This past Tuesday, i walked a bit over a mile through midtown Manhattan, on a very cold day. As is often the case, I saw several homeless people on the way. I always thought about the homeless as I passed them, but I have focused more on them since two months ago, when I noticed a man stopping to talk with a man seated near the front door of an office building. I thought he was going to give the homeless man money, but he had a bag from a fast food restaurant that he gave him, telling him to enjoy his lunch. I think about doing something like that, but haven’t yet overcome my shyness or some other odd resistance.
I thought about all the homeless people I saw huddled against the buildings last week, and wondered how they got through the snowstorm this weekend. I feel for all the people in southern states without power from the storm, but these homeless people are always without power, in so many senses of the word.
In a recent check-in, I complained about the house we are renting, which has many of the problems one would expect in a house built in 1920 that has been a rental for several decades. However, I am grateful for having a house where I can shelter from the cold and wind, store warm clothing to combat the cold when I have to go outdoors, and refrigerate food and cook it. It is easy to forget that not everyone has that shelter.
Read Story Engineering more carefully, taking notes, for three hours a week. I’m having a real problem with this goal. I think I’m going to have to schedule it in order to give it some priority. It may be something I can do on breaks at the day job.
I plan to work on a non-fiction project for a half an hour 6 out of 7 days. I’m still stalled on this goal as well. Again, I think I need to schedule time, with alarm bells and all other accoutrements, to achieve this goal.
I am going to write a short story for submission to a contest. I have finished the plot, but not the outline.
I plan to return to blogging, posting every check-in for a start. I would like to expand my topics, but I need to re-establish the habit first. I missed Wednesday’s check-in, but did put up a post on my Elizabeth Anne Mitchell blog. It was on the history of profanity, which has been a popular topic on another of my blogs.
Finally, I need to continue to take care of myself. I had my follow-up with my surgeon last Tuesday. Although changing the bandaging was painful, preliminary tests still indicate the surgery was successful. I returned to the day job last Thursday, and managed to take care of myself there.
Please go visit and encourage the other ROWers, whom you can find here.