, MO

Jan 27-29 Join us for a weekend filled with horror, sci-fi and thriller films at historic Screenland Armour theater.

Sat, January 28, 2017 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST Platte County Community Center South 8875 CLARK AVE., Parkville, MO 64152 A magical night for daddy/ daughter bonding time! Price: $20.00 Parkville Nature Sanctuary; loops through heavily wooded Parkville Nature Sanctuary, past waterfalls, across footbridges over creeks, on boardwalk over wetland area, through the Missouri River bluffs looking over Parkville


Sunday, January 29, 2017 7:00 pm | Club 906 Liberty, MO


Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m. North Kansas City YMCA 1999 Iron Street in North Kansas City, MO, 64116 Selecting and storing winter produce properly are the secrets to creating healthy meals at home. A Hy-Vee registered dietitian shares easy ideas and recipes for adding more fresh produce into your diet. Did we mention the taste tests? FREE; space is limited. Register online at

CUPID RUN 5K BENEFITING THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF NORTH KANSAS CITY North Kansas City High Saturday, February 11, 8-9:30am Sign up at


Saturday, Feb. 11, 12:30-1:15 p.m. North Kansas City Hospital, Aerobics Room, 2700 Clay Edwards Drive When you have little ones, it’s hard to find time to exercise. Why not workout with your toddler? In our 6-week program, you’ll try different workouts and discover what you and your toddler enjoy most. FREE; space is limited. Register online at


Monday, Feb. 20, 5:30-7 p.m. North Kansas City Hospital, 1st floor Pavilion, North Oak Room, 2790 Clay Edwards Drive Cancer-related fatigue is the most common side effect of cancer treatment. Chemotherapy, radiation and treatment side effects such as anemia, poor nutrition or depression can cause this fatigue. Learn ways to relieve it and improve your quality of life. FREE; register online at






New children’s center agency doubles capacity for abused and at-risk kids.

A 30 year legacy.

Spotlight shines on Gladstone.

This time don’t resolve to loose “weight.”



James (Jim) B. Thomas, III, was introduced to wildlife at the age of six by his father and continues to pursue its grandeur with great passion. Jim began wildlife sketches at an early age and developed a more serious interest in art as a teenager when asked by his father to provide detailed anatomical drawings that could be used in his medical practice. Aspiring to become a commercial artist, Jim studied art at the University of Alabama. However, it would be a different childhood passion that would become his profession. As the Vietnam War escalated, Jim exchanged his art studies and his plans to become an artist for a career in the Army. During more than two decades of military service, his interest in art continued to thrive, with wildlife, and most especially birds, becoming a focal interest. In his rare, found moments, Jim continued to sketch, paint, and sell numerous bird portraits. His travels in the military provided diverse national and international venues in which to observe closely birds in their natural habitats. During this time, wildlife photography became a great love and provided excellent reference materials for his paintings. Carving birds and selling them, added yet another artistic expression to his impressive repertoire. Carving had a significant impact


SYNERGY STAND UP $3 million raised for Synergy Services and the families they help.



on his paintings by honing his eye and expertise for capturing detail, which is a trademark of his work. Jim’s artistic style is best described as committing to canvas in exquisite detail the subject at hand set in a minimal natural habitat that showcases nature’s wildlife. Notes about the painting: This painting displays an iconic holiday image of a male Cardinal in full winter plumage perched with striking contrast on a snowladen evergreen bough. The exquisitely detailed painting draws from the artist’s vast collection of original photographs and a lifetime of field observations. The painting is part of a collection of 35 wildlife paintings done in acrylics and watercolors. Contact: James B Thomas, 816-289-5152

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Contributors Diana Chaloux-laCerte Allie Dillingham Cathy Kline Mickie Schroeder Jeffrey Jans Jessica hagey Tim phillips

Jim Kline Sarah harding laidlaw James h. o’Keefe, MD Kallie Schaefer Samantha Belcourt Kim Specker Melinda Mehaffy

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WSKF Architects Design $15 Million Oklahoma Fire Campus North Kansas City’s WSKF Architects is leading a multi-discipline team designing a new $15 million campus for the Owasso, Okla. Fire Department. The project is expected to be completed in 2018. The project includes a three-bay fire station, adjoining administrative headquarters and tactical training facilities on a single 10-acre site. The training area includes a burn tower, burn buildings that simulate structures in the community, burn props and other training features.

The Burn Tower and other Training Buildings

Rick Kuhl, the principal who leads WSKF Architect’s public safety practice, says the firm markets in nearly 20 states and sees significant demand for work similar to the one in Owasso. WSKF Architects is a leading designer of public safety facilities for fire/EMS, law enforcement, dispatch and other agencies. The firm’s public safety portfolio includes more than $80 million in construction value. Missouri public safety projects are currently underway in St. Joseph, Chillicothe, Maryville, Jackson and Randolph County.

owasso Main Campus Rendering

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Our specialist, your Northland neighborhood When you or your loved one needs a specialist, look no further than Meritas Health, the largest network of physician practices in the Northland. We offer more than 60 board-certified and trusted specialty care physicians – including pulmonologist J.B. Ladesich, MD. Experience the Meritas Health difference: • Advanced specialization • Collaborative physician relationships • Coordinated health records across our clinics • Diagnostic expertise • Backed by North Kansas City Hospital, the Northland’s first choice for more than 50 years Ask your primary care doctor to recommend a Meritas Health specialist or find one at

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Synergy Services Opens Doors of New Children’s Center Agency Doubles Capacity for Abused and At-Risk Kids Doubling its capacity to serve the area’s most vulnerable children, Synergy Services recently opened the doors of a new Children’s Center located at 2501 NE 46th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

children enter Synergy’s children’s center with deliberate burns, gunshot wounds, broken bones, and failure to thrive. Children are often malnourished with serious illness or infections caused by poverty, abuse and neglect.

The new 10,000 square-foot facility which sits on six peaceful acres provides shelter and support services to children throughout the metro who have experienced abuse, neglect or serious family crisis. At least 16 children can be housed at the shelter at any given time, while also providing support services to additional families in crisis through the program center.

At Synergy, children receive immediate and specialized care for physical and emotional wounds. Dental and vision exams, check-ups, immunizations as needed, advocacy services, mentoring, educational services and tutoring, psycho-educational groups and play therapies round out the care they receive during their stay.

“Helping families through crisis with the goal of keeping the family intact is our goal whenever possible,” said Synergy Executive Director, Robin Winner. “We want to keep children safe and healthy at home rather than have a situation escalate to where they have to be taken from their family.” On a daily basis, newborns, babies, toddlers and




The new center opens amid growing awareness and concern for the long-term consequences of childhood trauma cited most notably in the comprehensive ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study conducted by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente.

problems and come with significant personal, social and economic costs for the individual and the community,” explains Winner. “Fortunately we have also learned more about the best ways to help children emerge resilient and able to overcome their early experiences.”

“We now better understand how trauma like child abuse and domestic violence lead to lifelong health

Synergy board members Tom Isenberg and Greg Personelli led the fundraising charge to raise the $3 million

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10 NEWS & NOTES necessary to build the campus. Blackbird Design Studio, which recently merged with Helix Architecture & Design, designed the campus and JE Dunn Construction built it. Learn more about Synergy’s work or get involved at About Synergy Services Through a full spectrum of programs for children, youth and adults, Synergy Services strives to overcome family violence in our community. Annually, the agency reaches nearly 40,000 people through emergency and transitional shelter; counseling and mental health services; community education programs and legal advocacy. JENNIfER ShoRT AND JAMIE CUMMINgS



New Partnership Expands Northland Prenatal Care Expectant mothers in the Northland will have easier access to prenatal care thanks to a new partnership between North Kansas City Hospital and Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center. The two healthcare providers will work together to provide quality care through every stage of pregnancy. The Clinic location will be at 5330 North Oak Trafficway, Suite 104. Phone is 816.474.4920. “We are excited to further serve the families of the Northland through this partnership with North Kansas City Hospital,” said Hilda Fuentes, president and CEO of Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center. We be able to provide quality healthcare services, and be able to deliver them in a convenient location.” North Kansas City Hospital donated the office space for the Clinic, which opens in mid-January 2017.

