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A little over a week ago, I read an article in the Sacramento Bee that made me feel both sad and happy at the same time.

It was about a Veteran who had battled alcoholism. It was about a man who had been homeless up until just recently. It was about new friendships having been built. And, it was about a family reunion.

The article told of 68 year-old Richard Nary who – as the article worded it – had "… burned all his bridges."   (more…)

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In his book, The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote:

"Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere."

In yesterday’s USA Today, I read an article about a Florida 12-year old named Zach Bonner.

The article caught my attention because I’ve published three previous posts about Zach; the first which was back in November of 2007.

Zach is pretty much your typical 12-year old – but with a slight difference. Homelessness is something which he has a very strong interest in.   (more…)

Folks find their way here, to this blog, via a wide range of methods: search engines, referring links, bookmarks, RSS feeds, and etcetera.

I view it an honor and privilege when folks take the time to read anything I’ve written. But, it pleases me when someone uses the search widget in the side column because it indicates that they have a further interest in finding out a little bit more about homeless, or because they have a specific question they are seeking an answer to.

Yesterday, one person searched the site using the question: "Where do the homeless bathe?"

That is actually quite an astute question – one which deserves an answer.   (more…)

I read quite a number of news articles and blog posts about homelessness from all around the nation each week. Then, whenever a homeless advocacy group releases a report or study, I end up reading those as well.

Most of the time, there isn’t a great deal of it which is positive.

A local government is passing ordinances to further limit the activities of the homeless; police are ordering the dismantling of homeless encampments; homelessness is increasing but homeless services are not; and so forth.

To be quite honest, it can be a bit overwhelming – and depressing.

Every so often though, one of the articles or posts is uplifting and inspiring.

Such was the case yesterday.   (more…)

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m just getting older or if I’ve becoming a bit more cynical. Of course, it could just be a combination of the two. Whatever the reason, I’ve come to the conclusion that politics and reality don’t seem to intersect too often – if at all.

Case in point –    (more…)