"Joy and pleasure are as real as pain and sorrow and one must learn what they have to teach. . . ." -- Sean Russell, from Gatherer of Clouds

"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

"I love you and I'm not afraid." -- Evanescence, "My Last Breath"

“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Hero or Three

I don't know if you've been following the story of Arnold Abbott, the 90 year-old man who's been arrested three time for violating Ft. Lauderdale's ordinance against feeding the homeless, but he's finally gotten the recognition he deserves:

The Farver Foundation, which says it "focuses primarily on supporting charitable activities that are community oriented and which address health, education, nutrition and youth development" has named Arnold Abbott its Humanitarian of the Year. The award includes a $15,000 check for Abbott's "Love Thy Neighbor" group, which feeds the homeless in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

I'm pretty sure Ft. Lauderdale is not the only city to pass ordinances banning feeding the homeless, but you have to wonder what these people are thinking. I'm reminded of nothing so much as this story, about trick-or-treaters coming in from "those neighborhoods."

For the love of Christ -- and you do remember what most people in this country celebrate this time of year, don't you? -- get over yourselves and display some humanity.

Here's another story in the same vein -- but at least in Toronto, they don't arrest you for feeding the homeless.

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