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Keep Calm

Keep Calm

Peace House Community – A Place to Belong  BY MARTI MALTBY  American society seems to have become a lot less civil over the years. I know bullies and those who overreact to perceived slights have always existed, but it seems as though people now think it is their patriotic duty to accuse others of committing a moral wrong [...]

The Wisdom of Powerlessness

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong By MARTI MALTBY  I’ve had a horrible time coming up with an idea for this month’s column. I suppose that if that’s the worst thing to happen to me, I must be having a good week, but it’s still frustrating.  As I’ve watched the Coronavirus pandemic unfold, I’ve been struck by how [...]

Groundhog Day

Peace House Community—A Place to Belong By MARTI MALTBY Back in May, when people had settled into the Covid-19 lockdown, a survey by OnePoll asked Americans how their sense of time was being affected by spending day after day in their homes. The results included: The average American got confused about what day it was five times every [...]

Systemic Racism isn’t the Problem

By MARTI MALTBY In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, I’ve heard a lot about systemic racism. As far as I can tell, though, no one is saying anything new. I first heard of systemic racism in university over 25 years ago, and I’ve heard it discussed consistently since then, and now I’m hearing it discussed more loudly. Unfortunately, [...]

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong: Canadian Humor (which I spell “Humour”)

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong: Canadian Humor (which I spell “Humour”)

By MARTI MALTBY I decided that this month I wouldn’t mention Coronavirus (it didn’t take long for me to fail on that count, did it?) because it has dominated so much of the news that I wanted to give you a break from thinking about it. I hadn’t fully grasped how pervasive Covid has become until I tried to come up with a topic for this [...]

Peace House Community “Poetical Picture Story”

“A Little United Nations” By MIKE HAZARD “As the person who has been at Peace House Community the longest (34 years), my heart is breaking,” emails Catherine Mamer. “Never did I think it would come to this, but I realized it was the only choice we had.” Peace House Community has had to close the doors for now to keep everyone at [...]

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong

Remembering We’re (Sort Of) All in This Together That’s Catherine Mamer, dressed as a witch, at a Peace House Halloween party; whose poetic words Mike Hazard highlights within “Poetical Picture Story” on page 5. “I love that it is a little United Nations ..so many people…so much difference…together….if Peace House Community did [...]

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong

We’ll Get Through It Together By MARTI MALTBY PHOTO MIKE HAZARD I recently attended an all-day seminar put on by a couple of colleagues from North Dakota. Their organization, Ministry on the Margins, has a similar mission to Peace House Community, although their activities are more diverse than ours. Among other things, they provide [...]

Sing After Every Storm

Sing After Every Storm

By MIKE HAZARD PHOTO MIKE HAZARD Ellie and Jamaih posed in the sun outside the back door at Peace House. Ellie wrote a poetical reflection on life the day she got sober. It hangs on the poetry wall inside. A few lines go: “Be like the winds: Sing after every storm. Change is scary, especially to those who watch us change while [...]

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong “Relatives are in Danger!”…Native Community responds with speed and determination

Peace House Community–A Place to Belong “Relatives are in Danger!”…Native Community responds with speed and determination

By MARTI MALTBY After over 20 years of working with social services agencies that serve the homeless, I have seen many different responses to ending homelessness. Some have been more successful than others, while some have benefitted from having good salespeople promoting them as the next big thing. Recently, I have been encouraged by the work [...]

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