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Category Archives: Homeless

In Other Hands: Revised Edition — On Sale

Here is “Escape from Bondage,” the first story of “In Other Hands: Revised Edition,” currently on sale. This is a collection of literary nonfiction about sex trafficking, prostitution, poverty, and homelessness. I was born in Ridgecrest, out in the desert two hours from Bakersfield. There’s a lot of meth there and not much to do. […]

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Discussing the Homeless

I’m Jeff, a police officer and unit commander eating pot luck in the community room of a middle-class neighborhood where residents must be fifty-five and most are a lot older. After lunch, I walk in front and, speaking without a microphone, ask if everyone can hear me. They can. I’m sure they also notice my […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Police, Poverty

Alive in the Cemetery

There aren’t any squatters among a million deceased residents in vast Manila North Cemetery. If my family doesn’t pay the lease every five years, someone living among the headstones and colorful tombs will earn three bucks to dig me up for cremation. That’s reasonable work. Six thousand poor people need a little food and shelter […]

Also posted in Drugs, Manila, Philippines, Poverty, Rodrigo Duterte

In Other Hands: Revised Edition – On Sale

IN OTHER HANDS: REVISED EDITION – eBooks on Sale – $0.99 Riveting stories about victims of human trafficking, prostitution, poverty, and homelessness. Amazon.com Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo Books, and wherever books are sold

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In Other Hands – Free Amazon Kindle – Wednesday May 3

In Other Hands – Free Amazon Kindle – Wednesday May 3 In search of stimulating stories, George Thomas Clark interviewed prostitutes in Madrid, Mexico City, Havana, and Managua and on many boulevards in the United States, and talked to detectives and rode the rough roads of social workers who deal with human trafficking, which is […]

Also posted in George Thomas Clark, Human Trafficking, In Other Hands, Poverty, Prostitution

Drinks on Our House

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Alcohol, Divorce, Marriage, Romance 2

Thanksgiving Dinner

This story is from “In Other Hands,” a collection about poverty, prostitution, and human trafficking Trees are everywhere and seem greener here than in most places and the air is fresh and clean. It doesn’t matter Los Angeles has the dirtiest air in the nation. Fifteen miles north, in Pasadena, you can breathe as the […]

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Bay Area Delights

Don’t you love the Bay Area? It’s the greatest megalopolis on earth, featuring the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay and wooded hills surrounding blue water and boats and ominous Alcatraz and the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, and there are all the major league sports and concerts and countless museums and parks and universities […]

Also posted in Carmel, Central Valley, Clint Eastwood, Cypress Point, Football, Gabby Douglas, Golf, Gymnastics, Nastia Liukin, Painters, Pebble Beach, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Simone Biles, Spyglass Hill, Stanford University, Tom Hanks

In Other Hands – Published and Available

IN OTHER HANDS — In search of stimulating stories, George Thomas Clark interviewed prostitutes in Madrid, Mexico City, Havana, and Managua and on many boulevards in the United States, and talked to detectives and rode the rough roads of social workers who deal with human trafficking, which is contemporary slavery, and toured the tattered, handmade […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Drugs, Ecuador, Human Trafficking, In Other Hands, Mexico, Poverty, Prostitution, Spain

Must Sell

I’m just the old night watchman, now called security guard, making sure no one steals or vandalizes the cars. I’m not against Joe. I’ve often seen him pushing his grocery cart by the lot very late, and sometimes we said hello, but he always kept going, until tonight when he stops and brings wire-cutters out […]

Also posted in Boxing, Cars & Driving, Guns, Mixed Martial Arts, Poverty, Sales

The Ragpicker

“Sir, I’ve admired you for years,” I tell The Ragpicker. “People in Paris saw a man carrying a long stick, and usually crossed the street.” “They’re forgotten. You’re a masterpiece visited by thousands a week in the Norton Simon Museum.” “They also see a bum.” “It’s your suffering people appreciate when they gaze at your […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Edouard Manet, Norton Simon, Painters, Paris, Pasadena, Poverty

Homeless on the River

This story is in “In Other Hands,” a collection of riveting stories about human trafficking, prostitution, poverty, and homelessness.

Also posted in Alcohol, Bakersfield, Drugs, Economics, Health, Kern River, Mental Health, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Poverty

On the Avenue

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Bakersfield, Doug Bennett, Michael Fagans, Prostitution, Sex, Slavery, The Trafficked Life

Homeless Bike Ride

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Murder, Poverty, San Diego, Teenagers

Sign Holder

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Economics, Iraq, Mental Health, Poetry - GTC, Poverty, War

Fallen Star

Producers and directors often exhorted Martin Stevens to beat or at least be like Errol Flynn, and that seemed attainable. In terms of facial structure, Martin looked as if Flynn had fathered him. Hell, maybe he did. So the sequence was logical enough. Martin was outfitted in tights in his first starring film role and […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Arnella Flynn, Beverly Aadland, Drugs, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, Jack Warner, Lili Damita, Mental Health, Movies, Short Stories - GTC, The Bold Investor, Warner Brothers

Professor Party

taught english or something at berkeley and students called him professor and admired his clipped beard cheering when he entered their parties students eventually said they didn’t know when the professor asked and he stopped because they hindered his drinking and teaching too proved inconvenient before he lugged a ragged beard into the streets of […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Education, Mental Health, Poetry - GTC

Betty Finch Transforms Gourds into Sculptures

I’ve long been collecting art with enthusiasm many call obsessive but confess to being indifferent when notified by postcard last month that the Bakersfield Museum of Art would be featuring an exhibition of gourd sculptures by retired police officer Betty Finch. What the hell is a gourd? I’d heard of people drinking from them but […]

Also posted in Art, Bakersfield, Betty Finch, Marriage, Painters, Sculptors

Harvest of Shame

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Agriculture, Documentaries, Edward R. Murrow, Humphrey Bogart, Media, Movies, Poverty, Radio, Television

Streets of Mexico City

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Mental Health, Mexico, Mexico City

Cycle of Abuse

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Bakersfield, Drugs, Mental Health, Poverty

New Year’s Eve

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Bakersfield, Drugs, George Thomas Clark, Mental Health, Poverty

Christmas Eve

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Bakersfield, Depression, Drugs, George Thomas Clark, Mental Health, Poverty

Thanksgiving Dinner

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands” Trees are everywhere and seem greener here than in most places and the air is fresh and clean. It doesn’t matter Los Angeles has the dirtiest air in the nation. Fifteen miles north, in Pasadena, you can breathe as the trees caress you. This is indeed […]

Also posted in Drugs, George Thomas Clark, Mental Health, Pasadena, Poverty, Thanksgiving