Preserving Our Heritage

If you are not satisfied with the way your elected leaders are doing things, realize that the power to make things right resides in you.  In his book “A More Perfect Union; What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties”, Dr. Ben Carson points out that our constitution empowers we the people, not the elitists, who rule from their Ivory Tower, to govern the land. 

Some politicians in Bucks County, PA don’t champion empowering the people to take responsibility and make their own decisions. On example: A few years back, I emailed Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia with my idea to use county public land to create housing for the homeless. I proposed building a place, like that of Dignity Village in Oregon, using homeless people and volunteers. Like Dignity Village, https://dignityvillage.org/  there would be rules. The homeless could manage the place as well as build it.  There could be responsible leaders and a liaison, maybe a Bucks County Ranger, to work with the leaders. 

In southern Bucks County, there have been unofficial leaders, who were homeless, who worked things out to make it better for the homeless and the community. There were, of course, some problems. Some homeless individuals acted irresponsibly by doing things like keeping tents up around the Veterans’ Memorial and the nearby District Justice building at the Government Service Center in Levittown. There were also individuals who were drunk, drugged and disorderly on occasion.  Some people trashed out places, and there was drug use. On at least one occasion, one or two people who overdosed had to be dragged out of the woods by the Rescue Squad. Some homeless individuals just wanted to do what they wanted to do, regardless how they affected others! 

Having an official homeless village would foster more law and order, as individual problem people will be held accountable for their behavior. If they keep causing problems, they will get kicked out!  

Commissioner Marseglia responded that creating a homeless village would be too much of a liability and that it would not be helpful to the homeless. Quote “It just creates more space for them to avoid going to Housing Link and getting the referral they need, to start getting sober/clean, on medication, in therapy, signed up for assistance or some type of work, and a solid roof over their head.” 

I agree that people need a roof over their head, but there is at least a one to two year wait to get housing through the Bucks government. What do people do in the meantime – stay in motels, which are expensive? Or camp out in the woods, in cars, and in the streets?  

My plan would create more space and they would avoid going to Housing Link? To quote President Ronald Regan, “Well there you go again.” Marseglia thinks that homeless people can’t do things themselves! The government elites have to take charge of our concerns.  

In my book, “There Are Homeless in Bucks County: A Journey with The Homeless”, I address the underlying world views that affect the homeless. https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR3aZjxAIaNsBgqDuQOg1FdTQ3fqtanieKU4ZV_6POWqn5w8Gz80_C9Jn5Q 

I just got an email from Tea Party Patriots Action that spoke about how the elites think they can undermine the will of the people (and the rule of law) by impeaching President Trump just because they can’t have their way. The message:  

From Clarice Feldman at American Thinker1: 

“The real issue that ought to either-or-both frighten and enrage any honest American is that the ‘Intelligence Community’ truly does now consider itself a law unto itself and has arrogated the power to actually decide who is a suitable president and who will be allowed to occupy the White House… They have, make no mistake, declared war on self-governance, unless we pick someone they approve of which is quite obviously not self-governance.” 

Writes Jenny Beth Martin, author of the email: “Ms. Feldman is exactly right. Every attempt to smear, attack, frame, and impeach President Trump is rooted in the sick arrogance of nameless, faceless bureaucrats who have determined that it is their right to rule the country.” 

In his book. Dr. Carson admonishes Americans to know their constitution and educate themselves on the issues and the people running for office. That way, we will have a better chance of having a better life for us and our posterity. We need to preserve our God blessed heritage! Preceding each chapter is a Bible verse. 

Political signs litter the landscape in southern Bucks County. Don’t be taken in by the welcome grin of slick campaign slogans, but learn what the candidates stand for, check their record and verify that their rhetoric matches what they do. In other words, do they practice what they preach! Think before you vote! Remember, we are in charge, so vote responsibly!  

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 

Horray For The Underdog!

Years ago, I had lost my car keys when spelunking (exploring non-commercial caves) and I waited at a car dealership for someone to bring me a copy of the keys from a Volkswagen dealer. A guy who worked at the dealership gave me a ride back to the cave. He told me I was riding in a famous person’s vehicle, author James A. Michener and added that “Jim comes here from time to time.” Other than that, the only time I actually met someone who wrote books was years before that, when I met Pastor Jay E. Adams, who authored several books, when he was a guest preacher at a church. He wasn’t there as an author. 

