Backpacking forward

On Thursday morning, I went to the HCC Cosmetology building for the annual First Call for Help back pack give away. This happens every year for as long as I can remember. When I was at The News, we’d write about it beforehand, to help drum up donations, and the day of the event. This was the first time I … Read more

A couple of quick interesting bits

I don’t know if this sort of thing is useful, wanted, or whatever. But I thought it was, so decided to share it with everyone. This first link is to a document called Legislative highlights. It’s essentially a plainly written summary of all the work done in the previous legislative session. I found it useful, and I expect others might … Read more

Why I shouldn’t read my legislative email in the morning

So, I got this email from someone at the Kansas Department of Children and Families. “New Report Shows Kansas Welfare-to-Work Policies Effective” It basically explained how the cuts Gov. Sam Brownback put in place further restricting access to the state’s assistance programs have been hugely successful. At the end of the email, it offers this little nugget of evidence: “Since … Read more

The people behind the policies

This was a busy week. I began it with a trip to Topeka on Monday, where I visited with House minority leader Jim Ward. Later I spent more time with the folks at Legislative Administrative Services – who, once again, took the time to help me out and show me around the capitol. I moved on to meet with Legislative … Read more

True facts about Eagles

I received the most inspiring story in my email inbox the other day. It was about eagles, those bold, powerful birds that are the symbol of American might and grace. This story, as told in the email, outlined how eagles can live to be 70 years old, but only if in the middle of their lifespan they make a “hard … Read more

Stuff is stuff

I helped a friend clean out his mom’s house today. She’s been in a nursing home for a couple years, after suffering from dementia. Before they found care for her, things had gotten pretty bad, and it was clear that she needed more care than either my friend or his siblings could provide. But today, we went through her stuff, … Read more

Openness to Randomness

I only needed to read the headline of my friend Ryan’s blog to know what he’d be saying. He’s been talking about bubbles for a while now, so I could’ve guessed a blog on the topic was in the making. But the fact that I was reading it while a man from Cox Cable was explaining a new television system … Read more