Archive for September, 2008

I get somewhat of a strange enjoyment when any type of sarcasm is aimed directly at me, particularly when it is meant to chide and "put me in my place" or when it’s meant to goad me into some sort of action – which it seldom does. The truth is that I simply won’t rise to the bait and engage in nonsense. This, of course, usually ends up irritating the other person even more and they become all the more sarcastic. Oh well.   (more…)

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Once upon a time, I had a tremendous amount of respect for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). I’ve always believed that human beings should treat the other living creatures with who we share this planet with a measure of respect. Moreover, I’ve viewed willful abuse of any animal as being unacceptable. As a result I’ve always applauded the efforts of any animal rights advocacy group.   (more…)

With as much as I’ve been writing about HUD’s "Chronic Homeless Initiative" and the many cities all across the nation which are implanting their 10 year plans to end homelessness, you would think that I would already have it out of my system. In fact, you would think I would not have anymore to say about it at all.   (more…)

Yesterday when I stopped for lunch I happened to meet a young couple with a young child. The gentleman was perhaps late twenties. The young woman was in her early to mid twenties. Their child, a beautiful little girl, couldn’t have been more than a year or year and a half old. From the amount of personal belongings they were toting around with them I could see that they were homeless.   (more…)

A Common Thread

Posted: September 22, 2008 in Compassion, Homelessness, Hopes, Misconceptions

For me, authoring and maintaining this blog creates a number of "side effects." One of them is the outlook I have with regards to, what I perceive as, how the homeless of this nation are generally viewed by the mainstream members of society. And, because of that I have a tendency to think in terms of what we’re not doing to reduce homelessness in our communities.   (more…)