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From our Eye of the Tent Series, while living in Courthouse Park, Seattle, June 18,2014

Up off the ground. We have a bed now. We've been sleeping on the floor, on a mat our neighbor loaned us. We got the mattress from Share House and we have to get a board to put between that and the frame. I slept on the ground a lot homeless, as it turns out, after all of it, when I add up the nights. The ground in shelters, the ground in the woods, on the street, then weekly motel beds during the transition. But not a bed that was my own for four years. The most interesting bed I slept on was in the main shelter at DESC. The bunks. The famous bunks. Friends died in those bunks. And one night, we all conspired to sing a song from Grease when it was time for mat check. There were three mat checks in the main shelter, typically. It changes and I don't know what the protocol is presently. But even with all the mat checks, death is a reality in those dorms.

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The yellow card issued by DESC

I don't liken the experience in shelters to a concentration camp, if I can avoid it, because I don't want to be disrespectful to survivors or victims of the Holocaust. There is a similarity, though. Just this morning, J and I saw a news piece about the camps, about the confiscation of people's belongings and that's exactly what goes on in the shelters. That and what can usually only be called a little better than gruel to eat. Really. And I have friends who are not well enough to leave there. There was a time when I was too sick to leave there.

I want to go back, have to go back, to change things. I want to change things or close those doors forever. 

Notes on Transience, Robin Sneed

(compendium to Safewire and Uber Counter Cookbook)

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 21, 2015 at 4:10pm

My courageous friend...Please. Rest mind and body well before embarking on a social justice project. You and your goal(s) will be far more likely to succeed. 

Comment by JMac1949 Memories on April 21, 2015 at 4:19pm

R&L... good to read your posts.

Comment by Robin Sneed on April 21, 2015 at 4:45pm

Unca Jon, I know....I have a lot more getting well to do before I can go back. Thank you for remembering that....

Thank you, Jimmy...it's good to see you!

Comment by August von Doggus on April 23, 2015 at 10:43am

Fairborn Mayor election this fall..... much rides onit, whether the town continues to be the Plantation of Beavercreeek across 675, Knocking doen od but servicable dwellings for "Commerc" and Reasearch " Wright Patt is here....) or making family style YFCA ( Young Family Communion Associations?) Yellow Springs/Antioch is only 10 miles away, so there is support....... The destruction of the Beavercreek Police/Fairborn court system is first step.... something will give when Murder of John Crawford is truly grought home to BEavercreek....... We intend urban homesteading... will keep you informed.....

Comment by Heidi Banerjee on April 23, 2015 at 1:18pm

Robin, you have my sincere respect for enduring a situation like this without loosing your dignity.

It is very sad that the welfare system can't offer you a place to live that is affordable by financial support.

I honestly would not know  how to survive.

Blessings.

Comment by Heidi Banerjee on April 23, 2015 at 1:22pm

PS: You always manage to add such extraordinary photos, sort of a view into the world, into light or into immaculate nature. It reflects the beauty of your soul.

Comment by Robin Sneed on April 23, 2015 at 1:50pm

Heidi, thank you. We are now housed in a wonderful place in Auburn, WA...it's on my facebook. We graduated from homelessness a month ago. You know, I'll do a post on Our Salon about it...for TBT...then and now! 

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