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Lawrence Community Shelter

My Sundays in Lawrence, KS

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For the last two months, I have set aside the hours of 3 p.m. (15:00) to 6 p.m. (18:00) to volunteer in the kitchen at the Lawrence community shelter. Why? Research, partly, and spirit of cooperation mainly. Today it was mostly dish, pan washing, and a bit of food prep. There was water all over the floor, due to some leaks in the plumbing. For a while, the drains smelled terrible, again, so I used a bit of vinegar to clear the smell. Most of the pans were baked on food, some were burnt on food, all got a thorough

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Doniphan County, Kansas

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On Friday, Dan and I travelled by car through much of Doniphan County, Kansas. We visited the Burr Oak bottoms, one of the Lookout Mountains that Meriwether Lewis climbed during the original Lewis & Clark expedition (part of this one is now a gravel quarry), and visited the communities of Highland, Troy, and Hiawatha. The view for the eclipse coming up is probably not best at Lookout Mountain, due to tree cover and difficulty accessing the modest peak. There are some other prospects in the area that look good, though. We met with a realtor and began the process of

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Planned Communities: Everyone Loves Them

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Planned Communities, as American as Apple Pie Planned communities have been in existence since the first settlers sailed to America. They are mini-cities. Places where home, work, school, entertainment, and church are all within walking distance. From Jamestown to Plymouth, people have always been able to come together for mutual benefit in peaceful ways. Planned Communities Today Today’s planned communities can be gated, retro-styled mini-towns, or even self-sufficient villages. They can include large lots, small lots, and can be based around business or agriculture. There is a New England based company, First Day Cottage that has designed communities that are

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Living as Freely as Possible

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Self-Sufficient and Resilient Most of you have heard the old hypothetical, if a tree falls in the forest with no one to hear it does it make a sound? The idea is that there are two parts to the equation: the tree and the person hearing it fall. I submit the same is true of laws. Without law enforcement, do they really have any power? The truth is that laws and government is an illusion. A law doesn’t stop anyone from committing a crime. They act as a means of adjudicating the crime after an enforcer captures you. I’m not

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