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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Sleeping Bags And God’s Abundance

Sleeping Bags and God’s Abundance

submitted by Brandon P. He was so happy and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. It was the day before my birthday and to celebrate I had five new sleeping bags to give away. I had been thinking about how birthdays are a time of remembering the past year and planning for the next. And what better way of doing that than by spending time with the poor and trying to ease their pain a little? It’s where my heart is and I just prayed that I could find people who needed a new bag. Most weeks I see plenty of undocumented workers, people without health insurance and other poor people, but usually only one or two are truly homeless. [...]
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Embrace The Struggle

Embrace the Struggle

submitted by Doug S. I’ve been tutoring two fifth graders in reading at Wendell Phillips Elementary 24th & Prospect.  The girl reads quickly, stumbling on only a few words but is easily distracted and displays little interest in what she’s reading.  She is pert and pretty, always nicely dressed with beautifully braided hair on top of her head or falling in multiple braids below her neck.  The boy is a very different story. [...]
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Sharing Happiness – Part 6

Sharing Happiness – Part 6

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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The Only Thing That Matters

The Only Thing that Matters

submitted by Sofia P. I bet when you read this title you thought I was going to be sentimental and maybe show my feelings for once, but you thought wrong! Coffee is the subject of my Living Peace this week, and honestly, are you really surprised? Okay, maybe coffee isn’t the ONLY thing that matters, but it sure is up there on the list. Especially with finals and IB tests, sometimes it’s hard to find something that makes me happy. [...]
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Ain’t Nobody Prayin’ For Me

Ain’t Nobody Prayin’ For Me

submitted by Brandon P.

“I feel like a chip on my shoulders

I feel like I'm losin' my focus

I feel like I'm losin' my patience

I feel like my thoughts in the basement

Feel like, I feel like you're miseducated

Feel like I don't wanna be bothered

I feel like you may be the problem.”

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April Is The Cruelest Month

April is the Cruelest Month

submitted by Doug S. Having reached the ripe age of 91 or so, the writer and radio personality Norman Corwin was asked the key to living a long life.  He responded with some terse advice that struck me in the midst of separation and divorce as timely and very wise.  “Learn to celebrate the holidays” was his response. [...]
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Macaroni And Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

submitted by Kristi H. When the conversation of weird family eating habits comes up (as it recently did in a Facebook post), I think of growing up eating Kraft Macaroni and Cheese with Heinz ketchup. Apparently we had a good deal of brand loyalty, but this, and Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts were considered special treats that were rarely served. Both would show up in our Christmas stockings from time to time. [...]
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