Here is a short list of things I can be grateful for.
||A clean sheet every night*
||A clean pillow case every night*
||A blanket every night*
||A pillow every night*
||A hot shower every night
||Clean clothes available every day
||A good supper every night
||Financial resources: At this time, anything I want, I can get.
(Anything I can’t get, I don’t want.)
||Moral support from my family, my friends and my church. A ton of people are pulling for me, hoping for my prosperity.
||The best problems in the world. (See next Wednesday’s post.)
*(To my knowledge, no other shelter in Baltimore City provides these things. If you don’t bring your own, you sleep on a bare mat. A change in that situation is something to earnestly hope for.)
Originally posted Christmas Eve 2014.
Sooner or later, it had to happen.
Sunday, about 14:00, I had just bought my second coffee at McDonald’s. I put it on my table and, as they require me to do, took all my things with me to go out and smoke.
Related: Does McDonald’s discriminate against the homeless?
Outside, I took one more shot at trying to understand how evil — negativity, conflict — happens.
There are those who say that evil is necessary because without it, humans would never be able to appreciate joy. I have never found this believable.
Continue reading The inevitability of evil
Choices between darkness and light.
Continue reading What do you want?
Self-management is paramount.
It also takes work.
Continue reading Balk: Issues of the idle mind
(3) Cross theology
I conceived this post many months ago, at a time when I did not find what I was hearing on Sunday mornings was meeting my needs or the needs I see in the community. Throughout this piece, I apprehend projecting my own needs onto the community. I might can’t help that.
Continue reading What we need
On or about 03/09/20, my oldest brother was moved into hospice. He has end-stage Parkinson’s disease, and had stopped eating and drinking. So he is not long for this world.
To sum up his life, what comes to me first and last is that he’s a mensch, and a role model for a mensch. Continue reading Mensch
All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all.
This text came to me last week; I must use in a forthcoming podcast or blog post.
This is the music ringing through my mind today. Continue reading Coronavirus
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
I visited the ATM this afternoon to withdraw cash for this next week’s rent. Certain necessities arose at once, and at once drastic changes occurred in my motivations, hopes and dreams.
Continue reading Motivation and necessity
(Originally published July 5, 2013 at Trojan Horse Productions. Reblogged 2014-09-17.)
There is a song from The Sound of Music that relates; it concludes, “… I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.”
Wednesday morning I stood outside McDonald’s having my last smoke before leaving. I considered that as soon as I got to the library, I’d need to count my pennies and plan spending for the rest of the week. I pondered whether or not to buy a soda on my way there. I’d had some unusual spending earlier in the week, and faced some more unusual spending in connection with the 4th of July (The library’s closed.). The wisdom of having bought or not bought a soda at this time would depend on the outcome of that planning.
Continue reading When you can’t get what you want