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Introduction

Throughout the past four years I have met many people, now friends, who for various reasons are, or were, homeless. Antonio, slept on a park bench and was beaten, had his teeth kicked out, for no other reason than his choice to sleep outdoors. He is a small, gentle man who has a phobia about enclosed spaces.

Craig, slept on the sidewalk in the freezing cold. I saw him every morning was never sure if, when I lifted the corner of his sleeping bag, I would find him dead or alive. Sometimes, he confided, he would have preferred never to awake.

Joy,  fell on hard times. She slept behind a dumpster in back of Starbucks. I saw her with blackened eyes, bruised legs, cracked ribs, cut and swollen lips. I usually see her sitting on the sidewalk ‘panning’ for change.

I can’t do much for these people except to show them love, compassion, an ear to listen, perhaps a breakfast sandwich and a coffee. I want to do more. To know them is to love them. What was seen cannot be unseen. I have started to write an account of their daily lives. I intend to turn this into a book and have it published. That is my goal.

I am writing articles and biographies of Joy and other street people. Identities and locations have been changed to protect the usual suspects. All profits will be used to support those people forced  onto the streets.

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Comments
  1. Now, this is a noble and noteworthy reason to blog. Kudos to you Dennis. And you are using one of my favorite word press themes. Best of luck to you with the book.

    • Hi Eve, thanks for your kind words. I love your blog about dreams. I believe that dreams open us to another dimension where we are in cntact with a universal mind. Many inventors have used dreams as a tool to solve problems. ~ Dennis

  2. temikelani says:

    An interesting goal. In my story blog, I am about to start writing a series about killings etc. The aim is to write like I was there and I knew each person killed and could see how they died, like I’m death…..like the book thief. Maybe send a message along the way.

    So I’d love to see more. Good luck.

  3. Alex says:

    Thank you for continuing to read my work you’re one of the first hours appreciate your presence and support.
    Generally I communicate on an iPhone since there’s no Internet at my house.
    I expanded your face today to full width of my screen so I could see your face more clearly. My heart tells me that we have something in common; that our laughter and tears, both wholehearted
    Feel the world quite deeply both its joys and it’s tragedy.
    May this find you well,
    Alex

  4. Thank you for stopping by my blog and introducing me to this blog! I guess you have more than one! :-) What important writing here — thank you for your contribution! Thanks for the follow and I look forward to receiving your posts. I am happy to find another kindred spirit :-)

    • Hi Kelly, thanks for your kind words and for introducing me to The Charter of Compassion. I agree compassion “is the one thing that will save us as a global community and that without it we will not survive as a species.” ~ Dennis

  5. The title of your blog caught my attention because I not only was homeless for many years, but I’ve always had a “homeless complex” which means I never have felt that I belonged anywhere. I know there are many people who can identify with that feeling, and need people like you to be their voice.

    Thank you for your work here. I will be back to visit from time to time.

    Peace & Grace,
    Olive Twist

    • Hi Sister Olive, thanks for your encouragement and support. I also have a “homeless complex” or abandonment issues from childhood. I have just downloaded your book “This World is Not My Home: A Spiritual Journey”. I can’t wait to start reading it. ~ Dennis

  6. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the follow. Best of luck in your mission.

  7. Kate Rauner says:

    I have a friend whose father-in-law lives on the streets of a large city. She says, friends and relatives chide her family about “how can you let him live like that.” But it is his choice and he refuses offers to live with anyone else. It is not a simple issue. Good luck with your writing.

    • Hi Kate, I agree, people on the streets make their own choices. We must respect that. These people are all individuals with different needs and different goals. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for homelessness. They all deserve our love and compassion. ~ Dennis

  8. Mari says:

    Thank you for following my blog. Reading this, is confirmation for me of just how true it is that crossing paths with those we do, is always for a reason. I am moved by your intention of giving the homeless a voice and taking the time to write their stories. I read a book not long ago that has totally changed the way in which I view helping the destitute and made me realize that it isn’t only about money. You would probably enjoy reading it too. The book is titled Same Kind of Different as Me. It is in part written by a homeless man and the other part is written by a millionaire who befriended him. It is among some of the best books I’ve read.

    • Hi Mari, I too agree that we are guided to meeting with those people who are meant to help us in life. Coincidentally, or not, the book you mentioned is on my Kindle. I haven’t read it yet, but based on your recommendation I will start it immediately.

      I have found your posts to be very inspiring. Thank you, you have touched my heart. ~ Dennis

  9. This is incredible! I cannot wait to see more of your blog, you have a heart of gold and that’s quite admirable ^_^.

    • Thank you so much. I enjoy your blog especially your post “READING UPDATE: MUTUAL AID”. It illustrates a principle that we need to see more of in order to survive as a species. ~ Dennis

  10. philip_wikel says:

    You might like this: The Jungle: http://wp.me/pRJmb-g2

  11. anchorRock4 says:

    I know first hand that one of the most fulfilling things in life is to give to someone from whom you expect nothing (whether it is time or money or love). It actually has benefited me countless times, in a way. A kind of healing takes place within me. Thank you so much for being you.

  12. Hardik says:

    Thanks for the follow and the like. Keep up the inspiring work.

  13. EvolutionMan says:

    I wanted to stop by after having read some of your blog entries. I live in Chicago and I am torn with so many pan-handlers and trying to do the right thing. Sometimes I give change or left overs but I always wish I could change their lives in some positive way. You are so correct when you say it could be any of us. I think of the proverb: you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day but if you teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a life time. Or maybe they just lost there fishing pole and they just need help until they find it.

    • I agree, some of my street friends have degrees in agriculture, have been competitive boxers, commercial fishermen, war veterans. They need help to get their lives back on track. They need kindness, encouragement and affirmation that they are worthy members of society. ~ Dennis

  14. Thank you for liking my pages on my blog Move Toward Freedom Dennis!
    Love & Light, Peace & Harmony, All Ways, Always :)

  15. Rich Green says:

    Thanks for liking some posts on my photography blog. Best to you.

  16. Capt Jill says:

    Hi Dennis,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m glad you liked it.
    I admire your willingness to take on such a project. Most people don’t care enough to do anything. I hope you’re able to make a huge difference in the world with your attention.

  17. This is a very worthwhile blog and makes me feel quite humble. I will follow your blog to learn more about the homeless.

    • Thank you very much Carole. I feel humble when I sit with my homeless friends. Their problems, like having something to eat, are monumental compared to mine. This book has gone to the publisher and I’m waiting to learn the release date. I have just downloaded your book “Tissue of Lies”. It sounds fascinating. ~ Dennis

      • Thank you for downloading my debut book. I wish you all the best for your book and I’ll certainly watch out for it. Will it be a physical book or an e-book?

  18. ashawilliams says:

    Thank you for being an inspiration. Thank you also for the follow.

  19. kennymack2 says:

    That is funny. My first smile of the day.

  20. dreamkey says:

    Thank you for stopping by again my friend, always glad to see one such as yourself doing so much to call attention to this plight. It is my wish everyone would try harder to understand we should to be good to each other, instead of looking down the nose at the suffering of others less fortunate. Peace!!

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