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Check out our Online Charity Auction

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We’ve got a cool online charity auction going on right now. You can check it out and bid online here. We’ve got a lot of really cool items. And EVERYTHING starts at $1. And best of all, all the money goes to support our charity.  

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We Are Emma Gonzalez

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I hope you’ve had the chance to watch the speech Emma Gonzalez gave as a¬†survivor of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Speeches like this transcend human constraints like age.¬† Don’t we wonder how such a young person to be so articulate, clear and inspirational? They also transcend politics and dividing ideologies. Politicians and […]

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The Truth About Catholics

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If you aren’t a Catholic you probably have a belief about Catholics and, chances are, it’s not good. Withholding abortions to women that die because they were forced to give birth. Not giving out condoms in HIV ravaged Africa. Vehemently denouncing gay rights. And of course… child molestation. Granted, these are self-inflicted wounds. Some are […]

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Buddy’s

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If you have been homeless for long on the east side of Akron you either likely know of Buddy’s, or you’ve stayed at Buddy’s. Buddy’s house is one of those rundown houses in an area called Laird Land. It’s an entire rundown area. Houses sell for under $20k. Buddy is a chronic drinker that can’t […]

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The Homeless Walkabout

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I love watching the homed and the homeless interact. They are like people from different countries. They look the same. They talk the same. But yet there are distinct differences. Generally, the homeless understand the homed. That’s simply because all these people lived in homes not too long ago. But most homed people have never […]

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The Invisible People

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Rocky, my wife, opened up this morning’s family conversation with: “Whelp. It’s official. Selena Gomez is back with Justin Bieber and her mom is NOT happy.” Selena is not an uncommon topic in our family because, like my wife, she has Lupus. In fact, Selena’s lupus is so bad that she has had chemo treatments […]

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The Torture and Abuse of the Homeless

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There is an aspect to working with the homeless that I try not to discuss much. There is a constant hum of fear and desperation in parts of the homeless population that is perverse, grotesque and endless. I won’t do these kinds of stories often. I want this to be an arc of hope, salvation […]

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The Day After Christmas

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My mom has been dead 2 Christmas’ now. She always had a day after Christmas party. It was one of those things that I didn’t always look forward to, because I was exhausted from all the other holiday events. But I was always glad we had it once I got there. We’d have simple foods […]