Samuel U. Rodgers healthcare professionals will provide prenatal care until the final weeks of pregnancy. At that time, the clinic will transfer the mother and her medical records to a Meritas Health obstetrician to oversee her care and the baby’s delivery at North Kansas City Hospital. After the delivery, mother and baby will return to Samuel U. Rodgers for their postpartum health needs.




by Jane Quigley Several Northlanders traveled to Cuba in November as delegates on a People to People International trip to the Communist island nation. The delegation spent 8 days visiting day care facilities, monuments, museums, cooperative farms and agriculture projects. And yes, they also were able to visit a cigar factory and enjoy taxi rides in vintage American automobiles. Tourism travel to Cuba is not yet permitted and visits must be pre-approved in one of about a dozen categories,

NoRTh was there as delegate leader Kay Barnes, a former Northlander and Mayor of Kansas City, Mo., presented a gift to odalys (de la Caridad) Marrero at finca Coincidencia, a small farm that was a model of Cuban permaculture in Matanzas province. The entire delegation was hosted at a community table featuring produce grown on the farm. The Northland residents who assisted in the presentation included (l. to r.) Elizabeth healey, linda Ward, Ms. Barnes, Dick Mellinger, Sra. Marrero and Sandra Mellinger.

ornate tombs and crypts provide visitors with spectacular views and memorable stories of the Cubans interred in the Cementerio de Cristรณbal Colรณn, named for Christopher Columbus, also known as the National Cemetery.

13 havana is a bustling city with a wide range of modern and crumbling buildings, many of which are in various stages of remediation and reclamation. view from the reception level of the Melia Cohiba hotel.

including people to people cultural exchanges. The group flew from Miami International Airport on a 45-minute charter flight. Collecting luggage and clearing customs and immigration in Havana took over 3 hours.

The delegation was able to arrange a visit to the home of Ernest hemingway, south of havana and overlooking the city. Access is not allowed and visitors may only view the residence via open windows and doors. This photo is of the author’s study from a adjacent patio.


10th Annual

Stand Up for Synergy

was a Stand Out

Cocktails, music, dinner, art and of course amazing comedy from Paul Reiser made for a night out that 300+ folks who attended the tenth annual Stand up for Synergy will not soon forget. When all was said and done, the night raised more than $300,000 to help the children, teens, women and families that Synergy serves.


Artist Nick Clark creates a live painting of the Kansas City skyline during cocktail hour

Brian & Michelle Smith, Chairperson of the 1st Stand Up for Synergy

Brook Hixson, Sean Blakemore, Brent Miles & Jenny Miles, Synergy Board Member

Karin Andrade & Cheryl Givens, Synergy Board member

Paul Reiser performing

Peggy Schmitt & Robin Winner, Synergy Executive Director

Greg Personelli, Synergy Board Chair and Michelle Brown, Synergy Board member and event Co-Chairperson

Photographer: Robbie Schraeder






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The 2016 Harvest Ball on November 19 surpassed its reputation as the Northland’s most anticipated night of philanthropy and pageantry. Celebrating a 30-Year Legacy of Enduring Philanthropy, members of the Harvest Ball Society turned Kansas City Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom into a breath-taking landscape honoring Kansas City’s finest. With projections on the walls of Kansas City’s finest icons such as the city’s jazz roots and our winning sports teams, guests reveled in the festive atmosphere. The gracious Lara Moritz, KMBC


9 News anchor and Northland resident, emceed the program and welcomed the more than 650 guests. Following a delicious dinner and scrumptious dessert, a live auction and a Fund-A-Need presentation was held raising more than $38,000! The Harvest Ball ended with dancing to the sounds of The Dave Stephens Band. Thanks to the support of sponsors and guests, it was a tremendously success and enjoyable evening that celebrated 30 Years of Enduring Philanthropy.

Northland community and supports programs for those who are most vulnerable. The organization has grown to a membership of more than 130 volunteers who have raised nearly $7.8 million for 84 charitable organizations that have served more than 2.6 million people.

Emcee and KMBC 9 Anchor Lara Moritz introduced Ball Society President Jan Kauk, who thanked guests and generous sponsors for their continuing support of the Society’s Mission, which is to respond to the evolving needs of the Northland through inspired philanthropy. She also acknowledged HBS members for their tireless work throughout the year. Celebrating 30 Years of Enduring Philanthropy, Jan noted that HBS continues to respond to the most urgent needs in the lIZZY RIDER & JAN KAUK


2016 PAGES

Five young adults were presented as future philanthropic leaders in the Northland. The 2016 VICTORY Honorees, which stands for Volunteerism In The Community Through Organized Recognition of Youth, were celebrated for their community service, leadership and scholarship.

Six 2016 Harvest Ball Pages helped present the Honorees to our guests. The Pages demonstrate the Harvest Ball Society’s ongoing commitment to recognizing youth and the importance of volunteering at an early age.





by Melinda Mehaffy

A movie made the line, “If you build it, they will come,” quite famous. The reference was to a baseball field, but it might as well have been to Gladstone itself. In the past year, Gladstone has experienced a growth spurt to be envied by any aspiring basketball player: Seven new projects have sprouted up, totaling more than $58 million in new construction. All projects will add to the City’s tax base and many will generate income for their owners. “We are proud of our community planning efforts that have led to the exciting growth and are excited about the new opportunities in the future,” said Gladstone City Manager Scott Wingerson. “I think Gladstone is becoming one of the ‘go-to’ communities in the metropolitan area for developers who are looking for true partnerships


– from the conception of a project to its completion.” Gladstone is crossing its fingers that the Clay County Economic Development Council agrees. The City nominated the following projects for Keystone Recognition Awards: the Northland Innovation Center; Linden Woods Village; Kendallwood and Rock Creek apartments; Oakhill Day School; McDonald’s on Antioch Road; and Sonic drive-in on North Oak. The Keystone Awards recognize businesses that have made a significant contribution to Clay County’s economy and quality of life. The awards cite not only companies new to the Northland area but existing firms that have boosted their commitment to Clay County through job creation, capital improvements, expansions, new equipment and/or technology. All totaled, the projects add up to $58.2 million in new construction that was finalized in 2016. The Northland Innovation Center, which houses Northwest Missouri State University and North Kansas City School District classes and programs, totaled $20 million in construction and development costs. Linden Woods Village, a continuing care retirement center, was completed at a value of $18.2 million. Improvements by Curry Real Estate Services at Kendallwood and Rock Creek properties totaled $11.6 million. Oakhill Day School purchased and remodeled the former Gladstone Office Building for a new school at a cost of $4.2 million. And the McDonald’s restaurant on Antioch and the Sonic restaurant on North Oak added improvements totaling $4.2 million. It is hoped that this year’s nominations result in Keystone Awards, like those won last year for Downtown Gladstone (the Economic Impact Award), the Curry Real Estate headquarters, Meadowbrook Village Shopping Center, Popeye’s Chicken and Dunkin’ Donuts. Gladstone is preparing, too, for the years ahead as it awaits the results of a citizen-based initiative called Gladstone: Shaping Our Future. The strategic planning process, much like one a decade ago that helped spur Gladstone’s Community Center and implement a new

21 ambulance and staffing, is intended to chart the community’s course for years to come. Hundreds of Gladstone residents have participated in this nearly year-long process, and the initial recommendations are to be presented to the City in January 2017. Another investment being made in this Northlandgem-of-a-community is in the arena of public art. New sculptures at the Northland Innovation Center (NIC) and on the exterior of Snow & Co. will join works already gracing the landscape along North Holmes near Gladstone City Hall. Beth Nybeck’s “Seeker,” a stylized head that features quotes from area schoolchildren, stands at the NIC; Jake Balcom’s “In Plume” graces the restaurant’s east wall in the form of a massive peacock, which will feature lights in the tail feathers. Gladstone’s quality of life also was enhanced in the past year through work on the Rock Creek Trail. Not only did the trail connect to other trails in the MetroGreen Regional Trail System and enlarge the City’s trail capacity but the project also removed several homes from a Federal Emergency Management Association-designated flood plain. That impacts the pocketbooks of homeowners in the Rock Creek area by saving them hundreds of dollars on their insurance costs. “We are extremely proud of the economic growth that is evident in the City of Gladstone,” Mayor Jean Moore said, summarizing the recent activity. “Because we don’t


have undeveloped land like some of our neighboring communities, our efforts must be concentrated on redevelopment, which takes a special type of development partner. We are working very hard to establish positive relationships in the development community. We are excited that our efforts are spurring continued interest in Gladstone and in the possibilities that exist for new and exciting projects to move us forward.” SEEKER: BETh NYBECK’S SECoND pIECE of ART IN ThE glADSToNE lINDEN SQUARE AREA WAS pART of ThE CoNSTRUCTIoN of ThE NoRThlAND INNovATIoN CAMpUS. “SEEKER” REpRESENTS IS A lARgE STYlIZED hEAD MADE of STAINlESSSTEEl. EACh of ThE pANElS MAKINg Up ThE gEoMETRICfAShIoNED hEAD CoNTAINS A MESSAgE fRoM A 3RD oR 4Th gRADER fRoM NoRTh KANSAS CITY SChool DISTRICT. STUDENTS WERE ASKED To TEll ThE AUThoR SoMEThINg ThEY DAYDREAM ABoUT oR “If YoU CoUlD INvENT oNE ThINg To SolvE A pRoBlEM IN oUR WoRlD, WhAT WoUlD IT BE?” STUDENT ANSWERS WERE ThEN CARvED INTo “SEEKER”. ThIS ART pIECE WAS CoMMISSIoNED BY NIC DEvElopER, CARR, BAIER, CRANDAll REAl ESTATE gRoUp.


