How to Tell Better Stories in a Conversation

When it comes to conversation, good storytelling follows a slightly different set of rules than novels and movies do. Here are six steps to telling better stories for your next chat.

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The Only 3 Dating Dealbreakers You Truly Need

People have all sorts of dating dealbreakers they like to lay out on the table. From country music to religion, to policial alignment, there are millions of places to draw the line. But, at least in my book, there are only three dating dealbreakers that are written in stone.

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Is Hollywood out of touch with Missouri?

From A Streetcar Named Desire to HBO’s True Decective, we all know America loves a good Southern Gothic. But with the recent rise of big-budget productions shooting in the mid-west, shows like Sharp Objects and a handful of others are missing the Missouri mark.

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A Quick Start Guide to Kansas City’s Speakeasy Scene

A thriving town during the Prohibition era, Kansas City is home to a number of low-key watering holes we like to call Speakeasies. Thanks to the hoppin’ jazz scene and probably Mr. Pendergast himself, Kansas City bars know how to create that ambiance of exclusivity pretty dang well. Kansas City Speakeasies This is by no…

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On the difference between heritage and culture

I don’t denounce my heritage or my culture. I need both to make me, me. But I want people to understand the line between the two. I want my heritage to be my part of my background, not center stage. I want to be seen as an American as much as anything else.

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Why Cosmic Horror is The Most Relevant Genre of Our Time

Cosmic horror (also known as Lovecraftian horror), is a horror of a different breed. While basic forms of horror center around external fears like monsters or the supernatural, cosmic horror fixates on the one most crippling, inescapable, and unexplainable fear we all try to ignore: the fear of the unknown. The universe and everything beyond it is too vast for us to understand, and completely indifferent of our existence. Now, that’s scary.

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How to Compliment a Woman (or anyone, really)

“Why can’t I just give a woman a compliment?” This is the common response I hear from men who don’t understand why unwarranted feedback on our appearance tends to be ill-received. Aside from an eye-roll, I really have nothing to offer these knuckle-draggers. However, I do have a bit of advice for those well-meaning folks who just don’t understand the mechanics of a good compliment.

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How to Use Up the Perishable BS You bought at Costco

Its a novice mistake all Costco cardholders make at least once in their membership lifetime: buying too many perishable items. That shiny new Costco card feels like a dream, and so does buying a year’s worth of two-ply toilet tissue for a penny per square foot. But you let it get out of hand.

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9 of the Best Breakfast Joints in KC

With a blooming foodie culture and an unwavering commitment to local love, Kansas City’s breakfast and brunch spots are booming. Here’s a list of nine breakfast hotspots with mouth-watering menus to keep your brunch munchies satisfied. 

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12 Actions That Ruin a Relationship Before it Starts

Spoiler alert: You’re going to have to be yourself. 

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