In November, the Bucks County Free Library will host the 2019 Local Author Expo, where you can meet and interact with local authors who live in Bucks County and buy signed copies of their books.  

Recently I received an email from the expo that said I am on the waiting list, so Yours Truly may be there. “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless” is my first book, and is based on my associations with the local homeless in Bucks County. For a season, I was homeless myself. 

Like the homeless, I am the underdog. I published the book independently, with help from a publishing consultant, Vernita (Neat) Simmons, who had commented on an article on Faithwriters.com about the homeless and asked me if I was an author. I wasn’t, but after Neat’s guidance, I am now.  I do not have the capital to invest in marketing, so I am self-promoting my book, with a little help from my friends. 

As an underdog, I have to work harder to get my book moving, as I don’t have a big-time publisher to market my book. I got a break when my book got in circulation in the Bucks County Free Library system. Two hard copies of the book are on the local authors shelf in the Grundy Library in Bristol, PA.   

Doing something worthwhile isn’t easy; it’s hard work. But it’s worth it!  I hope the book will not only educate the public who the homeless really are and show possible solutions to the problem, but show that, like myself, with hard work and dedication you can move forward in life, from being homeless to being an author. One, of course, can be both. Homelessness is just a state you are in and does not define your character.  In a sense, we are all homeless, as we are just sojourners in this world. 

“There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless” is available: 

https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR3aZjxAIaNsBgqDuQOg1FdTQ3fqtanieKU4ZV_6POWqn5w8Gz80_C9Jn5Q 

Who Let The Homeless Out?

Looking out from in front of the Levittown public library towards New Falls Road in Levittown, PA, I see a building under construction, right next to the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad. In an earlier blog, I thought that this under construction building was the affordable housing project. 

Evidently, thinking the affordable housing project was under way was just an unfounded leap of pure optimism! I should know by now that any project to help people struggling would be met with resistance.  

Housing Visions, a non-profit, wants to build two, three-story apartment buildings on 2.7 acres of land owned by the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad that would start on the side of the squad building and wrap around behind it.  The site was chosen because it’s hard to find flat, undeveloped land in Levittown.  Affordable housing is greatly needed, as evidenced by the mushrooming homeless population in lower Bucks County, PA.  

The affordable housing proposal, as is typical when it comes to non-government housing in Bucks County, is meeting with much resistance.  Rules are obstructing going forward with the project. A politician complained that the affordable housing project would increase traffic in an already busy area. Well, WaWa, just down the street, was approved as was the current project right next door to the proposed housing site!  

http://levittownnow.com/2019/06/24/58-unit-affordable-housing-project-proposed-for-2-7-acre-levittown-property/ 

In 2017, Interfaith Housing, a non-profit, which creates affordable housing for poor people in the greater Levittown area, and is associated with Housing Visions, proposed buying the closed Maple Shade Elementary School in Bristol Township. Their plan was poo-pooed, just as was my proposal to a county commissioner to use public land to create a homeless camp/village.  

I wonder if the township is going to do the same thing with Maple Shade and other closed schools as they did to the historic Sunbury Farms off of Newportville Road. They demolished it! This historic building was structurally sound and just needed a little work to restore the place. People out of work could have easily restored the building, and could have even become guides if it could be turned into a museum.  

The root of the housing problem is the prejudice against the poor, the homeless.  The Bucks County elitists don’t want to entertain the idea that there are those who struggle. They can’t see from up high on their Ivory Towers. All they see is the surface glitter! 

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Another Homeless Hurdle

In my last blog, I wrote about building in front of the Bucks County Government Center at the edge of New Falls Road in Levittown, PA.  One project actually started construction, on the side of the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad towards the Bucks County Technical School.  

A project to build affordable housing on the opposite side of the rescue squad, between the squad and the district justice building, is in the works, meeting resistance. The rescue squad owns the property. 

http://levittownnow.com/2019/06/24/58-unit-affordable-housing-project-proposed-for-2-7-acre-levittown-property/ 

Yesterday I had good conversations at the Bucks County Mutual Aid event held in the parking lot of the government center. Bucks County Mutual Aid is a grass-roots, volunteer organization where private citizens make donations to give clothing, food and water to needy people.  The volunteers have the gatherings once a month.  

