Don’t Enable Addiction

To help those struggling with addiction we need to be a good Biblical friend. As Pastor James MacDonald writes in I Really Want to Change…So, Help Me God, “a Biblical friend holds you up when you stumble.” 1 Samuel 23:16-18 And “a Biblical friend holds you down when you stray.” 2 Samuel 12: 1-15. Both are necessary to help people change.

Recently, a grossly overweight woman broke her wrist when she fell and ended up in the hospital, and then again, and then to a nursing home for physical rehabilitation. The first time she came home a backpack pad had to be placed in front of a foot-high step, as she couldn’t bring her weight over it. The second time she went to the hospital, she had slipped off her “Archie Bunker” chair and sat for a time against the back of the chair. When the visiting nurse came, she had the woman taken to the hospital. Two or three rescue people were tied up, as a winch was needed to pull the woman up.

In the nursing home, she lost about 25 pounds because of the diet she was given. But then her caseworker from Penndel Mental Health Center picked up gobs of junk food for her. By the caseworker’s own admission, the overweight woman couldn’t eat the healthy meals she was given because she was pigging out on junk food. “You need at least one vice,” the Penndel Mental Health caseworker matter-of-factly, even cavalierly said. Really? You need a vice? At least one? And the kind of vice that not only robs the client of having healthy meals, but adds pounds, which, after going from 300 to 275 pounds (still much too heavy), the client doesn’t exactly need.

This is an example of why I have been a big critic of Penndel Mental Health Center. I’ve called them out for its practice to shanghai the homeless, promising them help with housing in return for coming aboard their mental health service program. “Shanghai”, by the way, is not just about dragging guys out of a bar and forcing them to work aboard a ship. It also means “coerce or trick (someone) into a place or position or into doing something.” At the center, the homeless are given legal dope and fed psychobabble.

Penndel Mental Health Center comes to camp in an attempt to shanghai them:  https://www.sott.net/article/257456-More-homeless-camps-discovered-in-Bucks-County-Pennsylvania

Gluttony is just another addiction, another besetting sin.

Penndel Mental Health Center uses worldly methods to allegedly help people. People with problems should have a choice of having worldly counsel or Godly counsel, and not shanghaied into pagan programs. I discuss this in detail in my book “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless.”  Available on Amazon.com:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR0gPVr_CAM7L0hyxu92hll8KTsLWTUmr1nIEamgTnuc_Hi4yDafBYGcMqs

 

Ah Yes, Seems We’ve Been Here Before!

Holy déjà vu, Batman! Looking at today’s report on levittownnow.com about a camper fire that occurred Sunday night at a used car dealership near Edgely Road and Route 13, Bristol, PA maybe in the same area where vehicles burned as a result of a fiery temper a little more than a year ago.  http://levittownnow.com/2018/11/26/camper-where-homeless-stayed-destroyed-by-fire/

This fire did not do the damage that the fire that happened April 12, 2017. http://levittownnow.com/2017/04/12/police-charge-homeless-woman-vehicle-arson-car-dealership-route-13/

After last year’s fire, where a homeless woman was charged with arson, evidently the dealership, which had graciously allowed people who were homeless to sleep there, no longer had the dealer’s permission to stay there. Unfortunately, it just takes one miscreant to ruin a good thing for others.  Being homeless is no excuse for such behavior – a fiery temper. Self-control is one of the fruits of the spirit.

The woman with the fiery temper didn’t behave that way because she was homeless. When particular individuals cause havoc, it sends a negative message about the homeless towards narrow minded people as well as penalizes innocent people in the homeless community.

Now I don’t blame the dealership for not allowing the homeless to camp in vehicles in their lot. And the miscreant who caused the camper fire ruins it for those who have nowhere else to go, and who act responsibly.

The Bucks establishment doesn’t want to help create an official homeless community, where there are rules, and troublemakers can’t create havoc.  I delve into this subject in my book “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless.”  Available on Amazon.com:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR0gPVr_CAM7L0hyxu92hll8KTsLWTUmr1nIEamgTnuc_Hi4yDafBYGcMqs

Lord, Won’t You Buy Me A Mercedes Benz?

“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV?
Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me.
I wait for delivery each day until three,
So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV?

