I go to sleep most nights and wake up not know where I am or where I’ve been and who was with me.
I lie in the grass where I am surrounded by these dandelions realizing that I can make a necklace. I am somewhere from my past where there were other children my age. Where am I?
There is this wonderful broken road that was important enough to build around the mountain, but now it moves through a piece of the mountain. It is near the ocean, but being makes it a special place. Where am I?
I am moving slowly up and up with a clickety click and swoosh, I am going down at so fast my eyes are watering. I am spinning and finally my stomach catches up to me. Where am I?
I see amazing buildings older than my country. I smell sweets that I have never lived around. I see a palace with mirrors all around me. Where am I?
I lie feeling warm yet cold and smell the air. I hear rushing water and a train passing by. Where am I?
I open my eyes and realize that I was asleep dreaming of past times. I am camping at a park with a stream near the train because it was hidden. I was in my sleeping bag in my tent. While being homeless, I realized that having a good camp spot can make a world of a difference in getting good rest.
Lately in my apartment building, there have been plenty of people that have lost their homes. I can count at least 7 this year that I know personally. I know that it is hard to maintain a place when you are used to being on the streets or coming from the homeless community.
Most of the people that lived in this building that I knew had previously been homeless, had mental conditions, and/or had substant abuse issues. When someone becomes homeless, most people have had a bad experience that got them there. Once homeless for two years or more these people start to develop additional issues and conditions that may be hard to fix. For example, some people have a bipolar disorder. While these people with bipolar can be treated, they are homeless and it makes it hard to work on the condition with medical assistance on a consistent due to no permanent residence. After awhile, they start to self-medicate (abuse substances) to ease the condition.
Now the homeless have a chance for a place “Alone” and are expected with case management to function normally. I agree that this sounds great to an outsider looking in. Case management can help the few people that don’t need tons of supervision and help to do normal tasks but resources for additional assistance. For example, these almost normal people just need to utilize additional assistance (food banks, utility assistance, and rental assistance) to stay afloat. Unfortunately, most of the people that come from the homeless community also need routine mental help, schedule weekly contact on what a normal person does.
At the end of the day, most of these previously homeless clients are creating habits that are bound to cause a loss of their residence. I think case management should monitor them for at least six months and then recommend accordingly. Most of the case management have such a large workload that they don’t have time for such individual attention. There are groups available for people who really want to progress but by the time they realize it is necessary, they are in the process of losing their place.
I have often thought there should be a group or program to teach residents coming from a homeless community how or what to expect to be normal again. For example, having a monthly budget and how to slowly interact with a community, and finding a project to take up some wasted time to prevent substance abuse. I think they all, of course, take a computer class.
As someone heading in the senior direction, I think they have a wonderful life. Most of them have lots of benefits like discounts and stuff. Also, there are apartment buildings that house only seniors in them to live. Of course, there are some things I don’t look forward to. I know there are some seniors that have tons of aches and pains. Plus, sometimes it may be difficult for some to move around. I know there are some that are doing great but are very lonely.
I have often thought of volunteering in senior residents just to learn so much about them. Maybe I could create a senior blog where it talks about stories that come from them that have never been told. Also, I could learn so much from them since most of the things we go through have been done before.
In regards to people on the outside looking in, I have seen lots of people looking in on my life with all of them having different views of what they see happening. I am an open person so their views should all be the same. I think when we look at someone else’s life we should always try to picture ourselves in their shoes before we judge or think we know what is happening. I can’t wait for comments on this blog to see what people think.
I may not have visited recently, but the visit to Paris was one that I won’t forget. I went on a honeymoon years ago to Paris and London. Paris was my favorite of the trip. I love the pastry shops. I felt like a kid a candy store.
Forgive me of my blurry pictures but this next was right after we arrived in Paris. We had drinks with our guide at the hotel and I was a bit tipsy when I took this picture of Notre Dame.
