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READ M MUST K A N S A S C I T Y ABOUT US MustReadKC is published monthly and distributed free throughout the Kansas City metroplitan area in Kansas & Missouri. To find drop locations near you, please visit our Distribution web site page. If you would like free copies of MustReadKC in your business, please let us know! CONTACTS MustReadKC 5949 Nieman, Ste D Shawnee, KS 66203 www.MustReadKC.com (913) 232-2314 STAFF David Mitby, Executive Editor Tanner L. Morton, Publisher Brian Boeger, Creative Editor Christel Highland, Creative Director ADVERTISING To have your business seen in MustReadKC, please email us at rates@MustReadKC.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Nick Athan Brian Boeger Ellen Brewood Katie Garcia Christel Highland Greg A. Klein Chris Mandingo David Mitby Milburn Ross Lisa Taranto

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Editor’s Note Hello Kansas City, Ah Fall! There’s so much to see and do in Kansas City while the weather is still nice. But, it is time to start dusting off that favorite jacket and comfy sweater. You may also want to start remembering where you put that ice scraper and your gloves as well. Winter IS just around the corner after all! We want to hear from you, so shoot us an email to feedback@MustReadKC.com with your thoughts and suggestions. Keep in mind, we want to always keep things informative and positive. THANK YOU for reading! David Mitby- Executive Editor

CONTENTS Politics Have More Taxes and Smile? — 4

Business Top 10 Online Home Companies — 6 Business Spotlight: Skyline Salon — 8

Entertainment Ten Must Try Wines — 9 Local Movie Preview: “Night Is the Mirror” — 10 New Business Review: Messy’s — 12 KC’s Real Haunted Places — 14-15

Sports Big XII Report — 13 KC Chiefs Update — 16 Royals Offseason — 18

Health Choosing To Be Happy — 20 Green Well Being — 21

People Katie’s Corner: Dating Today — 22 Local Artist Spolight: Josecelyn Himes — 23

Realty Short Sales In Today’s Marketplace — 24 MustReadKC.com October 2009

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POLITICS Have More Taxes and a Smile? Mmm Sugar! by Milburn Ross

s the government explores ways to fund itself, it has come upon the idea of adding soda pop onto the list of new government taxes. In essence this places soda onto the same list as other “sin taxes,” such as alcohol and tobacco. I think we can all probably agree that drinking soda pop is not a healthy endeavor. It’s certainly not water. People don’t drink soda in a search for health. Instead, I think it’s easy to assume that most people view soda as some sort of liquid candy bar or even perhaps just a way to find the caffeine they desire. So let’s start this with an agreement that soda is not something we need, rather it’s something people want. That in mind, my first question is, why are they focused on soda? Soda is simply a delivery vehicle for sugar and caffeine. But sugar and caffeine are offered in so many ways throughout the marketplace. Why the focus on soda? Is soda the preferred method of consumption? Wouldn’t it make more sense to focus on the product that causes the health problems rather than the method used? Taxing only the soda pop consumers seems to ignore that the problem is sugar consumption. It leaves a rather large elephant in the middle of the room, and the elephant is eating candy bars and doing energy shots. Remember the cola wars? The relentless commercials, Coke versus Pepsi, showing us person after person with a seemingly joyful expression. People hand in hand across the world loving soda. Even Mean Joe Green gave his game jersey to a young soda fan. Over the years we have been assaulted with these companies swaying us with high powered advertising. They even lit Michael on fire accidentally trying to sell some soda. I think the high end of responsibility can be tracked down to effective advertising. I have seen baby bottles with soda labels. Yeah, have some breast milk and a smile. All the while the baby is fixated on the company logo as it drinks down

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it’s nutrition providing a false relationship with a product it doesn’t know yet. My second question is, why not limit the advertising of the product? Perhaps losing the television market, as tobacco did. Maybe that could help avoid young eyes seeing supermodels drink soda. I think efforts like this would impact use more than taxation. We should be more concerned about the responsibility of advertising or the accessibility of soda rather than making revenue from its use! We could really help parents make healthier choices by limiting children’s exposure to soda laden television. In that playground of thought I suppose we should really get the Trix bunny and his cohorts off television too. But please leave Captain Crunch alone. I have declared my house as a sanctuary for him and the Crunch-Berries as well. The third question I have bothers me even more. If the government plans to use this soda tax to fund its Healthcare, then is the tax devised to stop the drinking of soda or is it simply to generate income for the government? If the goal was to somehow slow the intake of soda then why would the government plan on having that revenue in the future? After all if the tax would stop the use of soda then it wouldn’t make the money needed to support its Healthcare, right? So is the government looking to make money from the soda gluttons or curb the use?

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Perhaps an even more realistic question, if we include sugar as a sin tax shouldn’t we place requirements onto it as well? If soda is that bad then perhaps we should not allow government money to be used for it. No more purchasing of soda products with EBT cards (food stamps.) We already prohibit the purchase of alcohol and tobacco products with EBT cards. Why not enhance the program? If soda or sugar is such a health risk, then don’t allow taxpayer money to support those choices. Keep in mind I am not suggesting that people receiving social security or unemployment should have these restrictions, just the people needing taxpayer money for welfare. After all, if soda is that bad shouldn’t we tax it out of our lives? Seems to have worked with gambling and alcohol, right? (Insert tongue in cheek) In closing, keep in mind also that consumers are just as likely to reduce expenses on other items so they may keep the “sin soda” rather than not buying it. Products such as alcohol and tobacco still get bought with the higher taxes and sometimes fruits and vegetables just get crossed out. It’s not hard to imagine produce being put back for a case of Pepsi. More importantly, if sin taxes work, like cigarettes, then how much do we need to tax smokes till the President quits smoking?


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BUSINESS Top 10 Online Companies That You Can Start At Home Stop wishing and start making more money now! by Brian Boeger

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f you have a computer at home, you can start earning more money in your spare time. The following are some of the top online moneymakers you can start from home. You will need to do additional research on each business but this list will give you the general idea. 10. Create Online Scrapbooks: Scrapbooking has been around for a long time. Classes are held to do this the traditional way. However, with scanning and digital photo software, you can do this for clients and present a DVD for your clients to experience for years to come. Some of your clients could include graduations, weddings, birthdays, and special events. 9. Sell Ads: Sell ads for other business on their websites. In essence, you will be starting your own online advertising agency. Study their business and figure out who would be the target market for those respective businesses. 8. Compile Mailing Lists: Compile mailing lists for local businesses. These can be email lists to individuals and other companies that would or could use the products or services offered by your clients. 7. Publish Online Newsletters For Other Business: Many businesses do not have the time to offer an online newsletter. A newsletter can offer businesses a wonderful opportunity to self promote their business. You can provide this service to these businesses for a fee. 6. Become A Cyber Assistant: This is a fast growing business opportunity. So many individuals are extremely busy and don’t have time to do the mundane things. You can do these things right from your home computer. D.A. Hemphill wrote a book called CyberAssistant that will give you information on how to start this type of business.

