Four Ways To Ruin Your Life

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My name is John White, and I had the honor to serve four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. During my service, my focus was to encourage Ohio’s faith communities to partner with state and local governments to help solve the most difficult social problems facing our state. The following experience gave me a fresh clarity on the opportunity we have to engage those communities that are ready to tackle the issues surrounding returning citizens.


I had my reservations about traveling two and a half hours to Marion Correctional Institute in central Ohio. I had plenty of reasons not to go. It was icy — in fact, black ice lay on the road that morning, and it was cold. I was just going as a favor to the warden who I admired and heard much about. However, I, already disdainful about the inconvenience, turned around after slipping a little…

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3 thoughts on “Four Ways To Ruin Your Life

  1. Editor’s correction: I had previously stated that Think Tank was connected to Circles USA, and I have been advised this is not the case. I am glad you have enjoyed the wonderful article, though.

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