Never Underestimate People

You don’t question DeWayne. He doesn’t like his street name, so I won’t use it here. Suffice it to say, he has respect on both sides of the fence outside Peace House, where he’s a stalwart. Yes, he can go off on Minnesota’s quiet racism and talk about leaving. But he is not wrong. He …

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The Greatest Sacrifice

Never having been in the armed forces, I don’t have personal experience with the idea of leaving no one behind on the battlefield, even if rescuing them requires great personal risk. I understand it in concept, but I’ve never had to live it out. Only recently did I realize that I get to see others …

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Meet Daniel Gerdts

PHC: Tell us a little about your professional life. DLG: I am a lawyer by trade – a solo private criminal defense practitioner, mostly representing indigent defendants as their appointed counsel in federal court. Directly after law school I spent some time investigating and documenting human rights abuses in the Mexican criminal justice system. I then clerked for …

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Standing Still

I spent last week visiting my parents in Jasper, a small town in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It was the first time since my 11 year old twins were born that I have been away from them for more than two days consecutively. It was also the first time in over 20 years that I …

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Meet Rob and Ed

Rob and Ed have been coming to Peace House Community for years. Ed started coming about the time PHC moved to its current building in 2013, but Rob is an old timer who knew Sister Rose Tillemans, PHC’s founder. He says he was only 16 when he first came through the door of what was …

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What Time for Forgiveness?

As you probably know, a Japanese Olympic official was fired on the eve of the opening ceremonies because of comments he made in a comedy routine about 20 years earlier. The comments were determined by his superiors to be racist, and so he was relieved of his duties. (I haven’t heard the comments so I …

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Life vs. People

I recently started reading Ghost Rider, Neil Peart’s account of a 55,000 mile road trip he did by motorcycle to help him deal with personal tragedy. His 19 year old daughter died in a car accident, and ten months later his partner of 22 years died of cancer (although he claimed the real cause was …

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