Tag Homelessness

Value Added

Stereotype + Mythology If poverty is a tight-rope walk, homelessness is a tight-rope walk in a hurricane while juggling chainsaws, blindfolded. Frugality, poverty, struggle, these are circumstances a lot of successful people are conversant with. The immigrant story. The refugee…

Off Ramp

Sooner or later, a person’s homelessness reaches a point of terminal decline. The undelivered resources, the absence of opportunity, the institutional violence of coercive apathy produce a kind of stasis, a kind of non-life. Beyond survival, no outcome has meaning,…

Numbers/Cost of Living

March 2022 NOTE: This text was written in late 2021, before inflation began to rise. My food costs have, as of March 28, 2022, increased 30%. My income, which as a homeless person is all of $343 monthly, is not…

Creative Targets

Over the past few days I sought and found an Amazon delivery box to change into a container for my rice cooker. I lost it once, having to climb into a recycling dumpster to retrieve it. Today I went to…

Abraca-plaza!

Lazy, and obdurate. Masochists. Filthy, greedy, animals. We are feral. Cunning and vile. We simply do not know what’s good for us. These are the terms City of Toronto applies to the homeless, discreetly. Watch the news, and you’ll see…

Strings… Theory?

The tendency people have to ‘pull string,’ on the homeless is widespread. In case you don’t know what I mean by that, here goes. Any time we encounter an authority figure, they’ll put us in a position of embarrassment. As…

Double-Barrelled Sunshine

Finally a warm evening! Tonight marks the first double-digit positive temperature of 2021. Life during the pandemic has, for me, been spent almost entirely outdoors. Winter has been especially difficult. Much of the work that needs doing for this blog…

a̶l̶s̶e̶ ̶a̶r̶t̶s̶ False Starts

Today was the first mild day of the year. The temperature hovered mid-single-digits into the night. Naked legs and convertibles. The lockdown has really shifted perceptions. We’ve begun in Toronto to re-open, little at a time. Still can’t get my…

Let’s Have a March

A while back I watched Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times.’ It’s hilarious, touching, and an easy watch. The film calls attention to so many of the problems exacerbated by capitalism. Almost one hundred years later, things are not any better.

inSecurity FreshCo

This is a true story about security guards — one who planted items in my belongings in an apparent attempt to have me arrested, and another who shat on the floor of the bathroom in an attempt to…well, I’m not…