Street Life…Life On Our Streets

Every six months or so I archive my photos to make room on my computer.  The inventory is now well past 190,000 images residing on archive disks that will most likely disappear in the dustbin of history.

Before archiving I selected a few photos documenting scenes from my daily walks around what I call the Petaluma Photo Grid…scenes that reflect an aspect of street life here and elsewhere in the country that we should not…dare not…ignore.

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Some may call them Travelers, Transients, People Living Rough, or Homeless. However, they are people and part of our communities.

As a friend recently commented: “It’s important for all of us to not ignore what we find disturbing but instead really include it in our consciousness, accept it as a part of our reality. Then we may decide we want to change it and actually be able to do that.”

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(Individual photos may be enlarged by clicking on them)

Street Life Gallery I

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Street Life Gallery II

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Street Life Gallery III

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Street Life Gallery IV

American Alley Stroll

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In closing, I offer this passage from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol…

They were a boy and a girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds. Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing. No change, no degradation, no perversion of humanity, in any grade, through all the mysteries of wonderful creation, has monsters half so horrible and dread.

Scrooge started back, appalled. Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.

‘Spirit. are they yours.’ Scrooge could say no more.

‘They are Man’s,’ said the Spirit, looking down upon them. ‘And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers.  This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it.’ cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. ‘Slander those who tell it ye.  Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse.

And abide the end.’

‘Have they no refuge or resource.’ cried Scrooge.

‘Are there no prisons.’ said the Spirit, turning on him for the last time with his own words. ‘Are there no workhouses.’ The bell struck twelve.

READER NOTE–Some of my past posts on this topic are listed below

Critical Legal Documents In A Flash…On A Flash(Drive)!!!

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So you are prudent and finally visit a lawyer to create or update your will, trust, or other critical documents such as powers of attorney, medical care directives, etc.

At the end of the process, you receive a collection of legal documents with instructions as to how and where to keep them…

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If you used attorney Bridget Mackay, you now get something in addition to the paper documents…A white plastic card the size of a business card that is really a flash drive containing all of the documents in pdf format…

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Flashcard on right. Business Card on left

So where is the flash drive?

Well, if you press on the card. it pops open…

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Trust me, there are times when it is VERY convenient to have these documents available on this easy-to-carry card when it becomes necessary to work with a financial institution or a medical facility.  You can leave the large folder of paper documents in your safe or safety deposit box.

COTS Family Center…opens June 27th

Petaluma’s COTS (Committee on the Shelterless) will open the renovated COTS Family Center on June 27th…

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Preparing the facility has required quite an effort by volunteers and others to make the buildings ready for use.

Today, volunteers worked on finishing touches…painting, cleaning, assembling furniture, etc.  I had the opportunity to make a few photos of today’s efforts.

8:30 am the volunteers assembled…

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Then they went to work…

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Secret Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Upgrade!

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BREAKING NEWS!

Working under the cover of fog in the evening and early morning hours for several months, California authorities today reported that the seismic upgrade of the Golden Gate Bridge was completed.

With the new third tower, it is now as safe as the recently completed Bay Bridge! 

Early this morning the fog was removed and returned to the Capitol building in  Sacramento…

And now, the new look of the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE…

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