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The Invisible People

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Rocky, my wife, opened up this morning’s family conversation with: “Whelp. It’s official. Selena Gomez is back with Justin Bieber and her mom is NOT happy.” Selena is not an uncommon topic in our family because, like my wife, she has Lupus. In fact, Selena’s lupus is so bad that she has had chemo treatments […]

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The Torture and Abuse of the Homeless

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There is an aspect to working with the homeless that I try not to discuss much. There is a constant hum of fear and desperation in parts of the homeless population that is perverse, grotesque and endless. I won’t do these kinds of stories often. I want this to be an arc of hope, salvation […]

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The Day After Christmas

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My mom has been dead 2 Christmas’ now. She always had a day after Christmas party. It was one of those things that I didn’t always look forward to, because I was exhausted from all the other holiday events. But I was always glad we had it once I got there. We’d have simple foods […]

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Being homeless is a choice.

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A common talking point I hear is that homelessness is a choice. They get kicked out of shelters because they don’t follow the rules. They would rather do drugs than use a shelter. They are lazy. I like to play these kinds of philosophical games. “Is homelessness a choice?” I guess the first step is […]

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Rosa Parks Dr. means something to me.

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There have been a couple times in my history where authority figures were surprised I listened to them. When I was 14 a manager of Perkins Restaurant told me I was doing too much. He said that between my dish washing job, playing the cello, playing the trombone and other school activities I needed to […]