Sharing Happiness Part 15

Sharing Happiness Part 15

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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Mushroom Risotto And Broccoli Salad

Mushroom Risotto and Broccoli Salad

submitted by Kristi H. Recently I had a cooking challenge that rivaled the scenarios that play out on the Food Network channel each day. A friend with recent health challenges requires (at the moment) a soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free diet. Here are a few recipes I made for her that fit the bill, and they’re easy and delicious to boot! [...]
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Washing Rice

Washing Rice

submitted by Brandon P. It’s the moments that make up a life. Small, nearly unconnected events that go on and on like pearls on a string. And every one of them holy because our lives are holy. Created and loved and unique and indispensable, we are gifted with a shining spark of the divine that is deep down and right out in the open. Every single thing we do is eternal and original and will never come again. Only grace can account for the fact that as critical as every moment is, life has a lot of room for mistakes. There is room for choices, for experimentation, for second and fourteenth chances. The important thing is to live this life. To not be paralyzed by routine or habit or comfort. To not let fear of embarrassment or pain stop us from going down the path that we feel called. [...]
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“The World House” Of Martin Luther King

“The World House” of Martin Luther King

submitted by Doug S. Soon after the integration of public transportation in the city of Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attended the festivities celebrating the independence of Ghana in West Africa.  Ghana was the first English speaking African nation to achieve independence from European colonial rule and Dr. King drew inspiration and strength from this historic advance.  One month after Ghana’s Independence Day, on April 7, 1957 he preached at his Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery on the new nation’s, and our own, march toward freedom and liberation. [...]
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Sharing Happiness Part 14

Sharing Happiness Part 14

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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Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

submitted by Kristi H. In addition to our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, this year each of our sons contributed something new and amazing to the meal. Luke, our baker, made giant flaky dinner rolls, Eli made vegan Bailey’s Irish Cream and pumpkin cookies, and Jordan created a green bean casserole that is too good not to share. [...]
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Inevitable Exodus To Relaxing Coffee

Inevitable Exodus to Relaxing Coffee

submitted by Sofia P. Now that it is mostly official that I’m going to college next year, I’ve become hyper aware of the continual passage of time and the limited number of days I have left before I move to a completely different town for the next four years. Because of this, I try to only visit my very favorite coffee shops on Sunday mornings with my dad so we don’t waste any time. There are many factors, of course, that go into determining which coffee shops make it to my elite list. Here are just a few of these legitimate and proven factors:
  • Taste of the coffee, regardless of what I get
  • Ambiance, whether it be relaxed or full of millennials obsessed with getting the Perfect Picture
  • Noise level, because talking over people is really irritating but it’s really awkward if it’s too quiet
  • Music selection, because my dad is really picky about the music at places of business
  • Overall vibe, that inexplicable feeling that you get when you enter a coffee shop
Some coffee shops that embrace all of these factors and more are the ones that I’ll remember when I’m at college. Grinnell, Iowa only has one coffee shop and it’s pretty great, but it will never compare to Kansas City’s eclectic collection. [...]
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Making New Hearts

Making New Hearts

submitted by Brandon P. We couldn’t get in our usual way. A few weeks ago someone had repaired a gaping hole in the chain link fence with thick fasteners that felt like barbed wire, so we had been lifting a section of fence farther down to get onto the levee. Several people lived near the 7th street bridge and we would park behind a warehouse and scramble under the fence, holding it up for each other and then heading off into the woods along a trail that was easy to see even in the dark. But this night that spot was blocked as well. There was fresh concrete and rebar placed vertically to cover the whole area. It was almost comically repaired. Like something on a Tom and Jerry cartoon. I mean people still lived back there and we were going to find a way so why go to all that trouble? It was dark and we couldn’t immediately see a way through so we drove down to 12th street and slipped through a gate that had a “trespassers will be prosecuted” sign, assuming that the prosecution wouldn’t amount to much for two guys delivering wound care supplies to homeless people. [...]
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The Fire This Time

The Fire This Time

submitted by Doug S. Both Holly and Paula have described making time for gratitude as a spiritual practice.  We’ve been encouraged to devote some time just before sleeping, for me it often becomes when I awake, to thoughts of what made us grateful to be alive during the preceding day.  Just remembering two or three things is enough they’ve assured us. As I look back on the year 2017, I’m grateful for the time spent in worship and the beginning of relationships in a Spanish-speaking Disciples of Christ Church in Kansas City.  I’ve seen occasional worship in Spanish as a way to continue developing my skills in the language, and I’d like to help support full participation of the Hispanic churches in the life of the Disciples’ Regional Church. [...]
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Sharing Happiness Part 13

Sharing Happiness Part 13

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). [...]
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A Day In Prison

A Day in Prison

by Kristi H. This past Tuesday I spent the day in Graterford State Prison, a maximum-security institution for men. Alex and I were in Philadelphia for one of our annual conferences, the American Society of Criminology. A few months ago I heard about a pre-conference workshop opportunity hosted by the Inside Out program and signed up. [...]
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