5. Trade Stocks Online: You need to know what you are doing with this one. Make sure you are working with money you can afford to lose. If you are just beginning, try trading on paper. This means simply writing down your buys and sells without risking any money. You won’t make any money but you can better learn the markets. When you are ready, look at sites like E-Trade, Ameritrade, or Datek to examine your trading options. . 4. Start A Local Online Art Gallery: The are several local artists hoping to sell their work. You start a local gallery that lists their work with pictures and receive a commission every time a work of art is sold. 3. Make Money From Net Affiliations: You start a website that lists affiliations with other website businesses. One of the most well known sites that does this is Amazon.com. The way this works is that you have a link on your site that directs them to Amazon. Every time someone goes to Amazon and buys a book, you make a commission. 2. Start A Blog: Pick a topic you know about or have an interest in. Do your research and begin blogging. Use Google’s AdSense program to sell ads on your blog. The more readers that click on your ads, the more money you make. You can promote your blog site on other sites to increase traffic. 1. Turn Trash Into Cash: I have a friend that spends every Saturday visiting flee markets and local sales. She then takes those items she finds at a bargain price and sells them on ebay.com. You need to have an eye for what others might want and this might take some time to develop. However, an account at ebay is free and my friend makes an average of $1,000 per month in extra cash.


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BUSINESS Local Business Spotlight: Skyline Salon by Christel Highland

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kyline Salon is an experience. The expansive space, the spectacular view of downtown Kansas City, the treatments, and the people who work there make your visit a very special one. I know I just mentioned the view, but really it’s worth the visit just to sit in your stylist’s chair and gaze at the fantastic view of our fair city. View aside, for the time being, my visit to Skyline began with a session with pro Esthetician J Dressler. She started her treatment with a pre-cleanse, followed by a detailed skin analysis. Then the deep cleanse and some pore cleansing all to the tunes downloaded by the Creative Director and Co-Owner with fierce taste, Arlen Wickstrum. Okay, this where it gets serious. J applied disincrustation lotion followed by an alkaline solution for saponification before she did the extractions. Whew, it needed to happen after nearly five years without a facial. Then it was time for the finger tip massage (décolleté’ too!) with the Vitamin C polypeptide treatment, a clarifying masque, and moisture. J said my skin needed some hydration from the inside out, then led me out

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to Co Co-Owner Owner Carmen Gramajo who ushush ered me to my next experience. I could’ve stumbled right home for a nice nap, but Emily Chapman fed me some chilled water while she ran her fingers through my hair. She lifted it up, looked at my profile quite intently, and fluffed it up a bit before we settled on the look. Carmen is genius at placing clients with the right stylist. I truly wanted my hair to look just like Emily’s. So, she took me back to give me, basically, a facial for my scalp (complimentary on your first visit!). This particular Bumble and Bumble treatment is exclusive to Skyline in the KC area, according to Gramajo. I learned that when Este’e Lauder acquired Bumble and Bumble they hired the creator of the deliciously decadent Cre’me de la Mer line for the job. It was awesome, plus as my scalp refining treatment began, Arlen snuck in and turned on the film projec-

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tor to a sweet old black and white film. Nice touch, Arlen! Just as I got into the scalp massage and the movie, it was over. Damn. Emily then took me to her chair and went to town Edward Scissorhands style. I have a lot of hair, and it was flying all over the place. It was very cool to trance out on the view while she did her magic. Of course, I loved the final outcome. I found my girl- for life. For a gal like me with thick, hard to manage hair finding the perfect stylist is nearly life-changing. I’ve found a new level of security within myself. So, they have this whole Feng Shui thing going on. You don’t leave through the same door you came. As you exit, you pass by a lovely little retail space which will feature local designers and artists’ work as well as the work of internationally known artists. The fall display will have a distinct rock vibe and will be the perfect place to pick up all of your holiday gifts. It will offer a nice variation

in price points as well as gifts for him or her. The display will contain everything from shots of local and national rockers by the super talented photographer Todd Zimmer to guitar straps by Jaykco, an upstart owned by Patrick Deveny and his mother, the darling Janet Beasing. Todd m Zimmer has shot some of the biggest acts Z iin the music business, and Jaykco straps hhave been seen on a wide range of perfformers including local star Steve Tulippana as well as legend John Doe. There will be clothing options for your fella as w well. For the ladies, Skyline will offer w eeverything from “Cherokee Punk” vibe lleather wear by local artist Cali Roberta, jjewelry, and of course threads for those who aren’t afraid to rock! w With each of my experiences at Skylline, I received a prescription- a detailed llist of the treatments I received as well aas product recommendations. Carmen went through the recommendations in the w ccheerful west facing product retail space aand check-out counter before I was usheered out a different person than when I eentered.


ENTERTAINMENT Ten “Must Try” Wines This Month An Exclusive Experience

by self proclaimed cork dork Chris Mandigo (Worldwide Wine and Spirits)

Recently, we traveled to Chile on a wine excursion. What a “work” trip it was. (By the way, my job sucks...traveling, tasting wine, yeah it’s rough). We rented our van and set out to navigate the city of Santiago, hoping not to get lost and eventually made it to the gorgeous Colchagua valley. We stayed in the city of Santa Cruz at a wonderful hotel, Hotel Santa Cruz, in the middle of the town square. The scenery was awesome, a valley with rolling vineyards outlined by gravel roads, native flowers, an occasional house or winery, all encompassed by the majestic mountains of the Andes. We went to one of the most amazing wineries we’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting…..Antiyal, owned by one the most famous winemakers in all of South America, Alvaro Espinoza. His wife, Marina was there to greet us. Together they are the pioneers of Biodynamic Farming (Google it), basically “organic farming.” After learning about their methods, we had the privilege of tasting their signature wine Antiyal, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Syrah (only 400 cases produced!) What a treat it was! Big juicy mouthfeel, plumy earthiness, blackberry notes and a finish that lasted for days. If you’ve never thought of visiting Chile…you may want to rethink it, because this is one of the most beautiful countries we’ve ever visited, the big city of Santiago has all the excitement and culinary delights of any big city and the wine country is… well just awesome! I recommend it to anyone. Try these wines from Chile: 2007 Apaltagua Envero Wine writer Anthony Dias Blue describes Apaltagua’s 2007 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon as “smooth and lush with plum, black cherry and herbs; silky and lengthy, with bright fruit and good balance.”- Patterson’s The Tasting Panel, January 2009

2006 Vina Peralillo Carmenere From Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:89 points “The 2006 Carmenere Arenal is dark ruby-colored with an alluring bouquet of cedar, spice box, blueberry, and plum. Supple, easy-going, and forward on the palate, this balanced, crowd-pleasing wine can be enjoyed over the next six years.” (Oct. 2008) A “Good Value” 2005 Vina Maquis Lien Wine Spectator magazine columnist Matt Kramer calls the 2005 Maquis Lien “deft and impressively seamless.”“If you want to see how good wines from this newly prominent zone can be, then you can do no better than a red wine blend called Maquis Lien ... Very much worth seeking out.”- The Oregonian, Jan 18, 2009 2005 Antiyal Antiyal 2005 awarded a stellar 92 points. “Lovely aromas and flavors of blackberry, bramble, grilled meat and lilacs, with plenty of guts, ample structure and a solid, loamy finish. Shows both polished fruit and rugged terroir.” - Wine Spectator, Dec 31, 2007 2006 Kuyen Stephen Tanzer awards 2006 Kuyen 90 points. “Strong floral and red berry aromas are complemented by cracked pepper and baking spices. Fresh, elegant and precise, with very good finishing clarity and lingering spiciness.” - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, March/April 2009 2005 Domus Aurea Wine Spectator awards the 2005 Domus Aurea 94 points! “Dark and concentrated, with alluring mint, cocoa powder and loam notes covering a muscular core of dark currant confiture and warm fig. The long, well-structured finish drips with terroir and character. The best vintage yet.” - Wine Spectator, January 2009

