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Promiscuity on television is teaching our kids the wrong morals

I haven’t been a mother for very long, but I think I have found the worst babysitter possible. I mean the absolute worst. It’s neither a he or she or a…

Christmas season’s start is an opportunity to focus right here at home

Excelsior Springs will kick off its annual Christmas celebration this Saturday, and I’d like to encourage each and every one of you to make an effort to help the community…

We may not agree with military decision — we should still support, honor our military personnel

I would like to make people aware of something that is happening to Missouri servicemen that is appalling and unsettling. My husband’s unit as well as others have been put on…

‘Thank you’ to all veterans and their support system

Friday is Veterans Day, and we should all be appreciative of the freedoms we enjoy because of the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. Let me repeat that,…

It’s true, you can’t always remember life before your children came along

As I share this story with you, I hope it’s not as boring as some might find it. Many know my husband and I are not originally from here and…

It’s about time we tap into the beer market in Excelsior Springs

The Downtown Excelsior Partnership made a great move this past weekend in hosting an event aimed at beer connoisseurs. It’s something I’ve advocated for quite some time. We have hosted…

Occupy KC: It’s time to quit complaining and do something

I’m never shy to admit that numbers and figures are not my forte. I wouldn’t even consider writing something that I am not good at; I’m a storyteller, not a…

Viewed through a kid’s eyes, trash and treasure are the same

Sundays are a revelation in the Copeland household. It’s laundry day, or as I like to call it, pocket treasures day. It’s the day when, as we sort through the…

I’m so glad I was a kid back then, instead of now

In a few weeks, students at Lewis Elementary School—my own sons included—will take part in the school’s fall carnival. There will be games and activities, food and fun, and for…

Steve Jobs can be an inspiration even for Apple’s non-fans

The passing of Steve Jobs, the mind behind Apple Computers, last week left many people stunned. I’ve always found it interesting how people take the death of a celebrity so…