Black Infant Mortality

Sherry Payne, registered nurse and founder of Uzazi Village is bringing much-needed attention to the black infant mortality rates in Kansas sherrypayneand Missouri.

Payne began a Black Infant Mortality Walk Across Missouri to bring awareness to the startling infant mortality rates of black babies in the Midwest.  The journey began in Clinton Missouri September 1 but ended before Payne reached Augusta Mo.,  her final stop before driving to St. Louis for a rally.    Payne will present “Black Infant Mortality: Where do we go from here?” at St. Louis University on Sept. 12.

The infant mortality rate in Kansas is nearly three times higher than the national average and the rate is similar in Missouri.   Payne’s non-profit organization, Uzazi Village, is focused on improving urban maternal care and education.

Uzazi Village is a nonprofit organization devoted to decreasing perinatal health disparities in the urban core.  Uzazi Village is a 501c3 – all donations are tax-deductible.

Although the walk ended ahead of schedule, Payne raise more than $2,000 for Uzazi Village.

More information can be found at the links below:

Post Script:  Sherry Payne is a friend of mine.  she is an amazing woman with a single focus and drive like I’ve never seen.  She has one goal and that is to  reduce infant mortality rates for black babies by improving education of pregnant mothers in the urban core. 

sherrypayne1Read about Sherry’s cause and Donate here

The website Uzazi Village



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Milton Wolf: Thanks for Nothing


Going into the Kansas Senate race several months ago, I looked hard at Milton Wolf and chatted with him quite a bit, early on.  I am fairly independent and open to hearing new ideas, new ways to accomplish the ultimate goal of freedom, independence, and self-reliance.  In speaking with Wolf, I did not come away with a feeling of great confidence that he would tackle those issues and battle the forces in congress that are damning our collective personal and national condition.  He had only canned answers, typical of a kid who has only read about the big party but never really attended.   He came off a bit wild-eyed and to be honest, appeared to size me up quickly as a person who could not improve his political collateral.  He had little interest in me.  I couldn’t help him win the prize and apparently, winning was the only plan he had, otherwise, he would be campaigning for Roberts to keep the liberal democrat Orman out of office.    I voted for Roberts in the primary.  I hadn’t even heard of Orman until that day.

I’ve chatted with Roberts at several events.  He is warm, engaging and genuine.  His demeanor leaves me feeling reassured and confident.  It is pretty much the same feeling as finding out that mom was right all those years about the pitfalls of sneaking out the window to drink and party and be with the beautiful people (at the local bar).    I ignored her advice more often than not.  After all, mom is old.  What does she know about my dreams and hopes?  When I finally woke up and prayed desperately for a molecule of saliva in my parched throat, mom rubbed my aching head and assured me that I would survive my wild night(s) out.  I’d learn a good lesson from it she said.  I did survive.  But I also did some damage along the way. Turns out mom was right.

I agree

As much as I despise Reid and Pelosi, I don’t believe them to be evil.  Just not very bright.  They are deeply and inextricably mired in an ideology of groupthink, as are most Democrats, making them dangerous to individual freedoms.  Conversely, they are comically hypocritical in their legislative endeavors:  what is good for the general public is not quite good enough for Pelosi and Reid. They are the true 1 percenters.

The obvious problem with this kind of dogma is that is disallows its devout disciples to back off a bad idea once the idea is revealed to be flawed, i.e. the Affordable Care Act, Affirmative Action, most welfare programs, food stamps, Common Core, open borders, increased minimum wages, etc.  In the face of absolute proof that an idea will not only fail but also damage the republic, they continue to defend the idea.  That’s dangerous.  And dumb.  And it only works on a population that is also mired in groupthink, i.e. liberal Democrats.  The concepts become frighteningly socialistic as they are played out in America.   Reasonable people are worried.

When the Tea Party burst onto the scene, the excitement was hard to ignore.  Taxed Enough Already?  Oh hell to the yes.  I’m on board!!  Exposing the fraud and waste of a central government that is virtually bleeding to death is the obvious solution.  Finally we can stop the creeping disease created by those  ideologues who march lockstep with ideals of progressivism and liberalism (free stuff!!).

I still believe the Tea Party will not exactly save us, but will help us correct the mistakes of the milquetoast republican  party.  The Tea Party will force a spine into those lily-livered politicians who only care about the next election and the next campaign, which starts, incidentally, the moment they are elected.  It will remind them that this is not Hollywood.  This is America and our representatives are elected to do one thing:  represent.



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 meet the new team if Orman is elected




Has Roberts fallen prey to the pressures of the social-media driven left wing?  Yep.  And he was promptly spanked for it.  And he took note.  He backed off votes that outraged his base.  He listened.  He is responsive.

That said, it is imperative that we remember that legislation is not fast food.  It cannot be delivered hot and delicious in mere minutes.  It is a concentrated, contracted, complicated endeavor that requires a certain amount of give-and-take.  Like it or not.  We are seeing now the effects of all that fast food.  Delicious, fast, easy, cheap.  It’s poison.  And it’s deadly.

Wolf looked like the answer for a minute.  He is young, good-looking, edgy, irreverent, hip, wolfbleedssocial-media savvy and kissing cousin to the Obominable Hussein.  Unfortunately for the Tea Party, he suffered from the  age-old Hollywood syndrome of being a big shiny star without any discernible street cred.  When challenged on his credentials, he conveniently weaved them together from the fears and desperation of an increasingly restless republican base.  He looked like Hope but he turned out to be just another pretty face, `a la so much Hollywood fantasy.

