A Grateful Dead Traveler

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Sean, 1977-

“I don’t understand going to work every day and working for somebody else, working for a paycheck. Then that is what your life becomes, that’s why your heart is beating. So many people are unhappy because of it, because that’s not what they really want. ”

I have been traveling for the past 21 years. One of my best childhood memories is traveling with my family. We didn’t have much money, but my father saved up for a trip every year. One year, Read more »

A Firefighter

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Joshua, 1977-

“Trees would explode and ambers, the size of bowling balls, would come hurling off the side of the hills. The fire, so windy, like a tornado, still lifting things up and shooting them into the sky, and then they start falling down like meteors.”

For about a year and a half, while serving time, I worked as a firefighter. I was on the valley fire last year, in 2015. Read more »

Involuntary 2nd Degree Robbery

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Larry, 1957-

“After, I couldn’t get a job. Even jobs I could have got, I couldn’t no more. I couldn’t do nothing after that. People didn’t respect me because I was a robber.”

My biggest regret? Going to prison. I went into a restaurant with my nephew and another friend. All of a sudden, my nephew jumps, me and my friend, we was shocked. Read more »

Street Sheet

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William, 1963-

“Today, it is going to buy my medicine for my diabetes, my insulin. Without the Street I would not survive.”

An inspiration? Every day, I see people, friends, getting inside and working their way off the street. By recycling or selling paper, he points at the Street Sheet* magazine he sells. It gives me hope. Read more »

Family Ties

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Sean, 1977-

“I am also still close to my siblings, though we don’t talk as much as we probably should, but it’s not that we don’t love each other.”

My father passed away, unfortunately. My biggest regret is not spending more time with him, without a doubt. He always inspired me. Read more »