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ENTERTAINMENT New Local Movie Preview: “Night Is the Mirror” by Christel Highland

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would dream about sleep if I could ever sleep long enough to dream.” -Christian Hankel - a.k.a. Providence Forge. The “Night Is The Mirror” premiere, will undoubtedly meld the lines between reality and dreams, theatre and cabaret, modernity and post-war Berlin, spectacular visions and haunting nightmares, as well as sincere affection and unbridled lust. October 17, 2009 the cast and crew of the group’s debut film effort will invade Screenland theatre with two showings at 7:30pm and 9:00pm, with a cocktail reception and cabaret-style Alacartoona performance between. After Alacartoona was awarded an Inspiration Grant through the ArtsKC Fund, they began to amass the cream of the creative crop in KC to create and capture the essence of live Alacartoona performance for the purpose of a feature film. In addition to Alacartoona, the film features fantastic supporting performances by the one and only De De DeVille, Vi Tran, Jeffrey White, Beth Byrd, Tyson Schroeder, Jeff Irvine, Matt Kube, and Noah Dayson. The key to the success of the filmbeyond these charmingly bizarre performances is undoubtedly Alacartoona’s Theatrical Director and the script’s CoAuthor, Phil Kinen, and the film’s genius Director/Editor, Brian Hicks. After committing to following his dream of working with musicians as a video director and editor a couple years ago, Hicks’ work has been seen all over the big screen, MySpace, and YouTube. Topnotch creative group, MK12, commissioned Hicks to cut the title sequence for the most recent Bond flick: “Quantum of Solace.” Shortly after, The Republic Tigers “Made Concrete” video (Director: Alicia Solombrino, Editor: Brian Hicks, Director of Photography: Jason Cantu of Outpost Worldwide) was released on MySpace with over 5,000 hits to date. Most recently, Hicks has been booked to

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shoot videos for national acts like Gwar, and local band Seeking Surreal. ”The movie itself-which is over and hour longwas filmed in a day and a half. Any lesser director would have had at least one freak out, but Brian was this serene Zen master, quietly calling the scenes and keeping everyone calm and on task,” says Alacartoona’s creative front-man Hankel. With the combination of his exquisite talent and calm, thoughtful nature Hicks won’t be a Kansas City secret for long. Keep a look out for his soon to be released work for the local band The Belated. Alacartoona had been a fan of Phil Kinen for years. They knew they wanted to work with him on the right project, and when the Arts KC Fund grant came through, they knew this was the opportunity they had been waiting for. Of Kinen’s contribution, Hankel glows: “Phil is just a beautiful human being. You can’t spend time with him and not come out of the experience feeling good. He had a consistently positive effect on the process from the beginning, always pushing us to dig deeper into the material, always boosting our confidence.” Kinen’s considerable part in the filmmaking process, after guiding the stage performance, came in post production. The Alacartoona crew realized that they needed someone to guide the story after the footage was shot. Hicks and Kinen collaborated to look at the broader pricture, and were ultimately left to create the final film without much guidance from the Cabaret quartet.

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This ultimately lead “The Night Is The Mirror” to new levels that none of the originators even thought possible. The result is a brilliant and compelling piece of art. Kinen, like Hicks, is on a new path and the sky is the limit. Aside from the Alacartoona project, Kinen has been commissioned to produce the VIEWS fashion show benefit event October 1st on the Plaza garage rooftop for Standard Style’s Matt and Emily Baldwin (check www.standardstyle.com for details), as well as the super-fun Crossroads RockPaper-Scissors championship First Friday sponsored by Missouri Bank. He has four more productions in the near future, and will certainly remain busy because of his special brand of creativity coupled with his lovely, uplifting vibe. Alacartoona is composed of the consid-

erable talent of Providence Forge on bass and vocals (Christian Hankel), Ruby Falls on guitar and vocals (Erin McGrane), Overton Wooldridge on accordion and vocals (Kyle Dahlquist), and Bachelor Calwood (Gregg Jackson) on drums and percussion. Additional artistic support was lent by Mica Thomas in the form of stellar lighting design and John Story as sound designer. Come one, come all the eve of October 17 and let the night be the window into the magical darkness and glory of the stage- Alacartoona style. The event is sponsored by the Arts KC Fund, Present Magazine, Outpost Worldwide, Gravity Ink, and Screenland Crossroads. Visit www.alacartoona.com for event details, merchandise, and booking information. DVD cover design by Tyson Schroeder


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New Business Spotlight: Messy’s Let’s Get Messy! by Katie Garcia

essy’s is the coolest new wing bar located in Midtown. The establishment is locally owned by brothers, Titus and Nate Bond, who grew up right in the Midtown/Westport area. Located at 3605 Broadway, makes it convenient for you to dine in and have a few brews on your way to the latest concert at the Uptown. In addition, they provide delivery service within a few mile radius however, will deliver a little further depending on the cost of the order. Messy’s also does catering, making it great for football parties! The menu is extremely affordable, offering items such as the Philly Cheese Steak, Jalapeno Peppers, and the B.L.T. Not to mention the wide variety of wing sauces! From Spicy Asian, Honey BBQ, Jamaican Jerk, Caribbean Jerk, Sweet and Sour to Garlic Parmesan. I personally loved the Caribbean Jerk wings; it was the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Another popular item is their cheeseburger. According to our own MRKC editor David Mitby “This rivals my ‘Dave’s Fat Burger’!” When I asked where the name came from, owner Titus Bond says, paying homage to his roots, “Messy was a guy from the neighborhood who made a huge mess on himself every time he ate. So we thought it would be perfect since wing sauce gets all over your face and hands when you eat wings.” And “messy” did I get! Among one of my favorite things about this bar is the fact that everything is fresh. The sauces in particular; they have their own signature brand of BBQ sauce that will soon be sold in house. They also have a full bar that includes happy hour Monday through Thursday from 4PM-7PM, staying open until midnight on the week days and until 3AM on Friday and Saturday.

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SPORTS Big XII Football Report By Patrick Clifton

The non-conference schedule is now over, and it’s time for our three local teams – Kansas, K-State and Missouri to focus on Big 12 play. For the Tigers and Jayhawks, attention turns to winning the Big 12 North. For the Wildcats, it’s time t see exactly what kind of magic Bill Snyder can put together during in his return season. Mizzou’s next three games - at home against Nebraska, on the road vs. Oklahoma State and back home against Texas, will define their 2009 season. The Tigers sit at 4-0, but that unblemished record came in a somewhat unconvincing fashion. Sure, sophomore signal caller Blaine Gabbert clutched the hearts of Missouri fans everywhere with a brilliant performance in the Tigers’ season-opening 37-9 victory over Illinois. However, what came the second week was considerably less encouraging, as Mizzou barely squeezed out a victory at home against what was considered to be an inferior Bowling Green squad. Prior to that week-two victory, Mizzou headman Gary Pinkel had a career losing record against the Falcons. It took a 14-point second half comeback, but Pinkel’s boys emerged victorious. The Tigers went on to rout FCS Furman 52-12 the next week, but failed to impress in Reno against the Nevada Wolfpack last Friday. Yes, Mizzou covered the sevenpoint spread deemed by Vegas in their 31-21 win, but Nevada entered the contest 0-2 and with one of the worst passing defenses in the country. With a rout over a BCS program and two close games against non-contenders in mid-major conferences, it’s hard to tell just how good this young Mizzou squad is. Are they really as good as they looked against the Illini? Were they just playing down to their competition against the Wolfpack and Falcons? This three-game stretch ahead will tell. The question is what will be considered a success? Mizzou only has a chance to be favored in one of the three games - next Thursday on ESPN against the Cornhuskers. If they get a victory there, consecutive losses against what will be the heavily favored ‘Pokes and Long-

