A priest at St. Mary’s Church in Tiffin, Ohio this morning told me he believed people in the Pro-Life Movement should have a fund earmaarked for offering women in crisis pregancy substantial amounts of money (“Like $20,000,” he said.) — to keep their babies… We then drove to Fostoria, Ohio where I was inteviewed by reporter Tim Soster of the Review Times. Our Sarah, 9, and Joseph, 8, sat in on the interview. At one point, I said the children were participating in a “great social experiment.” That is, they were being raised without television because it is currently too corrosive and can lead to “brain atrophy.” I said story telling and reading excercises the mind because the listener or reader (Sarah has read 50 books this summer) has to picture characters, envision plot development, and so on. The kids then jumped in and told Mr. Soster about one of the more current stories (or rather: “tales”) I told them around a campfire in Peebles, Ohio. It was the story of the little purple people from “Planet Zig.” Mr. Soster, playing along (I think), said he’d actually heard of these aliens. [Don’t think I’m not going to try to get to the bottom of this UFO thing when I get into Office — not to mention immediately opening “Area 51” to the public.]… On a more sober note, I told Mr. Soster that I’d just read this morning that there are still some 68,000 people from New Orleans in shelters. I said this was a: “national disgrace.” That is, it’s hard for me to understand how, say, many more churches in the U.S. didn’t offer to take in at least one family (or individual). That is, one church member could provide space in their home, others could provide clothing, food, camaraderie in the form of social outings, funds to start over… Yeah, we’re providing money… but if 68,000 people are still in shelters. I mean, c’mmon… After the interview, we went to Bascom, Ohio where I played tag with the kids on some most refreshingly unusual playground equipment. Developed in part by the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s “Recycling and Litter Prevention” Division, this playground was made all of recycled material. The steel posts represented: 3 cars, or 64,000 soup cans. The wood chips were from power line trimming. The plastic benches were made with 446 milk cartons. Note: At a recent environmental seminar on energy, speaker Pat Murphy said we must become a society of “conservers,” rather than the current dominant paradigm of being, primarily: “consumers.” And this playground is a good example a shift in this area. Note 2: Meadowbrook Park manager David Hossler pointed to a rather expansive, white wooden building here and told me it was a dance hall dating back to the “Big Band Era” of the 1930s. Earlier in the day, I had told the reporter in Fostoria that ours was a “Retro Campaign.” That is, we’d like to see the country go back to a time like this when there was less crime on the streets, less pollution in the air, less drugs in peoples’ systems, and there was a much slower, saner pace to life… “To go back, I believe, would be to go forward in this case,” I said.