The Curious Autodidact

March 15, 2017

Homelessness in the Richest Country in the World

Filed under: helpful hints,media related,social justice — Honilima @ 8:43 pm

Image result for google image homeless camp seattle


Tom Ashbrook’s radio program, On Point, out of WBUR in Boston is national treasure.

We are all puzzled how to make a difference when it comes to the problem of homelessness, particularly in big cities. There is no one-size-fits-all and it is sometimes difficult to think of what one person can do to make a difference. I began volunteering at a homeless tent city weekly. I hard boil eggs and take down 4-6 dozen every week with other items I collect such as warm clothes, magazines, toiletries, paper goods, crayons for the children, and tampons. Boiled eggs are a good source of protein are easily kept and easily consumed. Most weeks I remember to bring salt and pepper too which is also much appreciated. Delivering them warm just out of the water is appreciated particularly in the colder seasons.

I don’t just drop these items off and drive away, most weeks I take an hour or so, to talk to people I have come to know there, and ask their names, and treat them with the dignity I would anyone in my home. I don’t make my usual hundred suggestions, I just listen actively, and give them an caring ear. I have heard some amazing tales and have also received amazing appreciation that I care and will take time to stop my busy life to regard their struggles.

I have concluded that when you are homeless you want to be treated with dignity but being on the street changes you immensely. It is almost as if you have been living on another planet and everything is topsy turvy in your life. It is terribly stressful just getting the activities of daily living taken care of to stay healthy and clean, never mind find a place to charge a cell phone, or find a safe place to sleep.

Here is a short video featuring a Real Change vendor in Seattle, Shelly Cohen, that is worth a viewing. Real Change started in Seattle over twenty years ago and has over 300 vendors. It has influenced the lives of many with the advocacy in the social justice arena. It has over a million dollar a year impact on the community of homeless and low-income.

Tom Ashbrook hosts an interesting discussion about Tackling Homelessness we could all benefit to listen to and think for a moment how you could lend an ear or a meal for someone who has no permanent housing. It’s not that hard and there are a million ways to make a difference in someone’s life with very little effort on your part.

November 8, 2016

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross: Finding Peace Wherever You Are

Filed under: helpful hints,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 11:58 pm

There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

October 10, 2016

Wisdom of Carl Sandburg

Filed under: helpful hints,Word Related — Honilima @ 11:52 pm


Image result for google images Carl sandburg


Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.
Carl Sandburg

September 1, 2016

The Wisdom of Women: Maya Angelou

Filed under: helpful hints,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:12 am

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,

but by the moments that take our breath away.”

 –Maya Angelou

June 1, 2016

Justice Ruth Rocks!

Filed under: helpful hints,social justice,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:00 am

“Women’s rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

April 5, 2016

Make it Last

Filed under: helpful hints,money saving ideas,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:18 am

Image result for google image Evan Esar

The mint makes it first, it is up to you to make it last. – Evan Esar

February 16, 2016

Words of Rilke, Poetic Hero to Many

Filed under: helpful hints,Word Related — Honilima @ 8:44 pm

“Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.”

Rainier Maria Rilke

February 8, 2016

Happiness According to Eleanor Roosevelt

Filed under: helpful hints,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:14 am

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and author (1884-1962)

November 27, 2015

Read This Before you Buy a Gift Card!

Filed under: helpful hints,money saving ideas — Honilima @ 8:31 pm


Before you buy a gift card for someone this holiday season take a good look at this posting from Mintlife called The Gift Card Minefield: How to get Your Money’s Worth. As regular readers know I love the visual display of information. These card are money makers, and we spend 87 billion dollars a year on these gift cards many of which will be mislaid and never redeemed. Tread carefully down the gift card trail, there are big pot holes you should avoid.

Okay once you’ve studied that illustration get a grasp of the true size of the African continent—-enjoy.

November 16, 2015

Best Eye Glasses for Your Face Shape: Fun with Infographics

Filed under: cool internet stuff,helpful hints — Honilima @ 7:28 pm

What are the Best Eyeglasses for Your Face Shape? infographic

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