Empty Streets (No Food To Eat)

Homelessness in Western Society: The Dark Side of The Moon

In 2019, there were about 567,715 homeless people living in the United States. 40 million people struggle with hunger and 40.6 million officially live in poverty.

I used to walk these streets

With shoes on my feet

I’m homeless, but had food to eat

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a hard life

Kindness of strangers often got me by

Some I would call friends who stopped to say hi

Some gave me a few bucks or spare change

As I sat on the corner of 48th and Broadway

But most look away or look at me like I’m insane

Maybe they thought if they pretended not to see

Then hopefully they wouldn’t end up like me

Well, I never thought homelessness would be my story

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Call it a few rounds of bad luck

Thunder came and lightning struck

But I have never given up

But it’s hard to get a job when you have no address

When people look through you, it feels hopeless

The misery of long nights in the coldness

But I knew I could make it through those nights

And I knew I would always fight

Because there was always hope in the light

Until that day when the streets cleared

And came my nightmare, my worst fears

Empty streets, people that helped all disappeared

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All ordered to stay locked in their homes

Told not to venture out, not to roam

But what do you do when you are all alone?

Until that terrifying, frightful night

Loud voices, I knew something wasn’t right

Then the group of people came into sight

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I told them it wasn’t right to riot and loot

I guess they didn’t like my point of view

They beat me then the cowards stole my shoes

I don’t know what’s wrong with the world today

It seems like we have lost our way

But no one listens to what a homeless guy has to say

I’m not the only one on these empty streets

That need help, that have no food to ea

Will you help us? The thousands like me

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By giving of your time, money, services or skills, you can make the difference in the life of a homeless person. Here’s how:

1. Educate Yourself

There are myriad reasons why a person becomes homeless — lack of affordable housing, loss of a job, divorce, illness, substance abuse, domestic abuse, et cetera. One of the first steps you can take toward helping the homeless is trying to understand how they got there in the first place.

2. Show Some Respect

Don’t treat a homeless person as if she were invisible. Say, “good morning,” when you pass or strike up a conversation on a park bench. Many people experiencing homelessness say that the loss of dignity that accompanies their situation is harder to bear than the actual loss of physical things.

3. Donate

Clothing is a big one here, as are shoes and food. Non-perishable items are always in short supply at food pantries and homeless shelters. Other items that might be needed include blankets, coats, books and small kitchen items, such as cups and utensils. If you are donating to a homeless shelter or another organization that helps the homeless, consider donating office supplies, electronics, appliances, phone cards or other items that might help those who help the homeless. If you see someone who is homeless in winter, offer blankets, food or tarps (if you can’t convince them to go to a shelter).

4. Volunteer

Sign up to work an evening shift at your local homeless shelter. Answer phones, sort mail, serve food, wash dishes, distribute clothes, babysit kids, clean floors, fix a leaky toilet. Find out what they need and how you can help.

5. Teach

Put your skills to good use by sharing them with the homeless. Organize classes through your local shelter to teach typing, accounting, plumbing, carpentry, child care, nutrition or even a new language. Those skills can help a homeless person find work and maybe even a better life.

6. Reach Out

Invite a homeless person to your place of worship or a local community event. Organize an outing to take homeless kids to the movies or an ice skating rink. Offer moral support when you can.

7. Seek Out Job Opportunities

Encourage your church or community center to hire a homeless person to paint, clean, type, answer phones or any other work that might fit. Many homeless people want to work but can’t find regular employment.

8. Get Techy

Use your smartphone or other gadget to help the homeless. In San Francisco, download the app HandUp to read the stories of homeless people in your area and donate directly to those in need. In New York, the WeShelter app can help you learn how to get involved. And in Atlanta, every post you upload on the Luv4wrd app equals a coat, blanket or pair of gloves to someone living on the streets. Live somewhere else? Use a Google search to find a homeless app to help the people in your community.

