Unconditional by Phoenix

I do what I do to ease an ache in my heart and mind. I do what I do to ease the ache in the hearts and minds of others. This means I write to ease what I feel, and to ease what others feel. It means I serve others to ease what I feel, to ease what others feel. Granted, there are other reasons that are equally as important for why I do what I do, but writing and serving are two extreme passions of mine that stem from a deep-rooted understanding of human need, ache, and feeling. Such … Continue reading Unconditional by Phoenix

Recovery, Community: Refresh by Phoenix

Yesterday, April 2, 2016, I participated in another great homeless outreach with The Legacy Initiative, an amazing non-profit organization that has forever changed my life. But, is it really that simple? Yes, actually, it is that simple, but let me tell you the story to contextualize this. Last month’s outreach was a catastrophe: I mean, a complete and utter disaster. I wrote a piece about it, called The Kosmos, which incorporated a lot of philosophy, more philosophy than usual, as a way of distancing myself from the painful memories attached to that outreach. Suffice to say, it went terrible: The … Continue reading Recovery, Community: Refresh by Phoenix

Notes on The Red Team Patrol March 13th, 2016 by Phoenix

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8q6uuWyN4Ew A successful Red Team Patrol, as I describe in the video! I am reminded of why I do this work: Instilling compassion and looking out for others. At one point in the patrol we discussed the trash along the Jordan River, and how if only people took the initiative for the environment. We saw one man do just that! Life is also more than concepts: That is my self-critique. I need to remember that we are more than just ideas, life is more than an idea, such as when we look homelessness in the face or appreciate the grandeur … Continue reading Notes on The Red Team Patrol March 13th, 2016 by Phoenix

The Kosmos by Phoenix

“Kosmos” probably looks like a misspelling, but amazingly, it isn’t. “Cosmos” is differentiated from “Kosmos,” in that the cosmos is a definition and reference to all of the physical stuff in the universe, while “kosmos” represents everything in the universe, including the supernatural, spiritual, transcendental, and abstract. It is an ancient Greek distinction. This used to be what thinkers such as the Pre-Socratics thought about, as pointed out by the philosopher Ken Wilber, this approach of which slowly faded through time, as the concept of teleology was ripped out of Newtonian physics, and the world seemed to be more and … Continue reading The Kosmos by Phoenix

Childhood’s Hour by Phoenix

What we remember from childhood we remember forever—permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen. –Cynthia Ozick Childhood is the fiery furnace in which we are melted down to essentials and that essential shaped for good. –Katherine Anne Porter The childhood shows the man as morning shows the day. –John Milton, Paradise Regained From childhood’s hour I have not been. As others were, I have not seen. –Edgar Allan Poe Last night, I was part of The Red Team of The Legacy Initiative, where I had the opportunity to pass out supplies (such as food) to those affected by homelessness, and … Continue reading Childhood’s Hour by Phoenix

An Awesome Anecdote by Kimo Pokini

I learned something really important and profound very recently. In creating flyers for The Legacy Initiative’s first pet vaccination and microchip clinic, I was asked by an organization to rethink the way I worded the flyer. At first, I was taken aback because I thought the flyer did its job. But no, they had a great point that I wanted to share with you. My flyer asked, “Are you homeless?” I was informed that it was better to ask, “Are you experiencing homelessness?” What’s the difference? As I reflected, there’s a TON of difference. My first question pigeon-holes and categorizes … Continue reading An Awesome Anecdote by Kimo Pokini

Kestrel by Phoenix

“It’s fierce, an’ it’s not bothered about anybody, not even about me right. And that’s why it’s great.” –Barry Hines, A Kestrel for a Knave I think there is a natural beauty in a hawk, as Billy Casper makes clear in the novel A Kestrel for a Knave, a hawk for a gentle thief. One thing that I think is specifically beautiful is an inherent freedom found in allowing yourself to be free. For a hawk, this means not caring about hurting anyone’s feelings, being tough and wild and raw. For a human, this might be connecting on a deep … Continue reading Kestrel by Phoenix

A Red Heart by Phoenix

A red heart for The Red Team: A beating red heart for determination, resilience, compassion, and love. Indeed, I would like to talk about my experience with working with The Red Team of The Legacy Initiative on January 17, 2016. Basically what this team does is do welfare checks on the homeless, provide basic necessities when applicable, and pick up needles, among other things. I believe it to be very important work, and I am definitely happy that I was able to take part in this experience. These are my thoughts on the actual experience. We were walking in an … Continue reading A Red Heart by Phoenix

When Batman Was a Kid by Phoenix

This is a piece I wrote while working with the HOST program via Legacy, a program that seeks to alleviate homelessness by working with low-risk people to get them jobs, housing, clothes, etc. I was talking with my friend Tracy for the first time, and he shared a story about a little kid and his Batman existence. I was so touched by the story that I committed all the details to memory and went straight home after HOST, to write up this piece. I think this is a milestone piece for me, in terms of understanding complex issues of our … Continue reading When Batman Was a Kid by Phoenix