The event was not just a matter of giving people things, but a place where people can discuss any matters they wish. It was informal; no programming, spontaneous. I discussed the reasons for homelessness, who the homeless are, obstacles, and possible solutions. Included in my talks with people was the affordable homeless project.  

One thing I brought out was that in some cases, individual homeless people create obstacles. People outside the community become prejudice based on the actions of some individuals, which is wrongheaded thinking!  One thing I agreed on with the Bucks County Mutual Aid leaders is the role of community, neighbor helping neighbor, and getting to know the homeless as individuals. As the slogan, coined by some homeless people, goes: “Don’t talk about us; talk with us.” 

I learned about the Bucks Mutual Aid event though a friend, who is one of the real-life characters in my book, which provides a realistic look at the homeless, based on my years of hanging with the homeless in Bucks County: “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless.”  My friend gave copies of my book to people associated with Bucks Mutual Aid.  At last month’s event, he told people there that the author may be there. I didn’t make it last time but I was part of the group yesterday. 

In my book, I offer constructive criticism and try to speak the truth in love. Both the homeless and the establishment need to change some of their ways. At the gathering, I was reminded of an obstacle to escaping homelessness: Smoking.  There were many chain-smoking fiends there, who sometimes smoked in close quarters to non-smokers. One person at the event smoked while getting food at the table!   

The homeless should be given an opportunity to work their way out of homelessness. It takes both the community and the individual homeless to have the right attitude and do the right thing. 

These are some of the things I address in the book: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR3rVqO3lBAN-7f-EyYXkEWjQhEr_reZi1CHsXICDyQtHGIgxX92Dn4Dp4E 

This blog site was originally a result of a failed, nascent non-profit to provide housing for the homeless a friend and I started. We couldn’t get it off the ground. We found that those who had more resources than we had couldn’t create homeless housing either. Proposed projects were stonewalled. Realizing the main problem was prejudice against the homeless, we started the blogs to try to change the hearts and minds of the community, somewhat like Dr. Martin Luther King’s campaign.   

We shall overcome! 

Where Will All The Homeless Go?

Finding housing in Bucks County, PA is the biggest problem facing the homeless. At the shared meals, the hosts have been very generous in feeding the homeless and giving them clothes, toiletries and other items. But housing availability is stingy. 

From the Levittown library you can see a building under construction just before New Falls Road, between the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad and the Bucks County Technical School, abutting the rescue squad. What’s in the works is an affordable housing project.  Housing Visions, which is associated with Interfaith Housing, whose mission is to create affordable housing in lower Bucks County is fighting to accomplish the project.  http://levittownnow.com/2019/06/24/58-unit-affordable-housing-project-proposed-for-2-7-acre-levittown-property/ 

Interfaith Housing has teamed up with church groups, communities and businesses to create housing for the poor.  http://interfaithhousingvisions.org/site/about-us/ 

Although there is more vacant property than there are homeless in Bucks County, it’s been a struggle to create housing for the homeless.  Prejudice against the homeless is a major obstacle for this quest.  When Interfaith Housing proposed to purchase the closed Maple Shade Elementary School in Bristol Township to develop a multi-phase housing development for those 55 and up and later add housing for veterans and a community center was stonewalled. Stopping the annual Stand Down for homeless and needy veterans that was held behind the Levittown Library for three days and two nights is evidence of an attitude in Bucks County towards the homeless and veterans. 

A few years back a homeless person (now not homeless) told me that a Bristol Borough businessman tried to proceed with plans to create housing for the homeless. As soon as the establishment discovered the plan was for the homeless, the project was stonewalled! 

Affordable housing is much needed in Bucks County, where the homeless problem is growing. As I wrote in my book “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless”, Bucks County doesn’t want the homeless at large, but it has no viable plan to house the homeless. 

https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there+are+homeless+in+bucks+county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull 

Who Can Best Help The Homeless?

The photo I showed on my recent Facebook page with people carrying clipboards at a homeless camp in Bucks County, PA was not of officials serving eviction notices to make room for homes for illegal aliens. This was pure satire. 

