The Cultivation & Care of Climbing Roses OR My Second Son Spreads his Roots


The Care and Cultivation of Climbing Roses


My Second Son Spreads His Roots


Kim Childress


Though I have the proverbial “green thumb,” a love for all things gardening, I’ve never been good at growing roses.

Rose growers know this flower is temperamental and highly reactive to its environment. Everything has to be just so—the soil acidity, the need for watering at specific times, the constant threat of a multitude of diseases, and the susceptibility of attack from all kinds of insects specific to roses, Over the years, every rose plant I planted, I’m sad to say, died.

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Health Care and the Next Seven Days

Whatever your opinion on President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump, I look to the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act.

In review, the Affordable Health Care Act passed through every branch of government. It was first voted upon by the people, then passed by both houses of Congress, then signed by the president. Later, the Act was upheld in the United States Supreme Court, not once but twice. To repeal the Affordable Health Care Act would waste time and taxpayer money; would be a long, dreadful process filled with golden opportunities for gridlock in Congress, and ultimately, repealing the Affordable Health Care Act would be a step backward instead of progress forward as the nation begins a new presidency in a wave of unknowns.

What is real and known is this: The Affordable Health Care Act has been approved and passed through every branch of government, was voted on and approved by the people, Congress, and the executive branch. And in two previous repeal attempts, the Act was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lest we forget the goal, the Affordable Health Care Act has led to reduced health-care costs and has been projected to save $2.6 trillion over five years, according to Fortune magazine and a recent study by the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson foundation.

This journalist suggests Congress and the presidential and legislative branches work together to compromise and improve parts of the existing policies that are working, while brainstorming solutions to problems, rather than repeal the Act and start from scratch. 

Citizens, I call on you to spread the word and be involved! We need to use our voices in the days ahead. Congress, I call on you to work together, first among yourselves, then with the incoming executive branch, so perhaps this can be the first of many opportunities to look at broken policies with fresh eyes, and work in partnership rather than partisanship.

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Kim Childress has a passion for patriotism and for sharing the amazing story of the United States. Kim is also editor and contributor to Our Constitution Rocks! by Juliette Turner. Learn more at

It was hard, but a GREAT experience!