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October 4, 2016

It can feel as if the world is coming undone before our very eyes. In just the past few weeks, alone, we have witnessed the Orlando massacre. More deaths of African Americans at the hands of police officers in Baton Rouge, LA and Falcon Heights, MN. Great Britain’s vote to exit the European Union. Donald Trump’s birdcalls through the use of anti-Semitic symbols. Hillary Clinton’s email fiasco and the heated political rhetoric in response to it. And then: Last night’s killing of multiple police officers in Dallas.

Sadly, this is just the tip of the iceberg.


Each of these events is like an...

June 2, 2016

 


My last morning of the 50 day journey started with a dry day. What more could I ask for? Around 8:30 TrueCore Federal Credit Union provided a breakfast and an opportunity to speak.  Mayor Mark John, from the city of Heath, shared news about the feeding program that would be taking place this summer through a partnership with the Salvation Army and the Faith Community that will be supported through United Way funding.


After we left TrueCore we headed north into Newark.  We stopped by the Flying Colors Preschool directed by Davelyn Ross. The children greeted me with cheers and a banner....

May 25, 2016

What a beautiful sunrise at Dawes Arboretum this morning. I made my usual cup of coffee and started to pack up.  I said goodbye to Luke and thanked him again for hosting me last night at Dawes and then I headed for Heath. 

 

I walked for about 2 hours mostly on the bike path before I was greeted by some Heath High School Seniors on the bike path just before I reached the school.  The group walked with me the rest of the way to the High School.

 

At Heath High School I was escorted to the gymnasium where I then gave presentation to a few groups of students about the United Way Blueprint...

May 24, 2016

I woke up around 5:00 am in the tent, made coffee and began to pack up.

I can’t believe the journey is almost nearing an end. I said goodbye to Pam Purvis who had camped out with me last night and prepared to walk to Lakewood High School. 

Just before I began walking I was joined by Jeff Brown, the superintendent of Granville Exempted School System. We walked for about an hour to the Lakewood High School and then Jeff said goodbye. At the school I had the opportunity to speak to the seniors just prior to their graduation rehearsal.  It was a great opportunity to talk to them about setting...

May 23, 2016

 

 

I woke up earlier to a perfect, beautiful day…I thought I was still dreaming.  I packed up my belongings and waited for Luellen to lead the way.  I said goodbye to the Wolford’s and thanked them for their hospitality and began my journey west on Route 40 stopping at few mile markers along the way.

 

I arrived at the Jacktown Pub by noon where we were scheduled to have a staff meeting. The Pub is a well known favorite to the community.  The owner, Wendell Parkinson, gave us a donation and we were welcomed by their staff.

Soon we were also joined by Chris Shook, who had come to meet m...

May 22, 2016

Yeah!! A dry morning. I had coffee and breakfast with the Lang’s and then packed up my tent.  Leigh Ann arrived and then pointed me in the right direction. We had a few hours to walk before I had to arrive at the Linville Christian Union Church to speak.

 

 

 

At the church I was greeted by Pastor Mark Springer and some of the parishioners. There was time for coffee and fellowship before the service began and then I spoke during the worship service about our United Way Priorities and the 50 day walk.

 

After church I headed back to meet the Wolfords where I would be spending the rest of the d...

May 21, 2016

There was a light rain when I woke up. I enjoyed having coffee and cinnamon rolls with Jim and Cindy Young.

 

Later in the morning Jim took me for a walk around the property that the winery is located.  We had an enjoyable walk and discussion as we did a little bush whacking through the woods and over a few streams.

 

Around 11:00 Leigh Ann and Virginia showed up to point me toward my next destination.  We took a few pictures and then we were on our way.

 

I walked up and down some fairly sizable hills until we reached the Franklin Township community center and fire station.  There Dave met u...