Ballplayer, Tank Commander, and Lawman David Orville Mathias, known as "Matty", came to Hutchinson, Kansas, in March 1934 to play professional baseball for the Hutchinson Larks. Born in Merom, Indiana, June 24, 1906, he was stretching it to play with the ball team which had an age limit of 26. The Hutchinson Larks existed from 1934 through 1938 (when it became the Hutchinson Pirates through 1942). It was in the Western Association of class C teams. The Larks became a St. Louis Cardinals … [Read more...] about Orville “Matty” Mathias
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Slavery by Another Name Blaming the victim is pretty common. Relentlessly, we judge people. A homeless person is accused of choosing an unpredictable and stressful life. A rape victim who is attractive, must have “asked for it.” Recently, a rich, African American entrepreneur, couldn’t comprehend why slaves had put up with slavery for so long. He called it a choice. Most people today believe that at the conclusion of the Civil War, with the passing of the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution … [Read more...] about Blaming the Victim
· Suicide is a Permanent Solution to a Temporary Problem · I met Joe back in 1973 in prison. No, we weren't cell mates serving time. We were volunteers wanting to make a difference. VISTA, acronym for Volunteers In Service To America, was the domestic side of the Peace Corps. We had signed up independently for a year of service as volunteers in Georgia. At the Georgia Industrial Institute (GII), a.k.a. men's prison, in Alto, GA, our larger team's mission was to set up a pre-release … [Read more...] about Suicide Joe and Buffalo
Writing Your Trauma Without Too Much Drama In promoting Ronda Miller’s trauma writing workshop in Hutchinson, the main attraction of the Kansas Authors Club meeting, I predicted it would appeal to writers, teachers, therapists, and survivors. Turned out, attendees included people who identified as writers and survivors. And if you think about it for a minute, we’re all survivors. My friends, family, and I have all experienced unwanted shock, sadness, and tragedy. If you don’t think there’s a … [Read more...] about Trauma Writing
· Just Mercy · Until recently, despite uncertainties and inequalities in the criminal justice system, I’ve been in favor of the death penalty. But now, especially after reading Bryan Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (2014), I’ve shifted from my long-held personal belief. I’ve examined the death penalty from a secular point of view. I decided not to debate the question from a Biblical viewpoint beyond a brief thought. Some people believe that the commandment, … [Read more...] about Do You Believe in the Death Penalty?