Kearney’s Cellar and Loft serves food,

spirits andfamily fun from a century-old former church by Allie Dillingham

and store items in a personal locker. Upstairs there’s a party room that is available for any occasion. Rob Riley has been in the restaurant business since age 16. He began his 15-year career as a dishwasher and worked his way up the culinary food chain. He trained under several chefs who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. Other food experiences included Ameristar Casino, Great Plains Cattle Company and Bugatti’s. Cellar and Loft staff is mostly family members. Riley says the environment is intentionally very familyoriented. “My cousins, aunt, in-laws, my wife, my wife’s phoTogRAphER: foSTER STEWARD

The historic Kearney building was originally a church founded in the mid-1890s. In recent years, it spent a decade as a daycare. The centuries-old structure since July 20 has been home to Cellar and Loft, a unique, enjoyable, and family friendly restaurant. The structure has the original windows, a portion of the old flooring, and the church’s old bell tower. A search is underway for a new bell to replace the missing original. Chef and owner Rob Riley opened the Kearney landmark as Cellar and Loft “for families and friends to have a good night with good drinks, at an intimate, local restaurant with an inviting atmosphere.” The family dining area is set with cozy tables and the bar area offers a wide selection of beverages. Twelve beers are on tap, plus 50 brands of bottled and canned beer and over 300 wine selections. Behind the bar is a club meeting room where patrons can become members

best friends, our longtime friends and our 7-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter also enjoy hanging around.” He explains that managing is easier when “you don’t have to demand much from people when they already want to be here.” An authentic Cuban sandwich is a

HOUSES WILL LIKELY BE MORE “COSTLY” IN 2017 (NewzAdz) – Houses will likely be more costly in 2017 as rising interest rates could create a double whammy for both buyers and sellers. Housing affordability will likely decline in 2017 if the predicted jump in mortgage interest rates that started after the November elections keep trending upward. The Kansas City housing market continues to be strong, especially in the Northland, according to Sandi Schmude, an award-winning Realtor® at RE/MAX Innovations. Sandi explains the impact: “The increase in interest rates creates a math problem that determines how much a buyer can afford to borrow. Higher rates mean that for the same take-home pay, a buyer only qualifies for a smaller loan than when rates were lower” “Buyers get dinged twice because their monthly payments are more and at the same time they will lose purchasing power because they can’t qualify for a more expensive home.” At the end of September, a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with 20% down payment and good credit was about 3.5%. By the end of 2016, the rate on an identical loan increased by a full percentage point. So what’s a one-percent rise in the interest rate have to do with housing affordability? Sandi explains, “Well, assuming you can qualify for a $150,000 home loan, your monthly payments will go up by about $100 a month. And, the increased monthly payment means the price you can pay for a home will drop by about $5,000. That’s the effect on affordability.” “Even though demand is high, sellers will also have some market shrinkage because buyers will have to consider lower priced homes as interest rates rise,” Sandi explains. The good news is that she’s been a real estate professional for several years and has the experience and ability to help buyers and sellers make responsible financial decisions when interest rates start to shift.

Sandi is always available to help answer buyer and seller real estate questions. Call or text her cell (816-729-5500), email or visit her web site at

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popular item and it’s the Chef’s favorite. The bratwurst and chicken Alfredo pizza are also top customer choices. The menu includes vegetarian and vegan items. Riley claims the restaurant has “the best wine selection in the Northland.” Frequent tastings of wines, beer and distilled spirits are held regularly. Cocktails are available for adults and “mocktails” for children. Cellar and Loft’s future plans include expanding into outdoor seating with a covered area for colder weather. Riley concludes by emphasizing that his goal is to “create an easy-going night out without having to worry about traffic, drinking and driving, all while providing great food and a fun experience at reasonable prices.” The Cellar and Loft is located at 103 S. Jefferson in Kearney and is regularly open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., with extended late night hours for special events. Phone (816) 635-2555,




Seasonal Sensations By Kallie Schaefer & Samantha Belcourt

Kallie Schaefer is out to inspire people to get back in the kitchen to start cooking. She is a wife, a dog-mom, a barista at a local coffee shop and a food blogger. She wants to show that you don’t need a culinary degree or any formal training to be able to put a delicious, homecooked meal on the table. | |

Maple Roasted Cranberries Recipe by Kallie Schaefer 8 oz. fresh cranberries 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 1 cup vanilla ice cream (optional) -Rinse the cranberries and pick through to remove any that are soft, wrinkly or turning bad. Add them to a bowl with all of the other ingredients and stir to thoroughly coat all of the cranberries. -Preheat your oven to 375F. Pour the cranberries into a small baking dish and spread them into a single layer. -Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired. Serves 2

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe by Kallie Schaefer 1 medium acorn squash 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided Salt 1 yellow onion, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced ½ cup dry white wine or vegetable stock ½ head cauliflower ½ cup pecans, chopped ½ cup dried cranberries -Preheat oven to 375F. Cut acorn squash in half from top to bottom and scoop out seeds. Brush the flesh with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt. Place face down on a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. -Chop the cauliflower into florets and place in a food processor. Pulse a few times, just until the texture resembles rice. Set aside. -In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, cook the onions in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until golden. Stir in the garlic and white wine and cook until the liquid is reduced to half. Stir in cauliflower, pecans and dried cranberries and cook just until heated through. Season with salt to taste. -Spoon the cauliflower mixture into the cavity of the acorn squash. Return to oven for 10-12 minutes, until warm. Serve immediately.

Vegan Eggplant Stuffed Shells Recipe by Samantha Belcourt 15 jumbo shells, cooked to package directions 1 ½ cups firm tofu 1 ½ tablespoons vegan basil pesto Sea salt ½ cup dairy free Mozzarella cheese shreds 1/2 large eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch rounds 1 ½ cups marinara sauce -Slice eggplant into quarters, coat them with olive oil and a bit of sea salt and place on baking sheet. Broil on low for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside. -Preheat oven to 375F. Add tofu, pesto, and ‘mozzarella’ shreds in a food processor and process until fully combined. Pour contents into a bowl and stir in the roasted eggplant. -Pour ½ cup marinara sauce in the bottom of an 8x8 pan. Stuff shells generously with tofu mixture and arrange them in the baking dish, open side up. Top with remaining marinara sauce and bake for 35 minutes. Top with more ‘mozzarella’ if desired. Serves 4


Keep Calm and

Sleep on!

By Jessica Hagey


Jessica hagey is the Director for the Wellness team at Mosaic life Care Journey, which provides services and programs focused on increasing the wellbeing of employees and individuals. She has a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Missouri, has specialized in health and wellness for the past 13 years and is currently pursuing her Masters in health & Wellness Coaching. for more ways that Mosaic life Care Journey can assist you on your journey to well-being and good sleep, visit

Sleep is too often neglected and underrated. Evidence of the importance of sleep to our health and well-being has really emerged. Sleep, or lack thereof, can have a real impact on our health, performance, attitude, choices and even split-second reactions. Let’s explore why sleep is considered one of the most important realms of overall well-being and steps we can take to improve our sleep quality.

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Sleep is essential for proper brain func tion. Memory, learning new skills or information, and creativity is enhanced by getting a good night’s sleep after learn

ing takes place. Growth and development are supported by sleep. In fact, growth hormone is secreted during sleep. Lack of sleep has been associated with obesity, inflammation and risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Sleep supports a healthy immune sys- tem. Lack of sleep has been associated with increased cravings of sugar and carbohydrate rich foods – like we need any more nudges to reach for the cookie! About anyone who has gone without sleep realizes how it can affect your

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mood and anxiety. Imagine if this is how you operate day after day. Lack of sleep has also been linked to depression. • Lack of sleep affects your ability to react and “think on your feet.” Your safety and the safety of others can be affected by your sleep. Driving is something many of us do daily. Many traffic accidents are caused by a lack of sleep. • Lack of sleep affects our ability to perform – whether you are working, going to school or performing in an athletic event – lack of sleep decreases productivity and ability to perform at our best.