Bill Snyder’s Wildcats had a rather competitive. No K-State fan wanted to interesting non-conference season, barely enter conference play with a 2-2 record, pulling out a 21-17 victory against FCS but the Wildcats face three beatable teams UMass at home inside Bill Snyder Family in the coming weeks – Iowa State, Texas Stadium and losing at Louisiana Lafay- Tech and Texas A&M. ette, but then putting together a very comThough diehard fans of all three local petitive 23-9 loss on the road against a teams can dig and find things to worry UCLA team that previously traveled into about, the Tigers, Wildcats and Jayhawks Neyland Stadium and walloped the Ten- still have their goals in front of them. For nessee Volunteers. Kansas and Mizzou, it’s a Big 12 North Early into Snyder’s comeback it’s hard championship. For the Wildcats, it’s a to get a read on where the program is. bowl berth. K-State has some improving horns would be more acceptable. If they One year after departed coach Ron Prince to do if they want to reach their goal, but lose to Nebraska, they put themselves hauled in 19 junior college transfers, the who’s Snyder if not a world-beater? squarely behind the eight ball in the Big Wildcats still seem under-talented, yet 12 North race. If somehow Mizzou struts into November with a 6-1 record, they’ll be the odds one favorite to three-peat in the North, and if by some stretch of the imagination they get to 7-0, they’ll miraculously leap into the top-five ranking mix and the national title race. This next month will be very telling of Pinkel’s ability to reload his program. Like the Tigers, the Jayhawks got through the non-con unscathed. Unlike the Tigers, no one is surprised. The Jayhawks were expected to have a banner year in 2009, with the return of their four by biggest offensive weapons – Todd Reesing, Dezmon Briscoe, Kerry Meier and Jake Sharp all returned. With that kind of firepower back, the 40.5 point Kansas is averaging a game was to be expected. One pleasant surprise for the Jayhawks on offense has been freshman running back Toben Opurum. The Plano, Tx., native is leading Kansas in rushing yards heading into conference play and averaging 4.6 yards per carry. If he keeps up at this pace, he’ll have a chance at 1,000 rushing yards during his firs season on campus. This kind of depth on an already stellar offense should have Kansas fans not only excited about this season, but the kind of program Mark Mangino is building. The only close contest for the Jayhawks during the early going was the 35-28 victory over Sothern Miss last weekend. That came after a tumultuous week in Lawrence where the Jayhawk football and basketball teams grabbed unwanted national headlines over a feud between the two teams. Despite all that negative press and distraction, Mangino’s troops were able to pull off a close victory over a quality, and previously undefeated, Conference USA team. The Jayhawks open conference play with what seem to be two relatively easy opponents in Iowa State and Colorado, but if they want to keep their Big 12 Championship game hopes alive, they’d better not overlook the Cyclones and Buffs. 13 MustReadKC.com October 2009

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Was That Just a Shadow? Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid. by Brian Boeger

All towns have secrets, whether they’re only talked about in small local circles or discussed in far off places. Many of these secrets are about local ghost stories, hauntings, or strange happenings. Sometimes, without knowing it, we find ourselves in a place that sends chills up our back or a feeling that we have been in a certain place before or something is watching us. Some of these places are fiction, simple stories created to scare us, but some, are real…continue reading at your own risk. Kansas City has a long and rich history, with individuals who shaped our city’s past. However, some of these people refuse to go away. These individual died and for some reason refuse to go into the light. It was summed up perfectly in the well known movie, Poltergeist. “Some people believe that when you die there is a wonderful light. As bright as the sun but it doesn’t hurt to look into. All the answers to all the questions you want to know are inside that light. And when you walk to it…you become part of it forever. Now, some people die, but they don’t know they’re gone.” Whether you believe or not, the following stories are based on facts and firsthand accounts of the strange goings on that continue to spawn the question; Is death just the beginning? Now reach back into your past, back when you used to have an open mind. Remember that and try to use that for the next few minutes. Our first story takes us to the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi. Kansas City's Hotel Savoy was built in 1888, the hotel was an

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Kansas City’s Real Haunted Places elegant stopping place for travelers, featuring intricate woodwork, a ballroom, a rooftop garden and a stained glass skylight. In 1903 the Savoy Grill, the oldest restaurant in Kansas City, was added. One dining booth is known as the president's booth-Harry Truman, Warren G. Harding, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan have all dined at it. For a time the hotel was a residential building with apartments. Many distinguished guests have stayed the night, including presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, Will Rogers, Sara Bernhardt, W. C. Fields and John D. Rockefeller. Some guests, however, are less than welcome. Staff members and residents have reported ghostly phenomena. In the 1800’s, Betsy Ward lived in room 505. She also died in that room. In fact, some say she committed suicide in the bathtub. Others say, there was someone else involved. Supposedly a turn-ofthe-century 32-caliber pistol was found sealed in the wall when the apartment was renovated, leading to the question of whether another incident prompted the peculiar happenings. Betsy Ward is said to turn the water on and off and close the shower curtains in the room in which she died. Another, Fred Lightner, is said to haunt his former apartment. Hotel guests and staff are also said to have seen mysterious shadows, heard strange voices and have doors open and close on their own.

Betsy Ward is still rumored to reside in room 505. Hotel Savoy is located at 219 W. 9th St. in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Another historic hotel located in downtown Kansas City has its own story. Opening in 1816, the Muelbach has long been considered one of Kansas City's most prestigious hotels and noted landmark. A blonde haired ghost in her 30's named the 'Blue Lady' is said to inhabit the hotel. Wearing a blue dress with her hair pinned under a wide-brimmed hat, she has been seen wandering the halls and sitting in the lobby. The Blue Lady is said to be the ghost of an actress who once performed at the old Gayety Theater, and is thought to search the Muelbach for a long lost lover. At this point you might think these haunting only take place in hotels but theaters can attract the unusual. The Folly Theater and adjacent Edward Hotel were the center of the theater world in Kansas City for decades. The Folly stage played host to vaudeville and burlesque acts like Gypsy Rose Lee, and was managed by the infamous Joe Donegan. Restored to it's original state--employees and visitors alike report strange happenings in and around the theater. Many have seen a mysterious male figure in a bowler hat, who is believed to be the ghost of Joe Donegan. Others have also seen a woman in a long, flowing gown rushing toward the stage. Our next story takes us to one of KC’s best know landmarks. Union Station (Kansas City, Missouri)-Kansas City's Union Station was completed in 1914 and was a bustling hub of activity with more than 200 passenger trains passing through daily in its heyday. As train travel declined in the 1950's, Union Station was all but closed down by 1970. Union Station has been completely renovated today--and stories of unexplained phenomena surround

the station. Employees have reported a woman in a black dress walking down the stairs after hours, never to be found. Travelers with suitcases have also been spotted wandering the halls. Others tell of hearing a mysterious train whistle blow with no trains in sight. Other haunted places have gained national notoriety. Epperson Hall at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is known to be haunted by a female ghost. The house was owned by a local business owner, there are a few different versions of the story, but it is known that the female ghost was the owner’s daughter-in-law that killed herself in the attic after being banned from dating a dock worker. Police and students have reported seeing apparitions, experience cold spots, seeing

the highest room of the castle, and some report seeing a woman walking past the windows, wearing a long white dress. People also claim to have seen two figures dancing in the highest window on Halloween. Now clear your mind and remember; “There is no death. It is only a transition to a different sphere of consciousness.”

a light flicker on and off, and many other things. The hall was featured in Unsolved Mysteries and is on the National Register of Haunted Houses. There are several other notable places in the metro that are haunted. Driving down Ogg road just south of Midland Drive, leading into Shawnee Mission Park, you might experience strange things happening and hear bizarre noises. It is said that a teenage boy who lived on or near Ogg road committed suicide. He hung himself from a tree on Ogg, and his brother discovered his body. In deep mourning, he hung himself next to his brother. It is said that sometimes the brothers can be seen in the trees.

