Adapted from a 12/03/15 e-mail to my brothers and some others.
Given instability at the shelter where I’ve been for almost five years, I decided to apply to a certain program affiliated with a major national charity and major local soup kitchen. This program is residential, has a nice facility, and (as I understood it) was geared toward taking men with histories of addiction or homelessness and rendering them self-supporting.
Since it is a residential program, I would no longer have to carry my bags everywhere I go, vastly increasing the radius within which I can look for work; and, I supposed, I would be able to work any shift. After all, unlike the shelter where I’ve been, they’ve got a big shove towards self-sufficiency.
They rejected me.
Baptismal grace means: when you get knocked down, you get back up.
Blog post (from October ’14, about getting back up): Life in the outer darkness
In the immediate future, I will be checking out options in transitional housing, and case management services at the clinic where I’m currently in treatment for everything I’m in treatment for.
Continue reading This program turned me away. →
Not what we were taught in Sunday school.
Continue reading A different God-concept →
At least, not for people like me.[*]
Continue reading Choosing what to want isn’t a no-brainer, either. →
Two stories from Sunday, August 8:
– Unanswered prayer
– Direction for The William Tell Show
Continue reading “Calm down!” →
In recent weeks it has been a matter of some chagrin to me that my Yahoo! News feed keeps bringing articles from major outlets that prove in my estimation to have far less merit than my own; while my own work continues to be ignored.
Frankly, it seems to me that my work is on a par with that of the Washington Post columnists. I see myself as in that league. If I can find my way there, my goal would be not so much to set forth my own views, as to alter the direction of public discourse; to influence, perhaps even at a national level, the way people talk about the great questions of our time.
Continue reading The great questions of our time →
I talk a good game sometimes.
Sometimes, I don’t know what I’m talking about.
Continue reading Stymied: I have a lot to learn. →
Ambivalence about The William Tell Show.
Is The William Tell Show a great thing I can do?
Continue reading What great thing, part 2 →