The photo was from a January 30, 2013 article on Phillyburbs.com of a visit from Penndel Mental Health Center and from the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission. Each organization represents two different paradigms of how to help the homeless:  

    • Penndel Mental Health uses legal dope and psychobabble, cognitive behavioral therapy and virtually puts them out to pasture. They want to fund their program by hook or crook. 
  • Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission counsels them with the Bible and gives them a mission. 

https://www.sott.net/article/257456-More-homeless-camps-discovered-in-Bucks-County-Pennsylvania 

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A mantra in Bucks County is that homeless people need mental health treatment. Here’s a parody that illustrates this: 

Don’t Think Freely (parody of Buck Owen’s Act Naturally) 

Well, they’re going to put me in the nuthouse 

They want to make a monkey out of me 

They’re going to put me in the nuthouse 

And all they have to do 

Is round up me 

  

Well, they are going have to chase me real far 

They’re going to hunt me and they can’t really tell 

If I really need to be in the nuthouse 

They expect me to play the part for them real well 

  

I hope you’ll come and see me in the nuthouse 

Maybe you can slip me a file in some cake 

I hope you’ll come and see me in the nuthouse 

Where I’m all doped up and can’t think freely 

  

They want to put me in the nuthouse 

That’s because they don’t think I am OK 

Well the only reason that I’m in the nuthouse 

Is that I’m homeless in Bucks County PA 

  

Well, they are going have to chase me real far 

They’re going to hunt me and they can’t really tell 

If I really need to be in the nuthouse 

They expect me to play the part for them real well 

  

I’ll be a homeless collection in the nuthouse 

From the state they want to collect their precious bounty 

I’ll be a monkey caged there in the nuthouse 

Where I’m all doped up and can’t think freely 

  

Well the only reason that I’m in the nuthouse 

Is that  I’m homeless in Bucks County PA 

The only reason that I’m in the nuthouse 

Is  that I’m homeless in Bucks County PA 

  

Dupe-dupe a looney Dupe-dup a looney Dupe-dupe a looney… 

They’re coming to take me away ah-hah he-he ah-hah ah-hah he-he ah-hah he-he… 

 

There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless illustrates the silent battle between worldly, secular psychology and Christianity over how to help the homeless. Available: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there+are+homeless+in+bucks+county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull 

Update: The photo was from the January 30, 2013 edition of Phillyburbs.com, not June 30, 2013. You may have wondered why people are wearing coats in June. Perhaps Penndel Mental Health Center representatives gave them some legal dope samples and they wore coats in June?

Who Should We Serve?

In a recent interview with the Minister of Silly Walks, R.I. Diculous in Bucks County, PA, I learned the reason for the bogus assertion that the homeless population is shrinking. Mr. Big wants to make room for more illegal aliens, and Bucks doesn’t have the nerve to tell their fearless leader the truth. 

During the BO administration (former President Barry Obummer), a public service TV spot to publicize this move for hope and change in Bucks County was developed.  Accompanying the video, a special adaptation of Hank Williams’ song Move It On Over will play. 

“The homeless sneak in about half past ten 

Pretty soon we won’t let them in 

So move it on over, move it on over 

Move it on over homeless dog because the immigrants are moving in 

We won’t let you homeless in to the woods no more 

Your innovative ways won’t work no more 

So get it on over, move it on over 

Scoot it on over, move it on over 

Move it on over because we fat cats are moving someone else in 

The dumpster here is very small 

But they say it’s better than no home at all 

So ease it on over, move it on over 

Drag your junk over, move it on over 

Move over old homeless dog because our cash cows are moving in 

We told them not to lay around 

Now you let us let dirty deals go down 

So move it on over, drag your junk over 

Move it on over, our cash cows are moving in” 

“The advantage of having illegals moving into Bucks County land is that, not being American citizens, we are not responsible for their welfare.  We are not afraid that they could sue us if they get hurt because we are not obligated to protect them,” Diculous said. 

“We don’t need no stinkin’ protection”, said A. Wetback, who recently crossed the Rio Grande and worked his way into Bucks County. 

Environmentalists adamantly say we should protect illegals.  “The Eagle is our national emblem and should be protected at all costs, especially a sick one, an ill eagle”, said Don Quixote, a local environmentalist. 

For those of you in Doylestown, this is a made up story, a satire. 

In Bucks County, there is more vacant land than homeless Americans. 