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town?
I’m counting on you, Lord, please don’t let me down.
Prove that you love me and buy the next round,
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town?

Everybody!
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends,
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?”  -Janis Joplin

https://youtu.be/5ddnwyyGo4s

In this popular sacrilegious song from 1971, Janis Joplin makes God into a personal genie. It’s all about the gimmee gimmee mentality. This is not what God is about. He’s not a personal Santa Clause!

Again, this year, the crass commercialism, the bastardization of Christmas started before Thanksgiving. And the incessant insanity started kindling even before Halloween! Spooky! The crass ads are a coveting catalyst. The worldly advertisers juxtapose Christmas with fancy, expensive cars. This is not what Christmas is about!

The peace of Christmas is that we are not at war with God, but submit to His sovereign will and acquire the character of Jesus Christ. “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

In the midst of all the surface glitter and manic, worldly ways this season, we need to be reminded what Christmas is about. A Christmas poem illustrates this:

All Christmas Poetry 

The True Meaning of Christmas 

by Brian K. Walters 

In todays day and time,

 it’s easy to lose sight,

 of the true meaning of Christmas

 and one special night.

When we go shopping,

 We say “How much will it cost?”

 Then the true meaning of Christmas,

 Somehow becomes lost.

Amidst the tinsel, glitter

 And ribbons of gold,

 We forget about the child,

 born on a night so cold.

The children look for Santa

 In his big, red sleigh

 Never thinking of the baby

 Whose bed was made of hay.

In reality when we look into the night sky,

 We don’t see a sleigh

 But a star, burning bright and high.

A faithful reminder,

 Of that night so long ago,

 And of the child we call Jesus,

 Whose love, the world would know.

In my recently published book, There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless, some of which I wrote during the commercial Christmas season at a nursing home while camping out at my dearest Sandi’s bedside, I wrote about the meaning of Christmas. The Lord took her home there on December 4, 2017. I dedicated my book to Sandi, who on her deathbed would say “Jesus is in my heart.”

In the midst of the incessant, commercialized Christmas advertisements that played on Sandi’s roommates’ TVs that called out to fools to buy extravagant gifts, like the woman Folly in Proverbs 9:13: “The woman named Folly is loud; she is naive and knows nothing”, I was moved to set the record straight by comparing Christmas commercialism to the money changers that Jesus drove from the Temple.

The book may be purchased: https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR0gPVr_CAM7L0hyxu92hll8KTsLWTUmr1nIEamgTnuc_Hi4yDafBYGcMqs

The Patience of Job?

After all these years, and technical and editing problems, my book “There Are Homeless In Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless” is allegedly, as of this morning, 72 hours of publication on Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon).

It’s been a long journey getting my book about the homeless, which focuses on Bucks County, PA, to market. It seems I am just about there, only the waiting doesn’t seem to end, like Maurice Ravel’s Volermo.  Every time I heard my late Dad listen Ravel’s Volermo, he pointed out that the classical tune keeps seeming to come to an end, but it keeps going, until finally… boom! It‘s over. He also remarked that this tune was played to wear prisoners of war down.  Maybe I should rewrite the title to read “Volermo’s Homeless”.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=volermo+classical+music&view=detail&mid=731DD90AE9097A6F2B7E731DD90AE9097A6F2B7E&FORM=VIRE

My quest to write a book about the homeless started back late winter/early spring 2014, after I met the local homeless in Levittown, PA at a homeless meal at the Salvation Army and got better acquainted with them at the local library and Veteran’s memorial by the library.  I started writing stuff about the homeless and stored it on my laptop. In time, a guy who wanted to start a non-profit to create much needed shelter for the homeless set me up on a WordPress blog site. We had trouble launching the non- profit and realized the main problem to do this was hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless, prejudice, stereotyping.

So I wrote blogs to educate the public about who the homeless really are.

At one point I started to write a book about the homeless in Bucks County. I wrote much of the draft of my book in a nursing home when my dearest companion Sandi was there.

I started writing articles on different subjects on FaithWriters.com.  Author/Publishing Consultant & Speaker Vernita (Neat) Simmons commented on an article I posted on Faith Writers about the homeless. She asked if I was an author. I told Neat I wasn’t but that I wanted to write a book on homelessness. The rest is history. Neat edited my manuscript, made suggestions and helped me with the mechanics associated with publishing a book. She also encouraged me. I could not have done it without her.

