Monthly Archives: June 2011

One at a Time

In 1968, at the age of 17, he [Tony Hernandez] had run away from home and been living on the streets for a year, but he got his parents’ approval to join the Marines, he said, and was stationed in Okinawa. His military records state he attained the rank of sergeant and served in transportation and shipping before receiving an honorable discharge in 1974.

via A struggling veteran finds guardian angels – chicagotribune.com.

How do you change the world?  One step at a time.  If each of us went out of our way to help just one other person, can imagine you how much better life would look for the human race?  Just one person at a time.


Streetwalking with Jesus

My first reaction to seeing a group of men prostituting themselves was to ask, “Why don’t they just get a job?” It was only after several years of walking with these men and listening to their stories that I realized that it wasn’t that easy. They were conditioned. If I wanted to help, I would need to get in their cage.One young man who taught me this was Jim.

via Streetwalking with Jesus – Home.

Emmaus Ministries was the first program I volunteered with when I moved to Chicago.  John Green, who founded Emmaus and wrote the book quoted above, has a wife Caroline who is a folk musician.  She and Mike Choby were performing at the Barnes and Noble Cafe in Schaumburg near where I lived.  Many of her songs were about the homeless men she and her husband worked with.  It was like a sign.  I’d moved to the city to do exactly the kind of work she was singing about and there she was–with flyers to hand out no less.

There is no such thing as coincidence.


Myths and Misconceptions

It is a tragic aspect of our culture that homeless people, in addition to suffering from the hardship of their condition, are subjected to alienation and discrimination by mainstream society.
It is even more tragic that alienation and discrimination often spring from incorrect myths and stereotypes which surround homelessness. The following examines some of the myths and the realities about homelessness

via National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty


Chicago Graffiti

via Chicago Graffiti at Draw Graffiti Letters.


Paint It Black History

The song began with Wyman playing organ at a recording session, in parody of the group’s former co-manager Eric Easton, who had been an organist. Charlie Watts accompanied the organ by playing a vaguely Middle Eastern drum part; Watts’ drum pattern became the basis for the final song. Brian Jones contributed the song’s signature sitar riff (having taught himself to play after a visit with George Harrison), and Jagger contributed to the lyrics, seemingly about a man mourning his dead girlfriend. More literally, it is about using the visual trick of painting everything black in the mind’s eye. Both electric and acoustic guitars and the background vocals are provided by Richards. The piano is played by Jack Nitzsche

via Paint It, Black – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.