Dollar$ given to homeless. Here are the results…


Tent City in Vancouver, BC

You’ve heard this refrain before — giving money to homeless people is not the best way to help them because it might be squandered, or spent on harmful habits. But a new Canadian study makes a powerful case to the contrary…

Researchers gave 50 recently homeless people a lump sum of 7,500 Canadian dollars (nearly $5,700). They followed the cash recipients’ life over 12-18 months and compared their outcomes to that of a control group who didn’t receive the payment.

People who received cash were able to access the food they needed to live faster. Nearly 70% did after one month, and maintained greater food security throughout the year.

The recipients spent more on food, clothing and rent, while there was a 39% decrease in spending on goods like alcohol, cigarettes or drugs.

Have we finally reached a point of understanding by the body politic that embraces charity? Have we found a time when helping folks who are stuck on the way down – to get back up and build better lives?

I made my decisions about 60 years ago. Never looked back. Never had to. Down and out doesn’t mean you can’t move on, move up. Ain’t nothing wrong with giving someone a helping hand.

Air quality and sunset


Caja del Rio just after sunset

Sunsets – along with sunrise and every other reason for looking to the horizon – have been crap for weeks. Tonight was different.

The smoke from wildfires has been persistent and often oppressive. Key fires here in New Mexico have been out for a little while; but, about 50 square miles of Colorado is still burning. So said the morning news. Air quality indications on my iPhone’s weather app have been moderately unsafe at best…usually “unhealthy for sensitive groups”…like human beings.

Most of this week, I’ve worn a cloth mask to keep the crud away from my lungs.

But, tonight, on my last exercise lap walking our fenceline, I glanced East towards the road and realized there were a few lovely red clouds in the sky and I could see the Sangre de Cristos East of Santa Fe clearly as evening approached. Most of this week, I could barely see there was a mountain range there – not that many miles away.

I turned and looked back at the mesa across our valley and the sky was smoke-free, clouds colored by the sun which set several minutes earlier. And grabbed a quick photo.

After I took the picture, I brought up the weather app. I hadn’t worn the mask tonight and the app confirmed my opinion. Air Quality was “good”. Hope it stays so…through the weekend and on into autumn.