Thursday, December 6, 2012


UPDATE ON MR. LE (pronouned ‘lay’)
Our old Vietnamese gentleman, as he turned out to be, is still living next to Depot Road. Team Le is actively working to find solutions for him. Finding translators, as we did so easily, due to an outpouring of support from many of you and from our Vietnamese community in Gainesville, wasn’t the solution, since Mr. Le’s inability to speak is medical. We have a whole team of people working to find solutions for him. Among other strategies, his picture is circulating throughout the Vietnamese community to see if anyone recognizes him. I’ll keep you posted.
I believe them all to be sacred, and to have many meanings. Last weekend I had a profound experience, in this regard. For the first time, I saw the 1969 movie “Midnight Cowboy.” This may not seem to be a sacred or festive topic, but it is. For those of you who have never seen this movie, it is about a destitute male hustler (Jon Voigt) and a dying thief (Dustin Hoffman) who live together in an abandoned building in New York City, and take care of one another. It is a story about love and the essence of family. It was so important to me because it showed forth in full what I have only glimpsed, among people who, even in the homeless community, are often thought of as ‘the dregs of society.’ I think it has something to do with all the masks falling away. When there are no more pretentions, when everything is gone, what is left, is love. This is what we’re celebrating.
Happy holidays to everyone!

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