Here in Kansas, feeling helpless

from a portion of her newsletter Rep Ann Mah:Summary of the new TAX REFORM Law, HB2117Governor Brownback signed HB2117 into law today. It is the largest tax cut in Kansas’ history. These provisions will start with tax year 2013. This is the tax cut bill I wrote about that puts the state $360 million in…

Waiting for Monarchs

Many folks, friends, and neighbors have said I should just “mow it all down.”  Don’t think I haven’t considered it! I’ve been focused on weeding out the poison ivy, but it’s vines are buried under the vinca, and it’s more of a tangled mess than gum in a girl’s long hair! But if I mow…

Working for Beauty

I think I’ve mentioned that I’m trying to be a stay-at-home mom, but have I mentioned that I’ve adopted my grandmother’s garden? To be honest, its quite a mess. I can understand why she was so frustrated in her last few years. The weeds are creeping into every planned bed, and some plants are simply…

Recycling:JUST DO IT!

I have been frustrated for some time now that people, even those in my own circle, do not understand how their individual behavior affects the larger whole. I understand change is difficult. I have changes in my own life I still need to make. I’m addicted to cigarettes, coffee, pork, etc. Bad habits like trashing…

Really GOP?

I just can’t seem to wrap my mind around the warped perceptions of our leaders. Years of research in child development & education has brought me to the conclusion that young children do actually fare better when there is a parent in the home. And yet, our society dictates that the mother go to work.…

Getting back to Good

Today I am brewing a plant quarantine recipe I found in my grandmothers things. If I haven’t mentioned it before, I most likely inherited my green thumb from my Grandma Billy. This particular recipe is from Jerry Baker, via Kmart.  Cut a fresh, or not so fresh cigar (not one that has been smoked) into…

Disconnect

We the People are no longer We. We have become Us and Them. (And after all, we’re only ordinary men).  I’m just stuck in the middle with you. I’ll admit my family has it pretty good. Everyday I remind myself how fortunate I am to have a loving family, a beautiful home, relatively clean water,…