Pitchforks and Flags

Bark, No Bite at KC Stop the Steal Rally By Peggy Bair A widely – and perhaps oddly – publicized Kansas City “Stop the Steal Pitchforks and Flags Trump Rally” did not materialize as planned Saturday night at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. Barbs were exchanged – just not with pitchforks. The poking was all done with words. In an age of mostly digital communication, … Continue reading Pitchforks and Flags

United as One

United as One Christians Come Together to Heal Divisive Social Climate by Peggy Bair The grassy open space at 4th & Chestnut next to First United Methodist Church Leavenworth was the site of the outdoor event United as One Thursday night in Leavenworth, KS. Sixteen area churches joined together to bring the event which continues September 18 and 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each … Continue reading United as One

Stay-at-Home Doesn’t Stop Birthday Surprise

By Peggy Bair Gettin’ By With a Little Help from Their Friends Two friends who have shared a birthday lunch together for decades were not able to do that today due to a COVID-19 stay-at-home order – but one woman wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to make the day special for them anyway. By coincidence, the two friends met 20-some years ago and discovered … Continue reading Stay-at-Home Doesn’t Stop Birthday Surprise

Opening Up the Heartland in a COVID-19 World

Conversations in the Heartland as Kansas and Missouri weigh how to open up the states’ economies again Part ONE – A recap of the past month, a county official explains PHE, protesters, a survivalist and an economist With stay-at-home orders in both Kansas and its neighboring state Missouri, the effort to “flatten the curve” for spreading the COVID-19 pandemic followed advice from health experts: close down … Continue reading Opening Up the Heartland in a COVID-19 World

Worship in the Heartland

This weekend features stories of strength and resilience found in the variety of people and faiths reflective of the rich diversity of American spirituality. As Americans face challenges of life and death health and financial hardships, turning to new ways to share faith was one of those challenges. There is no shortage of innovation, though. Broadcasting services has never been easier and many churches and … Continue reading Worship in the Heartland

Farmers Growing Keep America Going

JET Produce and Meats By Peggy Bair Up on a quiet hill in Tonganoxie, KS, morning breaks over JET Produce and Meats Farm, pouring sunshine over the rich earth, stirring young shoots to spring forth, slowly turning over a brown landscape to a glistening pale green. Parking in the drive in front of the little two-room store, one can pause for a moment to appreciate … Continue reading Farmers Growing Keep America Going