Living in a Hotel Room, The Holidays

Will You Help The Homeless When Pigs Fly?

If you are homeless and have opened this hoping to have answers

I can attest that

You have the answers

You are the answer

Being homeless does not make you a failure

Homelessness doesn't mean you aren't loved

This is a time of rebuilding

Please don't give up

Not until Pigs Fly!

When Pigs Fly

...when pigs fly...
...when pigs fly... | Source

Dear Homeless Brother or Sister,

Good afternoon, you probably will not get to read this until after the most recent holiday is long past, but in case the one thing you have left is internet access after the giant F-bomb* went off in your life, I intend to give you encouragement during any holiday that once meant home and family to you.

*That is not the four letter F-word that immediately comes to mind, it is the F-word that can make the burliest, or richest man sweat bullets, and even put one in his head.

F-bomb is the Financial Bomb.It is a Financial disaster. There is no bail-out on a personal level. The real bankruptcy relief comes only to those who can afford it. I personally know the fallout from an F-bomb.

  • get the flu
  • car stolen
  • lose job
  • spouse leaves
  • financial/corporate theft
  • natural disaster
  • man made disaster
  • mental problems
  • stress
  • death of spouse

The next thing happens is a person needs an F-Bomb Squad for individuals, but there is rarely one there. Some people are blessed to have a kind and caring support system, who support each other during crisis.

Most do not.

It is not that they don't have people who love them, they don't have people who can support themselves, let alone add another person.or family. Many family members who end up missing and homeless in strange cities do so out of shame. I have experienced those feelings of shame that kept me cold and alone for several years.


Falling In The Cracks, Reasons Not To Stay There

when a person or family 'falls through the cracks', it is not a pleasant experience. when pigs fly, no one will fall through the cracks...
when a person or family 'falls through the cracks', it is not a pleasant experience. when pigs fly, no one will fall through the cracks... | Source

I Send You Great Visions of Warmth, Home & Hearth

With a very few items, this $1.00 stocking is an heirloom
With a very few items, this $1.00 stocking is an heirloom | Source

Christmas; Living In A Hotel Room

Since your Christmas is not stockings hung by the chimney with care. There are other things to take stock of.

  1. You are alive,
  2. Cold, hungry, crowded,
  3. Stinking, hot, pissed and
  4. Having a hard time connecting a benevolent Christ, and his Followers
  5. Who are supposed to care about
  6. What has befallen you.

You have made your way to a hotel room, you are a survivor. You will make the very best with what you have. The circumstances will cause an inner strength to come from you, that you did not know was there.

During this holiday try to remember the laughter that comes any way.

Find hope, strength and joy in every positive thing. Try to look at the negative that is happening and make it a game, then twist it, Think of what the benefits may come from this time of desolation..

The battle is mainly fought in the mind.

You can do this...

Simple Beauty Costs Nothing

According to legends and storybooks, the sky holds signs of miracles and good things to come
According to legends and storybooks, the sky holds signs of miracles and good things to come | Source

Life Will Be Fair, When Pigs Fly

When I become a true publishing professional I will make a video of people saying, "when pigs fly.." then their favorite impossibility.

The ones who really mean it...

...those who are "Really Sorry" for your troubles:

  • Not the Government Employee who is barely holding on to her job, who lost your paperwork and your case has to be started from scratch four months later.


  • Not the Employment Security offices who made a mistake on your initial application and make you wait 18 months for relief.


  • Not the Government who says it is the Home of the Brave and Land of the Free that has held The Indigenous People as property and slaves for over 200 years.

None of these things are fair.

They have, and do cause great harm, and it happens every day.

It is not fair.

But, life is worth living. It is easier to deal with the "sorry for the inconvenience" even when it was that "inconvenience " that caused the first domino to hit the second and now your whole life is upside down. Then you can move past life's unbalanced scales.

Life is not fair and it is not standard practice for pigs to fly.

It is easier to deal with when unfair things happen to "them" or others when we finally realize these truths.