Going back to the Civil War times, one only need drive down Wornall Road to the John Wornall House at 6115 Wornall. Being one of few remain homes in KC from that era, each room has a unique history of spectral activity from hats flying off their hat hooks, armed soldiers guarding the doors, or even a glimpse of John Wornall himself along with the sweet smell of his pipe in the air. Visit them October 16-17, and 23-24 for their Ghost Tours. Hear about sightings and strange events and even examine real ghost hunting equipment from paranormal investigators.

Our last story takes us to the Sauer Castle in Kansas City, Kansas. It is said that a man and his wife moved to Kansas City from Germany. They had no children but a few large dogs, and the couple was very much in love. When war broke out in Germany, the husband went back overseas to do his part in the war effort. When the war was over, his wife thought he was supposed to come home on a certain ship, and he did not. When the ship returned with black sails, his wife returned home and hung herself in the bell tower. Only days later, he returned home on a different ship than the one he'd originally planned to sail home on. He came home, discovered her body, and shot himself and their dogs. According to the many people who have visited this landmark, sometimes at night the lights may be seen turned on in

Halloween Holiday Trivia • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death. • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowedout turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday. • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes. • Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago. • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human. • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States. • Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1. • Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first. • Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the Roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.

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Was That Just a Shadow? Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid. by Brian Boeger

All towns have secrets, whether they’re only talked about in small local circles or discussed in far off places. Many of these secrets are about local ghost stories, hauntings, or strange happenings. Sometimes, without knowing it, we find ourselves in a place that sends chills up our back or a feeling that we have been in a certain place before or something is watching us. Some of these places are fiction, simple stories created to scare us, but some, are real…continue reading at your own risk. Kansas City has a long and rich history, with individuals who shaped our city’s past. However, some of these people refuse to go away. These individual died and for some reason refuse to go into the light. It was summed up perfectly in the well known movie, Poltergeist. “Some people believe that when you die there is a wonderful light. As bright as the sun but it doesn’t hurt to look into. All the answers to all the questions you want to know are inside that light. And when you walk to it…you become part of it forever. Now, some people die, but they don’t know they’re gone.” Whether you believe or not, the following stories are based on facts and firsthand accounts of the strange goings on that continue to spawn the question; Is death just the beginning? Now reach back into your past, back when you used to have an open mind. Remember that and try to use that for the next few minutes. Our first story takes us to the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi. Kansas City's Hotel Savoy was built in 1888, the hotel was an

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Kansas City’s Real Haunted Places elegant stopping place for travelers, featuring intricate woodwork, a ballroom, a rooftop garden and a stained glass skylight. In 1903 the Savoy Grill, the oldest restaurant in Kansas City, was added. One dining booth is known as the president's booth-Harry Truman, Warren G. Harding, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan have all dined at it. For a time the hotel was a residential building with apartments. Many distinguished guests have stayed the night, including presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, Will Rogers, Sara Bernhardt, W. C. Fields and John D. Rockefeller. Some guests, however, are less than welcome. Staff members and residents have reported ghostly phenomena. In the 1800’s, Betsy Ward lived in room 505. She also died in that room. In fact, some say she committed suicide in the bathtub. Others say, there was someone else involved. Supposedly a turn-ofthe-century 32-caliber pistol was found sealed in the wall when the apartment was renovated, leading to the question of whether another incident prompted the peculiar happenings. Betsy Ward is said to turn the water on and off and close the shower curtains in the room in which she died. Another, Fred Lightner, is said to haunt his former apartment. Hotel guests and staff are also said to have seen mysterious shadows, heard strange voices and have doors open and close on their own.

Betsy Ward is still rumored to reside in room 505. Hotel Savoy is located at 219 W. 9th St. in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Another historic hotel located in downtown Kansas City has its own story. Opening in 1816, the Muelbach has long been considered one of Kansas City's most prestigious hotels and noted landmark. A blonde haired ghost in her 30's named the 'Blue Lady' is said to inhabit the hotel. Wearing a blue dress with her hair pinned under a wide-brimmed hat, she has been seen wandering the halls and sitting in the lobby. The Blue Lady is said to be the ghost of an actress who once performed at the old Gayety Theater, and is thought to search the Muelbach for a long lost lover. At this point you might think these haunting only take place in hotels but theaters can attract the unusual. The Folly Theater and adjacent Edward Hotel were the center of the theater world in Kansas City for decades. The Folly stage played host to vaudeville and burlesque acts like Gypsy Rose Lee, and was managed by the infamous Joe Donegan. Restored to it's original state--employees and visitors alike report strange happenings in and around the theater. Many have seen a mysterious male figure in a bowler hat, who is believed to be the ghost of Joe Donegan. Others have also seen a woman in a long, flowing gown rushing toward the stage. Our next story takes us to one of KC’s best know landmarks. Union Station (Kansas City, Missouri)-Kansas City's Union Station was completed in 1914 and was a bustling hub of activity with more than 200 passenger trains passing through daily in its heyday. As train travel declined in the 1950's, Union Station was all but closed down by 1970. Union Station has been completely renovated today--and stories of unexplained phenomena surround

the station. Employees have reported a woman in a black dress walking down the stairs after hours, never to be found. Travelers with suitcases have also been spotted wandering the halls. Others tell of hearing a mysterious train whistle blow with no trains in sight. Other haunted places have gained national notoriety. Epperson Hall at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is known to be haunted by a female ghost. The house was owned by a local business owner, there are a few different versions of the story, but it is known that the female ghost was the owner’s daughter-in-law that killed herself in the attic after being banned from dating a dock worker. Police and students have reported seeing apparitions, experience cold spots, seeing

the highest room of the castle, and some report seeing a woman walking past the windows, wearing a long white dress. People also claim to have seen two figures dancing in the highest window on Halloween. Now clear your mind and remember; “There is no death. It is only a transition to a different sphere of consciousness.”

a light flicker on and off, and many other things. The hall was featured in Unsolved Mysteries and is on the National Register of Haunted Houses. There are several other notable places in the metro that are haunted. Driving down Ogg road just south of Midland Drive, leading into Shawnee Mission Park, you might experience strange things happening and hear bizarre noises. It is said that a teenage boy who lived on or near Ogg road committed suicide. He hung himself from a tree on Ogg, and his brother discovered his body. In deep mourning, he hung himself next to his brother. It is said that sometimes the brothers can be seen in the trees.

Going back to the Civil War times, one only need drive down Wornall Road to the John Wornall House at 6115 Wornall. Being one of few remain homes in KC from that era, each room has a unique history of spectral activity from hats flying off their hat hooks, armed soldiers guarding the doors, or even a glimpse of John Wornall himself along with the sweet smell of his pipe in the air. Visit them October 16-17, and 23-24 for their Ghost Tours. Hear about sightings and strange events and even examine real ghost hunting equipment from paranormal investigators.

