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Thursday, November 8, 2012

One Way To Be A Happy Camper

 I am a very happy camper.  And I don't even like to camp.

  It is Thursday eve 5pm post election... probably 45 degrees outside and I am inside at my computer in my neon pink robe, blue green long sleeve thermal tee, a long pink cotton tee underneath, black yoga pants, purple thermal socks and I am freezing.  What if I really was camping?  Or without heat?  My heart goes out to those in the East that need our help.   So much I have to feel thankful for.  I have a heater in every room in my apartment, a good job to go to in the morning, I am ready to cook some organic beef patties for dinner with a kale salad and hot cocoa for dessert while looking forward to watching Project Runway All Stars.  Please, can I get anymore American than that?
Downtown Portland 
 The truth is I am not patriotic. I prefer a global view.  I was born in the USA but do not pledge my allegiance to any person place or thing.  I am grateful for where I live and heard my parents and others call Oregon "Gods Country".  I think because of all our scenic variety of natural environments in every direction one may travel here.  We have the beaches, high snow capped mountain ranges, and dessert all within hours of each other.  Then I read a blogger called My Yoga Blog from Munich, Germany visited here last week and called Portland the New India.  She is a world traveler and could not get over how many homeless people we have on the streets of our downtown.  I had no idea it was that many more than other cities.   Being a happy camper is not being homeless that is for sure.  I do not know how they manage.

What I care about is what can happen now.  I am ready to be of service.



  1. Replies
    1. Hello Larissa, I am glad you came to visit. Thank you for your comment. I really like your style and your hair is gorgeous!!! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  2. A very nice post about being grateful. I think all cities have a homeless population; sometimes you see it and in other cities it's more hidden.

    1. I have heard that as well Sanda. I know our city seems to be always trying new ways to help but so far have heard of nothing workable. I wonder if any major city has found a good answer?

    2. In the town nearest me, they "camp out" under an Interstate bridge overpass so no one ever sees the problem. They turn up at soup kitchens -- some with all their worldly goods in a grocery store cart. So sad.

  3. We have had beggars from Romania for a few years now!
    Usually they sit on a street corner - in the rain and cold, have a paper cup in front of them for coins.
    This is a great problem over here. The government has paid their plane tickets back home once already, but they came back!
    It is terrible to see them there in the cold, but what on earth to do with the real problem?
    The coins won´t help these people..

    1. So right. The coins do not help just perpetuate. It is an ongoing dilemma one that I am afraid has no answers only questions.