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Thankful for Those Folks, and Other Folks

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for Those Folks, and all the other folks who give back.

Last Friday I attended the third annual “Folksgiving.” They served over 200 plates of food and donated beanies, socks and dog food to the less fortunate. Those Folks organize, cook and carry out the event on their own. Why? “Because we believe in doing so.”

The turnout moved me. To see so many young adults, men no less, gives me hope for our future. As their flyer said, “Without a sense of caring, there can be no community.”

But then comes along this guy

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Armand Young is so determined to make a difference, he walked from California to Ground Zero and back, to promote human kindness. Every signature on his flag staff is a promise to pay an act of kindness forward in 24 hours, in remembrance of our fallen soldiers. The goal is to get one million signatures on this piece of (now) art. With over 600,000 signatures, Armand’s flag staff is the most signed item in the world.

This Thanksgiving, I’m Thankful for Those Folks. I’m thankful for folks like the Armand. I’m thankful for the female folks at the Downtown Women’s Center. I’m thankful for my family and friendly folks. Folks, we have a lot to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving.

♥ BB

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Be Polite

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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I spotted this mattress message a few weeks ago, and ever since have been scouting my shot. It’s one of those photos I just had to have. Tonight I saw the opportunity and seized it.

What irony in this man’s message? He has so little, and living on the streets probably sees some of LA’s harshest conditions. His simple message “Be polite” is a reminder to us all.

Whether it’s your business partner, catty client, signifiant other, parent, friend, or even that rush hour jerk riding your tail, be polite. You never know what someone is going through. Your kindness can make someone’s day.

I’ll be the first to admit, I can be a real beez. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of LA. I get impatient. I get annoyed. I get so caught up in my own life, I can forget about others. A message like this brings me back. I have so much to be thankful for. I have no reason to be impolite.

At the end of the day, it’s how we treat one another. Society is so fast-paced, we forget common courtesies. We forget our manners. We’ve forgotten how to be polite. Imagine what we would accomplish if everyone did one good deed a day?

Squatting to take my photo, and ignoring the subtle smell of urine, I thanked this man for making my day. I prayed the universe would be kind to him. Before taking off I slipped a few bucks under his pillow, you know, to be polite.

♥ BB

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MADE Spring

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Third Saturday of every month, I’m here.

As always, if you follow me on Twitter and stop in, I’ll buy your drink.

♥ BB

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San Pedro Street Sunset

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Driving home tonight I felt a weird mix of emotions. I felt motivated, eager, excited, independent and inspired. The wheels in my head would not stop turning. Then I turned. I turned down Sixth.

Driving down East Sixth Street I saw practically a small community of homeless people. Pitched tents blocked sidewalks. People pushed piled grocery carts. Passing homeless residents, many looked down to avoid eye contact, only to seem surprised when I said hi and acknowledged their existence. At one point I said aloud, “Wow… This is America.” The image of so many homeless people, paired with a picturesque California sunset, is a mental picture I won’t soon forget.

Downtown Los Angeles, once a power house for the West Coast, is now a hub for homeless residents. (No offense, there are a TON of homeless people here. Even compared to Seattle and Portland.) The DWC provides over 50,000 meals a year to more than 2,500 homeless or low-income women alone annually. 2,500 women!? That is a small corporation. A workforce of homeless Los Angeles residents.

How can we turn the problem of the homeless into a solution for the city? Like I said, the wheels in my head are spinning…

♥ BB

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MADE by DWC

Thursday, April 28th, 2011


This afternoon I received an email from Yvette about an event taking place tonight. Her friend worked to open a cafe benefiting the homeless and low-income women of Downtown Los Angeles. While I haven’t divulged this info to many, close friends know I’ve contemplated community awareness projects for some time. MADE by Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) sounded like a great way to meet people looking to make a difference.

MADE by DWC is “an innovative social enterprise” designed to break the cycle of poverty in low-income or homeless women. This is done by encouraging women to discover their talents and develop workplace skills through training opportunities. Women create handmade crafts while learning transferable job skills. One hundred percent of the proceeds from purchases at MADE go directly to supporting programs.

I am a huge believer in programs like MADE. If we want to change America, we need to start small. Start at home. Can we fix two problems with one solution? MADE creates jobs and housing for women in Downtown LA. The program is sustainable, using recycled materials for crafts like candles, journals, etc. Between my work at the WSU Career Center, love for DIY’s and passion for issues I believe in, I plan to volunteer here in some way, shape or form.

If you give a woman a fish, you feed her for a day. If you teach a woman to fish, you feed her for life. MADE by DWC teaches women to fish, and with time that has the power to feed a tribe.

Thank you to Patrick at the DWC for showing me around. Interested in volunteering? Do it! Click here and see how you can help end homelessness in LA.

♥ BB

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