Gems 3.70

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You Can’t Protect It
When you live out of bags,
It’s tough to keep things straight.
Especially because, typically, they are
All sorts of Opaque.
Where’s this? Where’s that?
I thought it was in this one.
Dammit, what a bitch this.
Rummaging is no fun.
Oh well, I’ll tear everything completely apart
And stack all my bags like a fine work of Art.
Without my phone and charger, I’ll be hosed.
No work for me today, I suppose.
Searched every zip compartment in my artful stack.
Only to discover, once again, my phone got jacked!

-John Olander

John Olander, known to his friends as “Johnny O” is a self-employed change-maker currently living in Denver Colorado. He has been “on a camping trip” for over ten years and understands life on the streets better than most. Yet this hardship has not made John bitter, only better. Nearly every day when he is not engaged in a search for food or shelter (from 4am until nearly midnight), John is helping others on the street. About one-third of John’s day is spent on transportation — on buses, subways, and walking to find jobs, food and shelter for a single day. Yet through all this, John has taken the time to be supportive and submit poetry for under1000skies.  I’m so grateful for our connection.  Johnny O and I became friends about a year ago when he became one of the first supporters of under1000skies. He is very dear to us all here, and we look forward to more creative content from Johnny in the years to come.

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May you find joy every day,

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Gems 3.64

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Photo “Under the Sky” by Niki Flow.  Poem “Effort Equals Change” by Johnny O

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Gems 3.63

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Gems 363 John Olander Boy Oh Boy

Poem “Boy Oh Boy” by Johnny O.  Photo “Some Kinda Blue Love Supreme” by Niki Flow

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Gems 3.62

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John Olander Wow In Now Gems 362

Poem “The Wow In Now” by Johnny O.  Photo “Verdant” by Niki Flow.

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Gems 3.61

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Photo by Niki Flow.  Poem “Cause and Effect” by John Olander, Denver change-maker, poet and under1000skies supporter.  Thank you so much John for today’s beautiful contribution.

About John Olander

John Olander

Nicole and Johnny O

John Olander, known to his friends as “Johnny O” is a self-employed change-maker currently living in Denver Colorado. He has been “on a camping trip” for over ten years and understands life on the streets better than most. Yet this hardship has not made John bitter, only better. Nearly every day when he is not engaged in a search for food or shelter, John is helping others on the street. Johnny O and I became friends about a year ago when he became one of the first supporters of under1000skies. He is very dear to us all here, and we look forward to more creative content from Johnny in the years to come.

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Temporary Emergency Housing Needed in Denver Near Cheeseman/Downtown

Pictured with John above is Nicole, creator and founder of Wild Dream Walks which we recently featured on our second Spotlight Saturday.  Nicole introduced us to John.  We found out today that Nicole has had a big emergency in her living quarters.  Her roof collapsed and she must find housing for at least a month for her current tenant.   So we are sending this out to all our followers.  If you live in the Denver area or know anyone who does and might be able to help, please let Nicole know. Her contact information is below.

Here is Nicole’s call-out on Facebook, also posted on NextDoor in Denver:

Emergency Housing Request Near Cheeseman/Downtown Denver (please share):

Here’s the deal, there was a water leak in the unit above mine and the roof in my apartment collapsed. I need a room for my tenant (as close to downtown as possible so he can bike) from June 27th-July 11th. Thankfully he wasn’t home when the ceiling collapsed and was not hurt. He is a young fellow who is an immigration/refugee lawyer who came here for the summer to help with all the new cases. He is a really stand up person with a good heart. And, he has lost 85% of his possessions to water damage from the ceiling collapsing, including his computer.

I know there are people out there who have an extra room for him to stay in over the next two weeks near Cheesman Park and can help us make the last few weeks of his stay a good and supportive one.

-We talk with insurance tomorrow. Either way, we’ve been told we need to front the money for housing and will possibly be reimbursed “market rate – which they say is $60” when the rebuild is finished, however that was not guaranteed.

-Airbnb is currently running $130-$200 a night, hotels are running $160-$230 a night.

-We no longer qualify for Red Cross emergency services and with his short stay I want him to be in one place for the next two weeks (it’s the least one can do).

-I’ve posted to NextDoor this same request.

 

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thank you

Thanks so much again Johnny O for submitting today’s beautiful and wise poem.