Our last story takes us to the Sauer Castle in Kansas City, Kansas. It is said that a man and his wife moved to Kansas City from Germany. They had no children but a few large dogs, and the couple was very much in love. When war broke out in Germany, the husband went back overseas to do his part in the war effort. When the war was over, his wife thought he was supposed to come home on a certain ship, and he did not. When the ship returned with black sails, his wife returned home and hung herself in the bell tower. Only days later, he returned home on a different ship than the one he'd originally planned to sail home on. He came home, discovered her body, and shot himself and their dogs. According to the many people who have visited this landmark, sometimes at night the lights may be seen turned on in

Halloween Holiday Trivia • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death. • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowedout turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday. • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes. • Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago. • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human. • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States. • Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1. • Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first. • Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the Roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.

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At press time, the Kansas City Chiefs had lost there first three games. Now it was none to surprising that they lost two of them but surely they had the chance and the talent to beat the Oakland Raiders in the second week of the season. Well they didn’t so that begs the question, will the Chiefs start to win again? We can banter back and forth and all day long on Sunday’s on how great a General Manager Scott Pioli is or how effective Head Coach Todd Haley is managing the team, the offense, the quarterbacks and how game plans for Sunday battles. The bottom line is that winning is the only thing that matters. Sure close losses can build confidence for a young team searching to find its identity, especially against great teams. But close losses against bad teams or teams you should have beaten on any given Sunday, generally stunt the growth of a young football team like the Chiefs. They are young and people have to remember that they have a young and inexperienced head coach. On the other hand the man many thought would be a terrible head coach is Josh McDaniels who started the season 3-0. Now McDaniels did everything wrong. He upset the players, lost his starting quarterback Jay Cutler after failing to land Matt Cassel. He suspended the teams best offensive weapon wide receiver Brandon Marshall and cut many veterans and draft picks that didn’t measure up to his standards. And those standards he learned from his boss Bill Belichick who has won multiple Super Bowls using the same tactics, moves and ego. Needless to say, Haley more of a Bill Parcells product, isn’t measuring up to his rookie counterpart in the AFC West. Now does that make him a bad NFL Head Coach? No it doesn’t. But Haley’s issues are very easy to dissect. One he’s acting as Head Coach, master of the entire team, the offensive coordinator and the quarterbacks coach. He has to prepare a game plan all week among his duties and he has to be the final say, call the plays and take the heat on game days. Sorry but that’s a lot to ask from one man and it irritates me that he’s in that

position. This is where General Manager Scott Pioli has to come into play. Now I agree with the move to dump Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator but not for Haley to junk the entire offense with your franchise quarterback on the sidelines nursing a knee injury. But on the other hand, when you make a drastic change you might as well throw out the old and bring in the new. Still it was too late in the process to do it. Pioli should have insisted that Haley dump Gailey because there was every indication that the marriage was destined to fail. With Haley being an offensive guru, though we’ve yet to see it in Kansas City, his philosophy is much different than what Gailey was trying to orchestrate with the Chiefs. Saying all that as I have it’s still hard to blame Haley for everything. He’s NOT the one who signed older veteran free agents. He’s NOT the one who would not spend the money in the last three years going after up and coming young free agents. Nor is he the guy that made the mess the Chiefs are in right now. He’s a product of a poorly run franchise that’s not allowing him to teach this group of players how to win. The only thing he’s responsible is wearing too many hats. But he’s doing it out of choice and necessity. The sad part about all of this is the Chiefs could start the season 0-7. Haley will take the blame, the players will get even more distant and lose patience. And that means that Pioli is going to have to evaluate his head coach for the 2010 season. If the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders all have better records than the Chiefs, then maybe Haley won’t be back next year. I’d hate to see that happen and I hope it doesn’t. I think he can be a good football coach and I hope that in the offseason ownership and the general manager spend some dollars to help this young coach out. If not, it will look bad on the entire organization because Haley deserves better. Nick Athan appears courtesy of Warpaint Illustrated.com and Warpaint Illustrated the Magazine. To view more of his work go to www.warpaintillustrated.com. To order a subscription to the website and magazine call 888-979-0979.


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SPORTS Royals Need Strong Offseason The Shopping List Grows By Nick Athan

he good news is that the Kansas City Royals didn’t finish the 2009 season losing 100 games. Sure after their hot start, our expectations were strong and with the meager AL Central, ten games over .500 probably would have had the division. But instead the Royals crashed back down to mediocrity and now they face their most important offseason in recent memory. Team Owner David Glass shot the first cannon out of the barrel last month when he extended General Manager Dayton Moore’s contract. He know has job security and I bet, as part of that new contract, a real financial commitment from the owner. The Royals appear to be at least two starting pitchers, two bull pen arms and a solid thumper or two away from dominating, yes I said that right, the division. The Twins have some great young talent. The White Sox are average shelling out their farm system for proven veterans like the Padres Jake Peavy and the Tigers aren’t the same dominant team they’d been in years past. And Cleveland is back to the team they were before the Movie Major League came out. Moore with the right moves has everything in place now and honestly has no more excuses. He can plead small market blues to anyone that will listen but you have to make better decisions. He traded for and signed a plethora of players last offseason and during the regular season and none of them made enough contributions to develop the organization from their last place sitting post. Names like Mike Jacobs, Kyle Farnsworth, Juan Cruz, Yuniesky Betancourt and Josh Anderson did little to change the win total.

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However his best offseason move m However, was getting Willie Bloomquist who met all expectations. I do think that long term Betancourt, if he can hit, will be a great trade for this organization some day. But Moore has been hampered by Kansas City Baseball economics. We’re not sure what the payroll limit will be in 2010 but it’s safe to say that it’s going to take around $80 million to get this ship headed into the right direction. It’s far too early to see which free agents will file for freedom after the upcoming World Series so let’s put off our wish list for another month. However, Moore and Glass have to take a different approach going forward. They can’t look at the success of September 2009 to the one that ended the 2008 season. It just doesn’t add up. Start ace and hopeful Cy Young winner Zack Greinke was quoted in the local rag that the organization should not do just that and they have to look at the just completed season as a bust. That’s what you want your star player to say down the stretch because that means he’s making it clear he’ll do his part. Now Moore and Glass need to flip on the switch that will restore baseball again in Kansas City. They saw the effects of a shiny new building and the fans came to Kauffman stadium in the tens of thousands and watched bad baseball. That tells me that this town is starving for a winner. Let’s hope a strong offseason shopping budget includes some younger free agents and some better trades. It’s time that Moore prove he can get it done and for Glass to spend his money on better players with less mileage under their cleats.


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HEALTH Choosing To Be Happy Only “I” am responsible for my happiness! by Greg A. Klein

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ith fall upon us and football so predominate, I find a perfect example of how I give my “happiness” away. It is also a beautiful way to “see” what I have been doing that doesn’t work for me anymore and to find the way back to what does. It used to be that when my favorite team won, I would be happy for a few days and when they loose, the rest of the day and into the week I was down. I was the same way with the weather and with how I was being treated, and with how well my car was running. It seemed that I was only happy when things were going the way I had judged they should. Yet there was always something missing in my life that I had to buy, do, eat, drink, or say to help me become happy again as the effects of the previous “happy” seem to have disappeared. Abraham Lincoln said “People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be”. I had a hard time understanding what he meant. I was grumpy because my team lost the game, or the traffic was terrible, or she did this, or he did that. I had an excuse for everything and no responsibility for my feelings. I could see that when things turned out less than what I had wanted, I saw “them” as the source of my problem. I was taught, both verbally and nonverbally, from my earliest memory that I could make my mother and father mad. I could make my brothers, sisters, teachers, and friends angry. And while I could make them angry, it seemed impossible to make them happy. The obstacle course of emotions and feelings was difficult at best and soon my motto became “That’s not fair!” as their response seemed unfair and totally unrelated to my behavior. I now know what Honest Abe was pointing at. And it was found by asking a question to my self. The question is “What if it is ME who makes me mad?”