9. Advocate

Call your local homeless shelters to find out what items are needed, then contact your local scout troops or civic organizations to organize food drives or other fundraising events to pull those items together. Follow local politics and speak up at town council meetings on issues of homelessness and programs for the homeless. Write editorial letters to your local newspaper about the issue of homelessness in your community and what people can do to help

Songs For Our Times #24

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I believe music can inspire, give hope, make you cry, make you think, and a million other things. I want to start posting some music that I really think speak to the times we are in. As you know, I listen to everything so tune in every day, never know what you will get.

For our 24th song, I chose The Chain of Love by Clay Walker. I chose this one because I believe every act of kindness you do, will come back to you and then some. Be kind. Help others out. Love each other.

Kindness is contagious.

lyrics:

He was driving home one evening
In his beat-up Pontiac
When an old lady flagged him down
Her Mercedes had a flat

He could see that she was frightened
Standing out there in the snow
‘Til he said ‘I’m here to help you, ma’m
By the way, my name’s Joe’

She said ‘I’m from St. Louis
And I’m only passing through
I must’ve seen a hundred cars go by
This is awful nice of you

‘When he changed the tire
And closed her trunk
And was about to drive away
She said ‘How much do I owe you?’
Here’s what he had to say

‘You don’t owe me a thing
I’ve been there too
Someone once helped me out
Just the way I’m helping you
If you really wanna pay me back
Here’s what you do
Don’t let the chain of love end with you

‘Well, a few miles down the road
The lady saw a small cafe
She went in to grab a bite to eat
And then be on her way

But she couldn’t help but notice
How the waitress smiled so sweet
She must have been eight months
Along and dead on her feet

No, she didn’t know her story
And she probably never will
When the waitress went to get her
Change from a hundred dollar bill

The lady slipped right out the door
And on a nakpin left a note
There were tears in the waitress’ eyes
When she read what she’d wrote

‘You don’t owe me a thing
I’ve been there too
Someone once helped me out
Just the way I’m helping you
If you really wanna pay me back
Here’s what you do
Don’t let the chain of love end with you

‘That night when she got
Home from work
The waitress climbed into bed
She was thinking about the money
And what the lady’s note had said
As her husband lay there sleeping
She whispered soft and low
‘Everything’s gonna be alright
I love you, Joe’

Songs For Our Times # 23

Muddy Magnolias – Brother, What Happened? Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

I believe music can inspire, give hope, make you cry, make you think, and a million other things. I want to start posting some music that I really think speak to the times we are in. As you know, I listen to everything so tune in every day, never know what you will get.

For our 23rd song, I chose Brother What Happened by Muddy Magnolias. Trying to spread the word through music to love and not hate.

lyrics:

Brother, what’s going on?
When did things start going wrong?
Can’t pretend we don’t see where we are
You told me things were gonna change
But you just wanna get your way
Don’t you know you’re breaking my heart?


Tell me, what happened to this world?
We just don’t know anymore
Tell me, what happened to this world?
We just don’t love anymore, yeah


Time to check in with my ego
Just tryna live and let it go
But that’s easier said than done, I tell you now
Baby, put your phone down
Won’t you look me in my eyes now?
It’s been a while since I’ve seen you smile

Tell me, what happened to this world?
We just don’t know anymore
Tell me, what happened to this world?
We just don’t love anymore


My mama told me, don’t throw hate around
Because there’s room for us all in this world
We got each other, my sisters and brothers
So take your love and spread it all around


Tell me, what happened to this world?
We just don’t know anymore
Tell me, what happened to this world?
We just don’t love anymore

So give me that love
Give me that peace now
Give me that trust
Give me that loving, child
Show me that hope, yeah
Show me that joy now
Show me that love
Show me that loving, child

What happened to this world?
We just don’t know anymore
Tell me, what happened to this world?
We just don’t love anymore


Uh, yeah
Who gon’ do it? Yeah
Who gon’ do it?
Who gon’ do it if we don’t do it? (Yeah)
Who gon’ do it? Who gon’ do it?
Who gon’ do it if we don’t do it?
Who gon’ do it? Who gon’ do it?
Who gon’ do it if we don’t do it?
Who gon’ do it? Who gon’ do it?
Who gon’ do it if we don’t do it?
Who gon’ do it? Who gon’ do it?
Who gon’ do it if we don’t do it? (Yeah)
Who gon’ do it? Who gon’ do it?

