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Field Notes: ‘The Concept of One God Enthralled Me.’

Growing up in St. Joseph, Ramadan Washington spent a lot of time at a local Church of God In Christ. Incarcerated as a young man in the Buchanan County, Missouri jail, he met fellow prisoners imported from Kansas City who were practicing Muslims. Over fifty years after his conversion to Islam, Washington is an elder of the Islamic Center of St. Joseph. On a recent balmy summer afternoon, Washington detailed his conversion from the front porch steps of the home he shares with his wife.

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Field Notes: Creating a More Perfect Union

Chuck and Toni Wurth operate the Troost 39 Thrift Store in Kansas City, Missouri.

For 20 years, the Troost 39 Thrift Store has provided low-cost clothes, dishes, books and the occasional guillotine to shoppers. When the building was up for sale three years ago, Chuck and Toni Wurth bought it. Today, the couple maintains the space as thrift store with a mission.

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Field Notes: ‘If they want me to give them two, I give them four.’

‘Everything I do reflects my upbringing’: Scott Lunceford lives and works in Buckner, Missouri.

In each installment of my Field Notes from the Recollection Agency, I talk to someone with an interesting backstory. Here, Scott Lunceford* talks about government cheese, how re-enacting 1855 can be a family activity and why it pays to bring your harmonica to church.

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*Scott says we “are always family”, but our official status is that of ex-step-cousins. -Trevor