Tag Archives: Puppetry Arts Institute

Happy Birthday, Harry!

Forget that bunch of politicians wrangling about who will be our nation’s next president. If many folks had their druthers, we’d magically bring back our nation’s 33rd president. This man left office with dismal approval ratings in the low 30s and yet now polls among the top five presidents who ever served. Of course we are talking about Harry S. ... Read More »

Five Secrets to Road Tripping with the Kids

One rainy Friday night, me, my 3-year old son Jack, my friend Sara and her 2-year old son Connor decided to test the fates and took to the road for a short vacation to Independence. It was a moms-and-boys weekend. Sara and I were high-fiving each other before we even made it to the highway. With self-satisfied grins, we shuttled ... Read More »

Yaya scores with trip to Puppetry Arts Institute

Yaya's grandson, Tommy, watches as a volunteer attaches a cloth body to the puppet he made during a visit to Puppetry Arts Institute.

      Darned if I was going to be dragged down into senior citizenship without a fight by letting my grandchildren call me “grandma.” The very word conjures up images of little old ladies hunched over knitting needles, warmed by fuzzy cardigans and sporting chunky black lace up shoes – not an option for a boomer ex-soccer mom who ... Read More »

Museums for sight, sound and feel

It has been pretty hot lately, luckily Missouri has great locations to inspire and keep you cool. I recently visited one of the finest art museums in the country, the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City. The Nelson is free and has art collections that can’t be matched. They have European, American Indian, Chinese, Japanese and American collections to name ... Read More »