“Children from other places take priority over children from our own country?” head of HUD Ben Carson recently challenged Democrats. “They don’t seem to want to answer that question. We have millions of American citizens who have been waiting an average of 2 1/2 years to get housing assistance,” said Dr. Carson, who backs enforcing an existing law that allows only U.S. residents to receive housing benefits.  https://www.lifenews.com/2019/05/24/ben-carson-democrats-are-hypocrites-they-say-they-support-children-but-defend-late-term-abortions/?fbclid=IwAR0DKl13x2kJxI5AM_mXAwsPs4laFc3KSapvixAN-UkXDYjxBxVKe_pst50 

Public officials need to remember that they are in their positions to serve we the people, Americans.  There are too many Americans living right here in Bucks County who need a home.  They do not need a big government program, a babysitting service, or a mental health (legal drug clinic) to help the homeless.  Authorities in Bucks have known about the homeless problem since the late 80’s. In fact, in January, 1988, Bucks County Commissioner Andrew L Warren told the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce that there is a homeless problem in Bucks County, and that “Bucks County government in the 1980’s and 90’s is where we are going to begin to have to find more solutions for issues like this.” 

Speaking of the mental health hustlers and the homeless, here’s a parody a wrote awhile back, before at least some of the mental health hustling programs in Bucks were defunded:  

It’s Public Funding Time (parody of Fats Domino’s Finger Popping Time) 

It’s public (doy-dee doy-dee) funding time 

It is pub lic…funding ty-ime 

I feel so good 

I’m on the public dime 

Hey now hey now hey now hey now 

Here comes Allen here comes Keith 

Allen’s visiting all the homeless sites on his beat 

It’s public (doy-dee doy-dee) funding time 

It is pub lic…funding ty-ime 

I feel so good (dee-doy doy dee-doink) 

I’m on the public dime 

Hey now hey now hey now hey now… 

It seems to be what’s happening to HOST is similar to President Trump cutting the fat and crap from the EPA. Accomplishing the goal of being good stewards of our natural resources can be done less expensively. Likewise, by cutting the programs for mental health removes lots of unwanted fat from a bloated bureaucracy. Penndel Mental Health, for instance, just pumps patients with legal dope and psychobabble: “language that is used by people who talk about mental and emotional problems and that is seen as silly or meaningless: psychological jargon.” – Merriam-Webster 

Addendum to the parody:  

The hustling program was put on a leash 

But that doesn’t stop all the bogus outreach 

Get public funding 

On our dime 

I don’t feel too good 

It doesn’t make the homeless fine 

Hey now hey now hey now hey now 

Here comes new folks a target for the hustler Chris 

They’re an opportunity he doesn’t want to miss 

It’s public (doy-dee doy-dee) funding time 

It is pub lic…funding ty-ime 

I feel so good (dee-doy doy dee-doink) 

I’m on the public dime 

Hey now hey now hey now hey now…  

The homeless population in Bucks County continues to grow. It’s grown since a book about the local homeless was published in November, 2018.  https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there+are+homeless+in+bucks+county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull 

Getting To Know You

As of this morning, “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with the Homeless” is in the display area in the Grundy Library, Bristol, PA in the Bucks County Free Library system. 

The Bucks library system lists no publisher for the book, which was written after I hung out with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA for about three years, getting to know them getting to know all about…   After I started hanging with the homeless, I got the idea to write a book, but did now know how. Nevertheless, I worked on it off and on for a few years, including in the nursing home where my dear departed Sandi spend her last days before going home to the Lord. 

Sandi is a particular in the book for the homeless, just as the Joad family is in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and reflects the realism of Steinbeck.  I teamed up with Sandi almost a year after I started associating with the homeless and shortly before I became homeless. We became homeless together.   

As I was working on my book, the Lord, in His mysterious ways, put me in touch with author, publisher and speaker Vernita (Neat) Simmons.  Neat commented on an article I had written for FaithWriters.com about the homeless. She asked if I was an author. No, I wasn’t then. Neat edited my material, gave me tips and showed me how to do the mechanics of independently publishing a book, including registering it with the Library of Congress. 

This is my first book. I have a draft for my next book, which argues that people can conquer their voluntary slavery of addiction by turning to God and working through Biblical counsel. I expect to publish this book sometime in the future. The role of the church with the homeless is explored in the current book. 

