Diptychs from Dottie and I. I bet you can tell whose is whose.
An interesting day in the classroom with the craftpunks. One of them informed me that tooth fairies use teeth for money instead of money money. They also apparently use teeth in place of bricks to build houses, whole cities even.
A person could work for years, a lifetime even, with grown-ups and never learn half the things you can learn from a kid.
Many people read and responded to the LA Times article I spoke of yesterday. I was so relieved to get this email from the reporter:
Hi Mary Ann — Thanks for your note. Things have changed dramatically
since Friday’s story about Bessie Mae Berger and her sons was published.
It prompted responses by agencies from the city, the county and the
state that are now looking for long-term solutions to their situation.
For the short-term, a privately funded nonprofit organization has found
temporary housing for the three in an assisted-living facility. No
fund has been established to benefit them, although operators of a
Venice center have set up a mailing address for those interested in
directly contacting Bessie and her sons. It is:
Larry Wilkerson, c/o Westside Center for Independent Living, 12901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca. 90066. We will publish a follow-up story in The Times. Thanks
again, – Bob
I know the plight of the homeless here in LA is dire and solutions are complex and frustrating. A donation to this family isn’t going to solve that problem, but l’m going to do it anyway. You can too if you’re pulled in that direction. Either way I know you’ll be rooting for Bessie and her boys. Last night when I was getting ready for bed I imagined the Berger family somewhere in the gleaming metropolis putting on their pajamas and tucking each other in for the night. This is one story that’s on its way to a happy ending.