What The Animals Think Of 2020

Will it get better if I look at it with one eye?
Another day, I can’t even watch the news anymore
This is what I think of 2020
Ate too much 2020, time to get rid of it
Pull me out when 2020 ends
Just remembering how good 2019 was
2020 can’t find me here
Another day, another face plant
Dear God, can 2020 just be over?
And my girl Miggy, what’s wrong with 2020? I haven’t been in my cage in six months and I take 4 walks a day. I love 2020!!!
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Songs For Our Times # 22

Maren Morris - Dear Hate Feat Vince Gill (Lyric Video) - YouTube

I believe music can inspire, give hope, make you cry, make you think, and a million other things. I want to start posting some music that I really think speak to the times we are in. As you know, I listen to everything so tune in every day, never know what you will get.

For our 22nd song, I chose Dear Hate by Maren Morris. Maren wrote this two years ago for the victims of the Vegas shootings. It still applies today.

lyrics:

Dear Hate
I saw you on the news today
Like a shock that takes my breath away
You fall like rain, cover us in drops of pain
I’m afraid that we just might drown

Dear Hate
Well, you sure are colorblind
Your kiss is the cruelest kind
You could poison any mind
Just look at mine
Don’t know how this world keeps spinning ’round and ’round

You were there in the garden, like a snake in the grass
I see you in the morning staring through the looking glass
You whisper down through history and echo through these halls
But I hate to tell you, love’s gonna conquer all

Dear Hate
You were smiling from that Selma bridge
In Dallas, when that bullet hit and Jackie cried
You pulled those towers from the sky
But even on our darkest nights
The world keeps spinning ’round

You were there in the garden, like a snake in the grass
I see you in the morning staring through the looking glass
You whisper down through history and echo through these halls
But I hate to tell you, love’s gonna conquer all

Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh

Dear Love
Just when I think you’ve given up
You were there in the garden when I ran from your voice
I hear you every morning through the chaos and the noise
You still whisper down through history and echo through these halls
And tell me love’s gonna conquer all
Gonna conquer all

Songs For Our Times #21

Good News - YouTube

I believe music can inspire, give hope, make you cry, make you think, and a million other things. I want to start posting some music that I really think speak to the times we are in. As you know, I listen to everything so tune in every day, never know what you will get.

For our 21st song, I chose Good News by Amos & Margaret Raber. I chose this one because we just need some good news please.

Time To Say Goodbye

Time to Say Goodbye – Moroccanoil Beautiful Business

It’s the same story every night

I tell myself it’s time to say goodbye

I feel like I am just wasting time

I’ve got other things I need to do

If only I could break up with you

I can’t tolerate the stress you put me through

But it’s harder to do than I thought

And sometimes I feel like I cannot

You’re an addiction I have fought

Here is the cold hard fact and you have to face it

I want to get better and you want me complacent

You want me to stay here but I want to go places

But tonight will be the night

Candy Crush, I’m telling you goodbye

Wait, you’re giving me an hour of free lives

Ok maybe tomorrow……I can say goodbye

Truck Driver Appreciation Week

2020 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Kicks Off | Transport Topics

It is truck driver appreciation week. Be sure to say thank you to a truck driver this week. They do not stop for Covid, hurricanes, rain, snow, sleet. They are always out there keeping stores stocked for you to be fed, clothed, get your medicine, etc, working long hours and being away from their families. I know we had four drivers that did not see their families for 3 months when Covid-19 started to keep their families safe since they were all over the country and did not want to take a chance.

