cold winds look for smallest
We meet so many children on the byways of the world. There is something we notice often – when we give a little encouragement, those little faces light up. They soak up any kindness.
Lately we heard from a colleague in a really hard place in the world. Mr. I (yeah he lives in one of those areas where you don’t reveal your true identity) works with the street children in his village every day. They too light up with his kindness and devour the time he spends with them.
Mr. I is having a birthday soon and wants more than any gift in the world to give these children something. Winter is coming and he reached out and said “is there any way we could give these children who have nothing a warm blanket or something to wear before winter hits?”
I dont ask for help on my blog Im a writter not a fundraiser. But my only answer for Mr. I was to send what I could which will help a few of those kids and ask if there is anyone else with $10 who could buy a blanket or shirt and pants for a child with no family, no hope.
Here’s where you could send those funds online
or a direct link is: https://secure.egsnetwork.com/donate/431B1AC964984BB
Whether you can help or not thank you for being the light to a child today.
The Needy Shall Not Always be Forgotten… Psalm9:18
Warm your hands
its so cold
how many lives
have been touched
food, beds and such
I dont often promote submission opportunities on my blog. But this submission is the kind where your poetry (and a mere $3 per poem) helps people during the winter months.
Here are the details:
The English Department and Library at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, invite you to submit
poems to our first annual poetry contest supporting the Pendleton Warming Station
The Pendleton Warming Station is a place for those without homes to stay overnight when the temperatures drop below 32 degrees. PWS is open from November 1st to March 31st each year.
To submit, please PayPal $3 per poem (for up to 5 poems) to:
1 page limit per poem. Winner and 5 honorable mentions will be published on the BMCC Library blog. All proceeds will go to the Pendleton Warming Station. We will accept submissions November 24th through December 24th. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced January 1st.
alone with my fears
oars barely strike the surface
boat is shoaled
can you spare a dime
my eyes hunger for the past
my cart empty
This week’s Carpe Diem Haiku Kai writing challenge is to try our hand at Wabi Sabi.
Kristjaan breaks down the two concepts:
“Sabi: As fascinated as Westerners have become with the word, the Japanese have maintained for centuries that no one can really, truly comprehend what sabi really is and thus, they change its definition according to their moods. Bill Higginson, in The Haiku Handbook, calls sabi – “(patina/loneliness) Beauty with a sense of loneliness in time, akin to, but deeper than, nostalgia.” Suzuki maintains that sabi is “loneliness” or“solitude” but that it can also be “miserable”, “insignificant”, and “pitiable”, “asymmetry” and “poverty”. Donald Keene sees sabi as “an understatement hinting at great depths”.
The Technique of Wabi:
The twin brother to sabi who has as many personas can be defined as “(WAH-BEE)-poverty- Beauty judged to be the result of living simply. Frayed and faded Levis have the wabi that bleached designer jeans can never achieve.”
I just read a great article at Bruce Sallan’s blog about the homeless and was prompted to write another segment about the homeless dilemma.
Let’s take a look at the homeless shelter:
- Homeless shelters are often established as transient housing by the state or county. In many counties there are also non-profits (often religious organizations) that provide temporary housing.
- The shelter could be an old apartment house with units.
- The shelter could be set up like an evac center with lines of cots.
- I spent time (as a nursing student) volunteering at a homeless center that had individual cottages for families with a large grassy, play area in the center. The center had originally been a motel built in the 50s.
- Many shelters are for men or women very few are established for families.
- Most shelters have waiting lists.
When I had to look for a place for my daughter and I, our city had a woman’s shelter with two or three bedroom apartments that you share with another mom and her children. My first concern was sharing a domicile for months with someone I didn’t know. The shelter was pretty basic: there were pots, pans and dishes if they hadn’t been taken by the last resident. The furnishings were new in the 60s and fleas and bedbugs were a given. This particular shelter didn’t have a soup kitchen. So on the two to maybe three hundred I would have a month, I would struggle to pay for food, basics (like clothes and toiletries) and transportation for two. Don’t get me wrong, I learned how to live on $300 a month but you don’t save any money to get your own place by living in a shelter. Additionally, most shelters only offer free rent for one month to several months as there are long waiting lists.
I had a friend, across the country, who had to pay rent to stay in a shelter with her daughter. The rationale of her state was “you are getting state and federal subsidies we should get a piece of your measly 400 dollars”.
So with shelters there are several dilemmas: Families often get split up, food can be an extra expense, and the state takes some of the subsidies.
I have not mentioned that many of these men, women and children lived in a nice home months earlier, owned a car, dressed in nice clothes, and ate in the booth next to you in Olive Garden 2 months ago. So the idea of losing job, home and the family is a hard hit.
Please don’t get me wrong if I sound ungrateful or critical. In sub zero temperatures, it is better to be inside and warm even if it’s with the knowledge that your family is across town.
I am grateful that I never had to live in a shelter. The car was my own “space.” The beds and couches of many dear people was so appreciated.
How far does $300 or 150 € get you each month? Could you live on that amount for a month?