Wednesday, July 4, 2012

"Relatively Insane..............Summer Reading/Other Voices...........

Good Morning;

Well it's 2:22am.,  no, now it's 3:20am. and I'm sitting here behind the library watching TV and fighting the keyboard again. I was at Jenn's for 4 nights and 4 days watching the grandmonsters, avoiding the heat and the huge thunderstorm Friday night, washing a load of clothes, showering, fighting fleas, getting ready to leave 3 times and having plans changed 3 times and staying one more night, having today's departure moved from 1:00 pm. to 2:30 pm. to 6:30 pm. to 7:00 pm....and finally leaving there after 8:00 pm.
(I ended up getting on the train at Timonium at 8:30 pm. and after one bus never showed and barely making the third connection because the bus I finally did catch was 20 minutes late too. I reached Pikesville after 11:00 pm.....& I'm NOT a happy camper.)
And I am still too wound up to discuss the fighting between my daughter and her husband that drove me upstairs to sit in the still overly hot kitchen after Midnight last night. And the craziness that her m-i-l is both spouting and doing has me wondering whether the multiple vectors of tension and dysfunction in that house is one of the many contributing factors to this ever tightening downward spiral I feel trapped in.

But with the insane heat this year, with more 99 - 100+ degree
temperatures forecast for the weekend, and having no other regular place to shower and wash......

So.. I was just checking my e-mail and attached to one from one of the coordinators of the "Faces Of The Homeless" Speakers Bureau was this flyer;
Baltimore Area
Faces of Homelessness
Speakers’ Bureau

Sponsored by: Health Care for the Homeless Inc., Beans and Bread Center,
Project PLASE, and National Coalition for the Homeless

The Baltimore Area Speakers Bureau is a public education program that aims to

  • Dispel myths/stereotypes about homelessness
  • Personalize, individualize, and put a “face” on homelessness
The speakers are individuals who have personally experienced homelessness, and are the true experts on the topic. The “Faces of Homelessness” Speakers’ Bureau builds opportunities for members to advocate for themselves and others and to build bridges within the community.

A standard presentation includes up to three panelists with firsthand experience of homelessness and a discussion moderator. While presentations can be customized for particular groups, classes, or events, presentations typically follow this outline:

  • Introduction and Stereotypes (5-10 minutes)
  • Speaker Testimonies from 2-3 speakers (10-20 minutes each)
  • Question and Answer (15+ minutes)

For more information on hosting a “Faces of Homelessness” Speakers’ Bureau panel, check out our blog at or contact:

And this is their website;

She wrote that she had read the "City Paper" column, and I guess followed the link to blog and from their got my e-mail.

It looks like an interesting program and I think I'll stop by and listen one Wednesday, when it's not so damn hot and midday travel isn't as exhausting.
Here is a link to a blog 
that I subscribe to, "Being Homeless In Baltimore",
A moving and passionate post by Marc Schumann:

It's actually quite comfortable right now, with a fairly strong wind.I am considering packing up and heading over to the shed and leaving the door open for a while hoping it cools it off and airs it out.....after this episode of "American Dad"....umm I mean "It's Always Sunny In Philaelphia", [it's now 4:16 am.].

Tomorrow, (, I have to go down and talk to Monkee, put together a second column to send to Evan for editing, for next weeks City Paper. I also have to complete and e-mail the forms to them so I can get paid, now that I've worked out an address to use.

Okay.....theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeessssssssssssssssssssss
is going apesshit again.....

[4:38 am.--"King Of The Hill"}

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