Humans Will Never Live In The Streets, When Pigs Fly

when pigs fly, there will be no person deemed less valuable than another, a human will not be assigned a gutter
when pigs fly, there will be no person deemed less valuable than another, a human will not be assigned a gutter | Source

Millard and Linda Fuller, the founders of Habitat for Humanity, International

The Fullers were a true Christian couple, who made it their life work to eliminate poverty housing.

The need for children to grow up in a safe home, parents need to have a home that is affordable and safe. These were needs that prompted the Fullers to start Habitat for Humanity.

The Fullers were a wealthy couple who sold everything to end poverty housing. Jimmy and Rose Carter came on board, and are the ones given the credit for starting Habitat. They wanted to end poverty housing for everyone, world wide.


When Pigs Fly, There Will Be No Homelessness

Having gone from sleeping behind trashcans in alleys , to a tent in a 100 year blizzard , to a half-way house, then hotels, motels and roach coach inn's, Lilly realizes there are many stages of homelessness and/or poverty housing.

I read recent research where those who crunch numbers argue whether or not living in a hotel or motel is being homeless. I suggest the number crunchers go for about nine months of the next year trying it out, Whatever they decide afterwards is fine with me.

Some people live in structures which are considered homes but they are below a standard that is acceptable for healthful and hopeful living. Many cannot afford to keep the utilities on. Some don't have running water, broken pipes , deadly furnaces.

Poverty housing, is when people are living in a way that is detrimental to their well being.


When Pigs Fly, Courtesy of DiverSe Feat LB3,

Please Come Back and See Me When You Believe

Can believe pigs fly...

We Can Still Have a Rare Good Day

when pigs fly, a gorgeous day, means a perfect day, when not one thing goes wrong
when pigs fly, a gorgeous day, means a perfect day, when not one thing goes wrong | Source

Happy Holidays My Homeless Relatives

I have been thinking for a couple of months how to reach out to others like myself; brothers and sisters who are out there homeless on the streets or staying in someone's shed. It has been hard on my mind, to weave some good words together for the rest of your journey.

Keep in mind this is indeed a journey. That sounds corny I know it but corny does not equal ineffective. Indeed it means that this journey is not a virtual or fictional trek but real hands on. This means, tomorrow and the next day will be different. Often the next day isn't "better" but it is different. I think of peeling the label off of a jar, it can take a lot of time, sometimes it is ugly and messy, but there is change.

Always hold on one more day, one more hour, one more minute, 15 more seconds,

Breathe. Remember to keep taking those very deep breaths. It does help.

Expect things to get better. 50% of the time it does 50% of the time it doesn't, but every day changes. Every minute changes the universe.

There are many people who think harmful and negative toward the homeless. When pigs fly they might not...but the main thing is it doesn't matter what they think.

When you are in a bad situation, there is always something to learn. It may seem impossible, but counting blessings is a positive way to make a shift in the darkness and hopelessness.

Hold on one more day, one more hour, one more minute, 15 more seconds

Citations and copyrights

Dec. 24, 2010 ©Copyright DiverSe Feat LB3, "When Pigs Fly"

© 2010 Lori J Latimer

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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

I really got alot out of this. And I think we should all be hyper aware of the homeless issue now days, and just maybe find a way to help. So many of the homeless population are famlies and children. It's beyond sad to think of kids without a place to be safe and secure!

I believe in the ripple effect, so if all who CAN do something, (even a small something), to help get the homeless homed, it could grow into a wave of help that would make a huge difference.

Thanks for making people aware. For offering encouragement to those in a bind. And for being a great Hubber!


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

RunAbstract, thanks for being my Santa tonight. Thank you for your well and heartfelt comments. Everyday i read more programs for homeless children, and that means there are thousands we don't see. Thank you for taking time out this evening to read and comment. The Best Runabstract. Thank you!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

You are an angel who care with others, especially for homeless. The big happiness if we can help others. I believe Christmas time will more beautiful. Thank you very much. Merry Christmas!