With deep thanks and lots of love,

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Spotlight Saturday 1.0 | under1000skies

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Today we are happy and excited to tell you about the start of something new:

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"Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all." Emily Dickinson

SHOWER-UP NASHVILLE

The spotlight today is on ShowerUp Nashville, a beautiful service started by Paul Anthony Schmitz.   I  got a chance to talk to Paul this morning and his excitement and love just pours through his words.   I’ve been following his feed on Instagram for a few months, and I have been so inspired by all the great work ShowerUp is doing!

ShowerUp Collage

 

Paul writes about how he got started here on the ShowerUp.org About page:

ShowerUp began as one of those moments where you are sure God is telling you to do something, but you wonder if He knows what He is talking about!

10 years ago, I probably would have dismissed His leading without a second thought. Even though I became a Christian in high school, it wasn’t until I read the books, Crazy Love (by Francis Chan) and Not A Fan (by Kyle Idleman) that I realized that it was quite possible that I wasn’t all in when it came to loving the people that Jesus said we were to love. I had bought in to the thinking that if it wasn’t my “burden”, in my “gift mix”, or my “calling” to serve the poor then I didn’t need to. Then, I read Matthew 25 where Jesus talks about caring for and loving “the least of these” and said that when we did it to them, we did it to Him. Conversely, when we didn’t do it to them, we didn’t do it to Him. In that moment, Jesus transformed my heart…

-Paul Anthony Schmitz

Here is one story that really touched my heart which Paul posted on May 23rd:

Kenneth ShowerUp Instagram
Kenneth – Shower Up Nashville

Click here for Kenneth’s 1-minute video on Instagram.  Kenneth tells a little bit about his story and about his life in Nashville with his service dog.  He talks about how much ShowerUp helped him. This story will touch your heart.

In another story, ShowerUp speaks about how a simple shower helped two people get jobs and start a new life.  This is from their Instagram post:

A gentlemen named Jamie came up to get his name on the list and ask for a razor. He said he wanted a shower because last week he took his first shower with us and was able to get a job the very NEXT day! Him and his wife got jobs at the same place!! He said I want one again tonight and as much as you can come. He was smiling and happy!!! He was able to get clothes from @peoplelovingnashville and he was good to go…

New City Connection:  Nashville, TN!

Another really exciting blessing came from my call this morning. I’m going to send Paul a few Artist Packs and he’s agreed to facilitate getting these to the people he serves.   So that means we have a new city connection!

I told Paul about Johnny O and Nicole’s upcoming event in Denver “Colfax Street” (“The Denver Project”)  Paul said was really happy to hear about it and had just this morning  gotten back from Denver.  He said tat Denver is a really beautiful city and to please keep him posted about the event.  (I will!)

I explained to Paul that it is my dream to connect not only homeless artists at the heart level through their creativity, but the people who serve them.  I said that as much as we love to help, it sometimes does feel overwhelming.   I told him how much hearing stories about others helping, like ShowerUp, have inspired me over the years.

Paul replied that this service, which comes in many forms from activism marches to raise awareness; working in soup kitchens; handing out clothing and blankets; and so many more, is so crucial and every kind of service is needed.  He agreed that connection would be really helpful.   He told me about a group in Nashville “Poverty and the Arts” which enlists homeless artists in their city, so I will be contacting them very soon and, hopefully, I’ll have another “Spotlight Saturday” feature from Nashville!

I believe that “small acts with great love” are crucial, every day, and that these become so much more powerful when connected.  So stay tuned here every Saturday for more heart-level connections about people of kindness with service hearts.

Thank you Paul and all the ShowerUp volunteers for your beautiful work. I hope that every city in the world turns its hearts and minds to what you are doing so that there can be ShowerUp trucks and facilities everywhere they are needed.

For more information about Paul and ShowerUp:

Websitehttp://www.showerup.org/

Instagramhttp://www.thepicta.com/user/showerupnashville/4167003646

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/ShowerUpNashville/

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/ShowerUpNash

thank you

Deep bows of gratitude and respect to the men and women of ShowerUp Nashville.  What you do is priceless.   Hope, dignity, a second chance — these cannot be purchased.

Thank you. ♥.

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This Week under1000skies 12May17

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WANT AD

 
“Want Ad” is part of a short-story compilation called 12 TALES coming soon on Amazon as an eBook.  12 TALES  takes place over 12 months, a story for each month, with one central hub, Sadie’s Diner  (“Thin Threads.“)   We’re pledging 50 percent of the profits from the sale of Twelve Tales and 100 percent of the profits from ELANTHIAN LOVE SONGS to the purchase and shipping of artist packs for homeless creatives.  Special thanks to “Johnny O” (John Olander), Denver poet, artist, photographer and change-maker, for the critical review of “Want Ad” and encouragement.  ♥

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