The holidays are in full swing and the joviality abounds but not for all. I was reading the local newspaper today and I came across an article about a homeless woman. The woman with no listed address was found frozen to death camped outside a senior citizen center.

The sadness I felt for the woman struck hard. The feeling of cold despair swept over me like an ocean wave. I could picture her huddled on society’s sidewalk slipping through the crack we so desperately try to fill in. How did we fail her? How did she fail herself?

Maybe I live in a cloistered life, my world small and self-contained. I hear and read about the sorrows in the world and think this happens someplace else, but not this time. So what can I do?

In today’s culture we are quick to jump on band wagons and blow our trumpet on social media. There are the tree huggers, the animal lovers and of course the social activists. Each one vying for our attention and maybe a dollar or two. This is all well and good, but is it working? I hope so, or someone is playing us.

There is nothing we can do for this lost soul but there are many out there like her. All we need to do is open our eyes, they are hiding in plain sight. I hope her memory stays with me and in some small way I can make the difference. Time will tell.

Woman begs for money as people pass by, with the air temperature at about minus 13 degrees Celsius, in Kiev

Compliments of http://www.news.streetroots.org

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About Lizette Strait, Children's Book Author; JK Candlen, SciFi Author

Lizette Strait lives in Upstate New York with her husband, Alan and 3 cats, Simon, Natasha, and Buffy Mae. An avid writer for years, she has finally pressed the button and published her 1st novel, 'Pink Sneakers in Space' in May 2016. She loves writing children's books and is already working on book 2 in the Pink Sneakers series. The book is due out by the end of the summer. Lizette also writes Adult Sci-fi fantasy with a historical twist as JK Candlen. She is co-founder of Chicken Scratch, an online writing salon and a partner in 518 Publishing company. Every Sunday night you can find her at Denny's writing with her NaNoWriMo group. It is where she enjoys a cup of coffee, a hot fudge sundae and getting the words down. Follow her writing rants www.lizettestrait.com

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