Met with Bill Merriman, who is a deacon at St. Patrick’s Church on the near west side of Cleveland. He has been a lynchpin in helping refugees transition into Cleveland. The most recent arrivals to the city’s near west side … Continue reading


Our family joined a group of some 50 Catholic Workers (and others) today on a damp, cold, two and a half hour Good Friday “Way of the Cross” walk through downtown Clevleland. The Stations of the Cross were matched against … Continue reading


The front page headline today on a Cleveland Plain Dealer story about the teen school shooting on the Indian Reservation in Bemidji, MN read: What Drove Teen Killer? I have some thoughts: America committed genocide on the Native Americans, then … Continue reading


I learned of a rather fascinating building in downtown Cleveland today. The five-story office complex is being billed as a “green building” and is being used as a model. There are solar panels and raised bed gardens on the roof. … Continue reading


Interviewed Bill Cherry, 67, who lives in Bay Village, Ohio and bicycles some 12 miles a day. He said he particularly likes the Cleveland area because it has good sidewalks for cycling and the public transit buses even have bike … Continue reading


Heading back to Ohio on I-75, we met Joe and Carole Ellis, who were heading home to Louisville, Kentucky from Oaxaca, Mexico. Each winter they go down to this extremely poor area of Mexico in their small XPlorer motor home, … Continue reading


Picked up a copy of the Valdosta (GA) University “The Spectator” student newspaper. Part of the masthead reads: “Less than the cost of Ramen Noodles… but you can’t eat it.” Obviously written by a “poor college student” whose regular fare … Continue reading


Participated in a Discipleship class at St. Edwards Church in Valdosta, Georgia. Deacon David Lasseter facilitated the group and said: “Justice is for those who can’t speak up for themselves. ” He also said he was considering starting a chapter … Continue reading