I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations all by myself and I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I’m saying.
– Oscar Wilde
Wilde statue in Dublin’s Merrion Square Park. Photo by anaxila.
photo by sampac
Over the weekend, while out and about i was waiting at a stoplight, and there was a homeless man standing on the side of the street with a little sign. Not bothering anyone, not knocking on car windows or anything, just a little sign. Some real “winner” in a fast little car drives by, yelling obscenities at this man. It really made me incredibly sad. This man has gone through some hard times to come to where he is, swallow what pride he had left and ask strangers for charity, and this Joe Nobody yells at him.
The homeless man didn’t do anything to provoke him, nor did he yell at Mr. Speed Demon as he raced away. He just sat there. It got me thinking about how I could help. Granted, I’m not rich, but I do have more than these folks, so why shouldn’t I help out as much as I can? It took forever to find a really good list of things for a “Homeless Care Package,” but this list has some great ideas for your own little gifts.
Brown Paper Lunchbags-reusable and biodegradable. Place all your care package items in one and draw or stamp stuff on the front.
Granola Bars, Saltines, Ritz, Pretzel Sticks, Peanut Butter – food is a tricky subject. Homeless don’t have fridges to carry stuff around in; so egg salad is a definite no-no. but things that last like dry goods are great.
No color exists in a pure state. Color is affected by light, and placement of one color next to another alters the way they are both experienced. Great artists and designers have always noticed this, and used them to influence you as much as they could without writing it out on their canvasses. Let’s put these ideas to the test and think of some fantastic treats in every shade of the rainbow!
Red – Have a Strawberry Shortcake and pile on the strawberries, but skimp on the cream. Tastier and way less cavities!
Photo by baostar
Or better yet, find some Cherry 7-Up lip gloss-no calories whatsoever!
photo by vpasson