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Disclaimer: I know most of my readers are compassionate people. So this is directed toward–well, you’ll know who you are.
From the first time I came to America with T, then my boyfriend, I have been shocked at the number of homeless here. Continue reading
Posted in Austin, Consumption, Food, Housing, Society
Tagged 47%, America, Amerika, Austin, daklozen, DPchallenge, giving money to the homeless, handouts, homeless, opinion, society, there but for, thuislozen
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I know this is a man, but it’s a good picture, isn’t it?
In an earlier post I wrote about Steve, a homeless guy I see almost every day after dropping off the kids at school.
Another homeless person I’ve met, but only once, was a woman in her late thirties or early forties. It was a cold and rainy day, and I stopped at the traffic light she was at, beside an overpass, in between showers. When I gave her some money she thanked me and told me to stay dry. Continue reading
Posted in Austin, Housing, Society
Tagged Austin, daklozen, homeless, homeless and dogs, homeless shelters and pets, honden, opinion, pets, seizure alert dogs, society, thuislozen
The homeless can always use help, but winters are especially hard. So here’s a list of things that are easy and inexpensive and can make a big difference for someone trying to stay warm and dry out there. Continue reading
Posted in Housing, Society
Tagged Amerika, Christmas, daklozen, feestdagen, helping the homeless, holidays, homeless, society, Thanksgiving, thuislozen
Right now lots of extra people are homeless due to Hurricane Sandy. But I’m going to write about some of the long-term homeless in Austin who I meet while waiting for a green light on my many drives around town. If for no other reason than that I already had most of this post ready before Sandy hit. Continue reading
Every now and then I make myself unpopular with many of my neighbors. We have a Yahoo group, which is great, because with lightning speed we can get the word out about a lost dog or a scam artist in the neighborhood. But sometimes it can get contentious, and when it does, it seems that I’m often right in the middle of it. I have no idea why, because I’m just mild, non-confrontational, li’l ole me, right readers? Continue reading
Posted in Housing, Transportation
Tagged children, DPchallenge, humor, kids in the street, kinderen op straat, opinion, safety, traffic, veiligheid, verkeer
When I was young in the Netherlands, we lived in an old farmhouse in Eemnes, and by old I mean from 1607. Continue reading
I’ve posted before on my frustration about above-ground power lines and how dangerous they are in a storm. And in certain footage of the tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri, two days ago, the first thing you see when the tornado touches down is a power line being snapped. Continue reading
Posted in Housing, Nature, Technology
Tagged architecture, beton in huizen Amerika, bouwen Amerika, concrete in tornadoes, Joplin tornado, opinion, safety regulations housing construction, safety regulations tornadoes, technology, tornado damage, wervelwinden en veiligheid VS, Wervelwinden Verenigde Staten