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Apartments not Jails…

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My theme this year is: An Intimate Look at the Homeless and Mental Health Epidemic in America, which is the subtitle of my next book, The Stranger In My Recliner.

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A couple of years ago my husband went out to a meeting and came home with an eighty-year-old homeless woman named Sophie. This woman spent the next two-and-a-half-years in our home and became part of our family.

He and I tried to help her and quickly realized that most organizations and referral systems that claim to ‘help’ the homeless actually do nothing to help anyone. They send those that need help from one referral agency to another.

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When I read about the state of Utah’s program, Apartments not Jail I was very curious. My favorite thing about the program is that it is working. Utah has reduced homelessness by more than seventy-eight-percent and is on track to eliminate homelessness in the state this year.

While Columbia South Carolina was telling its homeless population to move or get arrested; Hawaii’s State Rep was walking around smashing homeless people’s shopping carts with a sledgehammer; Philadelphia, Pa. was banning the feeding of the homeless and Raleigh, N.C. was asking religious groups to stop feeding the homeless the state of Utah under the leadership of then Governor John Huntsman realized that the cost of jailing or hospitalizing the homeless and or mentally ill was more expensive than simply providing them an apartment and a case worker. A caseworker that actually helped them to become self-sufficient, acquire services for mental health or addiction issues if needed or employment assistance. Utah’s model is now being used in several other states and I am going to do my best to make it happen in my state of Pennsylvania.

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John Huntsman


“Utah is on track to end homelessness by 2015. And it’s all down to one ingenious premise put forward by ex-state Governer Jon Huntsman eight years ago. Ending homelessness, said the one-time Republican leader candidate, could be achieved by giving those on the street one simple thing: a house.”

I encourage you to write, e-mail or call your state leaders and encourage them to bring this model to your state.

For my friends in other countries, does your country have a homeless problem?

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A Happy Witch, A Happy Ending and a Real American Horror Story…


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I have been the lamest blogger lately. Hopefully that will end very soon. I have less than 20 pages left to edit on The Stranger in My Recliner. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and can feel the relief. I am looking forward to finally updating my website and adding some new features to my blog.

Thank goodness the annoying elections are over. In our house we are half satisfied and half terrified. I suppose we will have a week of peace before they start with the commercials for the next election. How did your state do? Are you happy or disgusted?

It is time to start thinking about a foreword writer and some people to write blurbs for The Stranger in My Recliner [an intimate look at the homeless and mental health epidemic in America.] Who do you think would be someone good to ask, famous psychiatrists, psychologists, politicians, actors or actresses that work for one or both of these causes? Do you have any suggestions? A field I haven’t thought of that might apply? My wish list: Dr. V, Glenn Close and John Huntsman.



My appearance on The Wis Lit Show…

This show is done in a high school. The kids were amazing, very professional!

Last weekend while I was sleeping, somebody side swiped my car and just took off without a care. The damage was, of course just short of the deductible. This is the 3rd time this year. WTHeck?

Lesson learned at our house this week: Don’t hire a plumber to paint your house because the results will be sh*#ty.

We had a great time visiting the Happy Witch’s House at Linvilla Orchards with our granddaughters, Morgan, Avery and Peyton.


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We had a happy ending to a scary news story in Philadelphia. A young woman was abducted and missing for 2 days. They found her in Maryland. Thank God they found her when they did because it was not going to end well. The guy is evil.

Another story, yesterday from our neighboring county, and I’m sure this will be a national story by next week, a mother and her boyfriend in the presence of the boyfriend’s wife [oh my is all I can say] beat a 3-year-old little boy to death because he wouldn’t eat his breakfast. The details are worse than the worst horror film. The DA already announced he would be seeking the death penalty. I cannot seem to shake the sadness I feel for that poor baby and his 6-year-old brother who was also abused and now is safely with other relatives.

Have a blessed weekend,








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