homeless activist's journal

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Thu, 11 Dec 1997 22:48:40 -0800 (PST)

What a wonderful experience the Internet has been for me as a writer.  I
came on-line about a year ago, and suddenly the job of writing was no
longer lonly.

In a day, or an hour, or even minutes, I could get feedback on what I'd
written.  I would know much sonner what was confusing, controversial or
likely to glean agreement.  I would know which peices worked, and which
fell flat.

Plus, our network of email pals has been growing, and it fells to me often
like a family of friends.  Not only do we write about programs and policy
and theories of governance--we keep each other company, especially at
night, sharing our joys and sorrows.

Lately though, I have less time for writing.  Instead, with help from folks
at Arizona State University, I now mainly "tweak the dials" so others
who've been homeless could broadcast your voices.

There are some nights when I want to post on policy, or to brainstorm ideas
with you all fon helping HPN be useful.  Then there are nights like
tonight, when I just want to share company with people I know have "been
there" on the streets too, people I can trust will accept me as family no
matter what views I share.

Am I dreaming or what?--Tom B