Hopefully all of the reasons listed above have convinced you of the importance of getting enough sleep. Often people ask – how much sleep is enough? Needs vary between individuals and are also based on your age. See the chart below from the National Institute of Health for general recommendations based on age: Age Newborns Preschool-aged children School-aged children Teens Adults (including the elderly)

Recommended Sleep 16–18 hours a day 11–12 hours a day At least 10 hours a day 9–10 hours a day 7–8 hours a day

Of course just knowing how much sleep you need does not necessarily make it happen. There are lots of obstacles that can interfere with our ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. To improve our chances, we can practice what is called good “sleep hygiene.”

Sleep Hygiene tips: • Turn the lights down. Melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep, is released when the lights go down. On the flip side, melatonin release is inhibited in bright light. So, start turning the lights down leading up to your bedtime and make sure the room you sleep in is dark. This can also apply to electronics. Recent research shows that the light from electron- ics can be stimulating to the brain so try getting away from the computer, cell phone or other electronics at least one hour before bed. • Get comfortable. Too hot, too cold, too cluttered – all of these have an impact on your ability to fall asleep and stay that way. Even the smells in your bedroom can have an impact. According to the 2011 National Sleep Foundation’s Bedroom Poll, “71% of Americans said they get a more comfortable night’s sleep on sheets with a fresh scent.” • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and other “hard for you” to digest foods before bed. For some, this could be spicy foods or a heavy meal. Caffeine can stay with you for up to 8 hours so take note of when you go to bed and the last time you want to have a caffeinated beverage. • Noises can be really challenging especially with young children. Sleep can be disrupted by noise even if we may not completely realize it – like the television be- ing on all night can. If you need some background noise, the best is to create a constant soft noise that does not increase and decrease in volume. This can be as simple as a fan or you can purchase a machine for white noise. If children are not a factor or you and your spouse are on different schedules, you may consider earplugs. This can be especially helpful if you live in an area that has a lot of traffic, around an airport or other outside noise you cannot control.

Sleep is so important to our overall health and wellbeing. If you are already practicing good sleep hygiene and are regularly getting your needed sleep, good for you and keep it up! If your sleep isn’t where you want it to be and it is affecting your well-being, what can you do today to take a step toward better sleep? It may not be realistic to tackle all of these sleep hygiene tips at once, so pick one or two that you can successfully achieve and work on this one step at a time. Any step in the right direction can show you improvement. If you are really suffering and have tried all of the tips above and more, reach out to a health care provider to discuss further alternatives or causes of sleep deprivation. Just think…happy sleep, happy life.


Ride On!

Bicycle Your Way to a Healthier Heart By James H. O'Keefe, M.D.


Dr. James o’Keefe is a cardiologist with Saint luke’s Cardiovascular Consultants, located in lee’s Summit at 20 N.E. Saint luke’s Blvd., Suite 110, 816-9311883. Also read Dr. o’Keefe’s newsletter, for the heart, online at: http://www. saintlukeshealthsystem. org/saint-lukescardiovascularconsultants-newsletter

Remember when you were a kid and you had a bicycle? Didn’t you love flying down the street, wind in your face, pedaling to your heart’s desire? I know I did. In fact, bicycling is an activity I love just as much today as I did then. I occasionally even ride my bicycle from home to work, weather permitting. It’s a great activity that many of us can still enjoy as adults. So I was excited when I read the results of two recent studies about people who bike regularly for pleasure or to commute. These researchers found bike riders have a lower risk of heart disease. A Danish study of 45,000 adults published in the American Heart Association Journal Circulation found: • Th ose who regularly biked for recreation or to commute had 11 percent to 18 percent fewer heart attacks during a 20-year follow-up. • As little as half an hour of biking per week provided some protection against coronary artery disease. • People who took up biking during the fi rst fi ve years of follow- up also had about a 25 percent lower risk of developing heart disease, compared with those who remained non-bikers in the subsequent 15 years. • Researchers estimate that more than 7 percent of 2,892 heart attacks during the 20 years could have been averted by taking up cycling and doing it regularly. A second study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found middle-aged and older Swedish adults who biked to work were less likely than non-bikers to be obese, have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or pre-diabetes — all significant risk factors

for heart disease. Researchers followed more than 20,000 people in their 40s, 50s and 60s for 10 years and monitored their commuting habits, weight, cholesterol levels, blood glucose and blood pressure. At the beginning of the study, compared with passive commuters who used public transportation or drove to work, active commuters who biked to work were: • 15 percent less likely to be obese. • 13 percent less likely have high blood pressure. • 15 percent less likely to have high cholesterol. • 12 percent less likely to have pre-diabetes or diabetes. In a follow-up exam 10 years later, those who maintained or took up biking had a 39 percent lower risk of obesity, 11 percent lower risk of high blood pressure, 20 percent lower risk of high cholesterol and 18 percent lower diabetes risk. Based on their findings, researchers also estimated that maintaining biking habits or switching from passive commuting to biking may have prevented 24 percent of obesity cases, 6 percent of hypertension diagnoses, 13 percent of high cholesterol diagnoses and 11 percent of the cases of diabetes. Bottom line, this research is more evidence that a healthy, active lifestyle helps you prevent heart disease and heart attacks, and live life to the fullest. Just be sure to wear a helmet and be defensive when you are out bicycling. If you’re not a bicycler, look for another way to stay active—walk with a friend, two or four-legged—take an exercise class or just walk the stairs at work. Anything that gets your heart pumping and you enjoy is better for you than sitting on the couch.


Heading off Heartburn During the Holiday and Beyond By Sarah Harding Laidlaw In this season of parties and merriment, many people will suffer the unpleasant effects of heartburn. For some, this may be occasional, but for others, the condition can become chronic and debilitating. Left unchecked, heartburn may develop into chronic acid reflux, progressing to gastroesophageal disease (GERD). Heartburn is a symptom that acid is backing up from the stomach into your esophagus and throat. It leaves you with a burning sensation in the chest (not to be confused with the heart) accompanied by nausea, bloating, belching and other unpleasantries.


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Don’t wear tightfi tting clothes to a party or family get-together. Being comfortable may be worth more than being fashionable. Avoid those foods that you think trigger heartburn spicy, fatty foods and/or beverages (alcohol, chocolate, and carbonated beverages). For some, citrus fruits and tomatoes may cause discomfort. Chew sugarless gum after eating as the saliva produced when doing so may help neutralize acid. Go for a long walk after eating – at least an hour is recommended to help settle the contents of your stomach. Wait for at least 2-3 hours before lying down, taking a nap or going to bed. Eat smaller meals. Large meals put more pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter encouraging back-up into your esophagus.

What if you have heartburn or acid reflux more often, say at least twice a week? Then you may have GERD and should seek medical advice. GERD often begins as gastroesophageal reflux (GER) as a result of stomach contents coming back up into the esophagus causing acid reflux or heartburn. GERD is simply GER (or heartburn) that has been chronic, long-lasting and is

a more serious form of GER. The symptoms of GERD can be treated and eliminated, but once a person has the condition, there is no cure.

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Pain in upper part of abdomen or chest Painful swallowing or dysphagia Regurgitation of a bitter acid Bitter taste in the mount and or bad breath Sore throat Nausea Pain when lying down and or pain causing sleeplessness Dry cough and or hoarseness

Over the years GERD has risen to a widely diagnosed condition by both primary care physicians and gastroenterologists. Since 1995 the prevalence of GERD has increased approximately 50% in Europe, Asia and the US compared to before 1995. GERD is a medical condition that affects up to 35% of Americans. The rise in reflux is disease is troubling as there may be a relationship between it and the development of esophageal cancer if left untreated. Recurring episodes of reflux of stomach contents leads to the structural and functional abnormalities in the throat and esophagus. GERD at night disrupts sleep compounding or contributing to other health problems. The causes of GERD are thought to be multifactorial with the rise in obesity rates being a leading cause. Extra pounds, especially around the mid-section can contribute to GERD by putting pressure on the stomach pushing contents up into the esophagus. The landmark Nurses’ Health Study showed that women with as little as a ten pound weight gain increased the risk of GERD by 40%, but when they became overweight or obese the risk doubled or tripled.




Sarah harding laidlaw, MS, RDN, CDE, practices integrative and functional nutrition in Western Colorado. She is editor of The Integrative RDN, the newsletter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics practice group Dietitians in Integrative and functional Medicine. She is author of numerous articles on nutrition and sports nutrition, as well as consumer and college level publications.

