Youth violence in Indianapolis defies easy answers. But I know how you can help.

Youth violence in Indianapolis defies easy answers. But I know how you can help.

I recently was sent a disturbing video of a teenager being knocked to the ground by another teen on a Saturday night in downtown Indianapolis. Several teens then surrounded the child – and yes, most teens are still children developmentally and legally – and repeatedly kicked and punched him as he wrapped his arms around his head for protection....

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Columns by Jay

Legos at Easter: We’re made to work together to build something beautiful with our neighbors.

Legos at Easter: We’re made to work together to build something beautiful with our neighbors. My grandchildren love to build all sorts of things – spaceships, castles, skyscrapers – with Legos.  For them, snapping together brightly colored Lego bricks to create something new is a fun outlet for their imagination. I’m not so enamored with Legos myself – I’ve had too many late night, barefoot encounters with hard-edged bits of plastic that a grandchild left behind on the floor. The other...

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As inflation bites, my neighbors water down their children’s milk to make ends meet.

As inflation bites, my neighbors water down their children’s milk to make ends meet. Inflation is an insidious tax on people in poverty.  And it’s one that forces my neighbors on the east side of Indianapolis to make heartbreaking choices each day. I know parents who in recent months have begun to water down their children’s milk to make it go further. I’ve seen multiple families move into one small house because they can no longer afford a home of their own. And I’ve listened as mothers...

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Podcasts

Columns by Jay

Legos at Easter: We’re made to work together to build something beautiful with our neighbors.

Legos at Easter: We’re made to work together to build something beautiful with our neighbors. My grandchildren love to build all sorts of things – spaceships, castles, skyscrapers – with Legos.  For them, snapping together brightly colored Lego bricks to create something new is a fun outlet for their imagination. I’m not so enamored with Legos myself – I’ve had too many late night, barefoot encounters with hard-edged bits of plastic that a grandchild left behind on the floor. The other...

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As inflation bites, my neighbors water down their children’s milk to make ends meet.

As inflation bites, my neighbors water down their children’s milk to make ends meet. Inflation is an insidious tax on people in poverty.  And it’s one that forces my neighbors on the east side of Indianapolis to make heartbreaking choices each day. I know parents who in recent months have begun to water down their children’s milk to make it go further. I’ve seen multiple families move into one small house because they can no longer afford a home of their own. And I’ve listened as mothers...

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