Pass the Spin Dip

An exercise class named the same thing as my favorite appetizer, spin dip. It has to be good, I thought. Walking into a dimly lit room to find rows of exercise bikes, intimidating middle aged folks in spandex and a buff instructor, I knew spin dip and spin class...

Tell us what you think about The Journal

Greetings! The Kansas Leadership Center publishes The Journal four times a year to inspire leadership for the common good. We invest a significant amount of time, effort and resources into producing it because we believe it is important to recognize the practice of...

Leader of the Circle

Maria Padilla and her family. Maria Padilla’s day is probably much like yours. She gets up in the morning and wakes her children, then delivers them to three different schools. School and activity schedules differ, so sometimes she needs to make two trips. The...

What Every Kansan Needs to Know About Childhood Poverty

Step 1: Understand the Issue The conversation about poverty is at times loud and confrontational. It’s piercing and divisive. But the cold hard truth is that mostly it’s heartbreakingly quiet. It’s easy to get bogged down sorting through infinitesimal details about...

A Special Edition on Childhood Poverty

Six Steps Toward More Leadership on Childhood Poverty                                                      Step 1: Work to more deeply understand the issue. Step 2: Build relationships with those in need and immerse yourself in their perspectives. Step 3: Explore...

Sharing the Pain

July 23, 2014 by Brian Whepley Editor’s note: A version of this article will appear in the Summer issue of The Journal, which focuses on the issue of childhood poverty in Kansas. The edition will be published in August.  Taped, torn, thumbed and now appallingly...