Skip to main content

This is Dan.


Other than going to work I hadn’t been out of the house in a week so this evening I went for a walk.  That’s how I met Dan. He has been on the street for about three years, he told me. The last place he was staying was burned to the ground while he was at a shelter. He was at a shelter because the house had no heat and he was cold, so when he says “staying” he was probably squatting. And when I note this please know that it is without judgment, but it is part of his story. This image is much closer than we were actually standing, we were easily ten feet apart. I noticed that Dan was keeping his distance and asked if he were concerned about the virus. He was, he told me, that’s why he hasn’t been staying in shelters even though the bunks were spread far apart. He also said the shelters were simply not safe. When asked where he was staying he wouldn’t tell me directly, which is understandable and not uncommon. We talked for about ten minutes. He was well spoken and not under the influence. He is 63 and from Northern NY State and has done all sorts of construction work but is now tired and his body hurts, he added. I have to comment that Dan never asked me for money. Someone recently gifted me a stack of cash cards for McDonald’s with the sole purpose that I give them to street people, so I offered him one and gave him a couple dollars as well. Still keeping our distance, I told Dan that I would set the money and the card on the ground for him to retrieve as I stepped away. We both laughed, but I really wished I could have shaken his hand. Some that are reading this are already drawing conclusions and opinions about Dan (and possibly me as well), and that’s okay. To that I’ll say that all of us have problems—every single one of us—and that no one aspires to live on the street, but some end up there. Each one of us has the same worth. If there’s anything this virus has taught us it should be that it is not selective. It strikes all equally. It doesn’t discriminate and neither should we. After parting I walked home through the quiet streets and could hear the sound of my own footsteps, and it occurred to me that tomorrow is Palm Sunday.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Orange Cucumbers

Hello. Likely you have found your way to this page via a link or a search engine. Thank you; I'm glad you're here. Hopefully you'll find the rest of my blog interesting (here's my home page). Urban Simplicity is also on Facebook, please click here. Thanks again for visiting. Peace.


For about a month now I've been wondering what the hell these were hanging off the cucumber vines in my garden. When I googled orange cucumber I found that there are/were multitudes wondering the same thing. It also seems that most, like me, thought they were planting pickling cucumbers. As it turns out (from the best that I can tell) these are a somewhat new crossbred variety designed to be loaded with vitamins. To read short article about them at the website of the USDA click here. To see a photo of them compared to pickling cucumbers (what I thought I was planting) click here. They are interesting looking...and tasty, too...they have an almost acidic, lemony aftertaste to them...I s…

Ezekiel Bread

Hello. Likely you have found your way to this recipe via a link or a search engine. Thank you; I'm glad you're here. Hopefully you'll find the rest of my blog interesting (here's my home page). If you borrow the recipe I only ask that you give me credit and that you link it back to this blog. Since writing this recipe I have updated it a few times and this recipe is my favorite. If you want other healthy and easy to make whole wheat bread recipes please click here. If you want to follow Urban Simplicity on Facebook, please click here. Thanks again for visiting. Peace.

I eat a lot of bread; I always have. I eat bread virtually with every meal, and thus I feel that I am living proof that bread does not make a person fat. I find it odd that humans have been consuming bread in one form or another for something like 6 thousand years...and all of a sudden it is considered fattening. The problem, I think, is lifestyle and the quality of the bread you consume...I'll admit …

Ezekiel Bread...my interpretation

I've posted recipes for this bread--or variations of it--in the past on numerous occasions, but the two most popular are here and here. Those two posts, in fact, draw the largest amount of visitors to this blog everyday (through search engines, I imagine). Yup, I can carry things on my bike until I'm blue in the face, and talk about quotes and all things spiritual...but the topic that gets the most hits are my recipes for Ezekiel Bread.

This post is a little different in that I made the bread at home (opposed to at work in a commercial kitchen), and I did not use any refined (white) flour; just whole wheat. And for that reason the recipe is slightly different than the others (a printable recipe follows the pictures). This one, I believe, is more true...refined flour was unknown in biblical times. But I'm getting ahead of myself. In this post I also wanted to offer some of my personal views on Ezekiel bread and its recipes in general (I know what you're thinking...here…