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  • Blog
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018
    ArticleAuthorized Bio

    Stephanie Mott, LMSW is Founder/Director of the Transgender Faith Tour and President/Executive Director of Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project. http://transfaithtour.org/bio.html

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  • Blog
    Tue, 12 Jun 2018
    ArticleD-Day

    We recently celebrated our war veterans on Memorial Day and last week marked the 74th anniversary of the historic D-Day invasion. During World War II (1939-1945), the three month Battle of Normandy, (June - August 1944), resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Operation Overlord, as the battle was codenamed, began June 6, 1944, when 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of the Normandy region of France.

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  • Blog
    Tue, 5 Jun 2018
    ArticleKeep it Simple

    I believe God empowers each of us to look at the most complicated problems with Divine simplicity. That is the beauty of the dissent written by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd., et al v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Justice Ginsburg lays it out clearly and simply. In eleven short paragraphs, she makes it plain. Justice Ginsburg also gets it right.

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  • Blog
    Mon, 21 May 2018
    ArticleTips for Staying Sane When You're the Only Parent...

    As a military family, you know all-too-well that there are times when you or your spouse will be called away for duty, often without much – or any – warning. As a service member, you might get called into the field. However, when you are the parent left at home, whether you've had plenty of warning or given a day's notice of the deployment, there are a few ways you can help make life easier. Don't stress! Parenting is hard enough on its own. Accept the help of others and look for resources to make your daily life easier. 

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  • Blog
    Thu, 3 May 2018
    ArticleWhen I Sleep

    When I sleep
    I sleep upside down
    To know that I am grounded
    My soles rooted in reality
    No matter where the nightmares take me

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  • Blog
    Wed, 2 May 2018
    ArticleVeterans and the 2nd Amendment

    It was a different time, and I was a different man then.  It’s not easy to draw a straight line from there, where guns seemed a natural part of my life to now where the sight of the protesting Parkland students fill me with renewed hope for the future of this nation. It is not that I think that any single gun control measure alone would be a panacea, but we need to have the conversation about all the factors that go into gun deaths, including suicide. This is a necessary step in our growth as a country.

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  • Blog
    Wed, 11 Apr 2018
    ArticleRev. Julie Johnson Staples receives Emily Taylor...

    Since 1970, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity has honored a select group of women to be inducted into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame. It honors and celebrates KU’s rich legacy of women who, through their transformational leadership and contributions, have changed the world.

    “These women we are honoring this year are leaders and trailblazers in their respective fields who have made substantial contributions through their vision, innovation, creativity and willingness to challenge the status quo. They remind us of the importance of women’s voices, contributions and courage in advancing gender equity.  They have opened doors — holding them open for young women and people of all genders — to follow,” said Kathy Rose-Mockry, the Emily Taylor Center’s director.

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  • Blog
    Thu, 29 Mar 2018
    ArticleVietnam Revisited

    Though generations apart, veterans of the Vietnam War and current wars share many things in common when it comes to life after service, like communities that don’t honor them as much as they should, a failing healthcare system, and a struggle to make ends meet... Veterans must have a hand in reclaiming their civilian lives after separating from service, but first they need clear access to the benefits due them. Basic human necessities are denied so many veterans who served their country. Vietnam Veterans deserved better than they got and today’s service men and women deserve better too.

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  • Blog
    Mon, 19 Mar 2018
    ArticleTrees are Worth Fighting For

    Seven years have passed since I returned home from combat in the most violent province of Afghanistan. I returned to East Moriches, a sleepy hamlet on the doorstep of Long Island’s south fork, where my wife and I purchased a two bedroom yellow cottage nestled among oaks and walnuts with peek hole views of Heart Cove. The open air barbecues and the chirping birds were a welcome escape.  At least that’s what I thought, until another meltdown happened. 

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  • Blog
    Wed, 7 Feb 2018
    ArticleHow Does a Government Shutdown Affect Military...

    While shutdowns are a rare occurrence, military families don’t easily forget each one. In 2013, the government closure went past pay day for a majority of Department of Defense employees, including military members, leaving millions of people  in a scramble to pay their bills. 

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