Milton hurt us.  He was a wild ride and he left us hung-over with illusions that change must happen at any cost.  But Wolf lost the race and the price we will pay for that wild ride is too high.  Because of Wolf,  we now face another contrived candidate, young and polished and poised to play on our burgeoning fears about our personal futures and our Country.

Orman is stronger than ever because Wolf convinced a substantial and nervous segment of the base that change merely for the sake of change is a good idea.  But Wolf  was only a facade.  Nothing behind the curtain Just change.    We already know that change for the sake of change is dangerous.  The whole ‘change’ experiment is failing.

Roberts is right in this election.  He is a fighter.  He is strong and smart and wise.  He is robertsresponsive to his electorate.  There is no atmosphere in his camp that he is nervous or worried.  The people will choose a candidate and he is old enough to understand the impact of that.  I’m voting for him.  I like him.  He is one of us.  An old Kansan.  Orman is, as Wolf was, another a wild night on the town,  and like Obama, an absolute disaster.




Say hello to your favorite Uncle Reid if Roberts loses.












Breaking news:

Democrats Accidentally Reveal True Colors


ClariA spokesperson for McCaskill confirmed the gist of the senator’s conversation with Taylor, but declined to go into detail.




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Writing for Fear and Money


In a recent episode of  ‘Exactly What the Hell Have I Done Here?’ a new drama broadcasting 24/7 in my head, Logic, a character in the show I’ve met at least once–but only briefly, lands yet another ruthless blow to Ego, the main character.   Logic demands to know why we would give up a perfectly good income to follow our lifelong dream of writing. “HAVE YOU LOST YOUR PHUCKING MIND?” she screams (over and over and over again).   “Who will pay the mortgage and buy the groceries?   What about birthdays and Christmas and what will we tell the grand kids about the new Xbox we promised them?   And, BAM, the deadliest of strikes, “WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU CAN EARN MONEY WRITING FOR GOD’S SAKE??”

Yup, that’s right.   We, Ego, Logic, Creative… all of us… closed a successful business to stay home and write.   Sounds way sexier than it is, and out of necessity, I didn’t give in completely to Stupid, the oldest and certainly the most influential character in my brain.   To support the transition into this madness, I operate an independent insurance agency which I started fourteen years ago but recently moved out of brick and mortar into an office in my home.  Big move.

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The dream is that the agency will supplement my writing at some point, not the other way around.   In the meantime, between liability and collision and year/make/model discussions, I am learning a completely new style of writing:  Writing for the web.

I am no stranger to creative writing.   I’ve forced family and friends to read my stories since I could hold a pencil.   But writing for online web readers is a completely different style of writing for me.  The rules are stricter, the audience is younger, and the subject matter is fleeting, at best.   Articles and stories are short.   Period.   Readers don’t spend as much time enjoying their favorite genres online (with the exception of Kindle or Nook readers). Newspapers are generally obsolete and except for the modern-day William F. Buckley’s, Op Eds are not highly marketable articles online.

Not that there aren’t plenty of creative writing sites to be found online, just that established and respected websites don’t generally pay to publish creative writing.   Blogging is a fun alternative and a great sideline to the dream of being a successful published writer (with a huge following?),  but successful blogging requires an entirely different kind of writing style and process.  For successfully published (print) authors, blogging is merely a marketing tool. I’m guessing J.K. Rowling and Stieg Larsson did not spend a lot of time blogging before Harry Potter and Lisbeth Salander made them famous.  Blogging, for them, is just a modern-day version of a worldwide book-tour.

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Meanwhile, Creative,  the most loveable actor in my ongoing saga of Self-Doubt and Recrimination, is  curled into a fetal position and fast asleep.   Too much confrontation for her delicate sensibilities.   She’s an artist.   She doesn’t flourish anywhere near Logic.   Luckily, an unidentified new character on the cast – we’ll call her, I’m Running out of Time (Fear, for short) – sneaks up behind Logic whenever possible and Judo chops her in the larynx.

Creative wakes up from time to time and tiptoes to the keyboard.   She sits there for hours, thinking.   And looking over her shoulder for Logic, still hog-tied by Fear, who is making all kinds of dangerous decisions on my behalf.

Logic has a point, for sure.   Changing paths at my age, to do something with no clear path to monthly income, not to mention retirement, is dangerous and terrifying.   Okay, the truth is, Fear and Ego only half took over my brain.   My husband works 60 hours a week and pays most of the bills and I still have my insurance agency, which helps.   A little.   But still.   Hard to argue with Logic.   She and Panic are becoming fast friends.

It’s not so much that I want to be rich and famous for my writing, although, I’d like you to meet False Modesty and point out that I wouldn’t turn it down.   Really though, it’s that I want to make enough money to support myself while I do something I love.   And that, my friends, is Truth. I’ve been ducking her for years and I have Dread and Fear to thank for making me face that monster.   Half of my life is over and I intend to spend most of the rest of it doing what I love.   I’m going to write.  I’ll introduce Happy when I find her.   I think she’s right around the corner.


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Auto Insurance

I wrote an article about auto insurance and the relationship with an insurance agent.  Anybody who is intimidated or dreads calling her agent to ask questions about insurance may benefit from the article.

Insurance:  Fear and Loathing, discusses some of the elements used to determine the premium for drivers and provides a few pointers for making the call or visit with your insurance agent more productive and pleasant.



Your agent should treat you with respect and building a relationship with her/him is a good way to make sure you feel comfortable discussing your insurance. If you feel uncomfortable discussing your questions and concerns with your agent, find a new agent.







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Just a quick shout-out

To my husband’s sisters-in-law

Stop by any time.



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