A couple of weeks back, inspired by the quiet enclosure of snow falling soft and heavy outside my house and missing my close friend and mother-in-law, Laurel (a righteous believer in making cookies to set the world right), I decided to bake oatmeal cookies from scratch for the first time in 25 years.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is currently considering rules to rein in this industry. Perhaps some radical requirement like making debt buyers base their cases on actual evidence will result.
Fifty is not the New 30. Fifty is the new freakin 50. This aint no Hot Mom/Cougar kind of talk though. Im not trying to be one of those women so scared of aging they crave the attention of men half their age or stuff themselves into clothes that dont forgive 50-year-old flesh.
Chris Irving probably didnt realize his coaching potential when an improvised explosive device turned his vehicle into a mass of twisted steel and sinew. Yet he plys skills learned in the military by implementing strategy on diamonds, fields and courts instead of decks, airfields and foxholes through coaching.
Dear America, I love you. All fifty bat crap-crazy states of you. (Arizona, Kansas and Missouri, I’m looking at you!) But sometimes I wish I could quit you.
I dont know how to help stop extremism in Kansas. I sign petitions to protest bills I dont agree with. I like the right Facebook pages. The honest truth is none of these things ever really impacts change. The answer is I need to file in Kansas as a Republican if Im going to vote in the primaries.
What concerns farmers is the growing consensus that the way we farm is nothing less than a crime against nature, nutrition and all that is good and true. Our critics are convinced that technology applied to personal communications devices and medicine is a net good, but science applied to growing things is freakish, unnatural and dangerous.
Feeding my family in this century requires a level of First World hyper-vigilance that exhausts me. What I dont have is room in my head for all these food rules and time in my schedule to abide by them. Nutritious food takes time to select, make and even eat none of which fits easily in our well-meaning busy lives.
Im a Democrat, so I was psyched up for a great speech by President Barack Obama. With a 43 percent approval rating, Obama needed a big night. Did he have it? Kind of. Every State of the Union has amazing moments. The problem is I wanted more.
President Barack Obamas speech was sadly lacking in defining important issues and giving specific solutions. Raising the minimum wage is not a dynamic solution nor is hiring the long term unemployed.
The minimum wage is not only an affront to common sense, it should be considered a civil rights issue. Look no further than U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The black teen unemployment rate is 38 percent. Why not eliminate the minimum wage and see whether we can get the 38 percent who are unemployed working?
Poor education and poverty destroy both our credibility as a great nation and far too many peoples lives. Yet children own the future. Dont we have a responsibility? To live up to our potential, every person matters. We need to take creative direct action, educate children and eliminate poverty now.
Lets give our kids the finest kindergarten education and then when they hit 1st grade they will really be able to understand and absorb the disappointment when they realize that Brownback has cut back on public school education to the point where the Supreme Court in Kansas actually found it to be unconstitutional.
After more than 100 contributors to the Midwest Voices panels since 2003, we have gathered 10 alums for 2014. You helped us make these choices by responding in strong numbers to their previous columns. They bring a variety of backgrounds: farming, architecture, teaching, home-schooling, marketing, writing, military and more.
Kansas City is coming of age. As our investments in the arts, culture and entrepreneurship bear fruit, life here is flourishing. This is great news, of course. But while we are enjoying the boom, we should also stop kidding ourselves. Life is about is trade-offs. With growth comes change, and being a world-class city also means having world-class problems.
While faced with geographic and historical divides, and differences in class and race and beliefs, we share a spirit of work and play and concern for others unique to Kansas City that binds us together and, if we embrace it, will guide us to better days to come.
Every year the same old talking heads trot out the traditional yule narrative: Liberals and dark, swarthy foreign types are colluding to swipe Christmas and replace it with Nonspecific Ecumenical Winter Joy Period. So in the spirit of the season, I would like to say to concerned celebrants: You won. You won. Congratulations.
Sucker punching a stranger is among the weakest and most despicable things someone can do. Whatever it is, it is not macho. Neither is it manly. Yet there is a reason why nearly all of the participants in the knockout game are male. Men are by nature more spirited and prone to violence than women are.
We need a leader like Abraham Lincoln to lead the fight to return to our created but unborn citizens the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness as stated in the Declaration of Independence.
A recent trip to my parents hometown challenged assumptions about those living in rural America. Im beginning to think that some urban dwellers have erred in how they view life in small towns. Im finding increased contentment in staying put and decreased interest in a supersized life.