Catching up… I continue writing free-lance pieces for the Bluffton News. For instance, I just finished a short article about a group of local Mennonite youth who are going to Canada to put on a week-long Vacation Bible School for a Chinese community just north of Toronto. A Mennonite pastor going on the trip said to me that they’re trying to teach their youth that service work is part of being Christian… And in order to keep up my populist image (and to put food on our table as well), I continue to do house painting projects. One of my most recent jobs — I’ve been traveling back and forth between Bluffton and Steubenville to paint — was part of the upstairs of a large home in Steubenville. The family has recently moved to Steubenville from Northern California to be part of the Catholic ethos that emanates out from Franciscan University. The university’s slogan: “Catholic to the Max!” [I recently attended a weekend-long seminar at Franciscan on: Politics and Catholic Thought. [More on that later.] Note: Another recent story that I did for the newspaper was about high school sophomores attending a week-long “HOBY Leadership Program” at nearby Ohio Northern University. One of the group leaders said to me during the interview: “Leadership is often about helping move people out of their comfort zone. It takes a person from where they’re at, to where they need to be — even if it’s somewhere you initially didn’t even want to go.” That would be such a good slogan for our campaign — if it weren’t so darn long!