My heart wasn’t in it. Building maintenance is something I fell into. It started when I bought a modest two family home with my wife instead of spending money on a honeymoon. We were so naive. No money. No tools. No experience. But we were young, and we were going to do it damn it! Our very first home. We poured our hearts into that little crack house in Hamtramck. I learned carpentry, plumbing and basic electrical skills the hard way on that house. But living in a constant construction zone is the ultimate relationship stress test. After the divorce I was still determined to finish what I started. I know the meaning of sweat equity. My goal was to sell, recoup the ten thousand paid out of pocket for materials with another ten or so profit to restart a new life pursuing photography, my chosen field.
Through it all I had become an independent contractor, using skills learned at home to make a living. I built up a little client base with the help of my ex who had become a real estate agent referring me work and was even starting to get paid for photographing events. It was a crazy dichotomy, covered in saw dust by day, photo documenting black tie event at night. I was doing ok. Stressed juggling responsibilities, but financially ok. Then the market tanked. … [read more] Continue reading →
Tuesday, December 6 – National Call To Action – Stop Foreclosures & Evictions
Occupy Detroit is working with several households facing foreclosure and eviction in the Detroit area. The day begins with Rob & Debbie’s house in Southgate at 11am. Visit the Occupy Detroit website to learn more of Rob & Debbie’s situation.
At 5pm we will be at Kyra Williams’ in Detroit, where a General Assembly will take place as well. Dress warmly since there is probably not going to be sufficient room in the house to hold a General Assembly. Bring a flashlight and candle as well. Click here to learn of Kyra’s situation on the Occupy Detroit website.
Right here..Right now…For to many people living in America from the gritty urban venues of neighborhoods of America’s cities to the contours of cul de sacs of suburbia these are perilous times in this post industrial digital era of America. The velocity of negativity is at web speed from the media accounts of entire industries collapsing and people being laid off into forever to tales of young children body parts being tortured and burned in shabby 3rd world urban shacks. Life in America is perilous the revolution is being televised and it is on every channel with surround sound and 3d pictures. Into this state of life in our nation the occupy movement has emerged as a response and reaction to the funky odors, powerless corridors and reality of life for many in america who are on life support and who reject the texture and character of the American empire.
Right here..Right now..This is a moment for the nation to step away from the insanity and madness and the aura of hopelessness and decadence and confusion and reach out and hold on to each other from family to friends to associates and maybe even strangers. People are under enormous stress and duress all manner of thoughts, excuses, plots are in the heads of even normal responsible people. The dreams people have now are nightmares full of nothingness. Yet we have an opportunity to become interventionists in our plight and national affairs at every level of human … [read more] Continue reading →