September 13 marks the beginning of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week and as such we thought it perfect timing to bring some more attention to the vital role truck drivers play in our society. This is especially true now during the COVID-19 pandemic as freight continues to move all across the country. Whether it is food to grocery stores, building materials to fuel the remodel boom, or moving e-commerce purchases, truck drivers are an integral part of our economy.
Did you know….
image About 73% of all freight
transported in the US in 2019 was hauled by the trucking industry, according to the American Trucking Associations.Wherever you are reading this now, just look around and you will see items that got to you by truck. That is a lot of freight serving everyone in our country.
image Long haul truck drivers travel up to 100,000 miles a year, according to the Federal Highway Administration.That’s four times the circumference of the earth!
image About 6% of all full-time jobs in the US in 2018 were in the trucking industry, according to an article in Business Insider.That’s about 7.4 million people!
image Most grocery stores would start running out of food in just three days if long-haul truckers stop working, according to Business Insider.Combining this with spikes in unexpected demand, and one can see how quickly shelves can turn empty, much like what most of the country experienced at the start of the pandemic.
In spite of how important this role is, People Element data shows that less than half of exiting drivers and only about seven in ten active drivers report feeling valued for their work. I encourage you take a moment in the coming week to acknowledge a truck driver. Wave to them as they pass or give them a little extra room on the road.On behalf of People Element, thank you to all the drivers out there who continue to safely and reliably keep our economy moving.

Songs For Our Times #20

Do What You Can (Single Edit) - YouTube

I believe music can inspire, give hope, make you cry, make you think, and a million other things. I want to start posting some music that I really think speak to the times we are in. As you know, I listen to everything so tune in every day, never know what you will get.

For our 20th song, I chose a new one by Bon Jovi called Do What You Can. All this stuff happening now, all seems overwhelming. Sometimes you want to make a change but do not know where to start. Mother Teresa once said, “Not all of us can do great things, but we do small things with great love.”

Start small and do what you can. If we all do something small today with great love, it will add up to great change.

Lyrics:

Tonight, they’re shutting down the borders
And they boarded up the schools
Small towns are rolling up their sidewalks
One last paycheck coming through
I know you’re feeling kind of nervous
We’re all a little bit confused
Nothing’s the same, this ain’t a game
We gotta make it through

As we wave outside the window
Older loved ones stay inside
Moms and babies blowing kisses
May be saving someone’s life
They had to cancel graduation
It ain’t fair to Skype the prom
Our kids sit home in isolation
TV news is always on

When you can’t do what you do
You do what you can
This ain’t my prayer, it’s just a thought
I’m wanting to send
‘Round here we bend but down break
Down here, we all understand
When you can’t do what you do
You do what you can

The chicken farm from Arkansas
Bought workers PPE
Not before 500 more
Had succumbed to this disease
Honest men and honest women
Working for an honest wage
I got a hundred point one fever
And we still got bills to pay

When you can’t do what you do
You do what you can
This ain’t my prayer, it’s just a thought
I’m wanting to send
‘Round here we bend but down break
Down here, we all understand
When you can’t do what you do
You do what you can

They built a hospital on East Meadow
In Central Park last night
Doctors, nurses, truckers
Grocery store clerks manning the front lines
I saw a Red Cross on the Hudson
They turned off the Broadway lights
Another ambulance screams by
There by the grace of God go I

Although I’ll keep my social distance
What this world needs is a hug
Until we find the vaccination
There’s no substitute for love
So love yourself and love your family
Love your neighbor and your friend
Ain’t it time we loved the stranger
They’re just a friend you ain’t met yet

When you can’t do what you do
You do what you can
This ain’t my prayer, it’s just a thought
I’m wanting to send
‘Round here we bend but down break
Down here, we all understand
When you can’t do what you do

You do what you can
When you can’t do what you do
You do what you can

Songs For Our Times #19

Nation Pauses To Mark Sept. 11 Attacks : The Two-Way : NPR

I believe music can inspire, give hope, make you cry, make you think, and a million other things. I want to start posting some music that I really think speak to the times we are in. As you know, I listen to everything so tune in every day, never know what you will get.

For our 19th song, in remembrance of 9/11, I chose I Miss You Daddy by DJ Sammy. I don’t care how many times I listen to this song, I cry every time.