Proposition L

This November voters in the Kansas City area will be asked to decide whether a small tax increase should be implemented in order to improve the Mid Continent Public Library system.  Ordinarily I wouldn’t think twice about a measure such as this one.  I always vote in favor of improvements to schools, mass transit, parksContinue reading “Proposition L”

How Tithing Shaped My Views on Money

About ten years ago I decided to get serious about my Christian beliefs.  I wanted to be obedient to the word of God and stop picking and choosing the scriptures I would adhere to.  I wanted to submit myself to God and stop be a disciplined Christian.  I decided to fully commit to tithing %10 of myContinue reading “How Tithing Shaped My Views on Money”

Investment is Better Than Charity

Bill and Melinda Gates are spending their fortune to eradicate hunger and deadly diseases. George Soros is devoting hundreds of millions of dollars to building open and democratic societies. Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim wants people to learn—how to lay bricks, prepare a cocktail, appreciate European art or any of a myriad other skills and subjects… viaContinue reading “Investment is Better Than Charity”

A remarkable, little-seen African film on the aspirations of a black girl still resonates 50 years later — Quartz

https://player.vimeo.com/video/165498289 Fifty years ago, Ousmane Sembène released his feature debut Black Girl. The writer and director uses a newly independent Senegal, hungry for political and social alternatives, as the backdrop for the widely acclaimed film. It’s through the film’s main character, Diouana (played by Mbissine Thérèse Diop), that Sembène makes a powerful argument about Senegal’s independence…Continue reading “A remarkable, little-seen African film on the aspirations of a black girl still resonates 50 years later — Quartz”

#nomakeup – Shannon in Kansas City

There’s a new feminist movement sweeping social media.  It’s called the #nomakeup movement.  The #nomakeup movement encourages women to not wear make up.  I’m not exactly sure why we shouldn’t wear make up anymore.  I think it’s because Alicia Keys doesn’t want to wear it.  She says that she wants to challenge beauty standards and sheContinue reading “#nomakeup – Shannon in Kansas City”

Give Her a Break

Can we please give the Cincinnati Zoo mom a break.  I’m really tired of hearing about this incident.  It’s a shame Harambe was killed but the boy is alive so I would call that a happy ending.  I think the Cincinnati Zoo mom is a first class space cadet.  I don’t know what the heckContinue reading “Give Her a Break”

People That Love Animals

People that really, really, really, love animals have always freaked me out a bit.  People that have more love in their heart for animals than human beings are creepy and weird.  I’m talking about the type of people that talk about their pets constantly but you know them for months before you find out they have aContinue reading “People That Love Animals”