Sheep And Wolves

Sheep and Wolves

submitted by Doug S. “If they can’t survive on $7.70 an hour, they should quit the job and get some training”, the senior in expensive leisure clothes responded.  He had been asked to help place a $12 an hour minimum wage for the State of Missouri on the November 2018 ballot.  With the $15 an hour minimum for Kansas City being voted on last Tuesday, it was an opportune time to put forward the new fair wage initiative.  And it was clear that many at that southside polling place had voted against the $15 an hour initiative.  [...]
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Sharing Happiness Part 9

Sharing Happiness Part 9

submitted by Michelle B. My favorite podcast, “Pop Culture Happy Hour” ends their show with each member saying what made them happy the previous week.  The rule is that it must be something anyone could enjoy if they chose (i.e., books, movies, twitter feeds, albums). So, here’s what’s making the Brightwell family happy recently: [...]
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Tacos

Tacos

submitted by Kristi H. After a great meal at the KC Taco Company and a “portobello shroom” taco I could not stop thinking about, I decided to take my taco game to the next level—I bought restaurant style taco holders. Then I threw a taco party and tried to think of and serve many toppings (see below). In reality it was a bit overwhelming! To make-your-own-tacos you only need one or two fillings, a few sauces and some toppings. Pick out your favorites for an easy summer meal! [...]
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Too Much Liver

Too Much Liver

by Sofia P. A while back I decided that I wanted to donate an organ to someone on my 18th birthday. I figure that I’m finally old enough to do it and here I am, just sitting around selfishly in possession of many perfectly healthy organs, and wanted to give one (or some) away. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and as I quickly approach my transition into an adult I wanted someone else to have a second chance at life. Although my birthday isn’t until January, I began the process this summer of researching how to give away an organ. [...]
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It Takes Only One Thing To Save Us

It Takes Only One Thing to Save Us

submitted by Brandon P. The cut looked deep. She had been washing dishes at work and hadn’t noticed the broken glass until the water began to redden. Her left palm was punctured and bleeding profusely. I was looking at it three days later on a Monday night at Care Beyond the Boulevard. The wound appeared clean. It was about a quarter inch across and had spread open, but there was no drainage or redness. [...]
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Seeking Unity

Seeking Unity

More than all else, keep watch over your heart, since here are the wellsprings of life.”  Proverbs 4:23 (Jerusalem HB trans.) Following an intense week with 4000 other attendees of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) biannual General Assembly, I’ll try to heed the wisdom of the verse in Proverbs and report to you a few experiences that stirred my heart.  [...]
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Sharing Happiness – Part 8

Sharing Happiness – Part 8

submitted by Michelle B. My favorite podcast, “Pop Culture Happy Hour” ends their show with each member saying what made them happy the previous week.  The rule is that it must be something anyone could enjoy if they chose (i.e., books, movies, twitter feeds, albums). So, here’s what’s making the Brightwell family happy recently: [...]
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What The Health

What the Health

submitted by Kristi H. It is not like we need one more thing to be upset about, however, this new documentary is an important look at how our knowledge about health and nutrition has been compromised by corporate power. Why would leading health organizations (American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, etc.) distribute information that is inconsistent with immense amounts of medical research and methodologically rigorous studies? The answer, which has become a typical one, is rooted in profits for the big pharmaceutical, medical, and food companies. [...]
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Love Is The Answer

Love is the Answer

by Brandon P. “Billy” had only been out for a day. In the three weeks that he’d been in jail his stuff had been misplaced. His guitar, money, backpack, ID, medicine everything. He’d walked to the police station and maybe they had some idea where it was but he would have to check back later. His shoulder hurt, he was extremely anxious and feeling hopeless, like if he walked back there tomorrow it was going to be a huge waste of time. [...]
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Honoring The Osage Orange

Honoring the Osage Orange

submitted by Doug S. I’ve been paying more attention to trees these days.  “There are so many trees here” a couple visiting us from Buffalo declared last week.  We live in the White Oak neighborhood of South KC and I believe I can now identify the “white oak” among all the many oaks of our new city.  Satisfied with that accomplishment, I’m now working on telling the oaks from the elms, maples, and ashes. [...]
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Sharing Happiness – Part 7

Sharing Happiness – Part 7

submitted by Michelle B. My favorite podcast, “Pop Culture Happy Hour” ends their show with each member saying what made them happy the previous week.  The rule is that it must be something anyone could enjoy if they chose (i.e., books, movies, twitter feeds, albums). So, here’s what’s making the Brightwell family happy recently: [...]
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DIY Almond Joy Or Mounds

DIY Almond Joy or Mounds

submitted by Kristi H. Love these, and they are fun to make with kids. Make the filling into any size or shape (bars or balls), and then decide nut or no nut, and cover with melted chocolate. Easy and delicious! [...]
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