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

The Challenge by Phoenix

On January 2, 2016, with me unable to believe that it is a brand-new year, I set out with my New Year’s resolution, which was that I was going to continue to try to live a life of gratitude, and continue to appreciate all of my blessings. My goal is to continue to challenge myself to appreciate what I have and to not feel entitled. As I have said before, it is important to me that I keep this goal in my mind, that I let this challenge sufficiently push me, to do better, to be better. But this has … Continue reading The Challenge by Phoenix

The Winter Street by Phoenix

It’s Christmas morning. The snow is falling generously and brilliantly. I’m a little sleepy, but I’m excited, and getting ready for the outreach that’s going to take place, soon enough. I’m not sure what to expect, but I am very happy and content, because my parents are going to join me, as well as one of my friends. The next thing I know, I am at the alley where we prepare to do the outreach. I’m feeling nervous, because I know that I’m going to be a squad leader and lead a group in the middle of a storm, but … Continue reading The Winter Street by Phoenix

Gift of Giving

You know you belong to a wonderful community when on a cold snowy Christmas morning the streets are flooded with friends, family and strangers to give hot chocolate, cookies, blankets, gloves, warm hats, coats and toy’s to those who call the road their home. I parted with some of my toys this Christmas. The smile their face brought me the same joy and smiles that I experienced when I received them. I completed a full circle. Let the gift of giving extend from the holidays to the entire year. Let’s choose to connect and share without judging. Join Legacy Initiative … Continue reading Gift of Giving

Death Be Not Proud by Phoenix

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so: for those whom thou think’st thou does overthrow die not, poor Death: not yet canst thou kill me … —John Donne It is super cold. I’m walking in the snow, at a vigil for homeless folks who have lost their lives due to their harsh and unforgiving circumstances and living conditions. I’m cold and shivering, because I am walking in ankle-deep snow, and my shoes are getting soaked, caked with ice, making my feet frozen and stiff, as cold winds brush against my … Continue reading Death Be Not Proud by Phoenix

How I Got Involved with Legacy by Jayson Garcia

I got involved with Legacy about a year and a half ago. My ex-brother-in-law and my nephews were in a fire, but Legacy stepped up and helped gather donations for them and the other families that were affected, seeing as they lived in an apartment-style condo: The fire affected eight families. In dealing with them, Kelly Peterson invited me on the next outreach. I showed up and loved the atmosphere, loved the people, and most of all, loved the feeling I got while making and handing out burritos. Travis and Ted are two of the most amazing people I have … Continue reading How I Got Involved with Legacy by Jayson Garcia

Eudaimonia by Phoenix

  Eudaimonia is Aristotle’s ethical term. It is often translated as “human happiness,” but the more technical translation would be “human flourishing.” While Aristotle’s own conception of Eudaimonia comes with its own specific philosophy and historical context, I think it is a useful concept to frame this piece and my recent experiences. I believe that doing the work that I do, of focusing on cultivating specific virtues, such as compassion and kindness for others, via the Legacy Initiative and my efforts to serve those in need, has allowed me to flourish as a human being, and I have seen others … Continue reading Eudaimonia by Phoenix