Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Halloween 2017



I was picked Scariest at apartment complex Halloween party. I could not get a selfie that showed the gown; thought face looked more like Michael Jackson than Ms. Vampire.



I entered apartment complex Halloween door decorating contest this year. The images did not come out too great. The clown decor did not cover entire door; having a lot of brown paper bags, thought to draw autumn leaves and put under the clown's foot. Did not like my leaves (too in a hurry to do a good job.) I guess I recycled all those brown paper bags, hence the different color side bar. 

Could not attach the webbing to almost non-existent door frame, nor hang spider, so not how I planned it, but lots of residents like it. Winners to be announced on Nov. 6th.

On top it said "Welcome All Souls" in English and Spanish (two neighbors facing my door speak ESL;) side bar said Come In, No Risk, Honest, ha, ha, ha, ha ~ again in two languages. Can not see the owl hanging on black branches. 




Monday, September 25, 2017

Daniel's Family



"not hopeless, homeless"

Do not remember meeting Daniel or his family.

Smiley

Al D

https://youtu.be/oDTsx1IkjQk
 Al D
Jack Smith the man who filmed it is no longer alive.




The Street Lawyer

The Street Lawyer by John Grisham is all about homelessness in Washington, D.C.

Things have changed since the novel was published in 1998, yet, as things change they remain the same. 

The novel's characters discuss defunding of programs that help the homeless. I saw this first hand during my times on the streets. I also met many of the characters described in the book ~ rather real people much like the fictional characters.

I was not aware that there were "street lawyers" ~ attorneys who worked to resolve conflicts involving homeless people. There were social workers who did much the same as the fictional street lawyers, helping with court cases, applying for Social Security or other government benefits, often denied due to no permanent address.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Second Watch

A quote from J. A. Jance's novel, Second Watch:

"That's what friends are for," I said. "It does not matter if they're old friends or new friends. They're the kind of people who will listen as long as you need them to because, sometimes, telling the story and having someone listen is the only way to figure out how to move on."