I have a few more pictures of my Paris trip, but we did celebrate quite often so I do if I should post more. I left with a bottle of raspberry liqueur which was so good it lasted a year after we left. I actually went to the Eiffel Tower in the daytime and climbed some steps. I think I eat a cafeteria there. This happened back in 2003 so forgive of the fuzzy details.
This next picture is of the original Statue of Liberty. Ours was a gift from Paris. I thought that this may be important to everyone.
I posted this blog to show I much I enjoyed my trip and would go again even if there were terrorists. I also visited the Louvre, Versailles, and Avenue des Champs-Élysées. I have a some more pictures, but I thought this should be about how Paris has proven they are an important part of my life.
There is one more thing I would like to mention. I remember as a child in my school that it was required for all students the watch this movie called. “The Red Ballon“. This to me is something Americans posted in children’s heads to remind them the rest of their lives of filmmaking.
As I sit here listening to the rain, I think about going out for a little while. I have a rough day with people refusing to pay me my money and other people pretending that they have my back. I have been blogging most of the day too! I want to enjoy one of mother nature’s pure experience.
I sit and think about Noah’s story. It rained over a month and I am sure it was damp and humid. Everyone stuck together for such a long time and getting to know each other well. I am sure the smells were bad too. How can someone live with that much rain and not feel sad because they can go walking around? Being able to walk or sing in the rain would be nice.
I have seen the movie before. I know on the cartoon “Robots” they did a similar song. I know plenty of people use the rain to make them happy and feel like singing. I don’t like water myself, but I think I should get out the house anyway. The rain seems better in my apartment because I am at the top of the building and I can hear it pretty good.
I decided, some time back, to create an image that only my friends and family would understand. My love of chocolate was well known, but I remember someone thinking I was the color of milk chocolate. My first attempt was creating my first email with the name Chacalit. I used that for many years.
I later decided I want to start my own business with the name. I was going to sell something online through the site to make myself known. I even went to the point of paying for the business license and business to say I owned my business, I actually still own the domain name. Making logos for the business was very difficult. I tried several of them, but the pictures were not professional. I now have a generic one.
What I did was find this picture and added the name to it. I call it my logo but whatever. I set up a website, but it was too expensive to run the website with hosting. I use a free website provider now that has the name in it: http://chacalit.webs.com/. I will work on the real domain soon enough.
Now I would like to have the site known for helping the homeless in the city I live in and for promoting the products I make from home. I was homeless for quite awhile and it had made a huge difference in my life. I am not sure if the business image is representing me or what the company is about but I hope this blog helps people understand more. I want my audience to understand me and what the company is about.
My name is Myra and I go by Chacalit as well for several years. I have been using the chacalit user name because I love chocolate, but of course, it is also my skin color (milk chocolate). I have two grown daughters that are into so many things and I really want to start interacting with them as much as possible. I went to school for awhile and took an English course that has motivated me to enjoy writing.
I experience all types of things in my life, some things are related to me personally, but other things are just my luck so I want to share them. I have mental and emotional issues that I deal with, but it is quite easy to write about it for others to understand and identify with. I also was homeless for several years and there is plenty to discuss with those issues. I want to share all these issues, some on specific blogs and group some together.
I am also trying to bring in a residual income from my home on a computer. Blogging is important to that journey. Some of the things I do can be related or it can also be just personal, but I can earn income from blogs as well as sharing information on other income resources too. I have so many ideas that I need to learn how to separate it all.
I am currently enrolled in a blogging class and writing class to help me improve my writing. I really want to become a better blogger to get followers. I am on all types of social media, but I am not sure how to do that now I can learn all of this all at one time. Blogging to me is a way to express yourself, share information with people without being a journalist, and maybe earning a little money on the way.
This is my first blog on the site. I want to start putting blogs out whenever I find new and interesting things. I create videos on YouTube and use tons of social media. I want to start doing research on the things I do to share with others my mistakes and what to do. Today I will start with this post and hopefully I will get some feedback and then post based on other people.