Jul. 6th, 2012

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Steven Harper Piziks is not only a talented member of Book View Cafe -- he's a father dealing with a son who is homeless. Here's more of his story about the invisible people as seen through his and his son's eyes.
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] jimhines at Steven Harper Piziks on Homelessness

Steven Harper Piziks (Twitter, LJ, Facebook)  is one of the first Michigan authors I remember meeting back when I started to take this writing thing more seriously. His most recent books are The Doomsday Vault [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] and The Impossible Cube [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy]. Steven’s oldest son recently became homeless. I can’t imagine what he and his family are going through right now. He talks here about his experiences, about how his son Sasha opened his eyes to the problem of homelessness, and the things Steven is doing to try to raise money and awareness for people like his son.


I’ve mentioned elsewhere (http://spiziks.livejournal.com/370953.html) that my son Sasha is homeless. The reasons are difficult and terrible, and the short version is that it’s the least worst of all choices.

Last winter he spent his days on the street and his nights in a series of church basements. I worried about him constantly. He got robbed at knife point once. Another time he got caught outside when the church closed its doors for the night and he had to spend a winter night outdoors. It isn’t something I ever envisioned for the little boy I adopted seven years ago from Ukraine.

After several months, Sasha managed to get a bed at the Delonis Shelter in downtown Ann Arbor. He’s working on his GED and trying to find a job. It isn’t easy, however, for a 19-year-old to find work without a high school diploma.

I do see him from time to time. It’s a surreal version of a dad visiting his son at college. I drive down to Ann Arbor, pick him up at a warped version of a dormitory, and take him to lunch somewhere. We talk, I ask him if he needs anything like shoes or a trip to the laundromat, I slip him $20, give him a hug, and drop him off at the dorm again. Except it isn’t a dorm, and he isn’t heading back inside to finish a paper for Monday class.

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Looking for a place to donate for Austin? Check out House the Homeless, Inc. They do awesome work on a small budget, and practically every dime they take in goes right back out to the homeless. Their founder, Richard R. Troxell, spent time homeless after he returned from Vietnam, so he knows the whole nine yards. His book about the state of homelessness in the USA is here.
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I've linked to this tradition before. So glad they are not facing drought there, to interrupt this lovely experience.

Paper lanterns launched into the night.

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No, it's not available anywhere except this website (yet) but I cannot keep it to myself any longer. Recommended for anyone interested in heartfelt tithing -- she addresses this from the perspective of other faiths and no faith as well.


The back of this tiny, heartfelt booklet says it all – tithing from the heart is elegant and easy. It is something that many faiths embrace, it does not need to be organized in any way unless you want a framework, and you can start today.

Laura Faulkner has known success and tragedy in her life, and throughout all of it, she has continued to tithe of her funds and her time. Her brief, tightly written chapters tell of instances of trust, charity and profound grace that she has been privileged to both give and receive. I could not read this tale without occasionally being moved to tears.

This would make an excellent discussion vehicle for an adult or even teen study group. Simple Book of Tithing would also make a lovely gift to anyone great of heart. There is a FAQ section in the back, allowing a conversation of a type with her readers.

“Keep it simple. Keep it real. Breathe easier.”


ISBN 13: 978-0-9846961-0-9
ISBN 10: 0-9846961-0-9

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