A friend, a graphics artist from my church volunteered to do my cover. I sent him photos I had taken and he embellished the one for the front cover, greatly enriching it and helping to visually introduce my story. Neat really liked Bill’s work and will recommend him if someone needs his services. He said he contributed to what he saw as a noble cause.

God is teaching me to be more patient. I’m blessed to have my Christian brothers and sisters there for me as my patience runs thin. I learned patience dealing with Sandi. Although she tried my patience, I really loved her. Rather than bail out, I learned to work it out with her! Sandi is the main particular/character of my book which is a combination story and exposition. I also learned patience with Katherina, not her real name, whom I started seeing about 1 ½ months after God took Sandi home. I choose to call her Katherina based on the Katherina in Shakespeare’s “Taming of The Shrew.”  Katherina has the same role in my next book, which I am now writing, as does Sandi in my current, soon to be published book. Once tamed, my Katherina was as sweet as the Katherina in the Shakespeare play.

Coming Out of The Closet

On Tuesday, I thought I took the final step on Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) to finally bring my book, “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless” out of the closet and available to the public for all to see. My publishing consultant, Vernita “Neat” Simmons gave me a heads up that I needed to take another step – my book was not ready for publication. So earlier today I took that step and my book should be on the market within 72 hours. But there’s another delay! Maybe time to change self publishing companies!

I could have never hoped to get a book published without Neat. Writing is one thing (although she is a good editor), but the monster problem is the administrative and technical issues.

Up until about three years ago, the only real life image I had of the homeless was when my daughter and I were walking in Philadelphia and had to navigate around several homeless people who were sleeping on heated grates.  A somewhat less than real life image I had of the homeless was driving through Skid Row, Philadelphia. As Neil Young sang “There’s more to the picture than meets the eye. Hey, hey, my, my…”

keep hearing stories where caring people plan to provide housing for the homeless but are thwarted by the establishment, even when the projects will be privately funded. I’ve found this to be the case in Bucks County, PA and in Burlington County, New Jersey The biggest obstacle to creating housing for the homeless is hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless.  Many people are prejudice against the homeless, driven my homeless myths.  Housing first is another issue, which my book gets into.  http://thhi.org/about-homelessness/myths-about-homelessness/

There Are Homeless in Bucks County, based on personal experience and research, has been a long time in the making. Coming soon. Details to follow.

What’s Truth Got To Do With It Got To Do With It?

Recently, I’ve seen and heard PA State Representative Tina Davis’s lame response to political ads that tell the truth about she and her husband ripping off poor people from a house that they both rented. She whined that people have been saying bad things about her family. The Bimbo of Bucks County is running for State Senator in Pennsylvania.

Tina Davis should echo Tina Turner’s “What’s love got to do with it got to do with it”, with a parody of the popular song from a few years back: “What’s truth got to do with it got to do with it… It’s just a Republican conspiracy…”

Here’s the truth:  Original story: https://patch.com/pennsylvania/levittown/state-reps-husband-charged-housing-theft

The Demagogue’s Deal: http://levittownnow.com/2018/09/28/state-representatives-husband-has-charges-dropped-repays-government/

Some folks say that the party of the people need to protect us from those, as Elmer Fudd would say “Waskally Republicans.”   Image result for elmer fudd

In a tit for tat, the Bimbo changes incumbent PA State Senator “Tommy” Tomlinson of using tons (I forget how much) of money for his own personal use. As usual, Davis does not give any specifics, nor does or can she document it. I guess we’ll just have to take her word for it, just as the poor people, whom she claims to champion, who counted on her and her husband Jimbo, that they would pass the taxpayer funds designated for these folks to them.

I haven’t been to Walmart for a while. Maybe when I visit the store again I’ll find a new sign to warn shoplifters, based on the Davis/Dems precedent: “Walmart takes shoplifting seriously. If you get caught shoplifting, you will be required to pay Walmart back for what you stole!”

The homeless in Bucks County are still waiting for the Bimbo to “continue” to help them, as this popinjay parroted at a Stand Down for Veterans in Levittown a few years ago. They may as well be waiting for Godot! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waiting_for_Godot