Romance novels like 50 Shades, Crossfire, After, even the Twilight series got it all wrong. Poor innocent clumsy girl needs saving from a successful, often rich man who is usually reformed but still harboring some deep, dark past. Girl gives up...
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Saying Goodbye

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As my family and I embark on our move from Kansas City, Missouri to the Denver, Colorado area, I am having to say goodbye to my role as a contributor for the Kansas City Mom Collective (KCMC). This past...
Most folks would agree that February, although the shortest month of the year, can be counted on as the best time to experience a sense of positivity about being Black in America.  After all, it is the designated month devoted...
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop Researchers have found that being kind could boost happiness in as little as three days. Another study shows giving seems to lessen our pain. Yet another says giving...
It’s time to celebrate! Nope, not the Chiefs, not a significant other, not even the birth of some old presidents. It’s time to go all-in for Galentine’s Day! Time to celebrate some of the most important people in my...
With COVID-19 still making date night out a challenge, this Valentine's Day we're celebrating with a little at-home date night after the kids are in bed. There are lots of great local choices for both grazing boards and locally...
As a non-sports person married to a sports fan, it has sometimes been hard for me to relate to my husband’s affinity for sports. The three hour football games, ESPN recap shows, and listening to radio sports analysis in...
I've been reflecting recently on how 2020 was a year that brought a lot of change and clarity to friendships in my life. I've spoken with others who also experienced this. One friend put it well: "Now that I've...
How did I get here? I am not quite sure I belong. I have spent a majority of my life asking myself this very question, making this very statement. I look around and wonder how I fit. It got worse...
I’ve always been skittish about using babysitters. We don’t have tons of family in town so I should be better at this than I am. Of course, we have had a few over the years that are absolutely treasured,...
If you follow the tradition of gifting each other themed anniversary gifts, local Kansas City businesses offer some great options to make your celebration one to remember. Listen, this year has been no joke—and if you’ve put up with...
This spring, with sudden school closures, many of us found ourselves constantly entertaining and teaching our kids, and with school ramping back up, we are back at it. How will we have time for any socializing during this crazy...
I don’t want to brag, but I’m a pretty epic fighter. Master manipulator. Stoic stonewaller. Jedi justifier. Couples having a hard time in quarantine? Not me and my man, I’m just too good at fighting to lose. OK, obviously this...
My husband and I have worked from home together for the last five years. He works in sales, so much of his day is spent glued to his phone and computer in his basement office. I work from home,...
“Well, I sure hope we like each other!” That’s what my husband half-jokingly said to me last week as he walked in the house after what would likely be both our last days working in our respective offices.   My response? “Sooooo...do you...

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