Thursday, July 26, 2012

Easy to get in, hard to get out

Reuben talks life.
Tonight we found out the cowboy got stabbed protecting his grand- daughter.

Tonight we found out that Marvin punched his dad to protect his mom.

Tonight we found out that Reuben is desperately trying to stay on the right track, despite the demons. Age saves.

Tonight we found out twice that JimJam woke up, looked in the mirror, and was horrified.

Tonight we found Kenny in his artistic mode.

Tonight we found cats who bring their moms and dads a dead mouse are giving a present.

Tonight we found that Chris would like it to rain, but his brothers who are staying outside don't want it to rain, so Chris doesn't want it to rain either.

Tonight we found that Artist Chris wanted Mr. Kraus and not Horinger or Milo.

Tonight we found out that there's a lot of life that's going on out there while most of us are comfortable in our Akron worlds.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dorkey Drugs, and Pugs

Rodney and friends
Gerald on the side of the road. Johnny just a little farther. Army John on South Street sparks a friendly frenzy, including Mr. House Arrest.

Poppin' wheelies frowned upon by raged license and insurance. Watching a twirling body spin through an open window and into an oven. Bon appetit.

Nate and his Brownies and Reuben and his sauerkraut all lookin' for seconds. 

Funkadelic turns hard punk with some bad brains in the park.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

You wanted me to get something?

What's the answer? What's the question?
The guy with the cane seemed lonely, but I declined his offer. Michael declined the next gentle- man's offer. I was more focused on my text messages and phone calls than what was coming out of people's mouths. Preoccupied by the incarcerated whale in the window, the heavens open and waiting above.

Here's to 5AM pick-ups and arm surgeries.

Here's to teeth hanging on by a thread, yet reluctant to leave their home.

Here's to cleared out woods, relieved of struggling human beings.

Here's to life.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


With the help of Layla and Finnegan, a thumbless handful of HOPE'sters prepared the fixings for this 4th of July.

We ventured out early and met Scott at High and Market, whose sign promoted his want and abilities in cooking and cleaning. Scott also made a cameo in Bob Dyer's article that Mr. Lucas shared with us.

Dyer wrote, "You can’t tell whether panhandlers are legit just by looking." Very true. You also can't tell if a movie is going be any good by just watching the trailer over and over. So, if you're going to use your notoriety, expertise, and influence to inform the public on a particular subject, then get to learn the subject first. Go beyond "just looking" and get to know some of the guys and gals who are flyin' a sign. If you need any help here, Mr. Dyer, please contact me. I'll be more than happy to walk the streets with you, introducing you to people or getting to know people.

By the way, there are two VA rep's in Summit County to help the many vets in the county, some of whom are making their way nicely and some of whom have no idea of the benefits awaiting them.