Quit smoking – smoking decreases saliva production and may relax the sphincter muscle that allows reflux into the esophagus. Review your medications–regular aspirin or ibuprofen use, opioid narcotics, hypertension medications, potassium supplements, antidepressants and more may affect GERD. Do not discontinue medications without discussing with your physician. Elevating the head of your bed may help reduce symptoms that happen at night, Use blocks to raise the head of your bed four to eight inches. Sleeping on your left side may provide relief as it will allow a portion of your stomach to remain lower than your esophagus. Try antacids such as those with calcium carbonate. Take these before bed as they treat the acid in the stomach, not the acid once it comes up. Discuss medications for GERD with your physician, but do so with caution. Recent studies have shown that both overthe-counter and prescription medications can have long term consequences if taken over time or longer than recommended. These medications include proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium and Prilosec that block acid production further and longer than H2 blockers like Tagamet and Zantac. Make sure you need to take them for the length of time prescribed and if you choose to take over-the-counter medications, make sure you read the directions and tell your physician you are using them. You may choose to explore natural or alternative treatments, but other steps, including smaller meals and weight loss if needed, should accompany them. Consider keeping a food and beverage

journal for a week or two to see if there are foods that are triggers. If so, an elimination diet may be beneficial. Holidays are the time to enjoy those special foods with families and friends, but if heartburn and/or GERD gets in the way, you may want to consider making some changes before the celebrations rather than trying to figure out what to do once symptoms arise. One cautionary note: Large, high fat meals have been thought to increase the incidence of heart attacks. If you feel you have pain that cannot be associated with eating, such as chest, jaw, left arm or upper abdomen pain, atypical indigestion or nausea, shortness of breath or an abnormal heartbeat, these may be the signs of a heart attack, not heartburn, and you should seek immediate medical attention.


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Diana Chaloux – laCerte is co-owner of hitch fit gym & hitch fit online personal Training based in Kansas City, Mo. for information on one-on-one personal training, visit www. or call 816-753-8900. for online personal training, visit www. Write to Diana at Diana.

DON’T lose “weight” By Diana Chaloux-LaCerte

That’s right! DON’T lose “weight.” Before you think I’ve lost my mind let me explain. 2017 is upon us. Every new year millions of people make the vow to sign up at the nearest gym, go gung ho on the treadmill, hop on the bandwagon of the latest diet fad or buy some “miracle” diet pills and lose those unwanted pounds. But the tragedy is that more often than not, the erratic exercise and eating patterns that these fit and healthy wannabes adopt are not healthy, nor are they maintainable for life. What’s worse? Much of the “weight” that is lost from fad diets is water and precious lean muscle tissue. It is highly likely that weight and fat will be gained back as soon as old eating habits come creeping back into the picture. We are a society obsessed with the scale. Many allow this number to control them, to define them, even to cause depression. The determining factor of if it will be a good day or not is based on the scale providing an acceptable number first thing in the morning.

But what does the scale really tell us about a person? Consider this. You have a round and squishy beach ball weighing a total of .4 ounces. You also have a round and firm baseball weighing in at .4 ounces. If you looked at the scale you would have no way of deciphering which is which or knowing that they visually look different. The scale doesn’t matter. It’s insignificant because it doesn’t give us quality information. The composition of these two items is more important than the number on the scale. Now let’s say that the beach ball represents someone who has higher body fat and needs to reduce it in order to get to a healthy place, and the baseball represents a lean and fit person who has a high percentage of lean muscle tissue and thus a low body fat percentage. Which would you rather be? My personal choice would be the baseball! The point is that the number on the scale isn’t the best measure of your health and fitness level. It’s the composition of your body that matters. Your body composition is simply the amount of lean body mass (muscle, tissue, organs, bones etc.) vs. fat body mass. Regardless of the size of your body, having a high percentage of body fat can be detrimental to your health. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, joint issues, all of these can be linked to carrying too much body fat. The best way to change the composition of your body, to reduce the amount of fat and increase the amount of fat burning muscle, is to adopt healthy eating and exercise habits. But the story doesn’t stop there. If you make healthy changes for a month, or a few months, that’s great. You’ll reap benefits and likely make some great changes. But those changes will not last if you revert back to old habits. The ONLY way for body composition changes to last for the long term is by making healthy choices a part of who you are and what you do. It has to be a lifestyle. Period. This is something to think about as you’re setting your goals and resolutions for the New Year. Don’t just look at the short term, look at the long term too. Doing something for 30,

60 or 90 days can be a great kick start, and a beneficial way to get the help, motivation, accountability and knowledge that you need to MAKE the changes. Just be sure that you’re committed to sticking to the changes once they’ve been made. My advice? Get a clear picture of your starting point. Don’t just step on the scale, find out what your body composition is. Set realistic and doable goals for yourself. What condition will you be in three months from now, that you can get to in a healthy way? Devise a plan, or get assistance from a professional to help you develop a winning strategy. It’s great to have a goal, but with no plan of action to get there, you aren’t going to be clear on the path to take. Next. Take one day at a time and one choice at a time. Don’t get discouraged! Developing a fit and healthy lifestyle and changing the composition of your body for good, doesn’t happen overnight. Stay consistent with making healthy food choices and exercising regularly (both strength training and cardio!) and you will win over the power of the scale. Instead of losing “weight” make the resolution to change your body composition this coming year. Start developing healthy eating and exercise habits which you can maintain for the rest of your life. Maybe you won’t lose “20 pounds in 2 weeks.” So what! I would rather lose 20 pounds in 3 months and keep it off for the rest of my life, than to lose it in 2 weeks and gain it back a month later. Make 2017 your healthiest year yet!

For a Booty Blasting Workout, easy do it at home, try these four Great Glute Exercises! Do 3 sets of 12 - 15 repetitions per move. Exercise 1. Donkey Kick with Dumbbell (Complete all repetitions on one leg and then switch sides) Exercise 2. Hip Bridge with Dumbbell. Exercise 3. Sumo Squat. Exercise 4. Combo Move: Step Up/Hip Extension/Reverse Lunge (Complete all repetitions on one leg and then switch sides.


Joy to the World Starts with a relational connection By Kim Specker

As human beings we were made to be in relationship with others. There is a love/hate relationship with Relationships. They can help optimize our best self or they can bring out the worst in us.


Kim Specker is a lifetransformation coach specializing in helping people experience more satisfying and fulfilling relationships, discover their identity or increase inner peace. Reducing anxiety, increasing life satisfaction and creating intentional strategies for a more fulfilling life are just a few of the benefits of working with a life coach at RARE Transformation. Kim is certified by the International Coaching federation. Kim can be reached at info@ raretransformation. com

Recently while in a conversation, someone shared about an experience when they received devastating news. Their dramatic negative response sucked life out of them and all the people around them that day. Fortunately, I was able to sit with them in the emotional pain and disappointment to offer them a pathway to return to joy from negative emotions. I made a difference that day because my friend didn’t remain emotionally stuck in negativity. After a couple hours of being together, they felt seen, heard and valued because I chose to give them some of my time. Brain research indicates the ideal recovery time for returning to joy or positive emotion from negative emotions is 90 seconds. How long does it take you to return to joy from any of the six negative emotions?

Fear Shame Anger Sadness Disgust Hopeless Despair The ability to return to positive emotions is improved through practice of relational brain building exercises which increase emotional capacity. Returning to a “positive emotion” is usually enhanced through being in relationship with someone who can help you return to “joy.” Who are the people in your life who give you joy? Recently, a PIXAR Productions movie called “Inside Out” provided several scenes where the negative emotions were returned to “Joy.” Consider using the following exercise to help bring more “joy” to the world around you.


Joy Giver Exercise “VCR” is an acronym for: Step #1 – Validate Step #2 - Comfort Step #3 – Recover


the feelings of the person you are interacting with by asking a question that will help them identify where the negative feeling came from or what it is about. Be a quiet and attentive listener. Often times the listener will say they understand about the painful situation, however, they actually have not been in this situation before. They have not walked in this person’s shoes. Try to validate others without putting your story in the conversation. Hold back what you want to say while you listen attentively with empathy. This person might benefit from your presence as they possibly do not have the emotional capacity or desire to listen to your story or thoughts.


the person by attuning to their discomfort. Your empathy will help them return to positive emotions. Offer a non-judgmental ear and create a safe space for the person to be themselves in the midst of their emotional pain or tension. Let yourself feel their discomfort and “be” in the tension with them for a while as they work it out. Remember, we are human “beings.”

