<![CDATA[Columns & Blogs: C.W. Gusewelle | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/ en-us Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:57:34 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:57:34 CDT C.W. Gusewelle 60 Scents that make no sense can turn nostrils nervous http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article21178779.html#storylink=rss I was passing innocently through a department store on my way to neckties when a young woman sprang out from the shadow of the escalator. She handed me a scented card and a small envelope.

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Sat, 16 May 2015 14:51:41 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article21178779.html
Photographs teeming with memories keep a writer company http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article20589162.html#storylink=rss Writing, by its nature, tends to be a solitary occupation. So there are days when I must rely for company on photographs that cover the walls above my desk and the people, the places and the memories those images contain.

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Sat, 09 May 2015 15:12:33 CDT

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Of turkeys, ticks and times with friends http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article20095752.html#storylink=rss Spring means turkey season, a quest for mushrooms and the nurturing of woodsy fellowship.

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Sat, 02 May 2015 10:43:00 CDT By C.W. GUSEWELLE

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For this veteran, the VA has been a constant source of singular care http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article19553055.html#storylink=rss I have been seriously troubled over the last few years by the endlessly repeated assertion that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is falling short of its obligation to provide first-class health care to former members of the U.S. armed forces. I say that as a veteran who for at least the last 15 to 20 years has received consistent, exceptional medical support from the VA Medical Center in Kansas City.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:21:55 CDT

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Air disasters are another danger we learn to accept http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article18862971.html#storylink=rss In an unguarded instant, some terrible event obliges us to confront the troubling truth of our perpetual vulnerability. That bitter truth is clarified by events like the recent tragedy in the French Alps, where an airliner commandeered by a mentally unbalanced co-pilot plunged to its destruction, carrying 150 people to their deaths.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:35:35 CDT

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Coal burning must ultimately end for the good of the country and the planet http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article18279452.html#storylink=rss At the very bottom of Mitch McConnell’s list is any concern for the future habitability of this fragile planet, and whether the generations to follow him will inherit air fit to breathe, a climate suitable for growing food, or whether coastal cities will be swallowed by an ever-rising sea.

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Hail the perks of spring in magnificent Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article17399399.html#storylink=rss Even after having lived here since earliest boyhood, the wonderful springtime flowering of our city comes each year as a breathtaking surprise.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 15:34:32 CDT

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Breakfast oatmeal now comes ‘Sunny’ side up http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article16710611.html#storylink=rss Sunny, the stray kitten rescued from the streets of Grandview, is trying hard to find common ground with the other creatures of our complicated household. A qualified success so far.

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:37:59 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article16710611.html
Alums must take a back seat to chums — and their prey http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article15578831.html#storylink=rss Finally, springtime is upon us. I know it because the letters, emails and phone calls have been arriving with greater frequency from turkey hunting chums, who soon will be turning off the country road and up the driveway to my cabin in a corner of the Ozark woods.

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Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:39:07 CDT

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Sunshine fills the darkness when a priceless friend departs http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article14418827.html#storylink=rss In the regrettable chronology of lives, devotion can be the prelude to sorrow. On an evening not long ago I had to bid farewell to a priceless friend — Mickey, the orange tabby that I’ve considered the cat of my life.

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Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:24:30 CDT

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A cool getaway from the cold, the colder and the coldest http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article12938384.html#storylink=rss Far from semi-nude men belly flopping into 10-foot drifts of snow and the coldest permanently inhabited location on Earth is an escape from the last gloomy days of winter amid thoughts that this midland place isn’t so bad in comparison.

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Sat, 07 Mar 2015 14:26:56 CST

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Bugs, not bullets, caused a journalist’s head to spin http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article11485406.html#storylink=rss In my own newspaper travels, there have been no gripping war stories, no spectacular emergencies to relate. That’s not to say the journeys have all been uneventful. But for the most part, the crises have been of a medical nature.

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:19:29 CST

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In fiendish February, memories lie low http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article10890965.html#storylink=rss The sky outside my window is a perfect springtime blue — with not a single vagrant cloud in sight. The sun is as bright as a polished copper coin. And there’s a brave wash of early green in the yard of our neighbor across the street. A picnic day, you’d almost think. But there’s the false promise of this deceitful month.

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Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:40:31 CST

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Better the momentary sting of prevention than the enduring torment of illness http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article10250609.html#storylink=rss Several dear friends have spoken of the prolonged misery they endured when the herpes zoster virus, a relic from a long-ago case of chickenpox, after lurking silently for many years in their system, suddenly awakened and caused an agonizing case of shingles. Hearing those stories, my wife and I made a beeline to the nearest place for a vaccination.

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Sat, 14 Feb 2015 14:37:55 CST

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Cats in the queen-size cradle offer comfort and confidence http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article9521513.html#storylink=rss Laika prefers to rest with Katie, my wife, on her side of the queen bed. Mickey shares half of my pillow. There’s no sense of crowding. Only of warmth and pleasant companionship.

