Category Archives: Poverty

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, Homeless, Human Trafficking, In Other Hands, Prostitution

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 […]

Also posted in Homeless, In Other Hands, Prostitution

In Other Hands – The First Review Arrives

In Other Hands Amazon.com – Top Customer Reviews 5.0 out of 5 stars Drugs – Homeless – Prostitutes- Human Trafficking and more By Charles Halter on September 23, 2016 I thought I knew all I wanted to know about drugs, the homeless, prostitutes, human trafficking and the poverty stricken. Well, I’ll tell you this —- […]

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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, Homeless, Human Trafficking, In Other Hands, Mexico, Prostitution, Spain

Van Gogh In the Road

On an exotic summer Sunday I step into the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and head not toward a vision but a sound. “It’s the light or, rather, the lack of light in The Outskirts of Paris that makes this dirt road and the man in it faceless and gray and in need of southern […]

Also posted in Mental Health, Painters, Paris, Vincent Van Gogh

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, Homeless, Mixed Martial Arts, 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, Homeless, Norton Simon, Painters, Paris, Pasadena

Pink Van on Union Avenue

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands” Sixty years ago Union Avenue was a small-town stretch of Highway 99 crowned by the yellow and blue Bakersfield sign and attracted vacationing stars such as Clark Gable, who stayed at the Bakersfield Inn, and working comedians like Johnny Carson, who reputedly bombed one night before […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, Pimps, Prostitution, Sex, Slavery

Gypsies in Madrid

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Cocaine, Drugs, English, George Thomas Clark, Gypsies, Heroin, Immigration, Madrid, Madrid Vacation, Marijuana, Racism, Spain, Theft

Homeless on the River

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands” For days I had looked forward to yet dreaded leaving a soft bed at four on a winter morning to shower, slap on sunscreen, eat a good breakfast, and drive across town to the east side, where poverty is prevalent and The Mission draws most of […]

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

Objective, Atherton

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Atherton, Baseball, Bay Area, Computers, Football, Joe Montana, Larry Ellison, Mental Health, Ty Cobb, Willie Mays

Guy Rose Paints a Peasant

“Pardon me, Madame,” I say in French to a lady framed in the Crocker Art Museum. “May I ask you a few questions?” “You can see I’m busy, I reckon.” “Yes, but you’ve been at this task a long time and I thought you could take a little break.” “I’ll keep working, go ahead and […]

Also posted in California, Claude Monet, Giverny, Guy Rose, Painters

Turkey Polls

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Campaign 2016, Donald Trump, Fox News, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Poetry - GTC

Delano Grape Strike

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Agriculture, Cesar Chavez, Delano, Larry Itliong, Philippines, Strikes, Unions, United Farm Workers

Homeless Bike Ride

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Homeless, Murder, San Diego, Teenagers

Poor House

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

Also posted in Economics, Manual Labor, Sex

Airport Taxi

Mark didn’t like late night arrivals at any airport especially in Mexico City where some people get hyper when they see a gringo. He should’ve been ready when a young man rushed up and in Spanish said, “Here, Señor, come with me.” “Where?” “To a place with no lines and low taxi fares.” “Taxis are […]

Also posted in Crime, Economics, Kidnapping, Mexico, Mexico City

Pimp Online

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Drugs, Incest, Prostitution, Slavery

East Aguascalientes

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Aguascalientes, Economics, Mexico

The Potato Eaters

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” The Potato Eaters

Also posted in Mental Health, Painters, The Potato Eaters, Vincent Van Gogh

The Final Round

I’m sick of being poor and living in a slum. I’m tired of being hungry. I want a nice house and car and good clothes and someday I want a family. I’m not going to get those things through school in Indonesia. There are too many students and I don’t like school much, anyway, and […]

Also posted in Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Indonesia, Tubagas Sakti

Employment Agent

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in India, Prostitution, Slavery

Night Court

This story is from the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Art, Crime, Economics, Great Depression, Painters, Phil Paradise

Elegant Quito Home of Maria Augusta Urrutia

I tell the taxi driver I’m looking for a splendid residence in downtown Quito, and he drives me into the historical center and to the home of Maria Augusta Urrutia. From outside, the house, though two tall stories, looks rather small and narrow, cramped by contiguous buildings, but upon entering I see a courtyard and […]

Also posted in Art, Charity, Ecuador, Maria Augusta Urrutia, Marriage, Painters, Quito, Victor Mideros

Quito Hills

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Brazil, Caracas, Crime, Drugs, Ecuador, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Venezuela

Enforcement

money men who rage against crime appreciate stylish new gallows on wall street

Also posted in Capital Punishment, Crime, Economics, Employment, Poetry - GTC, Wall Street

Honduran Heat

Honduran money’s in few hands closed to rusty prison where every cell’s sealed and sole set of keys dropped by guard fleeing fire. Outside, guards blocked firefighters and shot at few prisoners not trapped in cells. Most screamed as fried or suffocated but quit carrying on when charred in stacks totaling three hundred fifty-five stinking […]

Also posted in Crime, Fires, Honduras, Prisons, Short Pieces - GTC

Romney Cares

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Campaign 2012, Economics, Mitt Romney, Poetry - GTC, Politics

Martin Luther King: “Beyond Vietnam”

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Communism, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Iran, Iraq, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Racism, Religion, Richard Nixon, Terrorism, Vietnam, War

Amiri Baraka Clears Mind

decades ago when poet amiri baraka’s surname jones rebuked for obscenity by langston hughes in essay “that boy leroi” boy now almost eighty on stage with fiftyish daughter at hammer museum and can’t remember abstract impressionist painter who dripped jackson pollock she said and the mexican muralist my man diego rivera she said baraka generally […]

Also posted in Amiri Baraka, Art, Charles White, Diego Rivera, Duke Ellington, Economics, Hammer Museum, Jackson Pollock, Music, Painters, Poetry, Poetry - GTC

Concerned Citizen

eli constantly rails online denouncing greedy bemoaning hungry as shoves more food into belly

Also posted in Economics, Food, Internet, Poetry - GTC

Sign Holder

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

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

Haiti Mauled Again

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Christopher Columbus, Earthquakes, Haiti, Papa Doc Duvalier

Harvest of Shame

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

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

Obama Activists Target Graffiti

The afternoon before President Barack Obama raised his right hand and strode into history, a few thousand action groups, summoned by an email Obama transmitted through his website, gathered in communities across the nation for the spiritual purpose of expressing unity and the utilitarian one of helping to rebuild a crumbling infrastructure.  In Bakersfield, California […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, George Thomas Clark, Internet, Politics

Cycle of Abuse

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Bakersfield, Drugs, Homeless, Mental Health

New Year’s Eve

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

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

Christmas Eve

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

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

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, Homeless, Mental Health, Pasadena, Thanksgiving