Recovery from the negative emotion and returning

to positivity is the desired outcome. Staying in a conversation that is open and authentic even in the midst of their negative emotion is one of the best gifts you can give someone that you value and respect. Helping another person become their best self through relational conversation is a priceless gift. When those you are in relationship with seem distressed, take some time to ask three simple questions that will help them process their negative emotions or circumstances. VCR – creating a pathway back to joy from fear or negative emotion. • Validate – What is the negative emotion about or where did it come from? • Comfort – What would help you to feel better? • Recover – How could I help you in the future with this experience? Your gift of “joy to the world” will be to help others recover from any one of the six negative emotions: fear, shame, anger, hopeless despair, sadness and disgust. Being a joy-giver is a rich gift you can give the world this year. Think about who you can give joy to in 2017.


becoming self reliant after retirement By Mickie Schroeder & Jeffrey Jans For many people, retirement is the first time in their lives when a parent, school or college, or work-related institution isn’t providing them with marching orders towards that organization’s purpose. Take, for instance, Shawn, a client of ours who recently retired from a director job at a large telecommunications company.

Mickie Schroeder and Jeffrey Jans are owners of BOOMERangs Circle Back to Your Dreams, a retirement coaching company. They provide coaching for individuals, couples, and small groups. The couple retired from a local telecommunications company where they were executive coaches. After searching for a retirement coach themselves and finding none, they became their first clients. They are certified Retirement Life Coaches. www. or www.facebook/ boomerangsretirementcoaching or call 816-651-5900.

Shawn graduated high school and immediately enlisted to serve in Vietnam. In the army, his life was almost completely regimented. He made very few decisions on his own. Upon returning home he attended a state university and, again, his decision making was dictated to him by the rigors of college. After graduating, he found a job selling insurance where he was trained how to sell various policies for life, car, and home and the quota he needed to achieve each month. For this job, he wore a coat and tie every day and ate lunch at the same place. Though the route was circuitous he kept at sales and, eventually, found himself at the right place at the right time when everyone needed cell phones. He was, along the way, promoted to higher and higher levels as his expertise warranted. However, throughout his career the decisions he made were almost completely about sales and the running of his department. Other areas of his life were left to his wife. If you asked Shawn if he was busy some Saturday night, he had to check with “the boss.” When Shawn retired, he decided to take it easy for a couple of months before “getting it back in gear.” After the usual 9 months’ hiatus, he was getting a little bored which he took as a sign it was time to “get my motor running.” He had in mind a couple of things he’d like to do. One was to boost sales for his daughter’s floral shop. Friends had always told Shawn he’d make a great Alderman for his village and he was mulling that idea around. A third idea was something to do with sales consulting and training, but it remained vague. A month went by and he made no forward progress. Another month passed and still no movement. It was then he contacted us to say, “I’m stuck! I have some ideas about what to do, but can’t seem to get out of neutral.” In his first coaching session, he spoke of his various ideas and when asked why he hadn’t chosen one or more he searched for a reason and, finally, blurted out, “Each time I get confident about a choice, I second guess myself and, eventually, rationalize my way out of it.”


We knew that his self-reliant muscles had atrophied but, also, knew he had to discover this himself. Here is a condensed version of how that happened. When asked how he made decisions throughout his life, his approach sounded like text book problem solving to us. We asked if he thought, by choosing one or any of his alternatives, he was making a commitment to it? He thought about it and nodded his head in silent agreement.

Us: “What do you do about that?” Shawn: “See them all as only possibilities. Try them out to see whether they suit me?!” Us: “How will that help you?” Shawn: “I will give myself permission to explore. I won’t 2nd guess my choice as I will know much more about it.” Us: “Anything else?” Shawn: I will trust my judgement. That’s a man reclaiming his self-reliance! To further assist, we asked him to do an activity using quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s, Self-Reliance. The essay is written in a style not common for us modern folk so we provide an interpretation of what we believe each means. Give this a try yourself. With the 3 extracts from Self-Reliance, provided below, ask yourself these questions: • What does this have to do with being self-reliant? • How do I use it? • When do I fail to use it? 1. “There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no

kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.” We come to a point in life when we realize it’s no use wishing we are - smarter, or prettier, or taller, more agile, or less heavy. We realize it’s time to make the most of what we have been given. To us it says-Take Responsibility, know your strengths, accentuate the positive. 2. “What pretty oracles nature yields us in the face and behavior of children, babes, and even brutes! That divided and rebel mind, that distrust of a sentiment because our arithmetic has computed the strength and means opposed to our purpose, these have not. Their mind being whole, their eye is, as yet, unconquered...” The innocent and uncorrupted outlook of youth is a mirror reflecting how cynical we can become as we age. When youthful ideals are still intact, people’s eyes and minds are still open. The inherent advice in this is to take off the blinders of our adulthood and take in the world as we did long ago. Don’t be such a curmudgeon! 3. “Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore as if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.” A person not conforming to prevailing trends or fads does not rely on popular sentiment to guide his/her decision making. Be yourself and people will, metaphorically, vote for you. Just because everyone moves to Florida, Arizona, or SoCal when they retire, doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Find an intention for your retirement and let it be your guide for decision making.



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Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 118 min.

MOVIES By Jim Kline

Arrival opens with a series of flashbacks and reflection by Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) on the brief time she spent raising her only daughter who she tragically loses at a young age. After this initial act, the movie advances to Louise in her classroom being interrupted with the astounding news that 12 giant spaceships have touched down in various locations of the world including Montana. How her relationship with her daughter connects with the rest of the story is initially unclear but important and revealed over time. Soon Louise is contacted by the federal government and asked to help them communicate with the aliens who occupy the spaceships. Louise leads an investigative team trying to find a way to dialogue with the aliens and learn the purpose of their visit and whether it is peaceful or intended to harm. Other countries are attempting to do the same including China and Russia as a nervous world watches. The attempt to understand their purpose becomes increasingly urgent when some of the countries, including China, decide to posture for war intent on defending themselves with a first strike. Louise and her team now race against time to find the answers before the world erupts into a catastrophic conflict. Arrival is a cerebral movie revealing itself slowly over the course of the story, yet managing to maintain a reasonable level of suspense while unfolding. The special effects are solid, as is the strong cast including Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. For me, though, it just didn’t contain the “wow” I had expected to experience. Additionally, I found the movie at times a little difficult to follow. As a result, it didn’t fully deliver for me. However, in the end it is solid enough and an interesting story that delivers an important message and lesson for the world. For those reasons I believe it earns a solid recommendation.


HACKSAW RIDGE ★★★★★ Rated: R Runtime: 139 min.


While Jim Kline’s occupation is public accounting, his passion has always been movies. he fondly remembers special evenings set aside for his family to enjoy movies together as a young boy. he soon became an avid fan and is known in local circles for his eagerness to go to the theater as often as possible. Jim is often sought out for his opinions on which movies to see and created his own movie review blog. Jim is a lifelong Kansas City native and is looking forward to sharing his opinions of movies with Kansas City in NORTH Magazine.

Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is one of two brothers who was raised in a dysfunctional family environment. Desmond’s father fought in Europe in World War I and came home changed and damaged. Turning to the bottle he became an abusive father and husband. Desmond himself began to exhibit destructive behavior until a specific incident and a related promise to God turned him away from hate to love. As World War II breaks out Desmond is working locally in his small home town. Intervening in and helping rescue a man who has been injured in an accident Desmond happens across Dorothy (Teresa Palmer) a nurse he is instantly attracted to and vows to marry. As their romance grows Desmond becomes convicted to follow all those other young men joining the fight. Enlisting as a conscientious objector Desmond is sent to basic training where he soon runs into trouble with his drill instructor (excellently played by Vince Vaughn) and his fellow recruits when he refuses to touch much less shoot a gun. Eventually surviving boot camp Desmond is shipped off to the pacific theater as a medic to participate in the battle for Okinawa. Director Mel Gibson does a terrific job in telling this biopic story of Desmond Doss in his new movie Hacksaw Ridge. The movie immediately engages you with Desmonds troubled upbringing softens you through his sweet romance of Dorothy and finishes with a gut wrenching realistic gripping depiction of the battle for Okinawa. Gibson pulls no punches as he graphically depicts the brutality of these two armies fighting for this tiny island in an important strategic battle during World War II. He is extremely effective in giving us an insight into the horror our troops had to endure and the sacrifices they made while fighting an enemy whose culture considered surrendering an immortal sin. It is impossible to walk away from this movie without the deepest appreciation and amazement of the bravery and heroism of our troops in this battle.

With terrific performances by a strong supporting cast Andrew Garfield stands out in his portrayal of Desmond. Not for the faint of heart and perhaps not fitting the literal definition of entertainment for some, Hacksaw Ridge is nevertheless a superbly directed piece of history and a must see movie. DOCTOR STRANGE 3-D ★★★ Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 115 min.

