Skip to main content

This is Jersey


This is Jersey, I stopped to chat with him while out for a walk this morning. You may recall Jersey as I profiled him a few months ago. With businesses closed there are few street people out, but Jersey is always there. Periodically I stop to chat with him but it has to be the right time; if I see that he is intoxicated I keep walking. It’s not that he is threatening but more so simply annoying in his persistence to ask for money. The first time I spoke with him he told me his story and I didn’t post it then just as I will not now. It is too personal and I am concerned that some may judge. But what I will say is that it seems the system has failed him. When speaking with him it is easy to see why he cannot work and how he is trapped in the spiral of living on the street. When I stopped today he said he remembered me, that I was that “camera guy.” He seemed happy to talk to someone; I’ve seen people scream at him and call him all sorts of names in response to his asking for money. Jersey admitted that it was difficult right now because there are not many people around but he is getting by. At this point—surprisingly—he hadn’t asked for money, so I offered him a gift card to a local restaurant and he lit up. I asked if I could capture his image again and he said sure, then he pulled down his face mask and struck a pose. All of us want to be seen. All of us want to look our best, even on the street. And we all have that same sparkle in our eye—that same spark of divinity which is given freely and equally at birth—but sometimes it gets shrouded by any number of things. Today when speaking with Jersey that spark from within shone brightly and it helped me remember who we both are. Fellow humans on planet earth. As I parted Jersey went in the other direction excited to get a sandwich and fries for lunch. #peopleofbuffalo

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…