Laird MacGregor is a freelance writer and editor based in Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to his journalistic pursuits, MacGregor is an ordained Episcopal priest with 12-plus years of parish ministry experience. In November, he’ll begin work as vicar of St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church in Edwardsville, on the outskirts of Kansas City. He’s a cigar enthusiast who enjoys reading, crossword puzzles and spoiling his English bulldog, Francis.

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May 25, 2021

Religious invocations render aid and comfort amid crisis

With public worship curtailed, personal devotions strengthen believers’ faith in the power of prayer to help them through these anxious times. ‘I’ve seen people’s spiritual lives deepen’ during the pandemic, noted one high-profile Christian author.

March 22, 2021

Two jobs? For some that’s just a reality of rural life

People are juggling multiple gigs to pay bills, and they have plenty of company. But for some, a second job is about making a plan for the future; for others, it’s a temporary means to an end.

February 9, 2021

Retired railroad worker: Freight lines are here to stay

The network, encompassing 140,000 miles and hundreds of rail lines, is projected to lose jobs over this decade. But the industry remains an essential part of the U.S. economy, with 40% of the nation’s freight moved by rail.

January 25, 2021

Town puts out welcome mat amid pandemic uncertainty

In Branson, Mo., which depends heavily on tourism to bolster the local economy, venues and businesses are adjusting to Covid restrictions and keeping the doors open.

January 25, 2021

What’s a crafter to do in a pandemic? Improvise.

For many craftspeople and artisans, income is way down. But for some, all is not lost.