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It was not a good day for her. This was her third divorce. She was sitting in the attorney’s office with a friend. Me.

“I Googled him before I came,” she told me. “One thing is very different about him than other divorce attorneys — he is upfront and clear and his rates are fairly affordable.” Later she said that after talking with him she felt instantaneous relief from the invisible pressure that had weighed her down for more than a year.

It takes a calm attorney to take on the weight of divorce — but that’s what James Lusk does day after day. Lusk, principal at James W. Lusk Office, has helped clients facing overwhelming debt, child custody issues, adoption, and Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy  for more than 30 years. But divorce cases are the bulk of his work.

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Harleys and Facebook — they cause a lot of divorces, he says. Part of my job description should be ‘holding hands with Harley owners’ .” Lusk it’s not unusual to see clients who have wanted a Harley since they were 13. Now he’s in his 30s and sees the dream slipping away. Only now he has a wife, kids, and a mortgage. He succumbs anyway. Soon they can’t make the mortgage payments and the wife wants out. “I tell him that he can get rid of the Harley and possibly save the marriage, or save the Harley and lose the marriage,” said Lusk. ”Of course if the divorce goes through, he then has to sell the Harley to pay child support. ”

Lusk did not intend to become a lawyer. He planned to go to business school but before he took the GMAT test he thought he would practice with the LSAT. He did so well that he reconsidered his options. He decided on Kansas University for a joint law and MBA program. He’s often asked what contributes to divorce and he says it can be the following things — overwhelming debt, drug and alcohol abuse, cheating on your spouse, and more recently, Facebook. “It’s a very dangerous thing to rekindle old romances over the Internet but I see a lot and the divorces that result from it,” he said.

But the biggest cause is money — living large on a not very large income. “The saddest thing is seeing people go through divorce and knowing their lives are not really going to change because of the financial hole they are in,” he said.

So how does he deal with the stress of helping people through stressful times? “You have to spend time with people who do not have problems, or you get to thinking that this is the whole world,” he said. “Fortunately I don’t have this kind of stress in my personal life so I can take on the stress of others.” Outside of work he keeps busy with his church, supporting his wife’s new career, recently elected Kansas State Representative Nancy Lusk, and giving financial advice to his young adult triplets Nathan, Rachel, and Thomas.

James W. Lusk Law Office on Google+
8725 Rosehill Road Road, Suite 105, Lenexa,  KS
913-599-5373
jameslusk@aol.com

~Sarah

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Lately my favorite thing to do is put on my new necklace from Junque Drawer Boutique and Studio and see how long it takes for someone to ask: ‘Wait…is that a FORK?’

Indeed it is. With its tines twisted and turned it’s a unique piece of art that I couldn’t have found anywhere else. That’s exactly why I love shopping at Junque Drawer so much; it’s filled with special, one-of-a-kind things. There are forks that have been upcycled to top wine stoppers, spoons that have been flattened and stamped and turned into bracelets and necklaces and so many other fun, funky and one-of-a-kind pieces there’s no way I can list them all here.

It’s my go-to place for unique gifts and distinctive pieces of jewelry, but I can only go if I have enough time to make at least three trips around the place. There’s so much to take in, I always miss things if I don’t keep looking.

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Jane Hosey Stern, the creative genius behind the quirky custom designs that fill Junque Drawer, built a career in school counseling but got hooked on finding treasures through junking and reworking them into jewelry, home adornment and wall art. She combines typewriter keys, game pieces, trinkets, charms, parts of car license tags, optometrist lenses, watch parts, buttons and various other bits and pieces to make wood beaded handle plaques, vintage bags, wall art and jewelry. She says that her endless doodling on school papers was just practice for making the wisdom quote signs that so many love.

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I love the way Jane takes “junk,” old things, and discarded items and gives them new life again. We could all stand to be kinder to our planet, and by upcycling so many of her supplies, she’s being “green” and keeping things out of our overflowing landfills. She also has fun gifts for diehard Kansas City fans, like these cool coasters featuring famous KC institutions:

And today is a huge day for Junque Drawer, because it opens in its brand new space in downtown Olathe!  Now located at 233 S. Cherry Street, everything is fresh and ready for you to explore.  Don’t be shy–go up the stairs to the third floor, and work your way down. You’ll see a boutique-like area on the top floor with gorgeous clothes and accessories as well as corners full of pet-specific items and baby items. Keep going and you’ll find a kitchen stocked with funny mugs and state-themed tea towels and a bathroom; I love the old fashioned bathtub overflowing with pillows and wall art above.

