Tunnel Vision

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Christopher, 1986-

“When I have the mentality that I know it all, then I don’t need to research, I don’t need to try and grow, I don’t need to talk to people, I don’t need to learn because I already know all the answers.”

Born and raised in Sacramento, I’m the youngest of four siblings. I was actually a really good student, and a good soccer player. About three years ago, after working in banking for about five years, I decided I wanted to explore the world. Read more »

Work Song

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Joshua, 1992-

♪ WORK SONG ♪
By Hozier

Boys workin’ on empty
Is that a kind of way to face the burning heat
I just think about my baby
I’m so full of love I could barely eat

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Indestructible Truth

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Barbara*, 1939-

“With insight meditation, all the stuff you ignored all your life, all of a sudden you realize what it is about. They call this meditation vipassana, which means insight, and you do get insight.”

I am a nun, I have lived in monasteries. I left the monastery, but still wear my robe every day. The definition of Buddhism as a nontheistic religion made me an instant believer. It spoke to me, and I pursued it to ordination. In the monastery I learned to meditate Read more »

Trespassing on a Public Bench

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Bertha, 1951-

“Say what?!”

This is my famous bench. Everything you see here, the cart, blankets, clothes, the radio, is mine. She crochets while talking, a thick vibrant blue thread in her lap. Over there, she frees one hand and points behind her without looking, is the city council, that white building. Whenever they have their meetings, they can look out the windows and see me. Read more »

Dual Diagnosis

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William, 1963-

“When I settle down at Bonita House, I’m going to write a book about my life. Dual Diagnosis, I’ll call it. It is time the community learned about it.”

I had a rough childhood. I was seeing a psychiatrist since I was about eight years old. Anxiety, inability to focus, and getting in with the antisocial crowd. My addiction started young Read more »