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James Mechem--Super Hero to Writers

In the mid-'80s just after I completed an MFA in creative writing from Wichita State University, I became involved with Women in the Arts. That group comprised several women poets, writers, artists, and musicians. Shortly after I joined, one of the members asked me to participate at a poetry reading. I jumped at the chance to do so. As a new poet, I wanted to get my work out there for the world to hear. I think James Mechem might have been in audience that Saturday morning. Somehow he found out about my work and approached me about publishing it in his journal, Collage. I was thrilled to think someone wanted to publish my work and even more thrilled when he asked if he could use some of my poems in another journal, Caprice, which he co-edited with a New York poet, Lynn Savitt. Of course, I agreed. For several years and several issues of Collage and Caprice, I saw my work published on a regular basis.

Paul Davis

Did you see the news?

Paul Davis has thrown his hat into the ring and will run against Governor Sam Brownback.

This is big news. The next 48 hours are critical. Click here and help us build a grassroots team that will make sure Paul wins.

I received the above news this morning. This was the introduction before a plea for campaign donation.

Who is he? Where did he come from? Where is he going? Who will be on his team?

I want to support a candidate to replace Brownback for our next governor. A Democrat, with progressive social, economic, and moral values that align with mine would be preferrable, but even an independent could garner my support. They need to convince me they have little if anything in their plans that would be a continuation of the present governor and his cohorts agenda.

Before I can throw full support to any candidate, I'll need some background information. i.e. Family History: Is he/she family oriented and stable? Experience: What is their background, education, accomplishments, etc.? What have they contributed to their own communities? Future aspirations: Political Career? Business Career?

If he has anything negative or supposed skeletons in his closet, let's hear it now, not from his opposition.

Miscarriage / Still Born / Live Birth

Those are all naturally occurring events in animal life. They are all subject to intentional and unintentional actions. Abortion is the intentional action that we are debating so prolifically in public opinion and the courts. Can we absolutely determine in all cases if the decision to prosecute intentional action is justified, under the laws prohibiting abortion? What about drug abuse, improper prescription medications, physical abuse (either self inflicted or from others)?

Basehor, Kans. - The Leavenworth County Democratic Party picnic will be held Saturday, September 21, from 4-7PM at the VFW park in Tonganoxie.

Speakers include:


  • Sen.Tom Holland

  • Rep. Melanie Meier

  • Candidate Margie Wakefield of Lawrence running for Lynn Jenkins' 2nd Congressional Seat

  • Candidate Linda Johnson (40th Kansas District--Leavenworth)

  • Dr. Vernon Mills, M.D., speaking about health care in Kansas

  • Mark Disetti--KNEA

  • Roger Beach--Tri-County Labor Board

Any and all are welcome. Tickets are $10 and include food and libation.

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