Archive for February, 2015


5.0 out of 5 stars
Everyone Should Read, February 8, 2015
Donna Pitt

This review is from: Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People (Kindle Edition)

A book like no other I have previously read!
Enlightening and honest, the conversations of the Street People remain in your thoughts long afterwards.
Everyone should read.


4.0 out of 5 stars
Raw, Gritty Vignettes That Tell Their Own Tales Feb. 4 2015
Marta Tandori
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Let’s face it – we’ve all done it at one time or another – seen someone panhandling and quickly crossed to the other side of the street or walked by them with our cell phone stuck to our ears, pretending to be deep in conversation so we wouldn’t have to engage with them in any way. The author, Dennis Cardiff, did exactly what most of us would never do – he engaged with the street people he came in contact with on his daily travels to and from work. Over time, these men and women became his friends and his daily interactions with them are chronicled in Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People. This isn’t a book with chapters and pretty prose. It’s a collection of raw, gritty and simplistic vignettes that tell their own tales of abuse, regret, violence and illness (mental and otherwise) that aren’t confined to any particular demographic. One thing is clear, however. Cardiff doesn’t patronize, placate or offer any solutions. All he offers are a sympathetic ear, a bagel and a coffee or some spare change, as the particular encounter warrants. For a reader who still believes in unicorns and happy endings, this was a difficult book to read but certainly a necessary one. Perhaps at some point, we all need to take off our rose-colored glasses and see the world for what it is, warts and all.

Gotta Find a Home:

New Amazon Review

Posted: February 4, 2015 in Prose
on February 4, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
REVIEW of GOTTA FIND A HOME by Dennis Cardiff
It’s a most unusual concept for a book. It takes us into an underworld we often glimpse but shudder from exploring. Personally, I thank the author, Dennis Cardiff, for taking my hand and leading me to a greater understanding of the homeless as human beings. There but for the grace of God go many of us.
Dennis is obviously a driven and magnanimous person. It’s enough that he works on behalf of the under-privileged. It’s a bonus that he’s written their story. And what a tale it is. All life is there: pathos; humour; the full range of emotions, desires, disappointments. These are ordinary people without one ordinary thing – money.
The book’s anecdotes are presented through conversation. The central character is Dennis Cardiff himself and we come to learn how his crusade has changed him personally. Dennis also provides some entertaining poetry at various points.
For me, this book made a welcome break from fiction and took me to a different universe much more effectively than any sci-fi could have done.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book might make you cry, shout, feel completely helpless and think really hard, but it’s absolutely worth it!, February 2, 2015
This review is from: Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People (Kindle Edition)
Reading this book has made me think a lot about homeless people, pan handlers and anyone that seems an outsider in developed countries. I’ve always found it difficult to know how to interact with someone in the street that asks for money or help. As a young woman I find some of them scary or aggressive and with those that seem really in pain, ill or in great need, I don’t really know how to treat them because I’m afraid of sounding condescending or pitying them. Where I live, there are not many people living in the streets and those that do are never in groups, usually alone with a cat or a dog, or sometimes as a couple, when they’re young, which is highly unusual. Then, there are organized groups of beggars from different groups but they have nothing to do with the people in the book like Joy. Reading the book has been a humbling experience and also a scary one. It’s unfair and totally unacceptable that in developed countries with a lot of money there are so many people suffering, ill and with no roofs over their heads. It doesn’t matter what they’ve done before or how they got there, it’s everybody’s business to take care of them, to provide them with basic needs and make their life human. If they don’t want the help, let them say so. Today I’ve bought honey to an old man that produces it and was selling in the street. He looked really old and spoke very well but not much, he just sold me the honey and kept asking people to buy him some of it. I wonder what happened to him, although I’m sure he has his own home, but how come you need to sell in the streets when you’ve worked your whole life? Questions keep pouring into my head…brace yourself for this read…