Michael Mackie

Dad’s Been Gone For One Year

Dad’s Been Gone For One Year

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my beloved dad’s death. He passed away after suffering a stroke—on the exact same day as my stroke nine years earlier. The irony is not … Read more

The Quickest Way To Start Living Life Again? Suffer a Stroke Ten Years Ago, Recover Accordingly Over the Next Decade

The Quickest Way To Start Living Life Again? Suffer a Stroke Ten Years Ago, Recover Accordingly Over the Next Decade

Tomorrow marks my 10-year anniversary of suffering a stroke—specifically a right cerebral infarction. The story of that day is well documented in various blogs I’ve written over the years. I’ve … Read more

Painter Christian Feneck Just Created The Coolest Coffee Table Book Ever Made

Painter Christian Feneck Just Created The Coolest Coffee Table Book Ever Made

What do I like about artist Christian Feneck’s paintings? Let me count the ways. Maybe it’s the odd, surreal color combinations he chooses—sort of like an anything-but-linear acid trip. Perhaps … Read more

Pandemic Job Hunting 101

Pandemic Job Hunting 101

Brenda Poor’s management resumé is stellar. She’s done everything from overseeing bustling TV newsrooms to being a marketing legal eagle. And now, like thousands of her peers, she finds herself … Read more

Pandemic Eating 101

Pandemic Eating 101

Last year I eschewed all sugar, sweeteners, carbs and gluten. If it wasn’t a protein or vegetable, I avoided it like the plague. (No pun intended.) When coronavirus culture hit … Read more

StayHomeKC.com: Helping You Support All Things Local And, uh, Stay Home

StayHomeKC.com: Helping You Support All Things Local And, uh, Stay Home

With an additional three-week stay-at-home mandate unleashed last week, I was tickled to stumble across an ingenious, comprehensive website called—appropriately enough—www.stayhomekc.com. Devised by the local marketing gurus at HelloBigIdea, it’s … Read more

A Coffee Klatch With The B-52s Frontman Fred Schneider

A Coffee Klatch With The B-52s Frontman Fred Schneider

92.5% of all my celeb chats are your basic, garden-variety interviews. Verbal volley, I call it. But every once in awhile, there’s an interview so zany and kooky, you’re never … Read more

Simple Ingredients To Help Boost Your Immune System

Simple Ingredients To Help Boost Your Immune System

The Laya Center For Holistic Wellness here in Kansas City says there are many tried-and-true ingredients you can use to help boost your immune system from the inside out. The … Read more

M2’s 111 – 911 Sliding Scale

M2’s 111 – 911 Sliding Scale

Bless their hearts, some of my friends are mighty lax when it comes to returning my phone calls and/or text messages. I get it, they’re on the phone all day … Read more

The Big Winner in a Pandemic? TV Advertisers! Who Knew?

The Big Winner in a Pandemic? TV Advertisers! Who Knew?

I get it, you’re home and likely bored. Self-quarantining has that effect on people. What does the average, bored, under-inspired person do in times of crisis? Yup, you guessed it. … Read more