Volunteerism, passed down, is indeed a special legacy

My father could tell early on I probably needed a lesson or two in humility. We didn't grow up with a lot, for sure. Multi-family housing and wearing the same shirts over multiple school years was the norm in our household of six. Despite what we didn't have, my dad felt constantly compelled to give back, give more and give his time. And often times, that included dragging the third born along for a lesson in selflessness.

Kids' game of street ball sparks memories of summertime past

One day, a few weeks ago I happened to glance out my front window. I saw a group of neighborhood kids who had just finished a bike ride, sitting down on the sidewalk. There were no cellphones or tablets in sight. Instead, these kids were laughing and having fun being with each other. In a little while one of the girls went home and got a baseball bat and a tennis ball. The baseball game began. It was the first game of street ball that I had seen in years.

Confusing Mayoral statements deserve a second look

Leaders and leadership take many different forms in Lee’s Summit. Really, in any city of any size. For better or worse, the 80/20 or the 90/10 rules often apply when it comes to community engagement driving financial or political forces, as well as with overall involvement. That is, 80-90 percent of your work is done by 10-20 percent of the people.

City of Lee's Summit names new Director of Human Resources

The City of Lee’s Summit is pleased to announce Anita Dickey has joined the City as director of human resources on Monday, July 2. In this position, Dickey will provide leadership and strategic planning in the implementation of human resources programs, functions and activities to ensure alignment with the City’s mission and goals.

At the confluence of Leadership & Language

Leadership. That’s a big word. Being a leader is hard work and carries with it a number of responsibilities. We are lucky enough in Lee’s Summit to have no shortage of leaders who contribute to the growth and evolution of our community through countless civic, charitable and not-for-profit organizations.

Marvel(lous) literary criticism amid the broken limbs

Hi, everyone. I made the mistake of offering to write some columns for Nick. Now he has made the mistake of accepting the offer. So, I thought I’d start with something I actually know a little about — constructing a plot to tell a story. So, I might as well cause a kerfluffle right off the bat to tell you that the Marvel universe of movies is beginning to irritate me, and most especially the latest installment, “Infinity War.”