It’s the last day of 2008 – and I’m willing to bet that, despite a tight economic situation for many Americans, there is still going to be quite a bit of celebrating going on. When "the" moment arrives, there will be smiles; laughter; cheers; handshakes; pats on the back; well wishes; hugs and kisses; and perhaps a verse or two of Auld Lang Syne. (more…)
Archive for 2008
The New Year is right around the corner.
It’s a time of "out with the old and in with the new." And – in theory – it’s a time of new beginnings. For many American families, however, those "new beginnings" will be less than bright. In fact, for some, the hope of a "happy and prosperous New Year" will be swept aside by the basic struggle to survive. (more…)
On more than one occasion I’ve stated that homelessness is a community issue.
There are some similarities regarding the types of services offered by many cities to their area homeless. Generally, these services do not come from the local governments themselves. Most often they are provided by one or more privately run organizations. However, since they rely heavily on donations from members of the community, there is a lack of funding to provide more than just the most basic of services: a meal and a bed. (more…)
A few weeks prior to Thanksgiving Day I began receiving a higher than usual number of e-mails from folks around the SLO County area. All of them were similar in that they were from people who wanted to volunteer their time to help feed the homeless on that day.
A couple of weeks ago, I again started receiving e-mails from folks who were wanting to volunteer their time to help out on Christmas Day. (more…)
I’m wondering if someone has been editing Santa’s "Naughty and Nice" list behind his back.
From what I’ve been reading in the headlines, it seems that folks who should be on the "naughty" list are going to end up having a profitable Christmas. Among them are executives from a number of the banks which have already received some of the $700 billion bail out. (more…)