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Thief in the Night

by baldilocks

I’ve been mostly unplugged this week.

Most know about my hous­ing sit­u­a­tion. I’m stay­ing in tem­po­rary hous­ing in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and it has been, mostly, a blessing.

First there is the fact that I have hous­ing at all. First, let’s just say that I’m a middle-​class girl and a bit of a BAP. I’ve never had to won­der where I was going to live or from where my next meal was com­ing until this past year. When it became obvi­ous that, if I made the choice to stay in Cal­i­for­nia, that I’d be home­less, I asked God for the fol­low­ing: that I’d have a clean, safe place to sleep, wash myself and sun­dries. I knew that I was going to have to rough it a bit, but sleep­ing outside…I only want to have to do that by choice. If God sees fit for me to have to do that, I would ask Him to pre­pare me for it, and, let’s just say that I’m not ready!

I said all that – some repeats – to say some­thing about my fel­low res­i­dents. Before, I had a ten­dency to think of “the Home­less” as some vast, mostly unwashed entity, who couldn’t get it together. That per­cep­tion has changed and it has noth­ing to do with my home­less­ness. The change of mind is a result of talk­ing to the peo­ple around me and being reminded of Jesus’ sec­ond com­mand­ment.

We pub­lic Inter­net peo­ple have a ten­dency to think of a vast por­tion of Amer­i­cans as Low Infor­ma­tion Vot­ers. But, a goodly por­tion of my fel­low “inmates” know more than most about what is hap­pen­ing to our coun­try. Oh sure, there are a num­ber who rather be get­ting high or drink­ing, but I’d say that they are the minor­ity here. The major­ity – no doubt as a result of their mis­for­tunes – have a good han­dle on the direc­tion in which our coun­try is going. They may not fol­low the news as dili­gently as we do, but they can tell which way the wind is blowing.THIEF

In that, they are more for­tu­nate – more blessed – than most of their coun­try­men. For all too many of the lat­ter, dis­as­ter will come like a thief in the night.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, ten­ta­tively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or con­tribute to Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism — -»»baldilocks

by baldilocks

I’ve been mostly unplugged this week.

Most know about my housing situation. I’m staying in temporary housing in Southern California and it has been, mostly, a blessing.

First there is the fact that I have housing at all. First, let’s just say that I’m a middle-class girl and a bit of a BAP. I’ve never had to wonder where I was going to live or from where my next meal was coming until this past year. When it became obvious that, if I made the choice to stay in California, that I’d be homeless, I asked God for the following: that I’d have a clean, safe place to sleep, wash myself and sundries. I knew that I was going to have to rough it a bit, but sleeping outside…I only want to have to do that by choice. If God sees fit for me to have to do that, I would ask Him to prepare me for it, and, let’s just say that I’m not ready!

I said all that–some repeats–to say something about my fellow residents. Before, I had a tendency to think of “the Homeless” as some vast, mostly unwashed entity, who couldn’t get it together. That perception has changed and it has nothing to do with my homelessness. The change of mind is a result of talking to the people around me and being reminded of Jesus’ second commandment.

We public Internet people have a tendency to think of a vast portion of Americans as Low Information Voters. But, a goodly portion of my fellow “inmates” know more than most about what is happening to our country. Oh sure, there are a number who rather be getting high or drinking, but I’d say that they are the minority here. The majority–no doubt as a result of their misfortunes–have a good handle on the direction in which our country is going. They may not follow the news as diligently as we do, but they can tell which way the wind is blowing.THIEF

In that, they are more fortunate–more blessed–than most of their countrymen. For all too many of the latter, disaster will come like a thief in the night.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or contribute to Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>baldilocks