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In This Issue

Homeless Home Art Show Awareness Spotlight Joanna’s Corner Life On The Other Side The Basho Poem Generator as Curated Thrifty Living


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Homeless Home Art Show On Saturday, January 18, 2014, you can experience a MFA Photo Show of how homeless individuals live their day to day lives in Madison, WI. The event will have live music, food and featured speakers Michael Johnson, Heidi Mayree Wegleitner and also featuring a published poem, “My Cardboard Home� read by author, CE Monroe Klopp. This is a Fundraiser for Friends of the State Street Family and awareness Raiser for the City of Madison Admission is free but a donation of $25 is suggested however, all are welcome to come regardless of pay.

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Love Beyond Walls In Atlanta a few years ago, there was this wonderful and giving couple, Terence and Cecilia. They gathered a lot of used clothing and shoes and stuffed them in black trash bags with one goal in mind: helping someone in need. Not knowing exactly where they wanted to go, they found themselves in the heart of Downtown Atlanta on Auburn Avenue where they met a homeless woman. “Do you know anyone who needs clothes or shoes?” they asked her. The lady immediately responded, “Of course, I need some right now!” When this warm-hearted lady rummaged through the two bags, she came across a pair of black shoes, and started jumping up and down with excitement. “I just prayed for a pair of shoes last night, and God answered.”

This wonderful couple had a mission that night: to find people living on the streets, love on them and give away the items they were not using anymore. But that night, with one look, an amazing organization was born. Love Beyond Walls is about raising awareness of societal needs and mobilizing people to take part in those stories. Thus, Love Beyond Walls has become a reality.

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n o s a e S s a r G i d r a M ! n u g e B s a H Happy Mardi Gras/Carnival from Louisiana! Carnival has officially begun here, it begins January 6 which is the twelfth (and last) day of Christmas and Twelfth Night,� is the official start of Carnival season. Carnival season lasts until Fat Tuesday, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday the beginning of Lent.

1/4 cup milk 2 drops green food coloring 2 drops yellow food coloring 1 drop red food coloring 1 drop blue food coloring Directions

My earliest memories of carnival are of King Cakes, in which what is now just a plastic baby in the cake, if you get the slice with the baby you have to bring the king cake to the next party, I remember other things like thimbles baked in the cake. They are good tasty and a FUN part of the carnival season here is a part of what Wikipedia says about Gulf Coast king cakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet. Open the cans of sweet roll dough and unroll the dough from each can into 3 strands. Working on a clean surface, place 3 dough strands side by side and gather them together to make one large strand. Fold this in half, and roll slightly to make a fat log. Repeat steps with the remaining dough. Place each log on the prepared baking sheet and "Gulf Coast King Cakes� shape to make a ring, overlapping the ends and pinching In the southern United States, the tradition was brought to them together to make a complete circle. Pat the dough the area by colonists from France and Spain and is asso- into shape as necessary to make the ring even in size all the way around. Cover loosely with foil. ciated with Carnival (also known as Mardi Gras). CeleBake in preheated oven until firm to the touch and golden brated across the Gulf Coast region from the Florida brown, 50 to 60 minutes. Check often for doneness so the Panhandle to East Texas, it originated in French Louisiana and King cake parties in New Orleans are document- ring doesn't overbake. Place on a wire rack and cool completely. ed back to the eighteenth century. The king cake of the Louisiana tradition comes in a number of styles. The most simple, said to be the most traditional, is a ring of twisted cinnamon roll-style bread topped with icing or sugar, usually colored purple, green, and gold (the traditional Mardi Gras colors) with food coloring. In 1972, a small bakery in Picayune, Mississippi, Paul's Pastry, started adding fillings to king cakes - the most common being cream cheese, praline, cinnamon, or strawberry. A so-called "Zulu King Cake" has chocolate icing with a coconut filling, because the Krewe of Zulu parade's most celebrated throw is a coconut." I found a simple recipe on line for those of you not in an area where carnival is celebrated the online address for the recipe is below it Enjoy and Happy Mardi Gras y'all! Easy Mardi Gras King Cake Ingredients Original recipe makes 12 servings 3 (14 ounce) cans refrigerated sweet roll dough 2 (12 fluid ounce) cans creamy vanilla ready-to-spread frosting

Place the cake ring on a serving plate. Cut a slit along the inside of the ring and insert a small plastic baby, pushing it far enough into the cake to be hidden from view. Divide the frosting evenly between 4 bowls. Stir 1 tablespoon of milk into each bowl to thin the frosting. Use the frosting in one bowl to drizzle over the cooled cake. To the remaining three bowls of frosting, stir yellow food coloring into one and green into another. Stir the red and blue food colorings together with the frosting in a third bowl to make purple frosting. Drizzle the cake with yellow, green, and purple frostings in any desired pattern. Dust the cake with multi-colored sprinkles and decorate with beads, additional plastic babies, curly ribbon, and other festive trinkets.