Prasetio:)


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

prasetio30 my heart was warmed when I saw your beautiful words this Christmas morning. Lilly also keeps in mind how Blessed Americans are, even the poorest Americans have a larger hope for finding some resources and help than the poor citizens of other Countries in the world. Thank you, and I wish the Very Best for you prasetio30 and your entire family.


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chan0512 5 years ago from Camarillo, CA

Merry Christmas my friend! Happy holidays to you as well. What a great day for Christmas today! I hope you enjoy the weather and many gifts! Another great hubs! Vote up and shared.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Dear Chan0512, Thank you very much. It is a good day for Christmas. Quiet, a little overcast, and living in a house with everything I need. Great!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Lilly, you obtained so much wisdom during that ‘homeless’ time in your life. You’ve changed my entire perception of the homeless with your hubs. I thank you, for I love myself a little more since I started to look at the homeless through your eyes. I can not always give what they really need, but I know whatever I give they do need. As you have changed me, you are changing hundreds with your hubs. May all your wishes come true in 2011.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Dear Martie,

Your kind words, are a Christmas garment to me. When a person is in the midst of the storm, the whole world is a storm, I am thankful that you are one of the kind souls on the outskirts of life's storms for some homeless, giving a hand of love. This is good. Thank you for enriching my life too! :0)


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

Thanks for this Hub to remind people of the Homelessness problem and to give the Homeless hope. The libraries here are very kind to the Homeless population and these individuals make good use of the computers to shelter and work.

Rated up and several others.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Patty Inglish, thank you very much, and yeah always to those Librarians. I suspect they are all one winged angels. Thank you for the rating, and comment. Happy New Year.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

1A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;

from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

2The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—

the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,

the Spirit of counsel and of power,

the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord—

3and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,

or decide by what he hears with his ears;

4but with righteousness he will judge the needy,

with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.

He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;

with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

5Righteousness will be his belt

and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

6The wolf will live with the lamb,

the leopard will lie down with the goat,

the calf and the lion and the yearling together;

and a little child will lead them.

7The cow will feed with the bear,

their young will lie down together,

and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

8The infant will play near the hole of the cobra,

and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.

9They will neither harm nor destroy

on all my holy mountain,

for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord

as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:1-9

When pigs fly....=:)


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Winsome, thank you for the most beautiful comment yet. Always loved Isaiah! Thanks again. Happy New Year 2011 and beyond.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Lilly you are an angel, your gift is from your soul. You've seen the trouble in the streets, mean as they can be, people find a way to survive.

Humans have an inherent will to survive no matter the odds. Anyone can be one pay check away from being homeless and there are far to many in that situation right now.

The governments of our world have to take quicker measures to help feed and shelter their fellow humans instead of filling their own pockets with greed and lavish expense accounts.

I honor you my friend for speaking out and shouting loud to all of us your concern about many issues. I respect you for that and along with that you have one hell of a great sense of humor as well as being a very creative and talented writer.

God bless you Angel of the people and have a safe, healthy and fun upcoming New Year. Hugs from the Saddle.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Saddlerider, Your words are like a warm quesadilla with smoky sharp cheddar cheese, forked roast, cooked in butter. Thank you! I accept these blessings, I look forward to 2011 and beyond, and look forward to it with you, a fellow journeyer on these paths. Thanks for the very nice comments.


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Lilly, everyone is talking about helping the homeless and how nice it is to remember them? How many of them have actually done something for them? Like take some blankets to them,it is real cold right now, how about some food,or coats.We take used clothes,coats and food to our church to be handed out to those who need them. I can not imagine living on the streets, let alone during the winter.

Get off your computers, go to where the homeless are walking the streets, in subways, give them a coat or blanket. Nuke up a bunch of cup-a-soup,put them in a cooler or box cover with a blanket to keep the soup warm and hand it out.

At my office, we have a meeting every week. We give what we can, then around October we ask the church to give the money to two REALLY needy families.

I know we can not help everyone, but you can get to some that can use our help!