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Sat, 07 Feb 2015 14:59:19 CST

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There’s a multitude of monikers for creatures high and low http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article8520926.html#storylink=rss It turns out there’s a list of terms used to describe groups of animals of the same species. Not scientific nomenclature. Just everyday language. The list is quite long. And several of the entries are wonderfully fanciful.

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Once upon a time, multicultural Paris was a city that knew peace http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article8027625.html#storylink=rss To ride daily on the Paris Metro, as living there almost 30 years ago required, was to be struck by the astonishing sampling of humanity that called the city home — Africans, Asians, Arabs with a variety of languages, complexions and manners. It seemed possible then to find a workable means of coexistence.

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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A fossil’s intuition about the Internet: It’s hard to hack a phone book http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article6784668.html#storylink=rss It has always struck me as foolish, and potentially quite dangerous, to conduct discussions of any real importance on the Internet. Naturally this reticence brands me as a creature from another century. But I would suggest the revelation that hackers working on behalf of the so-called Islamic State group had breached the social media of the U.S. military’s Central Command validates my caution.

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Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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The pen versus the sword versus the coffee http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article5917575.html#storylink=rss The terrible events in Paris in recent days have underscored, in a chilling way, the truth that journalists — especially those who deal in provocative and controversial opinions — can never be entirely sure what sort of fury might next come through the newsroom door.

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Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:51:04 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article5917575.html
For orangutans or feline family members, animal rights include nights http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article5384832.html#storylink=rss I have no quarrel with the court’s ruling in the case of Sandra the orangutan in Argentina. My hope, however, is that animal rights fanatics will not use it as a precedent. I do not wish to be hauled before a judge to settle the question of whose rights take precedence — mine or those of the cats and the dog of our household.

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Sat, 03 Jan 2015 15:03:25 CST

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In regard to squirrels, a change of heart — and stomach http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article5046300.html#storylink=rss Three bird feeders hang in a small redbud tree just off the patio. Two contain seeds. The third holds a cake of suet. The squirrel eats with the birds, and they do not seem to object to his poaching. Neither do we.

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Sat, 27 Dec 2014 14:36:47 CST

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Let’s drink heartily from that cup of kindness http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article4739466.html#storylink=rss Certainly there are many unhappy people in this world — ones resentful of the fate that bad luck or poor choices have dealt them. One hears or reads about them every day. But all around us also are these others whose good nature and resourcefulness, though seldom properly celebrated, bring light and happiness to the troubled days of us all.

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:47:53 CST

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Attack on the coal industry has human fallout http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article4408965.html#storylink=rss I’m as aware as anyone of the threat posed by atmospheric carbon pollution. A better outcome must be sought, but fragile populations like the people of Appalachia cannot be asked to bear the cost of salvation alone.

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Sat, 13 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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A little roadway courtesy, please http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article4313807.html#storylink=rss How can one account for the connection between the weather, the time of day and the prevalence of roadway incivility?

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Sat, 06 Dec 2014 16:28:10 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article4313807.html
Winter is a red-hot time to be a red-tailed hawk http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article4201052.html#storylink=rss Hunting is hardest for them when corn and soybean crops are still in the field, providing cover for little creatures that creep and burrow. But by early November, when the harvest is finished and the fields lie bare, the odds turn again in the hunter’s favor.

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Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:01:36 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article4201052.html
Tiny and beautiful, Tip the tabby is now a fond memory http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article4066043.html#storylink=rss I loved her as I have all the creatures who have shared our lives. More of them than I can legally speak of in this jurisdiction. The special hurt, I believe, is because — young as she was — we thought we’d have her many more years.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:40:45 CST

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Plan a trip, but don’t promise the moon http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article3955331.html#storylink=rss Travel is an important aspect of our lives together as a family. But where to go? The trick will be to find some new and enchanting place — somewhere that would let us store up a harvest of fresh experiences and rich recollections. Somewhere out of the ordinary and maybe a bit adventurous.

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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:57:08 CST

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For their terrible and senseless acts, killers of children deserve no mercy http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article3665227.html#storylink=rss They should be hunted relentlessly like the animals they are and, when caught, sentenced to the most severe punishment upon which a panel of fair-minded jurors can agree.

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Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:36:01 CST

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Autumn is an artist with a palette of perfection http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article3512827.html#storylink=rss Life in the urban forest here at the prairie’s edge is of an uneven texture. July and August can test the patience. Why, we sometimes ask, would anyone choose to live in an oven? Then comes the turn to October and November, and with that the question is answered.

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Sat, 01 Nov 2014 14:57:15 CDT

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Provident squirrels? Fallen fruit suggests otherwise http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article3338988.html#storylink=rss When crab apples fall, the hazards on the walk are our responsibility. The feckless squirrels can’t be bothered. They’d rather spend time showing off their talent for climbing and leaping, depending for their winter nourishment on our filling the bird feeders, from which they shamelessly poach.

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:00:00 CDT

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