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Carla Shutak
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In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Carla Shutak is an artist utilizing whatever medium is at hand. She has designed and renovated private homes and commercial spaces, designed costumes for independent films, and is currently working on manifesting more art and peace in the world.

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Change Is Hard

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 8:22 AM

I did not vote in the election this week. I cannot put into words how weird that feels. I grew up in a home where news was watched and church was attended. I learned admirable ethics and how to be a productive member of society. I remember traveling the 60...

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An Open Letter to Eric Holder and the Department of Justice

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 9:52 AM

Dear Mr. Holder, et. al.,

I applaud your efforts to investigate big banks and hold them accountable for their illegal actions of the past decades. I am impressed you managed to get Citigroup to recently commit $7 billion in "penalties", $2.5 billion of which are slated to provide "relief to...

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Being Pregnant in a Man's World

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 1:18 AM

I can think of no better way to honor the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day, and the activism that originated the celebration, than to consider the most fundamental part of becoming a mother. Of course many women are amazing mothers having never personally given birth to their children; however my...

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What's the Matter With Education in Kansas?

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 3:19 PM

What's the matter with Kansas? Quite a lot, actually, but if I were to focus on one really big issue it would be education. I have fond memories of growing up in the rolling flint hills of northeast Kansas, and even better memories of my years at The University of...

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My Extravagant Life as an Unemployed Mother

(3) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 8:05 PM

I've never been a fancy girl. I grew up running around my grandparents' dairy farm barefoot. I stopped wearing make-up in my mid-twenties, and still only force myself to cover my mid-forties face when society deems it essential, like at weddings, job interviews, and funerals. I was brought up to...

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Just Get a Job, They Say

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 9:46 AM

It was the early '90s, I was fresh out of college and raring to go. My degree in Communications Studies offered me two choices. One was a position in the college town where I already lived as a travel agent. The other was a 40 minute commute for management training...

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My Home and My Dream, Foreclosed Upon

(303) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 10:22 AM

It was a beautiful evening in suburban Phoenix that July in 2008 when my American Dream died. My husband and I were outside enjoying our backyard pool. The only sounds were the quiet of sleeping children coming from the monitors on the patio, and music from the outside speakers. I...

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