Dec 02 Reblogged
"I’ve got a whole stack of books in my cart. Most of them are advance copies. I know a place where they get thrown out."
“How many books have you read?”
“So why are you homeless?”
“I’ve tried to work a job a bunch of times. But then I get sad, and then I get high, and things fall apart.”
One summer I took the bus to and from an apartment I rented in New Haven, CT. I’d transfer buses at the Yale Green. There was a well-read homeless man who would find me sitting on the grass waiting for the bus. He’d sit beside me and start to read aloud. He was a little guy with a deep, soothing voice. He remembered from day-to-day where we left off, would recap briefly, then start reading.
I don’t know that we ever had a conversation, but I love that he did this.
He read me most of Great Expectations, then his girlfriend was arrested. They were gone a long while, someone said he sat outside the prison waiting for her. His girlfriend Chantal was a free spirit, maybe a little crazy. She called me Vergie — thought I looked like the Virgin Mary. I’d be crossing the Green I’d hear her a long way off yelling Vergie! Vergie! Vergie?!I wonder what happened to them.
They borrowed the books from a free book bin behind the local bookstore, then returned them for another.
How Lucky is This?
I forgot my handbag / wallet this morning. I have a check to deposit, but no ID and my car is running on fumes. I picked up my mail as I was driving to work. I just opened everything, and as luck would have it. My new passport arrived! Suddenly, I have the ID I need to run my life until I get home. :)
Relationships are complicated….
- A friend of mine asked me to follow her cousin on FB as he also has chickens (seriously folks that is just ONE facet of my life) Anyway, I did. Here’s his post this morning…
Yes we ” Were friends ” before you did me dirty girl! Now because you are on your way to Las Vegas you wanna hit me up for a plug cause you know im from the town? Nah chick keep it movin, i gots NADA for you.. DUECES….
- Along similar lines - I play WWF with a kid who works for my buddy of mine. He’s a really good player and we have fun. He has a new girlfriend. So here’s our chat dialogue yesterday…
Winter Months - Help the Homeless
Just a reminder, as the temps drop, the number of homeless showing up in shelters skyrockets across the country. Shelters are currently scrambling for beds and supplies to care for their needs. If you can spare a few bucks for your local shelter, or ask what they need, it may be the best holiday giving you do.
Even here in balmy Southern California it’s not unusual that the night time temps drop down into the 30s and 40s.
Animal shelters are also looking for donations and blankets.
- I was speaking my friend's daughter's buddy Tyler on Thanksgiving eve. I'm not sure what we were talking about prior, but he suddenly got all excited and asked...
- "Do you know Brené Brown?"
- I laughed. "Yes, I'm a huge fan of her work."
- "In fact, I'm currently taking her Gifts of Imperfection class online."
- He smiled wide
- "I like you so much better now!"
Dec 01 Reblogged
Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Photo by: Steve Evans
Beautiful composition / photo.
San Jose, CA
Both Jon and I have traveled and have brought back art pieces from our various trips. Our interests are a bit different, I have a lot less Dia de los Muertos and religious iconography. Oddly though, over the years our houses have come to look more and more alike, in fact the most alike of anyone else that I know.
The main difference is that he has a LOT of stuff on display, and art he has commissioned on the walls, while I don’t tend to, but I do love the pieces he has.
I think as a priest, and now an only child, that he should pass them all along to me when he dies, right?*
*Don’t worry, he’ll outlive me, he’s a total health junkie.
GPOY - Disheveled at the Beach
Jon took this on Thanksgiving and it made me laugh - Looking haggard with the added bonus of I don’t know what’s up with my hair, lol.
No, that’s not a dead animal lying on the beach though it looks like it.
This is Pacifica, CA My family lived on the interior cliffs from 1962-1969
Immigration Reform Rally
San Jose, California
November 27, 2013
1,100 - 1,200 deportations take place in America on a daily basis often tearing apart families. NOTE: Congresswoman Lofgren is the speaker
More Oaxaca Festival
Fiesta de la Virgen de Juquila
November 29, 2013
This is my 9,000th post
Gilroy, CaliforniaNovember 29, 2013
This festival was wonderful. It had lots of color (like Oaxaca, Mexico) and was a mix of religious and pagan. Parading Mary to the church and dancing puppets with huge boobs. So much fun!
San Jose, California©Laura Quick
My friend Jon is a priest, first and foremost, but he also hold a Masters degree in music and plays music frequently with his friends. Therefore, his house chock is full of musical instruments from around the world. I really noticed it today - he stores three guitars and a clarinet in the guest bathroom, in another room there’s an Asian xylophone, in the center room drums, and all manner of small instruments - ocarinas, maracas, etc…
The top photo has a folded piece of metal pierced with holes and filled with gravel - it makes a nice shus-shus sound. Next to it is a mini rain stick and a gourd with rattan edging.
The bottom shows the xylophone. Jon spotted it on a trip we took to L.A.s garment district a decade ago and we dragged it home. Also a bowl of ocarinas and a couple of drums.