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June 03, 2009


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Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Makes me feel a little guilty.


That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

bethany actually

Amanda, this actually made tears well up in my eyes. I'm hardwired a capitalist too, but apparently a soft-hearted one.

It also makes me even more excited to read your book. You have such a gift with words.

bethany actually

Uh...did my comment disappear?

bethany actually

Weird. My first comment disappeared, so I tried again and that one appeared briefly then vanished again. So I'll try signing out of TypeKey and give it another shot...

Amanda, that made me tear up. I'm hardwired a capitalist too, but apparently I'm a softhearted one.

Also, this makes me even more excited to read your book. You have such a gift for words!


this really is beautiful.


I know it really wasn't this kind of post but.....

I have to share MY favorite homeless person sign. It read "Smile if you m@sturbate." Dude had EVERYONE smiling.

On another note, great post and great to see you writing everyday.

Sarah Viola

This is beautifully written, Amanda. And don't underestimate your grace or beauty, for looking her in the eyes and helping, even if it was just a little bit.


my most fav post of yours!


Great, great entry. I have such conflicting feelings about those who beg on the street. Although I'm a bleeding heart, I usually consider it counterproductive on a macro level, in that it makes people fear/disdain the homeless. At least in cases where the beggars approach you and are a bit aggressive about it. There's also the issue of the non-needy that beg...

Anyway, this entry does a great job describing the drive to help these people. It's hard when your heart and brain tug in different directions.


Your post reminded me of this beautiful video, which won the short story category at Cannes 2008. Worth every second: http://bit.ly/1GV3b

Alias Mother

When I lived in a city, I walked past homeless people every day between the subway stop and work. Sometimes I'd drop them change, but usually not. It's too hard to care that much. But every once in a while, I would connect with someone. Really, really connect. I think as long as we can stay open to that, then we are doing just fine.

It's always good to get the reminder, too, that we live the lives we live because of hard work, yes, but also circumstance.


Beautifully written. I've been reading you for many, many years. This is probably one of the best things you've ever written (in my opinion).

I can't wait to read your book!


Beautifully written. Thank you for reminding us to stop and think and experience life.


It's such a mental dance - do you, don't you, who am I to decide who's worthy and who isn't, but why should I give this person my money? You want to show compassion, but you can't give money to everyone. Cue: guilt.

Anyway, you nailed it. Beautifully written. Thank you.

Corey Bowe

Best post of yours that I have read. Your writing talents are quite obvious. Kudos.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

Truly lovely.


I loved this post!! I loved too how you handled the exchange. I lived in NYC for many years. At first, the site of a homeless person made me horribly uncomfortable because I was young, naive and had never experienced this part of life before. At some point humbled by my own misfortune I realized that this could be me. That we are all connected and this person is a person..just like me. Love, love, love....in whatever way we can.


Houses are quite expensive and not every person can buy it. However, loan are created to support different people in such cases.

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