Tag Archives: Homelessness

Every Story Is Different. Every Story Is The Same.

“There are no random acts…We are all connected…You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind…” — Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven I found the McDonald’s I was looking … Continue reading

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The Places We Don’t Go

“If you want to control someone, all you have to do is to make them feel afraid.” — Paulo Coelho There’s never a McDonald’s when you need one. Yesterday, I ran out of cards that I hand out to people who … Continue reading

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Perspectives On The Street

“Dare to turn life on its end, and you may find that topsy-turvy is a truer perspective than turvy-topsy.” — Robert Brault I paused to reconsider a few people. As I ran along side of Union Station after my morning … Continue reading

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His Name Is Adam

“I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!” — John Merrick, The Elephant Man I rolled down my window and handed him supper in the form of a McDonald’s gift … Continue reading

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A Flock Of Pigeons

“Fella gets use’ to a place, it’s hard to go,” said Casy. “Fella gets use’ to a way of thinkin’ it’s hard to leave.” — John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath A flock of pigeons dove down over the crowd, … Continue reading

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When I Am Old, I Won’t Care How Much TV I Watched

“When I’m old, I won’t care how much TV I watched.” — Gary, from the Tigard Good Neighbor Center That’s what Gary, an employee at the Good Neighbor Center, told me this morning as I finished up painting over the … Continue reading

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Patching A Hole, Patching The Whole

“Nothing can be done except little by little.” — Charles Baudelaire Even though a month has passed since our most excellent Christmas adventure, the Tigard Good Neighbor Center continued to do their good work with an army of volunteers and crack staff. Families … Continue reading

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An Endless Parade Of Strangers

“A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.” — old saying I walked home alone on a Monday night. No one else was walking. Tv’s and computers flickered in the windows. An occasional car drove by. The moon shone … Continue reading

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When You Have No Advocate

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. ” — William Faulkner Take a good close … Continue reading

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Cardboard Sign Beliefs

“When you are through changing, you are through.” — Bruce Barton There’s a stigma against changing our beliefs. Listen to a politician. They’re “never wrong.” They have honest, pure and unchanging values and we vote for them. Have someone accuse you … Continue reading

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