Perhaps even callings

You can’t ride a bike without asking questions about the people you meet and pass. And the questions lead to answers, and perhaps even callings. In this photo taken today, I am standing in an old jail cell that now provides temporary housing to US veterans of war. (Note: I have volunteered to blog monthly…

You pass people (1)

You pass people while Traveling at the Speed of Bike, and you notice in just that split second how the wind whips and how they clutch their coats or blankets or pieces of cardboard, and you wonder if you are going to pass them by in life. And then you get to ask yourself more…

Heartbreak

“Heartbreak,” one of my fellow orientation attendees offered, as we were brainstorming the reasons people are homeless. It stopped the room cold. This was before the tour that took us past the old jail cells (with a metal bunk bed, tiny toilet, small sink, little mirror, and a curtain for a door) now used as…

Bodies merge and meld

I have reason to be in Downtown Atlanta, just killing time, for two hours once a week for the first eight months of 2018. This past week, I hopped on the Atlanta Streetcar, yet again, to shoot photos for my longitudinal photo essay, A Streetcar Named Aspire (there are almost 1,000 photos in that file now…

The last resort

The last resort for those without a place to sleep in Atlanta used to be the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter. You could go there if other places wouldn’t take you, for whatever reason. People have strong opinions about what worked and what didn’t work there and in the surrounding blocks, which were affected by it. Many…

A lifetime

I rode Sharey the bikeshare bike by the park where I used to give a woman without a home named Shari half my Sweet Auburn Curb Market wrap, right when a string of emergency vehicles pulled up, sirens blaring. I saw the first responders run past the shopping cart overflowing with someone’s life’s belongings. They…

“Best of 2017”: public pianos

In September of this year, an organization named Pianos for Peace placed 50 local-artist-designed pianos all over metropolitan Atlanta. Additional public pianos had already been placed the year before by another organization. Many of them have now been donated to schools and nursing homes. This one remains, right outside the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown,…