Hopeless Issue #161

For the Beauty of the Earth

   The Golden Poppies of the Golden State.

Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life. As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn’t stop for directions.

 I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play.

 The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I’ve never played before for this homeless man. And as I played “Amazing Grace”, the workers began to weep They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.

 As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, “I never seen anything like that before, and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”



For the Lunacy of those who control the
Money and make the Decisions.


The population of homeless persons is mostly concentrated on the west slope, in the Placerville area.

This from the Top!

Our homeless persons are expected to phone, at their expanse, into South Lake Tahoe to be interviewed. A homeless person’s Cell Phone is used only for Text Messages that cost them nothing. Decision makers don’t know that. 

They are to phone in to be interviewed, without being seen. And to be evaluated as to their wellbeing. Are they relatively clean? Are they completely sober? Are they competent to follow any directions given to them as to accessing services? Did they write down instructions?

This interview is collected just to fill in a space in a Government document. Not at all to be beneficial to a homeless person!

 These should be the decision makers!

“What Fools These Bureaucrats Be!”