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Teaching Jim to Fish for Himself

Tony 1355 Wrote: Jul 18, 2012 3:42 AM
The intriguing title drew me to the article, and the story made me realize just how far I still have to go to have the compassion for others that Tamara Colbert shows. It's my life's quest. ...but only 16 comments, so far.

I lost my compassion for homeless people in three phases. 

The first phase was when I saw my first batch of homeless in Hollywood, California in 1982. 

I was barely 20 years old and had just driven cross-country from Texas to California—leaving college, an apartment full of furniture and a cat—to pursue my dreams of an acting career.  I was amazed that most of the homeless people in Hollywood were my age and younger and they were either runaways and/or drug addicts.

In the early 80’s, Hollywood Boulevard was nothing like the Disney-esque, tourist-friendly trap it is today. ...