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”
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)”
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?”
The latest installment of the “View from the Village” blog provides a glimpse into what it was like living in at a high-barrier shelter during the 2020/2021 pandemic lockdown.
I was in the orange one.
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!”
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”
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!)”
Wed 26 Jan 2022 12:08:56 PM PST So last blog post, originally, I was going to write about how I first heard about the folks at Everyone Village and how I came to live there. Instead, the writing veered on a huge detour concerning the attitudes of people in normal society towards the homeless. ItContinue reading “First Contact (Part 2)”
Mon 17 Jan 2022 09:53:47 AM PST Note to reader: This post which is about how I first came to hear about Everyone Village was originally going to have a couple of paragraphs about attitude. The attitude of homeless people in general, towards themselves and each other, as well as the attitude of the generalContinue reading “First Contact (Part 1)”