Tag Archives: Homeless

A conversation with Clarence

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you … Continue reading

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The differences between us

I am sitting in my little downtown coffee shop right now. To my right are two people, an older man and a younger woman talking about candidates they are looking at for a job with their company. Behind me are … Continue reading

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What happened at Starbucks?

We have an area in my community referred to as the “homeless triangle”. In this area there are a number of service providers to the homeless community as well as a McDonald’s, Hardee’s and a QT convenience store. The homeless congregate … Continue reading

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The purpose of life

“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.” – Rainer Maria Rilke He goes by the name of Popeye. He couldn’t remember the story of why people started calling him that but he liked it enough … Continue reading

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Sometimes we must interfere

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever … Continue reading

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Thin places

I have a very large garden pot on my patio that years ago I fashioned into a fountain filled with goldfish. I love the sound water and the combination of hearing the gentle splash of the fountain and the activity … Continue reading

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And the children sang

As empty nesters my wife is hell-bent on getting the house decorated “perfectly” for the arrival of our children and their significant others over the holidays. My jobs include getting the trees, yes trees, in their stands and in the … Continue reading

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