B hi others h reactions i h “bi By watching to the “big game” of life, I was able to see how much I hang my happiness onto the craziness of what another thing, person, or event does. How I was blaming (and crediting) others for feelings that are about me! With this inquire and the resulting insight and understanding, I knew that true responsibility returns only after I own my own feelings. My response to a correct understanding of my feelings determine how I treat my family, how I drive my car, how I show up at work, the quality of my work, and how I treat my self (or medicate, abuse, or anything else). Even the understanding of words will now have a different meaning! The true source of feelings are misunderstood by most of the world. This is the causation of mental pain, fear, anger, and rage. It is the source of all conflict, violence and wars. It maybe the source of domestic violence, discrimination, anywhere there is people against people, gangs against gangs, and team against team. When I truly understood this, many beautiful things happened! One of them is that I no longer hold another person, thing, or event responsible for something that can only be done by me– and that is to make me happy! Something I used to say was “there is just no pleasing that person!” How true! It is quite impossible for me to please another or to make them mad. And some very familiar words came back to me- “That’s not fair!” Indeed it was not fair. It was not fair for me to hold another responsible for what I am feeling. Greg Klein is a Life and Relationship Coach that shares his personal experiences to help both men and women do their work. He can be reached at 816-739-8160 kleingrega@ gmail.com


HEALTH Green Well Being A Guide to EcoFriendly Exercise

by Lisa Taranto

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reen hasn’t always been good. A few years ago, green was mostly associated with envy or nausea. These days, though, going green is considered a wise and thoughtful lifestyle choice, and being eco friendly while working out thought to be even better. Being environmentally exercise conscious is easier than you think. A wide variety of workouts are natural, planet friendly, and extremely beneficial. In addition, product manufacturers are now producing green equipment and clothing, which makes it even easier to be green. Here are some planet-pleasing workout ideas that will help you be green while keeping more green in your wallet. Lace up! Running and/or walking outdoors is a perfect way to see, feel, and breathe in our outdoor surroundings. All you need is a good pair of tennis shoes and depending on the weather, some comfortable clothing-preferably made from all-natural fibers. There is no better way to wrap yourself in Mother Nature and kick out about 400 calories than to go for a run on a beautiful day. Take your pooch on a few paths too. Like you, he will enjoy the scenery, and you didn’t have to power up an energy guzzling treadmill to get your green groove on. Two Wheels Rock! Cycling is earth friendly and leg loving. Anyone’s legs can benefit form a regular ride on a bicycle, and instead of burning fossil fuel, you will be burning lots of calories. Cycling outdoors is not only invigorating, but it can clear your mind and keep the air clearer too. Think outside your regular four-wheels and bike to work, the store, or to the gym.

Get Close to Nature Hiking can be relaxed and refreshing or strenuous and demanding. Depending on your needs, a good hike can put you in touch with nature or in touch with an elevated heart rate. Check out local trails and paths. Some of them are more suitable for fun family hikes and learning experiences. Other hiking paths are steeper and can make for a great workout. Put your trail shoes on and tackle hills and valleys to work those glutes and hamstrings. When possible, stick to established paths and trails, so that you don’t disturb the untouched areas.

Eco-Friendly Fashion Some companies are taking those pesky water bottles and fashioning the plastic into planet friendly pants and shirts. Jackets, bags and even backpacks are made from recycled plastic bottles. Don’t think your fashion sense has to suffer just because you’re sporting a sports bra made from someone else’s Dasani® bottle. Many colors and prints are manufactured with the fashion conscious in mind. Now we can feel good about not being wasteful while trimming our waistline too! Donate Your Stuff If you think your old tennis shoes or running shorts have seen better days, someone else may think differently. Look online for charities and groups that need old workout wear. Check out www.runnersworld.com for a complete listing of all organizations that accept old running shoes for reuse or recycling. Wear It Out Our excessive lifestyles may have made us a bit extravagant and wasteful over the years. Nobody says you have to look like a runway model when you go to kick boxing class. Plus, wearing “worn” workout wear only says you use it! Exercise clothing is very resilient and will last for years, so use it longer and more often. No matter what, regular exercise is good for your body and mind. By making eco-friendly choices, you are doing good for the planet too.

Great Outdoor Places to Exercise in KC Loose Park KC, MO

Country Club Plaza KC, MO

River Walk Downtown KC

Shawnee Mission Park Shawnee, KS

Minor Park South KC, MO

English Landing Park Parkville, MO

Fleming Park Blue Springs, MO

Heritage Park Olathe, KS

Mill Creek Streamway Johson County, KS

Fleming Park Blue Springs. MO

Longview Lake Park Longview Lake, MO

Wyandotte County Lake Kansas City, KS

Downtown Airport Loop Downtown Kansas City, MO

Purge the Plastic! If you want to cut down on the amount of plastic you partake in, get a good, reusable water bottle to carry with you everywhere. Many companies make great water bottles from aluminum or stainless steel that will be sipped upon for many years to come. Get Green Gear Companies are bucking up when it come to producing exercise products that are high performance and eco-friendly. Recycled fibers and newly engineered natural materials are becoming mainstream in the exercise world. Here are a few green goods we can introduce into our exercise routine. Purge the Plastic! If you want to cut down on the amount of plastic you partake in, get a good, reusable water bottle to haul with you wherever you go. Many companies make great water bottles from aluminum or stainless steel and they are refillable for many years to come.

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PEOPLE Katies Corner: Dating Today… Not So Traditional By Katie Garcia

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hat happened to picking up a woman at her house, greeting her at the door, flowers in hand? In today’s world, it’s more about going out in groups or meeting up at this place or that. Don’t people date anymore? There’s been an erosion of traditional courtship patterns. Men don’t “court” women anymore. Ok, so maybe there’s a date after a hook up or after meeting out a few times, but what happened to good old fashioned calling a woman up and asking her out to dinner? For one thing, text messaging has replaced calling. In fact, my last relationship began with a text message that read, “Do you want to go out for dinner tomorrow?” What stopped him from picking up the phone, dialing my number, and asking me out like a true, interested gentleman? Trust me guys, it’s much more attractive when a man actually takes the time to call a woman and say the words. It’s personal, intimate, meaningful and, most importantly, it’s genuine. Generations ago, dating was known as courting with the intention that it would hopefully lead to marriage. These days, dating has taken on a different meaning, and it’s not uncommon for a person to date more than one individual at a time – a practice that a few generations ago would have been highly inappropriate, and done only in secret. However, today, it’s acceptable by most. Many people date two or more people at a time. There’s nothing wrong with that… unless you become intimate. That’s where it gets messy, which leads to my next point.

