To spend an afternoon with Ron Finley––South LA's Gangsta Gardener––is to revel in the unexpected, the beautiful, the incendiary and the bold. Through his Ron Finley Project he is truly changing the world. Read more about Ron and how you can help save his life-changing sidewalk garden in my Gardenista story here. #savethegangstagarden

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Who knows Ron Finley? An inspiring guerrilla gardener, he's been working to transform South Los Angeles and the world by teaching people to grow their own organic produce via his Ron Finley Project. Join us for a tour of his famous sidewalk garden:

Reveling in the streamline, quintessential California aesthetic that exudes Pamela Shamshiri's talent. See the full space and story on Gardenista:…/garden-visit-pam-shamshiris-h…/

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Always thrilled to feature such beautiful design work on Remodelista. Case in point: the stellar Moby 3143 with aesthetics by We Are Huntly. Photo by: Sharyn Cairns.…/restaurant-visit-moby-cafe-in…/

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It was an incredible year for Compass Quest Joplin Regional Veteran Services! I'm grateful to be a part of this amazing organization.

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Compass Quest Joplin Regional Veteran Services

Just a few of the events and programs we hosted, attended or sponsored this year to raise awareness and provide assistance. We enjoyed meeting so many great peo...ple. We know 2017 will be just as eventful! Please consider making a year-end donation to Compass Quest so we can continue to support this special segment of our community. Donate here or on our website
Happy New Year!

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My thanks to the Live Well Crawford County team!

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Live Well Crawford County

Thanks to Stacey Lindsay, Multimedia Journalist at the Joplin Regional Business Journal for this wonderfully written, detailed piece about our new director, Brad Stroud.

A "noble maker" indeed: Joplin Regional Business Journal

Larry Glaze is a reveler at heart. If his demeanor – joyous, welcoming, affirming – does not immediately reflect this sentiment, his home property will. Set amidst the forests of Carthage, his estate is a study in art and folly. Large-scale tree houses situated next to colorful swings, brightly-colo...

Spending the afternoon interviewing artist and veteran Larry Glaze was a lesson in gratitude, a celebration of creativity and a chance to tap into one's inner child. I am in awe of this visionary's approach to life, his unending love for his late wife, Judy, and his wildly eclectic and loyal group of friends. He grabs every moment with both hands. Stay tuned for the story –– and check out his work in the meantime:

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I immensely enjoyed writing this Remodelista feature on the historical Hudson, NY home of Jocelyn Sinaur, owner of Red Chair on Warren with beautiful photo styling by NY-based Zio & Sons:

ISSUE 29 | The Summer Kitchen 2016 A Historical Hudson, NY, Home Reimagined (European Antiques Included) July 29, 2016 4:00 AM BY Stacey Lindsay Jocelyn Sinauer, the owner of antiques shop The Red Chair in Hudson, NY (known for its mix of 17th, 18th, and 19th century finds), has created a light-fi...

Learn how Pittsburg State University Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Ram Gupta is breaking ground with his affordable energy research. Los Alamos National Laboratory

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A happy reunion! I met Dave Miller in 2015 when I produced a special report on his then-burgeoning veteran service dog organization, Heartland Canines for Veterans (thanks to Aaron Thompson for the amazing camera work). Today the non-profit is thriving thanks to Miller's endless efforts to give disabled veterans the gift of a loving, loyal, canine companion. I commend him, along with his wife Judy, Kenneth Anderson, the organization’s President, LaShay Swem, On Command Canine Training Center 417-439-0944 and Compass Quest Joplin Regional Veteran Services for their collaboration to help so many who have served.
To support and learn more about Heartland Canines for Veterans, click here:

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To see Frank Lloyd Wright's quiet architectural genius in his Bachman-Wilson House at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to stand in utter awe. Here's a recent shot I took of the #Usonian dwelling:…/current-obsessions-june-11-20…/

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The kick-back trip: Travel For Joplin offers online travel services with a philanthropic twist.

What if you could give back by getting away? A new travel bookings company in Joplin is driving forward this very concept. Travel for Joplin offers online global travel bookings services with a philanthropic twist. Founded by photographer Emily Studer and freelance graphic designer Andrea Osiek, the...

Huge thanks to Mike Mjelde and the Frontenac Bakery crew for putting me in the game today. So THAT'S how the best bread in town is made! Check out the story in the next issue of Joplin Regional Business Journal.

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Frontenac Bakery

Big thank you to Stacey Lindsay from JRBJ (joplin regional business journal) for the interview....and of course we had to put her to work!

Thank you, Emily Frankoski / Connect2Culture for sharing your experience and insight for my story! #joplinarts are thriving. Thanks also to Meg Bourne Hulsey / Art Feeds, Sharon Beshore and Jo Mueller.
First Thursday ArtWalk Joplin MO Spiva Center for the Arts

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Thank you Stacey Lindsay, Multimedia Journalist and Joplin Regional Business Journal for chronicling the past, present, and future story of our #JoplinArts comm...unity – "A Creative Renaissance: In early 2011 Joplin was already a burgeoning place of art, but the tornado unveiled a consideration for creativity like never before."

"The 'renaissance' moniker is relevant. Joplin's art endeavors began gaining momentum years before the tornado, but the shift toward a more considered and aware community took flight after the storm, like the butterflies in the mural."

A fantastic piece – pick up your copy today!

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A fire this morning at Tawnya Bach’s Pittsburg home sent her husband and two youngest sons to the hospital. Her husband James, Leif, age ...3 and Gehrett, age 2 were flown to KU Medical Center. They are being treated for smoke inhalation and are all in stable condition. Tawnya's oldest son was outside at the time. Tawnya’s home is a complete loss. We will keep you updated on this situation. We hope you will join us in wishing them the best during this difficult time.

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