The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Hobos (More Lessons From E!V)

I hope you don’t mind the title. I tend to not care about terminological sensitivity. I don’t mind hobo, bum, tramp, homeless as quick terms to label my fellow street veterans.I guess it is in style to call us ‘unhoused’ these days as if getting the terminology right is somehow helping. I also tend toContinue reading “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Hobos (More Lessons From E!V)”

When is a Kitchen Not a Kitchen?

In the last post, I touched on the idea, not one of my own by the way, that the skills that help you survive on the street are not the same skills that will allow you to reintegrate with polite society, such as it is, or even here at Everyone Village, our own take onContinue reading “When is a Kitchen Not a Kitchen?”

The Omen: Whiteaker Edition

Before we get into specific lessons, I wanted to talk about an omen I experienced before I moved into E1V. I am not totally superstitious about these things, like I don’t think everything I hear or see is a secret message to me or anything like that, and part of me finds these little guidepostsContinue reading “The Omen: Whiteaker Edition”

The Lessons of Everyone Village (Part One)

One of the great things for me about living here in E1V is how different it has been from every place I have ever lived before, and with this newness, came the slow dawning realization that many of the life strategies I had been using up to now were no longer useful. Habits that wereContinue reading “The Lessons of Everyone Village (Part One)”

You Mean I Haven’t Been Kicked Out Yet?

These blog posts are so funny. It always turns out the same way, you know, like I start off writing one thing: I have an idea what I’m going to do, how I’m going to do it. Then suddenly the whole thing takes a U-turn and then a left turn, and finishes off with aContinue reading “You Mean I Haven’t Been Kicked Out Yet?”

Moving In: Release the Hope Balloons!

If you read the last post, you know that there was a lot of turmoil and doubt going through my mind in the weeks leading up to moving to Everyone Village. This drama was partially self-created and partially the result of having lived in a rescue shelter for something like a decade. It wasn’t untilContinue reading “Moving In: Release the Hope Balloons!”

Mr. In-Between Gets to Yes

When we left off at the last blog post, I had just gone to a meeting with Heather from Everyone Village that cheered me up. And it made me feel like I was going to have a place to live. Except that very often, things don’t remain simple when you’re dealing with homeless people. (AndContinue reading “Mr. In-Between Gets to Yes”

First Contact (Part 3) Conclusion (Finally!)

Mon 31 Jan 2022 08:01:09 AM PST If I am going to sum up the last two parts of this post I would describe them as a plea for understanding a mindset that on the surface seems pretty indefensible. You see the same guy for years, walking the streets, doing nothing, and you can’t helpContinue reading “First Contact (Part 3) Conclusion (Finally!)”