Sharing Happiness Part 11

Sharing Happiness Part 11

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 Disappeared

The Disappeared

submitted by Brandon P. She had disappeared. We pulled up last Wednesday night to find the park empty.  No Vietnam vets on the benches. No one sitting on the stone wall overlooking the West Bottoms. No one coming up to the truck looking for a bottle of water or a box of lozenges. And no “Kelly”. [...]
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More Coffee, More Love

More Coffee, More Love

submitted by Sofia P. As time quickly passes and the only reliable things in my life are coffee dates with my dad and constant stress about college and my future, I have come to realize that nothing will ever love and support me like coffee does. This is true for many reasons, too many to list. All I know is that I’m never more content than when I’m holding a nice plastic cup full of an iced mocha. Even when I go to college in about ten months and won’t be able to see my dad every day, when I’m stressed and overwhelmed, I can simply drink coffee and reminisce about the good times that we had. What follows are some more of my favorite places to get that magical bean juice. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. [...]
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Feels The Same

Feels the Same

submitted by Brandon P. Sunday night in Gulu, Uganda. The room in the surgical ward at Lacor hospital is small and stuffy. There’s just enough space for a bed against each wall, two metal chairs and a small desk. The metal shuttered window against the south wall lets in mosquitos but no air movement. My white shirt is sticking to me as we screen patient after patient. One of our team members takes vitals, another fills out forms and organizes the surgery schedule and a local intern and the patient’s attendant help with translation. This means that there are six people in the room at a time, all tired and hot and sticky. [...]
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What Did We Learn In Vietnam?

What Did We Learn in Vietnam?

submitted by Doug S. Every family has them.  Those topics your mother, father, aunts and uncles never talk about in your presence.  They aren’t fit for conversation at the dinner table or the family reunion.  The Vietnam War is our country’s taboo subject.  It may be referred to in conversation by way of contrast or as background to the matter at hand but seldom is it the focus of discussion.  This “lead balloon”, what has been a conversation stopper for many years in the U.S., is the focus of the 10 part documentary film that premiered last Sunday night on KCPT.   Ken Burns said of the ambitious and bold project he and Lynn Novick took ten years to make, “We knew that we were diving into some pretty rough territory, but we also knew that people have just sort of ignored Vietnam”. [...]
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Sharing Happiness Part 10

Sharing Happiness Part 10

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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YOUR Perfect Marinara

YOUR Perfect Marinara

submitted by Kristi H. I love reading cookbooks and food magazines! Recently I saw an article with a recipe for Essential Marinara. It can be adjusted to your tastes once you understand the contribution of each ingredient. Try making this recipe omitting various ingredients until you find the perfect combination for you. There are so many good new types of pasta—Costco just started carrying organic chickpea fusilli pasta that we really like, and we love Follow Your Heart Dairy Free Parmesan Cheese. [...]
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Hope Lives At The Bottom

Hope Lives at the Bottom

submitted by Brandon P. “What I could really use is a pair of navy socks.” “Navy? Specifically navy?” “Yes, they have to be navy. I just finished college and got out of jail and want to join the navy.” “Oh, I see. Well, that makes sense then.” We were on street rounds last week and were in Ilus Davis Park, that long expanse of lawn and trees and water between City Hall and the Federal Courthouse. It had become a regular stop on Wednesday nights. There were usually at least a few homeless people there. [...]
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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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