From the ground up.

Savor the summer, my friends, for it is rapidly drawing to a close. Although September may still scorch, any school kid will tell you that August is the end of the line for summer fun these days. It's time to think about starting things and the Home Grown issue is the perfect way to start thinking about that.

David McCullough Wright brothers

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David McCullough discussed his new book on the lives, trials and ultimate triumph of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright at a special engagement at the Kansas City Public Library.

August 2015 Around Town

The American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) presented North Kansas City Hospital with the 2015 Most Wired Hospital award. This year’s award focuses on national recognition for health data security and patient engagement.

Prairie Birthday Farm Built From the Ground Up

Like her 22-year-old farm, Hezel is one of a kind, an unconventional woman with a distinct outlook on modern farming that draws on old traditions. The summer morning air is hot and hazy, a damp woolen blanket hanging over Prairie Birthday Farm’s 15 acres bounded by backroads crisscrossing the Northland. Farmer Linda Hezel’s rubber boots provide protection from the damp…


September 12-13: Chick Events Handmade & Vintage Show in Leawood, Kansas September 26 - Overland Park Fall Festival Hang ups usually make you think of a prank call by a teenager or a quirk, but Carolyn Adams and Kristi Jurgensen have a different kind of hang up—jewelry made mostly from vintage and repurposed materials.


Back to school. This time of year has always harbored a bit of excitement for me. Now that I'm long past college and with no children of my own yet, it's a time of erstwhile sadness as well. You see, now I lack the justification to buy school supplies.

Greater KC Foundation

When Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or Oprah Winfrey give money to worthy causes, it’s usually millions, or even billions, of dollars. But most charitable giving comes from everyday people in much smaller amounts. And that is at the heart of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

Parents of Student Athletes

A new school year has started. Soon your boys and girls will be playing sports. A parent’s job is to make sure each child is physically ready for demanding activities that occasionally result in injury. Today new trends in sports physicals or sports medicine exist.


Normally when I'm on my way to the airport, I'm pretty excited. Maybe I'm headed to a far off land, or maybe the beach. Of course, budgetary restrictions means that the often dreamed of beach vacation happens less often than one would like. Now, we have an option to dine like we are on the Riviera Maya even if we…


What three-word phrase elicits groans from some and but giddy anticipation from others? That’s right: back to school. We asked three Northland residents to share their favorite memories from back in their day. Here’s what they said.

Hemingway’s WORLD

Emblazoned in large letters on a wall in the Kansas City Star’s newsroom for many years was a quote from Pulitzer and Nobel prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway praising the newspaper’s stylebook and editors for launching his literary career.

Habitat for Humanity Home Blessing

The event to welcome the Eltowm family to their new home included a blessing and remarks by President and CEO Tom Lally, as well as other key leadership and many of the organizations that helped to build the home. Photography by Betty Miller