In between a number of house painting jobs recently (see: Joe the Painter), I’ve also been writing yet more freelance articles for our local newspapers on subjects that, interestingly enough, tie in with various parts of our platform. For instance, I recently interviewed a former Ashland University literary professor who is now running an innovative used bookstore in downtown Bluffton. She said she was dismayed at the number of youth these days who, outside of school, have never completed reading a book. It’s my contention (as well as a number of researchers) that, say, Xfinity TV, constantly streaming internet videos, and so on, leave little to the imagination. What’s more, this could well lead to, in essence, “brain atrophy.” Where when reading you have to picture characters, imagery, plot lines… This, in essence, is like “brain aerobics.” For more on our position on education, see… I also did an article on the Youth For Christ outreach in a hardscrabble neighborhood of nearby Lima, Ohio. Director Jared Diller told me that in the midst of the poverty and unsafe neighborhood there, Rally Point provides a safe haven. Some 40 volunteers from all over the county help there. Note: We spent five years in a hardscrabble neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, working with Catholic Workers there to make a difference in the neighborhood. See… And when I’m not painting, writing, researching, updating our website… I’m attending our kid Jonathan’s high school soccer matches.