Festivals and celebrations to warm Midwest’s summer months

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Summer means lots of festivals and special events. Most communities have music and art festivals. However, we have learned that our Midwestern brethren celebrate a lot of different things. The Midwestern summer season kicks off with a somber observance. Springfield, Illinois, will be the site of the 150th observance of the assassination of President Abraham… Continue Reading …

Arbor Day has roots in Nebraska; Tree beauty abounds

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Warren Buffett is credited with saying “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long ago.” How many of us even think about a tree’s life when we see them or take a rest under the shade? I know I’ve been among the many who complain during the Fall when leaves… Continue Reading …

10 places to check out in Kansas City

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We’ve been to Kansas City dozens of times over the years. It seems each visit we find something new to see and learn about. So, when Lisa asked me if I was interested in doing a “10 things to do in KC” post, I struggled to hold the list at just 10 items. There are… Continue Reading …

Oklahoma City memorial: Something positive grows from tragedy

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April 19, 1995. This is the date that American-born terrorism struck in the heartland of America. This is the date that Timothy McVeigh parked a rental truck loaded with explosives in front of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. This is the day that one man ended lives and changed America. More… Continue Reading …

Omaha has new airline for trips to Florida and California

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Everyone looks for deals when traveling. None of us want to pay more than we need to in order to fly or drive on vacations or other trips. It’s always good news when discount airlines come to town. For us, that meant an invitation to fly to Tampa, from Omaha’s newest airline – Allegiant Air.… Continue Reading …

Frank H. Woods museum documents phone history in Lincoln, Nebraska

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Alexander Graham Bell is credited with inventing the telephone in January 1875. A few years later, the first telephone made its appearance in Lincoln, Nebraska. The first phone in Lincoln was considered a “coffin” phone. It had a slide manual switch and either a single or double receiver. It’s considered the original telephone. In 1879,… Continue Reading …

Great food, homemade ice cream and chocolates entice diners at St. Louis’ Crown Candy Kitchen

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Would you stand in line for up to two hours to eat at a restaurant? Would you be willing to take on a challenge of drinking five malts in 30 minutes, just to get them free and “bragging” rights? Well, then Crown Candy Kitchen in Old North St. Louis is for you. Actually, Crown Candy… Continue Reading …

St. Louis’ Jefferson Barracks museum, cemetery offer look at American history

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Civil War history has always intrigued me. I admit I am far from an expert on anything related to the war, but I enjoy learning about its events and players. One such player was Jefferson Barracks, near St. Louis. The fort opened for business in 1826, replacing another fort along the Mississippi River. Explorer William… Continue Reading …

St. Louis Ballpark Village is great place for sports and other fun

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St. Louis sports fans have a fun place to go to check out their favorite teams. Not a sports fan? That’s OK, too, as Ballpark Village has a bit of everything for everyone. In addition to two sports-themed establishments, visitors can partake in a Budweiser-themed establishment, as well as country music and dueling pianos. Ballpark… Continue Reading …

Kansas City’s Grinders offers great food in eclectic setting

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Lisa had heard of Grinders in Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District, because the eatery had been featured on a couple of food shows. My wife is a “As seen on TV” addict. I think I need to find a support group for her. Alas, we decided to check out the place during a recent trip.… Continue Reading …