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Doctor Strange in Marvels newest sci-fi entry. Doctor Strange is an accomplished and renowned neurosurgeon. He is also arrogantly full of himself. Severely injured in a tragic accident he loses the use of his hands and is now lost and desperate having exhausted all known possibilities of restoring his surgical capabilities. Eventually he stumbles across another individual who was irreversibly paralyzed but somehow can now walk again. His search for the source of this miracle leads him to The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) a sorcerer who not only restores his physical capabilities but trains him to defend the world from evil. His first defense is against Kaecilnis (Mads Mikkelsen) who is trying to connect to the Dark Dimension. A great battle ensues with the fate of the world in balance. Directed by Scott Derrickson the movie is an interesting fantasy and full of terrific special effects. Cumberbatch is effective in portraying Doctor Strange and his interesting journey. Sure to please sci-fi fans Doctor Strange is an entertaining two hours.


By Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips is the Assistant Branch Manager at the Riverside Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library. He has worked in libraries and bookstores for 16 years and has been an avid reader since first learning to sound out words in kindergarten. Tim has been a Northland resident for 7 years now and loves his life in this part of the city.

Riverside Branch 2700 N.W. Vivion Road Riverside, MO 64150 Phone: 816.741.6288 Mon & Thur 9-9, Tue, Wed & Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5 Branch Manager: Patrice Nollette

DEAD WAKE: THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA by Erik Larson Dead Wake is the latest offering from Erik Larson. This fine piece of historical nonfiction is another fantastic examination of an intriguing era in U.S. history. Larson has the unique talent of making true history stories read like suspense novels that keep the reader riveted throughout. As is typical of his writing his chapters go back and forth between different points of view -- those of his key characters and the bigger world in which they live. Dead Wake is the story of the sinking of the Lusitania and so much more. The disastrous end to this ocean liner is often overshadowed by the more popular Titanic story, but it is no less tragic. Larson takes his readers on a journey through the past with alternating chapters that delve into the story of a rare book collector who was a passenger on the Lusitania, the ship’s captain, and the German captain of the submarine that attacked the Lusitania. He weaves their stories throughout the book seamlessly, and the reader will be caught in the drama of each character’s life and background. As the book moves along one cannot help but feel the tension and suspense that passengers aboard the ship felt as they attempted to traverse the Atlantic. While it is quite probable that Larson has taken some liberties with his characters who are of course real people in history, the fruits of his exhaustive research are evident in this book. Whether one is a fan of suspense novels, 20th century history or simply a lover of a fine narrative mixed with facts, Dead Wake is a must-read best seller.

41 BOOK REVIEWS MEDIA & ARTS HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi Homegoing is the debut novel from Yaa Gyasi whose previous efforts have included short stories and articles. While this is a work of historical fiction, the novel brings to life characters and landscapes that feel very real. Set in locales all over the world, from the African Gold Coast to the American antebellum south, this book takes the reader on a journey through the lives of Effia and Esi, two sisters who live decidedly very different lives. Their stories, however, are just one part of the entire book. So much of the novel is about their descendants and the experiences they have not just in Africa where they deal with the threat of war and being sold into slavery, but also in the United States where they are a part of dealing with a Civil War. We even read of the subsequent descendants growing up in a changing nation that enters the Jazz Age in the early 1900’s. Superstition and tribal life are early themes discussed in the book. Men are the warriors, women are property and any child born out of wedlock is a curse that can ruin a village for generations. It was an escape, really, for a young woman to marry a British soldier right at the fort on the Gold Coast of Africa. Gyasi visited this area and was inspired to write her novel during a trip to Ghana when she was in college (she was born there but actually grew up in Alabama). Somewhat reminiscent of “Roots,” Homegoing is really great storytelling about the African-American experience from individuals who were brought here against their will. There are some confusing moments – each chapter is told from a different characters perspective and it’s easy to forget who you are following at certain times – but as a whole it creates a compelling tale worth reading.

A HERO OF FRANCE by Alan Furst


RICH AND PRETTY by Rumaan Alam

Mathieu is the commander of a group of French citizens that have united in the fight against Nazi occupation in 1941. As the Nazi’s attempt to put an end to the resistance, Mathieu and his team will have to use all their skills to stay alive.

On a routine trip to the country, Nora is confronted with the unthinkable: her sister has been murdered. During the subsequent hunt for her sister’s killer, Nora uncovers many secrets that lead her farther from the sister she thought she knew.

Lauren and Sarah have been friends since they were in grade school, but now that they are middle aged the two friends have drifted apart. Will their friendship withstand the test of time or will their lack of communication destroy their bond?


[Less] Matter [More] Art By Cathy Kline


Cathy Kline’s murals can be seen at the parkville Athletic Complex, piropos, Zona Rosa, The peach Tree and Burlington Creek’s Watercolors high fashion. Cathy Kline Art Gallery 8701 N. River park Dr., parkville, Mo 64152. 913-449-4460 www.cathyklineart. com

Beverly Roper has a substantive resume. The word “impressive” is woefully insufficient to describe her professional career: law degree, public defender, city magistrate, trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, municipal judge, environmental attorney, and law firm partner. She has even hosted a television show for an ABC affiliate in Ohio. The Department of Justice positon brought Beverly to Kansas City where she met her future husband R.J., and found a home at Weatherby Lake. Now that I’ve cited these invaluable, material, and substantial achievements, let’s move on to the subject of art. It was the Roper’s close friend, Myra Morgan that finally provided Beverly with a valuable art education, saying “If y’all buy this tree and hang it in y’alls’ home, it will change y’alls’ life.” Myra was not pointing to an actual tree. Instead, she was holding a limitededition collector’s print by Bill Christenberry. And, Myra was right. This exposure to art was a great influence on Beverly. She did not have to study art to learn of its profound effects. Once she moved to Kansas City, art was around and she liked it and her life was forever changed. It doesn’t take years of education. It

doesn’t necessarily depend upon a trusted, family friend’s recommendation or even an art-rich city. Appreciation of art just happens. All it takes is a little exposure. Paying heed to Myra’s colloquial eloquence, Beverly and R.J. began to collect what was meaningful to them. Today, the result is a massive semi-public collection that should become meaningful to all of Kansas City. Although R.J. died in 2006 from ALS, his memory survives in the art that Beverly continues to curate. Why does she do it? Because it makes society better. Collecting art is a form of charitable donation. As Beverly says, “Buying art and supporting artists serves a valid purpose. It is far more than decorating your walls, it allows artists the means to continue to improve our quality of life.” An occupation can provide one with the means to postpone discomfort and even death; but art gives us a reason. Beverly explains, “Each piece has its own story. These stories evoke the full range of human emotion. They inspire us. They beckon. They shine bright from the direction in which we travel. They radiate painfully from where we’ve been.” I encourage you to go forth, as Beverly Roper has, and learn something about life from art.


Artist ,Peter Wirken

Artist, Susan Fiorello

Artist , Nick Bubash

Artist, Jesse Small

Artist , Candace Castle

Artist , Nick Bubash

RESTAURANT GUIDE | 2017 MODERN AMERICAN Justus Drugstore Restaurant $$$$ Smithville 106 W. Main St. American, Modern American, organic Eighty Eight at The Elms $$$$ Excelsior Springs 401 Regent St. Mediterranean, Modern American Piropos $$$$ Briarcliff Village 4141 N. Mulberry Dr. Latin American, Argentina, steakhouse Shields Manor Bistro $$$$ Platte City 121 Main St. American, seafood, steakhouse Bonefish Grill $$$ Burlington Creek 6334 N. Lucern Ave. American, seafood Trezo Mare $$$ Briarcliff Village 4105 N. Mulberry Dr. American, Italian, seafood The Grille by Piropos $$$ Parkville 1 W. 1st Street Latin American Cork & Brew $$$ Liberty 8 E. Franklin St. American, pizza, seafood Pearls Oyster Bar $$$ Ameristar Casino 3200 American Dr. Seafood

Houlihan’s $$ Zona Rosa Modern American 8660 N. Boardwalk Ave. ASIAN | JAPANESE Tokyo Japanese Steak House $$$ Gladstone 7 NW Barry Rd. Japanese, steakhouse, sushi Kato Japanese $$$ Zona Rosa 6340 NW Barry Rd. Japanese, sushi Zara Sushi $$ Parkville 10925 45 Hwy. Japanese, sushi Wasabi Japanese Sushi Bar $$ Liberty 9763 N. Cedar Ave. Japanese, sushi ASIAN | CHINESE Bo Lings $$ Zona Rosa 8670 NW Prairie View Rd. Chinese, Dim Sum China Wok $ Zona Rosa 6048 NW Barry Rd. ASIAN | THAI Spices Asian Restaurant $$ North Kansas City 2417 Burlington St Thai Curries, Noodles Tasty Thai $$ Platte Woods 7104 NW Prairie View Rd. $$ Liberty 1912 Star Dr. Asian, Thai, vegetarian

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ASIAN | INDIAN Seva Cuisine of India $$ Liberty 8674 NE Flintlock Rd. Indian, Pakistani, vegetarian Swagat Fine Indian Cuisine $$ Zona Rosa 7407 NW 87th St. Indian, Pakistani, vegetarian Taj Mahal $$ Liberty 917 W. Liberty Dr.

