<![CDATA[C.W. Gusewelle Columns & Blogs | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:40:03 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:40:03 CST C.W. Gusewelle 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com All roads lead to the Orange Barrel Festival http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article58707083.html#storylink=rss The traffic barriers will outlast us all

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 CST

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Do you want adventure, danger, suspense, despair — or a haircut? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article57327893.html#storylink=rss Men cannot understand women’s dealings with their hairdressers

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:00:00 CST

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When a threat resurfaces, a familiar phone number beckons http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article56202900.html#storylink=rss The pill was for a dog, but it wasn’t a dog who swallowed it

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Sat, 23 Jan 2016 04:00:00 CST

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Where cats and dogs reign, hospitality is in vain http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article54940900.html#storylink=rss A long night led to a short stay for an Iowa couple in town for a church conference

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Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 CST

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Ever try to cook in the kitchen around a Buick? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article53707550.html#storylink=rss Let me go in there planning to cook something and immediately my wife comes in after me and inflates

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Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 CST

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In the dead of night, a flush rang out http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article52651330.html#storylink=rss His slumber interrupted, C.W. Gusewelle goes through the house in search of a phantom intruder

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Sat, 02 Jan 2016 05:00:00 CST

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A Christmas gift from friends hides a sour surprise http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article51690360.html#storylink=rss A slender bottle of pinkish liquid had a barely legible label

When applied to a bowl of vanilla ice cream, it left something to be desired

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 15:21:53 CST

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On a quiet, uninviting street, one man’s song elevates the day http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article50507015.html#storylink=rss His melody preceded him, flung skyward in a tone as pure and sweet as the voices of the Vienna Boys’ Choir

Let this stranger walk on by, good sense told me

But then, quite unbidden, the words just came out: “That’s a wonderful voice I hear”

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 CST

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As Christmas decorations go up, a marriage teeters on a ladder http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article49266385.html#storylink=rss Every year the Yuletide task takes him and his wife to the very brink of divorce

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 CST

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Australia’s plan for feral cats is a monstrosity http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article47902795.html#storylink=rss Australian authorities want to kill 2 million feral cats

They say the killing is necessary, but it is draconian and wrong

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 CST

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A reason to be crabby about crab apple jelly http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article46793610.html#storylink=rss Crab apples are said to be useful for making jellies and preserves

But further research reveals an argument to avoid crab apple jelly

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:00:00 CST

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Wandering cat provides a lesson about imaginary fears http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article45765880.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:34:07 CST by C.W. GUSEWELLE

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A side effect of illness: To idle, perchance to read http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article44837226.html#storylink=rss Solitude allowed the luxury of uninterrupted reading

A writer traces his career to those he read

A salve in the classics

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 06:30:00 CST

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A lonely cat finds a bright future http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article42062361.html#storylink=rss The gray cat, Tommy, lost his constant companion

For a long time, he was inconsolable

Now something quite unforeseen has happened

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 07:00:00 CST

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Autumn arrives, bringing all its wonder, as well as a few memories http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article42069564.html#storylink=rss Autumn is that wonderful season, and this year it arrived in a single day

It brings glorious color, and this year a promising harvest

It also brings memories of younger days

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:16:49 CDT

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From a year in Paris, a friendship for decades http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article40504974.html#storylink=rss Chance meeting came 30 years ago, while memories were being made for a lifetime

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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Some memories never fly away http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article39611757.html#storylink=rss A meditation on time and butterflies

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Sat, 17 Oct 2015 14:52:46 CDT

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Kansas City’s greatness should fill us with gratitude http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article38691459.html#storylink=rss This city is home to special charms

The weather here lacks the worst extremes

But we are not without serious problems

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Sat, 10 Oct 2015 15:32:45 CDT

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Opossum? OK. Fox? Fine. Cougar and bear? Caution and beware! http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article37391649.html#storylink=rss We’ve shared our property with a wide variety of wild creatures

Rodents and marsupials are one thing

But carnivores present problems of an altogether different order

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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A small pond offers hope for a big fish http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article36646677.html#storylink=rss For a lifetime fisherman, the joy is not so much in the succeeding as in the trying. Almost from the time our farm lake, Lake Katie, was constructed, I’ve had a plan. It turned out to be a major project.

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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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This resourcefulness goes sadly underappreciated http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article35852145.html#storylink=rss Some people just don’t recognize a virtue when they see it. Never mind that it’s in their glass.

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Sat, 19 Sep 2015 18:28:49 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article35852145.html
Wildfires in the West send a signal to the prairie’s edge http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article34929558.html#storylink=rss With the onset of autumn, the drying and withering of summer’s foliage and the leaf fall in our region’s oak and hickory forests provide an abundance of fuel for any carelessly lit fire, whether started by an inattentive camper or a landowner who decides on a windy day to burn a brush pile or the stubble in a harvested field.

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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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For luckless migrants washing up on Europe’s shores, the voyage is terrifying http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article34057818.html#storylink=rss When nations fail to such a degree that the lives of their people can no longer be sustained at any reasonably bearable level, the distress is almost certain to be felt beyond the immediately afflicted area. That is the situation now confronted by Italy, Spain, France and England.

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Sat, 05 Sep 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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From the summer splendor comes an uplifting study in green http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article32693079.html#storylink=rss With no particular destination in mind, we set off — my two daughters and I, with a family friend driving — for an unscripted tour of the countryside in the current fullness of the growing season. Most striking of all was the verdancy of the land itself.

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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT

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Hate isn’t a trait we have at birth http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article31780851.html#storylink=rss The plain fact is that we are not born into this world carrying a freight of racial or ethnic bias. They are not inherited defects. They are learned. The only evidence I can offer for that thesis are the experiences of my boyhood and young manhood.

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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A white squirrel has a neighbor seeing red http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article31186829.html#storylink=rss Like many neighborhood associations, the area in which we live is governed by certain expectations, and we do our best to abide by those. Omitted, however, is any attempt to deal with the issue of the ownership of squirrels.

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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:55:58 CDT

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Because of a gifted surgeon, an ancient beagle enjoys a rebirth http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article30498597.html#storylink=rss Buddy the beagle has experienced a renaissance. Thanks to an exceptional veterinarian, 19-year-old Buddy has regained the ability to go wherever he pleases — indoors or out, upstairs or down.

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Sat, 08 Aug 2015 14:56:06 CDT

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A call for telephone progress that has a ring of convenience http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article29666773.html#storylink=rss A wall-mounted wooden telephone with a crank on the side would seem, on reflection, to have been a rather primitive system. But I’m not sure that’s the case. Yes, telephone service has gotten digitized and much more automated. But more convenient? That’s an open question.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Wives can be tough editors, and that’s how it needs to be http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article28707349.html#storylink=rss A recent headline in The New York Times brought to mind a visit to New York’s Algonquin Hotel and a conversation with Helen Thurber, the wife and editor of humorist and playwright James Thurber.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:16:23 CDT

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Extreme effects of climate change have plundered so many hopes http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article27613717.html#storylink=rss There is increasing scientific consensus that extreme heat contributes to the frequency of torrential rainfall and resulting deadly flash floods. That has been borne out by the weather pattern of this difficult spring and summer, in which periods of exceptional warmth and withering drought have been succeeded by seemingly relentless spells of heavy rain.

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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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