Behind Blue Eyes

  “You’ve got the most beautiful blue eyes!…I’d think with eyes like that, doors would open for you!” “Yeah, well, looks can be deceiving. I’m having a rough day.” Her rough day was a lot different than a rough day for you or me. If her friend decided not to let her stay in her… Continue reading Behind Blue Eyes

Hope for the Homeless

  This week I spotted chamomile growing in the alley near the homeless shelter. Always a little beauty to be found among the weeds and concrete. Chicken and penne were served for lunch. When they were depleted, a big stock pot of hearty vegetable soup was available, plus crackers. Big Ant and I cut up… Continue reading Hope for the Homeless

A Raincoat of Hope

If there’s beauty to be found in an alley with broken pavement near a shelter full of people with broken dreams, trust me to find it. Today, there was a strawberry yarrow plant growing wild. I’m not going to tell you how much I paid for a similar plant at a garden centre! It brightened… Continue reading A Raincoat of Hope

Homeless among the Sunflowers

Anyone who knows me knows that I love sunflowers and the homeless. Across the street from the shelter a local business grows sunflowers alongside the wall of their building each summer. Last night, I saw a homeless man sleeping on the bench in front of the sunflowers. It’s a little tricky to see in the… Continue reading Homeless among the Sunflowers

Apples and Toothless Smiles

  Tendonitis prevented me from serving at the homeless shelter today. So, let me share a tale from last summer. A  sad-looking, older woman named Valerie sat alone at a table. When I smiled at her, she smiled back instantly and beckoned me to come over. She then asked if I had a bag to… Continue reading Apples and Toothless Smiles

Prayers Answered

Burrrrooomboomboomboom! Burrrrooom! I was totally oblivious to the motorcycle as my husband, Guy and I chatted with a friend in the Canadian Tire parking lot. Guy was more attuned to the sound of the bike racing by us. Of course, he noticed the blur of bike and man. A couple of minutes passed and then my… Continue reading Prayers Answered

Three Tough Taste-Testers!

Busy day at the homeless shelter! But, a great Monday with a steady stream of folks coming by, all in an upbeat mood. I think the good weather helps, for sure.  Lots of dishes today for me; I missed my dishwashing partner! He’s home from vacation but had to work at his regular job today. Luckily,… Continue reading Three Tough Taste-Testers!

Castles in the Sky

Let me tell you about one of my favourite people. He’s someone I’ve never even met. St. Thomas. Most people have heard of the apostle Thomas. You know, the one called Doubting Thomas. But, many don’t know what he did for the poor. Legend has it he drew the short straw among the apostles and… Continue reading Castles in the Sky

Part 3-Humanity Behind Homelessness

My sister, Lisa and I parted with the homeless man, Wade and headed to the shelter. We passed a middle-aged barefoot woman with a blank stare on her face. Oh, the stories we’d hear if only we’d listen. A police car dropped off a young, scantily dressed agitated woman. We entered the building to find… Continue reading Part 3-Humanity Behind Homelessness

Part 2-“Just tell him you’re with Wade!”

I zipped up a light sweater instead of changing my top which showed a glimpse of cleavage. Then, Lisa and I headed from our hotel to the homeless shelter. I told her I tucked a twenty dollar bill in my pocket for a donation.  I figured we wouldn’t be able to volunteer at this late… Continue reading Part 2-“Just tell him you’re with Wade!”