About Mark Aldrich

I am a one-time winner of the New York Press Association's Best Humor Columnist award in its annual "Better Newspaper" contest. My website, "The Gad About Town," is about many topics, from social habits to baseball to art and movies. I am a gad about town. I have had many writing and copy editing jobs, including editing websites and creating instruction manuals. In the early 1990s, I became a writer and performer with a radio comedy group, the Magnificent Glass Pelican, which continues to perform. I was diagnosed with a form of spinal muscular atrophy in 2012, and will publish updates and discoveries about my illness on my blog. about.me/markaldrich and www.facebook.com/thegadabouttown and twitter.com/Mark_S_Aldrich

The ‘Define Dignity Initiative’ by Matt DeHart

By Matt DeHart, originally published in The Gad About Town.

This is the fourth article in a series of prison essays by Matt DeHart published on Mark Aldrich’s site. The first: “You don’t act like an American,” the second: “Hospitality in Mexico,” and Matt’s third: “Shattered.”

Matt DeHart’s voice is one worth listening to. In “Defining Dignity,” he challenges us all to put meaning—and action—behind that commandment that is so often expressed and so little heeded: “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” which of course is found in the Book of Matthew.

The essay published below is one of the few public statements he has made. It was sent to me by his mother, Leann DeHart, with the request that it is published as written.
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