Friday, May 10, 2013

A Free Copy Of "Homeless Isn't Hopeless" Is Now Available To Anyone & Everyone

The first edition of "Homeless Isn't Hopeless" is sold out, but a second edition e-book is now available, and it can be downloaded free of charge, or read online free of charge.

This free of charge offer is possible because neither I, nor anyone else  associated with the publication of this second edition will receive any remuneration, compensation, or reimbursement for expenses.  By doing this, we hope to widen the reach of "Homeless Isn't Hopeless".

The goal, the mission, remains the same--to create awareness of, and further understanding of, the national tragedy that is homelessness; but to show also, that there is always hope.   This offer is to anyone and everyone, so feel free to tell your family, your friends, those you work with, and those you come in contact with.

There is no obligation attached to this offer, but for those whose circumstances permit, it is possible to donate to a charity of your choice.  For instructions about free downloading, or reading free online,  click on to in the upper left corner of this home page.

Thank you, as always, for your readership and your friendship.       --Bill

Thursday, December 6, 2012

About A Change In My Blogging

      Given the opportunity to write frequently for The Huffington Post, I will be doing so now on a regular, but not daily basis.  My columns can be accessed by clicking onto the words Huffington Post just to the left on this web page,  or via

 This "Homeless Isn't Hopeless" space will remain active for access to previous "Homeless Isn't Hopeless"  columns in the archives.

Thanks, as always, for your interest.

Best,    Bill

Friday, November 9, 2012

The American Electorate -- No Rest For The Weary

     Is there anyone in these United States of America who hasn't had enough politics for a while?

I think not.  There is a nationwide need for time off from talk by pundits and politicians; time off from thoughts of  policies, proposals, and positions.

So how much time off do we have between the election cycle just ended, and the start of the next?

All of five days.

Less than a week after election day 2012, the first move by a probable 2016 presidential candidate will be made in Iowa--always the state with the first event of the primary season,

 Florida's junior U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio, will speak there during what will be only the first of  many visits to the Hawkeye state over the next four years.

Expect New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, to soon make it a trio of Republican presidential hopefuls piling up frequent flyer miles in and out of Iowa.

It will be interesting to see how soon Democratic presidential possibilities Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton find reason--in actuality an excuse--to make the same trip.  And most likely there will be any number of "new" Democratic and Republican presidential wannabes testing the waters and perhaps expanding the field. 

The race for The White House--the 2016 edition--begins Monday.  Enjoy  the time off.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Charlie Crist -- 2014's Comeback Kid?

     Seeing Charlie Crist serve as an energetic, enthusiastic surrogate for President Obama in the waning days of the presidential campaign tells me we may soon be witness to another change of political allegiance by the former Republican Florida governor.

Now operating as an independent, Crist could quite possibly effect a return to prominence and power were he to join the Democratic party.

Charlie Crist fell out of favor in GOP circles when he embraced Barack Obama--literally and figuratively--when, as Governor, he met with the President to voice his approval of the controversial  federal stimulus program. 

 That act of "treason" caused the Republican party to favor Marco Rubio over Crist in a subsequent primary fight for a U.S. Senate seat.  Charlie Crist lost that bid, and his political career seemed to be over.

Meanwhile, Florida's current Republican Governor, Rick Scott, faces a difficult reelection campaign in 2014.  His woeful job approval polling numbers and his personal unpopularity left him ostracized during the presidential campaign,  Mitt Romney appeared with him but once in 11 months.

Pitting Crist--still popular with Floridians--against Scott in the race for governor in 2014 makes sense--for Crist and for the Democratic party.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I Won't Soon Forget Those Long Lines Of Voters

     Each presidential election has its memorable moments.  For me, there is one 2012 happening that stands out from the rest, and which I definitely won't forget.

It was late afternoon on Friday, four days  before election day, and my lady friend, Carol, and I were about to enter "Harry's" in downtown Gainesville.

First, however, we became engaged in conversation with two young ladies,  at a sidewalk table,  who had just come from casting their votes--doing so under Florida's early voting program. 

Across the street, a long, long line of voters stretched from the entrance to the Board of Elections to around the corner and well down the block.  The line moved painfully slow, and the wait was not minutes, but hours.  And therein was something that made that long, long line memorable.

Florida has suffered this election from well-documented and oft discussed voter suppression.  Voter rolls have been subjected to a questionable and controversial purging.  Early voting days have been cut in half.

That intended obstacle has been overcome, however, by voter determination--the willingness to do whatever it takes to be able to cast a vote.

There was no grumbling in that long, long line--during that long, long wait.  There was only an air of what I would call happy defiance.

Monday, November 5, 2012

About The Winner & Loser Come Wednesday

     We are scant hours from election day, 2012,  and soon--finally--it will all be over.

For one of our presidential candidates, the results will be the cause of nearly inconsolable sorrow,  and will almost certainly mean the abrupt end to a political career.

One of them--Barack Obama or Mitt Romney--will exit the publc arena with cancelled dreams--tortured by thoughts of what might have been.

The thunderous ovations from adoring, massive crowds on Monday, will be but a melancholy memory as of Wednesday.

The loser will, however, have a choice of paths to follow.  He can fade into relative obscurity--retiring from public life.  Or he can follow the lead of defeated presidential candidates John McCain and John Kerry and continue to serve his country.

For the winner tomorrow, a myriad of challenges awaits.  But,  those challenges are also opportunities, and hopefully the President-elect will seize them and carry us forward.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Early Voting Should Be Expanded -- With The Rules The Same Everywhere

     There's an idea for improving the presidential election process that is gaining support and getting some traction.  Election day should be a national holiday, some say, so as to make it easier for workers to get to the polls.

Bad idea and not necessary,  Another holiday would hurt the economy.  No need to do that.

Instead, make the two weeks before the first Tuesday in November early voting days--in all 50 states.  Make the dates and the hours and the rules the same everywhere.

Making the process uniform and easier would improve the currently anemic percentage of Americans who vote, and would make for a more enthusiastic electorate,