rp daily: it’s in our control to slow this thing down

a daily candid conversation with expert RP Eddy about crisis history, what we know now & what may be coming.

Saved at San Quentin: Chris Schuhmacher

Chris Schumacher never thought he would murder one of his friends. But a rage came over him when drugs went missing from his home, and he committed the unthinkable. Chris led a partying lifestyle prior to being sentenced to a 16-year-to-life prison sentence in California. In prison, he reformed his life with sobriety and learning to forgive himself through his faith. Chris joined a program called The Last Mile, earned a college degree in software engineering and developed his own app. After his release in 2017, after 17 years behind bars, he joined us on stage at The Nantucket Project. Chris’s story of change, rehabilitation and improvement from the lowest points captivated us in a time where prisons and prisoners are mostly forgotten.

Love and Isolation: Donnie and Sharon Fritts

In 2002, Donnie Fritts was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (ameloblastic carcinoma) and in a 12-hour surgery in 2003, doctors removed three tumors along with a good portion of his face. In the years afterwards, Donnie experienced incredible physical and emotional pain, falling into a deep depression. But his strength and that of his wife, Sharon, that forced him to arrive at a place of acceptance. Their story is one of unwavering fortitude and unrelenting love that will move you. Accepting unacceptable circumstances is difficult. Donnie and Sharon know exactly how to do it.

Forgiving The Unforgivable: Marietta Jaeger

On our journey towards understanding the practice of forgiveness, we learned about a woman with an extraordinary story — one that lead her down a path many would never attempt. In the summer of 1973, Marietta Jaeger was camping with her family in Montana when her 7-year-old daughter disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again. A grueling spiritual journey followed and Marietta came to not only forgive her daughter’s kidnapper, but pray for him. Her story leaves us in awe of her spirit — one that has allowed her to see past the rage. In this episode, The Neighborhood Project’s Kelly Corrigan attempts to understand Marietta’s process and how she was able to use forgiveness to ease some of her immense pain.