Coping With Stress Amid COVID 19 Crisis

From the working poor to the homeless just struggling to survive, people living in poverty deal with an enormous amount of stress on a daily basis. After overcoming winter, where stress levels are at their highest, the fear and anxiety of facing the deadly COVID 19 virus can be overwhelming.  Continue reading

Justice Cafe: An Interview with Donna Wayt, Recovery Artist

Josh Gingras interviews Donna Wayt, Recovery Artist. This is part of an ongoing series meant to keep the Justice Cafe connected to its participants and prospects during the duration of the pandemic.  *Content Warning: alcohol abuse, mental health, and sexual violence   Continue reading

Show Me the Money: The Paycheck Protection Program

At part of two coronavirus relief packages, the Paycheck Protection Program has distributed the better part of $650 billion to “small businesses.” Yet a sizable portion of the money has gone to major corporations, including banks and large restaurant and hotel chains. We have seen this movie before with the bailouts in 2008. It is time to try a different approach, one that recognizes the needs of working and poor people.   Continue reading

Daily Dialogue: Do we really have to choose between our Safety and the Economy?

We've been told that we have to make a choice between our safety and the economy. Is that true? Or is it a false choice? Continue reading

Five COVID 19 Scams to Avoid

Disasters and the confusion they cause are the perfect opportunity for ne'er-do-wells to take advantage of people. Check out these five COVID 19 scams and learn how to avoid being duped.  Continue reading


Politics aside, in just a few months more Americans have died in this pandemic than in the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, and the 9/11 attack combined, with many more to come. The possibility of runaway infection is terrifying. How do you paint terror? Art by Allen Schwartz   Continue reading

Poem by Donna Gibson

*Poem can be read from top to bottom and from bottom to top   Continue reading

Poetry in the Pandemic

An old saying says that crisis is just the other side of opportunity. In the pandemic crisis we have an opportunity to throw off the “the every man for himself” framework that dominates our culture, and try “every person for each other and the community.”   Continue reading


“Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves,” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer   Continue reading

Stay At Home

On March 22, 2020, Gov. DeWine, Lt. Gov. John Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, Director of Ohio Public Health, announced a “Stay at Home” order that went into effect on March 23.  What exactly does Stay at Home mean? Why should you listen? Continue reading to find out.  Continue reading