Smokin’ Guns BBQ $$ North Kansas City 1218 Swift Ave. Barbecue Dickey’s Barbeque Pit $$ Liberty 66 S. 291 Hwy. Barbecue

Saffron Indian Restaurant $$ Zona Rosa 8140 NW Prairie View Rd.

Hawg Jaw BBQ $$ Riverside 4403 NW Gateway Ave. Barbecue

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Smokebox BBQ Cafe $$ Tiffany Springs 10020 NW

Ambassador Dr. American, barbecue BURGERS, WRAPS, SANDWICHES Longboards Wraps & Bowls $$ Gladstone 6269 N. Oak Trafficway $$ Liberty 1173 W. Kansas St. Hawaiian, Teriyaki Jersey Boyz $ North Kansas City 315 Armour Rd. Sandwiches, subs Little Store & Deli $ North Kansas City 2107 Knox Breakfast/brunch, burgers, sandwiches, subs Philly Time $ Briarcliff Village

4151 N. Mulberry Dr. American, burgers, sandwiches LC’s Hamburgers Etc. $ Platte Woods 7612 NW Prairie View Rd. Hayes Hamburger & Chili $ Gladstone 2502 NE Vivion Rd. COMFORT FOOD Stroud’s $$ Kansas City 5410 NE Oak Ridge Rd. American, fried chicken Corner Cafe $ Riverside 4541 NW Gateway Ave. $$ Liberty



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ITALIAN Cascone’s Italian $$$ Kansas City 3737 N. Oak Tfwy. Italian

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54th Street Grill and Bar $$ Liberty 9251 NE Barry Rd. $$ Gladstone 303 NE Englewood Rd. $$ Zona Rosa 7200 NW 86th Terr. Pub food Paul & Jack’s Tavern $$ North Kansas City 1808 Clay St. American, burgers, pub food The Brass Rail $ Gladstone American, burgers, pub food 4940 NE 81st St. Tanner’s Bar and Grill $$ Gladstone 6024 N. Antioch Rd.

American, burgers, pub food Helen’s J.A.D. Bar and Grill $ North Kansas City 2002 Armour Rd. Burgers, pizza, pub food Dirk’s Sports Bar and Grill $ Zona Rosa 8132 NW Prairie View Rd. American, pub food Crazy Olives Bar and Grill $$ Argosy Casino 777 NW Argosy Pkwy. American, burgers, Italian

Conrad’s Restaurant and Bar $$ Liberty American, seafood, steakhouse 210 State Hwy. 291 810 Zone at Harrah’s $$ Harrah’s Casino 1 Riverboat Dr. American, pub food Brickhouse Cafe and Pub $$ Smithville 111 N. Bridge St. American, pub food


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KC Pet Project is the non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization the city of Kansas City, Missouri, selected to operate the city’s municipal animal shelter in 2012. KC Pet Project is the largest No Kill animal shelter and pet adoption center in the entire metropolitan area. It is proud to be the 3rd largest open admission, No Kill shelter in the United States. This year more than 10,000 animals will enter the shelter. KC Pet Project has three adoption centers in the metro area: the Main Shelter located by Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums, the Zona Rosa Adoption Center, and a Petco Adoption Center in Overland Park, KS. There are also five Petco locations to adopt cats. The Zona Rosa Adoption Center continues to be incredibly successful. One out of every three adoptions at KC Pet Project happen at this location, the only pet adoption center in the Northland. All their adoptable animals can be viewed at Their free mobile app for iPhone or Android is also available for download.

Apple Cider We’re not sure how this sweet girl hasn’t been scooped up yet. This is Apple Cider who came in as a stray. She’s a 3-year-old Pit Bull mix looking for a home at KC Pet Project’s Zona Rosa location. When you walk to her kennel she’ll greet you with a tail wag and longing eyes hoping that you’ll take her home. Don’t miss this chance to take her home today!

Djina Djina may have had a rough start, but she’s ready for a new life with a new family. She was left in her former home, abandoned by her owners. Luckily, someone realized she was still in the home and she was brought to KC Pet Project. She’s a 2-year-old Tortie looking for a home at KC Pet Project’s Zona Rosa location.

Lindsey Check out this pretty young lady. This is Lindsey and she’s a 10-month-old kitty looking for a home at KC Pet Project’s Zona Rosa location today. In her former home, she lived with cats and dogs and was great with all of the people. She has a lot of life left to live and she hopes it’s with you. Go meet her at KC Pet Project today!

Pecan Pie The holidays may be over, but if you adopt this sweet girl, you can have Pecan Pie all year long. Pecan Pie is a 2-year-old Pit Bull mix and she’s a small girl, weighing only 27 pounds. She loves to be around people once she gets to know you, and if you have other dogs in the home, bring them up to the Zona Rosa location to meet Pecan Pie before taking her home.

Sailor Ahoy, matey! This is Sailor and he’s ready to sail his way into your heart. He’s a 5-month-old cat that came from a home that unfortunately had too many cats - many were brought to KC Pet Project. He is a sweet little guy with beautiful golden eyes. Go meet him at the Zona Rosa location today!

Kula Kula is a staff and volunteer favorite at KC Pet Project. You may notice her pretty pink sweater, which we think makes her look beautiful, but she wears it so that it will help her feel safe while in the shelter. While loving the attention she gets from everyone, Kula does not enjoy shelter life and would much rather go to your comfy home where she will feel loved. Go meet this 1-year-old Pit Bull mix at KC Pet Project’s Zona Rosa location.





Allen E. Dillingham is publisher of NoRTh Magazine and president of Dillingham Communications, Inc. he is a seventh generation Northlander, and is grateful to serve on several area boards of directors. Those boards include Kansas City, Missouri parks & Recreation, The American Royal, Native Sons & Daughters of Kansas City, friends of the Zoo and The labor Management Council. he can be reached at allen@KC.ToDAY.

As winter air joins us and the 2016 holiday season accelerates past us, this is a good time to reflect on what transpired this past year. Every year in December, I like to review the year and see how successful I was moving the ball forward on my goals. I also think about things for which I am grateful. How did your 2016 look? For 2017, I think about what I want to accomplish and write down those goals. I think it’s important to look at all aspects of your life. Some of those areas include your health and wellness, family, spiritual and career aspirations. Do you know what you want to accomplish in 2017? Thinking about the health and general wellness component of a good life, we are blessed in the Northland to have several substantial and exceptional medical institutions to tend to our health needs. One trend I see that I believe is very important is a more holistic view of medical diagnosis and treatment. Before medical practitioners had a single-minded focus to treat and cure diseases, they endeavored to keep people healthy. Prevention was the key. The focus relied more on diet, exercise and well-being. Patients were questioned about stress levels, sleeping patterns, leisure time activities and personal pursuits. I recently read “The New Science of Exercise” in Time magazine’s issue of Sept. 12. The article observed that the advent of modern surgery and pharmaceuticals in the early 1900s were catalysts for the practice of medicine to

shift its focus from prevention to disease treatment. Consequently, incredibly vital components of human health like exercise, diet and sleep were de-emphasized. Even more significant, as this medical change was occurring, gym classes were being cut or severely reduced at many American schools. Thankfully, current medical emphasis is changing back to the holistic view of wellness that utilizes different specialties and procedures to treat specific issues. A high value is placed on prevention through diet and exercise. Discussions about prescriptions and surgery are more likely to be in the context of treatments for late-stage efforts. Fortunately, our Northland healthcare institutions are positioned at the vanguard of this more comprehensive approach to health. As you prepare for 2017, I encourage you to join with me and resolve to eat healthier, exercise more and get adequate sleep. Also, let’s resolve to choose three things to do in the new year that will get us closer to our personal goals. Consider what you can do to move the ball forward. Thanks so much for being a loyal reader of NORTH Magazine this past year. I have sincerely appreciated all of your kind words and support. Continue dropping me notes at allen@ and follow me on Twitter @AllenDillingham. From all of us at NORTH, we wish you and yours a healthy, wonderful and productive new year!


Bring in the new year right with all the latest and greatest from Kansas City's Northland.


Bring in the new year right with all the latest and greatest from Kansas City's Northland.