Sorry to rant. No I am not. It needed to be said. Get off your butts and help someone! Don't just talk about it


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Granny! You are right!Always speak your mind around here. One of my Facebook Friends Carla Bluebird Cheyenne and a group from AIM in South Dakota, feeds the homeless every week.

This week one Eleven years ago, December, I was living in a tent, with an 18 pack of beer, some beef jerky and peanut butter crackers. I was able to catch a fish or two, and smoked them over my fire, waiting for emergency foodstamps (13 days).

My address was campsite 11, at a Federal Campground in the St Francis National Forest. Not only was my situation precarious, but the agencies that were supposed to help, wouldn't because i was cooking over an open fire. The churches were having a tough time helping their own. The weather and ice-chest was my fridge, so the religious agency who gave out gov't commodities said I didn't qualify for their food. Everybody kept saying, "we are sorry for the inconvenience, we can't help you until we get funding next year." [inconvenience] It was bad enough, then people look down on you, assume you did something wrong or you wouldn't be struggling. Worse, they don't look at you at all.

There was no one to go to, (Except Creator) and I had no VOICE. No one speaks about this.

I can assure you, I NEVER thought this week, 11 years ago, that I would be sitting in a house, at my computer, with a paid for jeep, EVER. I thought my life and worth was done. I had little hope for any future, I honestly thought I would meet my maker.

Since I did survive a 100 year storm in a tent, and a nervous breakdown, and other things too hard to mention, I will be a Voice and and Advocate for those who have no voice.

Yes, it may seem as if all I am doing is sitting at my computer talking about it, but also people who thought homeless are all drug addicts or drunks or dead beats, now are Realizing the Homeless, and those living in Poverty housing are not just lazy drug addicts.

By giving poverty a Voice, more people are realizing there are a bunch of somebodies that could be Them.

I will always feed those who are hungry. If I have one piece of bread, and you have none- I can say, as a person who has been very hungry- I would give you half. If you were a hungry child, you could have it all.

I honor you Grandmother, and am thankful for your voice and Wisdom!


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

I was not talking about you Lilly, you are their voice now. I am talking about the people saying they hear it but are not doing anything. I grew up poor. I know what it is like to be hungry,cold and with no where to live. God bless my mom, I don't know how she did it. She is a strong women. It is sad in a country as great as ours this should even be going on.

There I go again.

peace, Tina


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Dearest Granny, I must have felt some guilty, no matter how much I do, it can never be enough. When people say if they win the lottery, what they will buy...Creator knows, I already have plans to make the difference in many people's lives. You are right, in this Country there should be no hungry. In our city a homeless man was so far gone, he was eating leaves, no one stopped to check or find out what was happening. It was the only thing in his stomach and he choked to death on the leaves...Shame. He was a mental patient released after deemed not a threat to himself or others. Make me a superhero, and a lot of Politicians and Business leaders will be working Soup Kitchens and Shelters. There I go again. Write on Grandmother. 2011 and beyond.


katie 5 years ago

Hold on one more day, one more hour, one more minute, 15 more seconds. those words helped me greatly. my familey house was foureclosed on 5 years ago and after living with many different people we now live in a hotel. we have lived here for almost 3 years and sometimes i dont feel as if i could go on. thank you for relizing and sharing with the world the stuff we have too go through every day. evan though im only 13 years old i think i speak for all of us here when i say homelessness is a horrible thing tha i hope no one should go through


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Katie, when I read your comment it made me glad to lend/send hope. We cannot understand why us? It is someone, but you will look back in your Success, and realize because of what you made it thru, it created the awesome person you are and will become. The very best to you and your Family!


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Virginia Allain 20 months ago from Central Florida

I have a niece living in a motel and know of a fellow online writer who spent months in one until finally getting into a women's shelter. I worry so much about them.


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LillyGrillzit 20 months ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you for reading and commenting on this. Resources are not evenly distributed enough period. Being down like that made me feel unworthy of love from highly functioning friends or relatives. I thank you for sharing your personal experience. Wishing the best for your neice.

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