In my last blog, I listed a few reasons for homelessness. One reason I did not mention is all the costly and time-consuming red tape you have to go through to find a place in areas such as Bucks County. It’s harder to get into an apartment today in Bucks than it was to buy a home in 50s Levittown. 

There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with the Homeless is available on Amazon.com:  

https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there+are+homeless+in+bucks+county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull 

Are The Homeless Movin’ On Up?

As the number of guests who attend the shared meals for the homeless and those in need continues to grow in Bucks County, PA, the food to feed them is stretched. Sometimes, the gracious hosts are unable to offer seconds. 

Actually, this is a good thing, as some of the guests have been overeating and continue to get fatter.  A few years ago, a homeless friend (now no longer homeless) told me he doesn’t want to be made too comfortable in his homeless situation because it will not give him incentive to move forward, out of being homeless (which he did).  This is analogous to people continually leaving bread for birds, who then can’t fly south for the winter. 

Some people who go to the meals have become quite rotund, which is a polite word for “fat.” Some of them are proud of their big bellies.  

By indulging the homeless in meals that have, to some, become a Roman banquet, the meals provide more than subsistence. Gorging yourself does not give you much motivation to leave the nest. 

Parks in Bucks County have posted rules not to feed the waterfowl, a tradition almost as dumb as smoking. Migrating waterfowl, instead of continuing on their journey south, may stop in route where they can get welfare. Here they grow so fat that they can’t fly south! They have trouble even getting off the ground! 

http://wildlifecenter.org/sites/default/files/Consequences-of-feeding-wild-ducks-in-public-parks.pdf 

Like the waterfowl, needy people need to stick to basics, and continue their journey, and not get stuck in a rut, like the characters in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. In the story, the characters, who were just supposed to take a nap on their way to the Celestial City, lingered, and had to suffer the consequences. God, of course, guided them along The King’s Highway, home. 

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/pilgrims/summary.html 

We are all homeless, in a sense. For the Christian, heaven is home. We are just sojourners on this earth and we shouldn’t get too caught up in the things of this world. Easter is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave to overcome death to save us from our sins and to follow his ways in life to advance His kingdom. God restores us to the way he created us. 

Easter is not about the bunny; it’s about the lamb! 

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33 

Who the homeless really are and their challenges is the subject of my recently published book: “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless”, which focuses on the homeless in lower Bucks County, based on first-hand experience:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR14Y8jAxc462oqzltCCdZGq4BCLQg-HW8VEoAdpkGjog9Q78PqGh6zTTIA 

A Day in The Life of The Homeless

When his mother was being evicted, the son was in jail, charged with reckless driving and driving without a license, which resulted in homelessness, reports an article on philly.com, about the problems of people living in the woods in Croydon.  https://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/homeless-shelter-bucks-county-pennsylvania-camps-20181007.html 

Not getting along at a family friend’s place was a reason the mother ended up in the woods. She couldn’t get into the temporary shelter in Levittown.  

People become homeless for various reasons. Drug, alcohol, cigarette, and other addictions is one reason. Some people lose their jobs, sometimes through no fault of their own. 

Public housing is tough to get into. It often takes years to get a place through the government. And the availability and price of private housing is another obstacle to finding a place in Bucks County. Irresponsible roommates, deadbeats is yet another. Because of the excessive red tape from government regulations that have strangled society since the days Levittown, PA was built, people must often go through timely and expensive hoops to get a place.      

To overcome obstacles the homeless have to hurdle, the homeless need to know first that they matter and that people have faith that they can move forward.  The mainstream mantra, which by the way voted for Shrillery Clinton, subtly views the homeless as being in a caste system, where they are stuck in their situation. A few years ago, I emailed a Bucks County commissioner to propose an initiative to dedicate county land to build a homeless village, where there are rules, supervision, management – where the homeless help build and manage the community the way any other place would be run – like Dignity Village in Oregon.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dignity_Village 

To help people better understand the homeless and to shed light on the homeless, focusing on Bucks County, PA, I published a book “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless,” based on my interaction with the local homeless and on research: 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR14Y8jAxc462oqzltCCdZGq4BCLQg-HW8VEoAdpkGjog9Q78PqGh6zTTIA