Archive for January, 2008

There were two things I kept thinking about yesterday: the weather and SLO County’s need to formulate a 10 year plan to end homelessness as per Federal mandate.

The weather was on my mind because the skies decided that we need to get wet during certain times of the day. One moment the skies would be clear and somewhat sunny, then it would sprinkle. But that’s just the way Mother Nature likes to do things. And of course, since what Mother Nature decides to do is what is going to be done despite our best efforts to second guess Her, we just have to live with it.   (more…)

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Yesterday morning a gentleman left a comment on my post: Fatigue.

Mr. Perez mentioned that he was "sad, worrying 24 hours a day" about many of his "American" friends – some of who are in danger of becoming homeless in the very near future. He went on to say that his friends were middle class, some of them military, who are losing their homes.   (more…)

Concerns

Posted: January 19, 2008 in Acceptance, Compassion, Homelessness, Morality

The word "concern" can be used as a verb or a noun.

As a noun, there are three of its definitions that catch my attention:

  • Something that interests you because it is important or affects you
  • A feeling of sympathy for someone or something
  • Something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

When it comes right down to it, the majority of people are more concerned with homelessness because they see the homeless as a nuisance, than they are concerned with the homeless as people. Therein lies one of the biggest obstacles we have as a society when it comes to finding an effective remedy at ending homelessness in our nation.   (more…)

Despite having been in somewhat of a morose frame of mind over the last week or so, I have had the good fortune to have met and associated with quite a number of people who have been able to keep me from sinking down into a well of despair.

The "down in the dumps" syndrome has even been noticeable in what I’ve written recently. It’s been so noticeable in fact, that one friend, who writes a blog under the name Wandering Vet, took the time to get me a call to see how I’m doing and to try and cheer me up. Actually, it feels good to have someone that concerned with my well being that they would do that.   (more…)

I’ve never made any attempt to hide the reality that there are homeless people who have no desire to raise their standard of living.

These individuals are content to do nothing with their lives. They get drunk as often as possible. They use drugs more often than most of us drink water. They are lazy and are willing to take whatever society will throw their way – all to avoid being responsible for their own actions. And all of the above bothers me.   (more…)