Surprise Visit

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Bruce, 1980-

“My mom is pretty much going to curse me out, then squeeze me, then curse me out and squeeze me some more.”

A lot of people are important to me. My family is important, but it is also part of my depression, which is the reason why I left home a while back. But still, even so, it is a combination, mixed feelings. Being away from home, a little bit is pride, to be honest, but a lot of it is Read more »

Marijuana

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Sean, 1978-

“You know what it made me do? It made me stop thinking about what other people think about me, and these people aren’t even thinking those things about me. It was me thinking them.”

My biggest regret? Not asking Leslie Davis out! he laughs. The only other regret I have, not smoking pot in college. Not kidding. Marijuana saved my life. It helped with my anxiety. Remember, I was going to shoot myself. It saved my life. I’m not a pills person, I hate pills to death; I’m not a needle person, I’m phobic of needles. And drinking myself to death would really suck, too.

One day, my little brother got me high, Read more »

Fusion Cuisine

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Bruce, 1980-

“After that, she no longer put me out of the kitchen. As a matter of fact, she let me participate in her cooking. She started teaching me how to cook, her and my dad. From that point on, cooking has become one of my passions.”

Growing up, there were a lot of things that I loved to do that I want to turn into my dream now. One of them is to open my own restaurant. When I was a little boy, I told myself, ‘When mom and dad cook, it smells so good, I bet I could do it myself.’ So, I got to the stove, I had to get a stool, and then Read more »

S-E-L-F

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Sean, 1978-

“I allowed myself to feel there was nothing else I could possibly do in the world, and I allowed myself to be scared of actually going forward. Then one Sunday, I said, ‘No more!’”

I am most proud of my art. And also, I am proud of me learning about myself. S-E-L-F, self. I came out here on a whim, I came out here because I got so sick and tired of my life that I was going to shoot myself. I had it all planned out. Read more »

Positive Distractions

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Bruce, 1980-

“All these surroundings [of ordinary people] are positive distractions. They are all anti-drugs, anti-depression, they keep you out of harm’s way. But if you are homeless, what have you?”

The music that I love listening to keeps me out of harm’s way. I wish there was more positive distractions. I think one of the problems with homeless people, drugs and alcohol, is that there’s not enough distraction. Teenagers have drug centers. A drug center you can do all kinds of stuff, that’s your positive distraction, that’s your positive activities to occupy your time, and on top of that, Read more »