We Have a Dream

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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 »

Family Ties

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Christopher, 1986-

“There is that recurring dream that I used to have about my mother. When I was a kid, my mom used to let me sit on her lap in the car, she would use the gas and break, but would let me stir. I used to have dreams of driving, essentially on her lap, and I’d be going through our neighborhood and streets that I didn’t go with her.”

These days, I still talk to my family, but have limited communication. They always want to commit me on 5150* because they are very confused. They find my decision to live on the street crazy. Read more »

Ruined, not Spoiled

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Barbara*, 1939-

“My most blessed treasure is figuring out the difference between spoiled and ruined; it totally changed my life. . . I am not spoiled, I am ruined.”

“You are spoiled,” they would say. “That’s your problem, sss-poiled!

I was labeled by my family as spoiled. My most blessed treasure is figuring out the difference between spoiled and ruined; it totally changed my life. I was 50 years old Read more »

Sea-Star = Sister

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Tona, 1992-

“Sea-Star, just in the way she is. One of us sisters. . . She gives without a thought, and it actually works for her.”

Her name is Sea-Star, spelled Sister. She taught me many things I am still learning to grasp, even today. She taught me how important it is for women to go past the petty things girls have learned over the year, and to connect and support one another. Women become jealous of each other, Read more »

Mt. Shasta

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Joshua, 1977-

“There is a picture of me as a kid, running through a pot field. I still remember doing it, an uncle giving me a quarter for every row of pot plants.”

My stomping ground as a kid. When you live up in the mountains, you live outdoor. Camping, fishing, you spend most of the summer outside and don’t want to come back home. Then comes winter, Read more »