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Ren’s Key

August 23, 2012 by

I’ve been carrying a hundred dollar bill in my pocket every day for weeks. It’s been strange. Yesterday I was in the vicinity of Voodoo Donuts and the flood of need nearly drowned me. On every corner there were people lying on the ground. The sidewalks were filled with rag-tag wanderers, and people were panhandling […]

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Being George

April 8, 2012 by

Levi, the new kitty we got after Patches died, is wonderful. Really. He’s one of the best cats I’ve ever had. He is affectionate without being clingy, self-confident yet not aloof, and playful without being destructive (unless you’re trying to read the newspaper). He is soft and beautiful and gets along with everyone. Levi has […]

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Peter In The Sun

February 5, 2012 by

It’s a beautiful day, but colder than it looks because of the wind. Louise and I decided to take Tempe, one of our dogs, and go for a walk at Waterfront Park. A perfect opportunity for my weekly gift. We parked down by the Esplanade. The wind was whipping as we joined the joggers, bikers […]

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Dylan, In Stripes

January 21, 2012 by

I was walking around the neighborhood today and noticed a stroller piled with blankets parked outside a grocery store. I recognized the blankets, which were a colorful polar fleece, along with the cardboard signs propped up against the wall. “Homeless family. Need help.” They belonged to Crystal and the Alexies I met a few weeks ago. […]

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See You Around

December 27, 2011 by

What would be a good present for a little boy who loves animals but has no place to live? That’s what I was doing at Rite-Aid today: trying to figure that out. I was down the street at the Hollywood A-Boy picking something up and didn’t even need anything at Rite-Aid. Somehow I felt myself […]

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December 5, 2011 by

I guess it’s sorta cheating when I consider my original rules, but I know I can always find a worthy recipient at the Dollar Tree. It’s right on my way home from work, which is an added plus on these days when it starts getting dark around 4:00. The place was as busy today as […]

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Marty, Starting Again

September 11, 2011 by

Ten years ago today, it was impossible to imagine what the world would be like in 2011. Now we know. We’ve been reminded that as human beings we are capable of profound evil and enduring grace. We know that our paradigms of patriotism, freedom and security are subject to circumstance, and to debate. We know […]

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June 8, 2011 by

My bus stop is at the edge of a pretty homogenous neighborhood and in the mornings there’s normally a pretty homogenous crowd of people dressed for the office.  Today, just before the bus arrived, a woman crossed the street and walked toward the small group of us waiting in the shelter. The woman stood out […]

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I added a new link to the website (under “Inspiration” at the bottom right) today after reading this story in the Huffington Post. It’s about a (still) homeless woman, Carey Fuller, who lived for years in a Minnie Winnebago with her two kids. She writes a blog about her experiences feeling alone and invisible, and […]

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Freezing in Portland

February 24, 2011 by

It snowed! Well, it dusted. All week long, the possibility of snow was making headline news. Then it became a certainty and that was breaking headline news. Names for the upcoming event were flying: Snowpocalypse! Snowmaggedon! By morning today it was obvious that we had dodged a snowy bullet, most areas getting less than an […]

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