Material Accomplishments


Christopher, 1986-

“The things I value today are living, listening, learning, helping. Helping but not expecting anything in return.”

What am I most proud in myself? See, that has changed. A year ago I would have said all my material accomplishments. If there wasn’t anything material, it wasn’t important, but that has since changed. Read more »

Coal Miner’s Daughter


Larry, 1957-

“An old song, my best song. . . Coal Miner’s Daughter; remember it?”

Loretta Lynn

Well, I was born a coal miner’s daughter
In a cabin, on a hill in Butcher Holler
We were poor but we had love, Read more »

On a Spiritual Quest


Joshua, 1977-

“I consider myself more a vagabond, on a spiritual quest. A spiritual nomad; I don’t see myself homeless, honesty. Wherever I live is my home.”

It started right after identifying her body. My wife died on Thanksgiving evening, the last sign from her was a receipt for a Tuborg six-pack she bought just outside of Chicago. When she came into Iowa city, Read more »

Important Women in My Life


William, 1963-

“I remember vividly the day I proposed to her. We took a limousine, I got her flowers and champagne; we went to Manhattan, some comedy clubs, and then I took out a ¾ karat engagement ring and asked her to marry me on my knees.”

My mother, without a doubt, was the most important person in my life. She was like me, would do everything for anybody. She loved kids, like me Read more »

We Have a Dream


Joshua, 1992-

“Homeless reservations . . . something positive, not a march of a million tears.”

His friend, who sat quietly, chimes into the conversation. He suggests setting aside pieces of land where homeless people can build a home, or work the earth, build a community. Read more »