An entire wall is home to fun license plate art and there are so many neat clocks that I can’t imagine picking just one. Right now, though, my favorite corner is the wine corner; from the wine glasses that say things like ‘Please move your wine glass. It’s blocking my mother of the year award’ to the coolest wine stoppers that double as candelabras, I’d like one of everything!

There’s  plenty of parking and it’s easy to find (just down the street from the Johnson County Courthouse), so stop in for a chocolate chip cookie, a cold refreshment (she had lemonade and fresh-strawberry infused water today, but she’s been know to offer a glass of wine, too!), give Jane a great big hug and find something funky to call your own.

Junque Drawer Boutique & Studio
233 S. Cherry Street, Olathe, KS
(913) 261-8183
Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Junque Drawer also offers art parties! Pick a fun project (lots of ideas are here on Jane’s site)—choices include custom wine stoppers to funky wall clocks and everything in between—invite friends and settle in to laugh, learn a little something and let your creative juices flow.

Have questions or want to see about enrolling in an art class? Email Jane at junquedrawerstudio@live.com. Contact her at any time to inquire about bulk orders, personalization, and fabulous special events like these:

*Wednesdays, (April 23rd – May 14th) 5-6 p.m.: Yoga For The Brain.  $60 for four sessions.

*Saturday 5/3, 2-5 p.m.: Mother’s Day Creations, $20 per person. Bring your child and he/she can create a beaded gift for mom/Grandma/mother-figure/teacher. Includes gift wrap!

*Saturday 5/10, 3 p.m.: Fabulous Fork Necklass Class. $25 includes fork, chain, and three charms from the charm bar.

Junque Drawer will also be at the Just For Her Expo at Overland Park Convention Center 5/30 – 6/1.

Be sure to “Like” Junque Drawer and Studio on Facebook here.

~Lisa

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Local Sponsor Spotlight: Childers Counseling Service of Kansas City

April 16, 2014

Martha Childers, licensed professional counselor and owner of Childers Counseling Service of Kansas City, decided at mid-life that she wanted to do something completely different.  A library professional and world traveler who speaks German, Japanese, and French, Martha decided in her early 50s to become a therapist. “If I’d had any idea how long it would take I might not have done it,” she says. But I am glad I didn’t know because I love it.” Martha opened Childers Counseling Service in 2014 to serve a growing audience  -  people over 50, women and couples.  As life spans increase our years as older adults can be a significant portion of our lives. In fact, the fastest growing segment of the population is centenarians, individuals who live to be 100 years old! “The decisions and issues confronting older adults today can be overwhelming and are often unique issues they are facing for the first time […]

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Local Sponsor Spotlight: Le Fou Frog

April 15, 2014

I remember the first time my daughter went to Le Fou Frog.  She was in second grade at Academie Lafayette, and as part of the French choir, they sang Christmas songs for the lunch crowd.  As the doting mom I went, too.  Never miss an opportunity to hear your child sing in French … or sample some French cuisine at Le Fou Frog. Now you might have thought that the charming hosts, Barbara and Mano Rafael, would have served the little ones fries and burgers.  After all, we know kids don’t like new food, right?  Wrong!  They brought out the Escargots Provencales (snails), La Rai (skate fish), pommes frites (French fries), and mousse au chocolat (chocolate mousse).  The kids loved it and to this day Le Fou Frog is my daughter’s favorite Kansas City restaurant. Le Fou Frog, a generous local sponsor for Kansas City’s Listen to Your Mother Show, is an eclectic French bistro […]

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Speaker Spotlight: Mary Katherine Kerbs

April 14, 2014

She answers to Mary Katherine or Katherine, but never just Mary. A senior at William Jewell College, Katherine is majoring in English and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry, with a minor in History. In her spare time, she scrapbooks, hijacks her boyfriend’s Netflix account and works on her family’s Southwest Missouri farm. Katherine’s academic honors include Mortar Board, a national academic and service honorary for college seniors; Phi Epsilon honorary society, recognizing her as the Top 10% of Jewell’s class of 2014; Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honorary society; and is poised to graduated Summa Cum Laude. She graduated first in her class at Cottey College, where she earned an Associate in Liberal Arts in 2012. In addition to her academic honors, Katherine is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, and the William Jewell Handbell Choir. Next fall, Katherine will attend law school at the University of […]

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