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How do we define dating? Is it simply just “hanging out?” If the relationship becomes intimate, what are the sexual parameters? The purpose of dating is to get to know someone who you find interesting both personally and romantically. There might be a physical, intellectual or emotional attraction. But to some, dating means casual sex. In today’s world, with influences such as Sex and the City, and empowered women holding positions such as CEO’s and presidents, it’s easy for women to fall into these casual sex situations. People like to try on other people romantically first to find out if they’re physically compatible before even thinking about committing to them emotionally. However, there is a growing movement of people who, for whatever reasons whether it be religious, moral or ethical, wouldn’t even consider being intimate with someone before marriage. This is a risky concept that would terrify most of us. However, in the end, I believe we are fooling ourselves in saying we can handle this “casual” situation. Many men and women date casually and are ok with that other person dating someone else at the same time. But, in most cases, it’s not going to end up the way they want, and somebody inevitably gets hurt. In reality, there’s something innate and traditional inside most of us that craves one-on-one, old school courtship. Men want to take a lady home to mom and dad. They want to open the doors for us. They want to feel like they wear the pants in the relationship. And, for the most part, we women want a real, honest and strong man – a man who’s going to make us feel like a woman.


PEOPLE Local Artist Spolight: Josecelyn Himes by Christel Highland

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he relaxed atmosphere at Artist Joscelyn Himes’ new studio belies the incredible client list and successes that have allowed her work to flourish over her 10-plus year career creating wholesale fabrics and custom couture. The beautiful and welcoming space located at 1000 W. 25th St. just off of Southwest Boulevard is a cheerful creative space that left me inspired and hopeful for a similar space of my own one day. Most recently, Himes was nominated as Kansas City’s favorite designer during KC Magazine’s “Best Of KC” gala. Her work has been featured numerous times by Kansas City Magazine, Kansas City Star, Kansas City Spaces Magazine, as well as the Surface Design Journal, and Verge. Nationally, her work has been seen very recently on Donna Karan in the form of the most delicious red cashmere

shawl ever as well as on uber-sexy Rosario Dawson in the form of a lovely Vera Wang dress in a buttery JH silk. The bulk of Himes’ business over the years has been wholesale fabrics. The list of designers that have used her textiles is intensely impressive and includes: Vera Wang, Bill Blass, Narciso Rodriguez, Colleen Quen, Matthew Terry’s Coventry, and Donna Karan. Karan has used her textiles in her collections as well as in her Urban Zen Foundation online store (www.urbanzen.org). The Urban Zen Foundation strives to empower women and children by partnering with existing organizations in the areas of well-being and social change. Karan uses Himes’ cashmere/ silk blends, sarongs, and scarves for this collection. Locally, outside of her private studio collection, her fabrics, scarves, and pillows can be found through retailers like Peruvian Connection, Feng, Black Bamboo, and Skyline Salon. With her custom couture, she seems to have found a niche with her Mother of the Bride and Groom dresses. These custom creations incorporate her stunning fabric designs, her developed, clean aesthetic, and her fierce construction. “They want to look interesting; to have something different,” says Himes of her expanding custom order clientele. She, of course, has custom orders for other special occasion dresses, including wedding dresses.

While soaking up my moments with the Artist I had the pleasure of meeting her talented and stunning assistant, Abby. While we chatted about our love for uniquely joyful dance styles, I watched Abby unfurl some of the designer’s signature Shibori pieces. Shibori is a Japanese term encompassing several methods of resist dyeing creating a pattern by binding, twisting, stitching, folding, etc.

To the Western non-fiber oriented layperson, the only comparison is tie-dyeing. Shibori is far more precise and, well, Zenlike in its’ finished appearance. I watched Abby intently while she unbound pieces of the most stunning mixtures of navy, cornflower blue, ice blue, cream, and rust colored silks. Each one piece is unique and impossibly enticing to a person with any appreciation of fabrics. I (hopefully) subtly touched the fabric after she pressed the creases from the Kumo shibori. The Kumo shibori method incorporates tight pleating and binding of the fabric to create a most beautiful pattern that cannot be properly described. You must see it for yourself. Joscelyn Himes, like most working artists is a workaholic and committed business person in her spare non-creative moments. She can be found at her studio most days, but to make sure she’s available to give you the proper tour of her available delicate and irresistible fiber art pieces, she requests that you call (816.217.9330) or email (jhtextiles@ gmail.com) to schedule an appointment before you stop by the new space at 1000 W. 25th which shares parking with La Esquina. I’m dyeing for the scrap sale (pun intended). Her fabrics will most definitely be the cornerstone to my next collection.

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REALTY Shorts Sales In Today’s Marketplace by $ellin’ Ellen Brewood

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n today’s servicing environment, servicers and their outsourcers are focused on keeping borrowers in their homes and are implementing methods from the Home Affordable modification Program (HAMP) to aggressive initiations which are all meant to help most of their clients. It has been reported that only 4% of homeowners have been successful working out loan modifications. There fore, a short sale is the most viable option available to the consumer. Due to the increasing volume of non-performing loans, the most attention has been placed on short sales. The pressure to reduce the amount of time to process a short sale has created opportunities to liquidate the non cash flowing loans prior to foreclosures. In order to be successful, it takes the borrower, real estate agent and servicer working together in concert to make them work. Should all 3 parties work together, the transaction can close in a timely manner and without incident. Should homeowners not be able to work out a loan modification, their next step should be to consider a short sale if they are unable to stay in their home. Should their property go to foreclosure, then they will lose dignity and their servicer will lose money. With the help of a realtor that is familiar with the process, they can do a workout to help them sell their home without the stress of going through a foreclosure. Should a borrower decide to go the short sale route, then it is key and critical that all parties involved in the transaction stay in constant communication to maintain consumer satisfaction and cooperation.

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The number one goal for servicers who are dealing with a non-performing loan is to keep the borrower in the home and work to make the payments affordable, however, should this not be an option, the short sale will continue to be one of the most effective disposition strategies available to mitigate future losses. Lenders and servicers send out tens of thousands of HAMP modification documents every week to borrowers in distress, and while many respond and qualify for loan modifications, the majority either fails to respond or cannot qualify for modification assistance. These borrowers who are denied a HAMP modification will also receive a notification informing them of the possible alternate solution of undergoing a short sale, an option the Obama Administration is encouraging lenders and servicers to employ in situations where a loan workout is not viable. With short sales being more affordable than the retail market, however, more value than the REO market, they play an important part in today’s real estate market. If you are a homeowner facing foreclosure and want a more viable option, call Sellin’ Ellen for her expertise in selling your property as a short sale. She can be reached at 913-962-4100 or email kcreosales@aol.com.

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KC’s Foreclosure / REO Queen! 1900 E 126th Kansasa City, MO The property being featured this month is a foreclosure that under went a home makeover by its owner. This property is now listed for $384,000 and has so many amenities and first class repairs, that it would make a dream home that is out of this world. Original cost to build was over $550,000 and over $25,000 in improvements have been made to the exterior alone! Located in South Kansas City Missouri in Blue Ridge Farms, it sits on an acre of land, has five bedrooms, six baths, 5500 square feet, 3 car garage, formal dining, formal living, sunken great room, 3 fireplaces, finished walkout basement with a full bar and exercise room. There is an in ground pool, covered gazebo, family room, kitchen and bedroom and full bath in the basement, main master with master bathroom with Jacuzzi and steam room, workshop/hobby, and 2 sundecks. The home is perfect for entertaining and big family gatherings. Lots to offer for the discriminating buyer! For a private tour of this home, please contact $ellin’ Ellen Breewood at (913) 962-4100. Also specializing in investor properties, rehabs with cash flow, and foreclosures!


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