Homeless Hungry

by Miki Kuwabara

As I was at a red light on my way home from running errands today, I spotted a man (possibly late 30s) holding a cardboard sign. It read, “Homeless Hungry”. He had a lost look in his eyes which broke my heart. I didn’t have much time since the light was about to turn green, but I grabbed a couple of dollars I usually keep handy in my car for snacks and handed them to him. He accepted them very gently and said, “Thank you Sweetie”. As I drove away, I couldn’t help but think about the increased numbers of people living on the streets lately. Every day, on my way to work, I always see homeless people. No, I’m not driving through the ghetto, I’m traveling through nice residential and city areas. There’s also a disturbing trend of the homeless being younger and younger. I could understand how easy it could be to end up living on the street because the cost of living is so high here in Southern California and many people live paycheck to paycheck, just “keeping their heads above water”.
I know a couple of dollars is not going to solve all of “Homeless Hungry” problems. But I do it more with the hope that the person realizes someone cares.
The following photo is one that I took of a woman sleeping across the parking lot from a big grocery store. Shoppers came out with carts full of food and didn’t seem to notice this lady. The scene reminded me of a song by Phil Collins called, “Another Day In Paradise”.

"It's cold and I've nowhere to sleep"

“It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep”

“She calls out to the man on the street
‘Sir, can you help me?
It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep,
Is there somewhere you can tell me?’
He walks on, doesn’t look back
He pretends he can’t hear her
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there

Oh think twice, it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice, ’cause it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise, think about it

She calls out to the man on the street
He can see she’s been crying
She’s got blisters on the soles of her feet
She can’t walk but she’s trying

Oh think twice, ’cause it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice, it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise, think about it

Oh Lord, is there nothing more anybody can do
Oh Lord, there must be something you can say
You can tell from the lines on her face
You can see that she’s been there
Probably been moved on from every place
‘Cause she didn’t fit in there

Oh think twice, ’cause another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice, it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise, just think about it, think about it
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise
It’s just another day for you and me in paradise, paradise
Just think about it, paradise, just think about it
Paradise, paradise, paradise”
Songwriters: COLLINS, PHIL
© EMI Music Publishing

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

by Miki Kuwabara

Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach, California

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Floating In The Big Blue Sea!

by Miki Kuwabara

Although the wind has picked up and created choppy conditions, my friend is having so much fun floating in the ocean at Huntington Beach.

Floating In The Big Blue Sea

Floating In The Big Blue Sea

This image is for entry into the “Depths of Perception” competition.

http://www.cruise.co.uk/blog/depths-of-perception-ocean-waves-photoblog-competition/

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

by Miki Kuwabara

This week, the challenge is to share a texture found in an unexpected place.
I found it at low tide!

Snail at low tide

Snail at low tide

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

by Miki Kuwabara

This week we are challenged to show “something that contains something else”.

While sailing the other day, I spotted quite a few colorful containers all lined up and ready to be shipped off from the Port of Long Beach. This is the second-busiest container port in the United States, after the Port of Los Angeles, which it adjoins.

Containers at Port of Long Beach

Containers at Port of Long Beach

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Wake Up Bud!

by Miki Kuwabara

Wake up African Violet bud. It’s your time to bloom!

Almost ready to bloom

Almost ready to bloom

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Good Morning Sun!

by Miki Kuwabara

Soakin' up the rays!

Soakin’ up the rays!

More photos available at http://mikikuwabara.zenfolio.com

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