Tag Archives: homelessness

Driving and striving to survive a broken ‘Merica


I will never, ever look at a recreational vehicle, van, motor home, or campground the same way again. Not since reading Jessica Bruder’s engrossing, informative, and heartbreaking new book entitled Nomadland. I have long imagined, envied, and eagerly anticipated my … Continue reading

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Is this America’s future?


A landscape of homeless sleeping on the streets beneath the ever-watchful eyes of their wealthy “benevolent” dictator.  It doesn’t have to be this way, folks, provided we stand up, speak out, and skillfully and peacefully combat the evil forces of … Continue reading

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Homelessness in paradise


 Since moving to Traverse City approximately six months ago we have observed a number of political and planning issues that are fairly common in larger cities, but which have percolated to the surface here more recently as the region has … Continue reading

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Where the seeds of Steinbeck’s “wrath” were sown


Below is a letter I have penned to the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author, John Steinbeck. During my recent vacation, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting the National Steinbeck Center and his childhood home in Salinas, California. The … Continue reading

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Are we becoming a scavenger society?


Last night, I stopped by Michigan State University’s state-of-the art Public Recycling Center to drop off my recyclables.  While there, I happened to notice a woman was carrying a metal object with three-prongs at the end of it. As I … Continue reading

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Pedal-powered recycling for those in need


Saturday morning (4/28/12) I was honored to volunteer for several hours with my friends from MSU Bikes and Share-a-Bike to receive donated bicycles for recycling at the local Spring Recycling Event. Bicycles were just one item, among many, that were being … Continue reading

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Subtle indicators of economic distress


While certain aspects of the overall economy have been improving, there are still far too many Americans who have not seen (or found) the light at the end of the Great Recession’s long, dark tunnel. For them, the economy and … Continue reading

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It’s time for all of us to wake up and take notice


Camp Take Notice is an unsanctioned, organized tent city located in one of Michigan’s most prosperous and vibrant communities, Ann Arbor.   According to researcher Andrew Heben’s article in the most recent edition of Planning magazine, “More than two dozen tent cities were … Continue reading

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We are the same…


If there ever was a candidate for theme song of our new blog, my vote would go to  “Underneath the Sycamore” by Death Cab for Cutie (DCFC). Off their masterful new album Codes and Keys, it is a hopeful and … Continue reading

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