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It's good to finally be starting anew. Being homeless in Washington, DC was one of the worst experiences of my life. Most people looked down upon me like I was trash, including many some who worked at nonprofits that serve the homeless. Sexual harassment and being harassed by police were constant occurrences. Even some of my own friends doubted that I would ever do better, and would imply that my homelessness was a result of me not working hard enough. To make matters worse, the cost of living there was way to high. Looking for good paying work was a problem too. Despite having nearly 5 years of experience serving my fellow poor and homeless people, most nonprofits wouldn't hire me because I lacked a bachelors degree. Too many times I watched how all of my white middle class college friends could get any job they wanted, while I would constantly search for work.

to college degrees. Also the people here are much friendlier. Everyone doesn't look at me like I'm a piece of trash, and I haven't been harassed yet. People here seem to be more excepting of differences too. I get to be around more down to earth working class and homeless white people who understand what it means to work hard, yet still have nothing. Also the ethnic diversity here is amazing. From African Americans, to Somalians, to those of Vietnamese and Japanese decent, and Native Americans are all present in this one city. Like anywhere it is not free from social ills, but it's much better than anywhere I have ever lived on the East Coast.

Seattle has exceeded my expectations so far. Right now I'm moving around a lot, and looking for work that allows me to assist my fellow poor and homeless. I also feel that it will be safer here for me to embrace my genderqueer identity It was also hard to be a transgender per- here. Currently I am I the process of transon of color there too. I had to spend my sitioning, and looking for a community that is friendly to trans* folk of color like time hiding the fact that I was transgenmyself. der for fear of being attacked like so many openly trans* people of color in Washington, DC. I felt like I was walking I'm glad I made this choice, and I appredown an endless and featureless road to ciate my loved ones who continue to support my decision. Not a day goes by that absolutely nowhere. I don't think about everyone who has helped me this far, as I begin the next But I decided to take a major risk. I left phase of my journey. for Seattle. The cost of living here is much lower and employers are more concerned with experience as opposed

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ne u m m I e v i s n e p Inexp U e M k c i P m Syste According to Koch and Lawson, Garlic: The Science and Therapeutic Application, 2nd edition, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore 1996, the antibiotic activity of one milligram of allicin, the active ingredient in garlic, This awesome immune system pick equals 15 units of penicillin. me up is great for all of the above Freshly cut cloves of garlic is the and you can get it at the grocery best because garlic has alliciin and store. the best way to get this effect is to eat the garlic raw. Do you have a cold, can’t stop sneezing? Does your chest hurt? Maybe you have pneumonia, maybe bronchitis or even anthrax poisoning. Allergic to Penicillin?

Throw it in some noodles, on salads, in soups or eat a clove by itself if you dare. Chop up the garlic with tomatoes, onions, add basil and olive oil for a nice salad. Add it to hummus and eat with chips.

Garlic is not just a superfood, it’s antibacterial, antifungal, and helps your immune system naturally fight off diseases such as strep. The Garlic Information Center in Britain indicates that deadly anthrax is most susceptible to garlic.

I like to add it to everything. I love the taste of garlic. Mix with honey and lemon for sore throats. Add cayenne if you’re as bold as I am.

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Those soft mornings As the soul fades ghosts possess me Beneath the ruins Amid the crypts In the arms of Love In the oak branches Sorrow reigns Our muted winds With brooding whispers Mountain wonders As I lie dying obscure sufferings heal memory You hear sorrowful screams I hear painful memories I hear pained thoughts Dreams in eternity No god can feel Among the lifeless mounds I hear whispering memories divine sensations Wakes in sunrise Memory reigns In the spirit of Death We touch sunset I hear whispered screams Amidst covering gloom The bright ravens sing Among our lifeless sepulchers The night rends I hear sorrowful screams No man has hear

autumn echoes fall Passionate words observe The hands of memory I hear whispering screams My heart breaks I know peace We know whisperings In mournful spirits Starlit branches Atop the soundless mausoleums joys forget dawn In the soul of Memory The universe rends

Michael Kelley is a 20-something multimedia abstract artist and writer who struggles with mental illness. His work is often the expression of how the world looks through the eyes of autism and bipolar disorder. By day he is a freelance writer and by night he writes the code for a poem generator. You can contact him about purchasing art/stories at or at his Fiverr

January 13 Art4TH Zine  

In this edition we have two Awareness Spotlights, one of them is hosting an art show which makes all those artists our Featured Visual Artis...