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About Art4TheHomeless
Imagine... a movement inspired by the arts to open the eyes of Americans to the plight of their own people. Imagine, through art, music and poetry, we are shining a much needed light on our own crisis: HOMELESSNESS

Art4TheHomeless was once a blog called Colors of Ink with Blogcharm, which closed down. Nutang, became the new home of Colors of Ink and was renamed Art4TheHomeless, by a really good friend, Samantha Medd. She is now the Co-Founder of Art4TH.

Now Art4TH is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization that unites artists of all venues to promote homeless awareness in the US.

Art4TH does this through the Art4TH Webzine, a monthly online magazine that features a musician whose music plays throughout the website, a feature artist, and a feature writer while also featuring a homeless relief organization. All artists featured retain their copyrights and all of it is free. If you would like to be a featured artist, musician, or writer contact me at johnnacrider@att.net



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Yoga
Monday. 6.9.08 1:32 pm
My sweetie has me into yoga, here I am a really big girl and very non flexible doing yoga. My muscles are cussin me out--muscles that I didn't know I even had. My back locked up on me. I was in that accident back in September of last year and was diagnosed with arthiritus in the back. But its good excersice and Aditya, my boo, even tells me that he sees a difference in me every day, but he is my boo so of course he would be so positive and upbeat. This dude has a serious energy. I mean, he is speed. He is so energetic and I just sit there and go, "Huh?" just trying to keep up with him.

Also I got this cool book on celtic knots, and yes, I am drawing them. It is a very fun challenge and I feel great when I have finished one. I am still out of work, though I have been looking and just got my last check today and will pay for two more weeks of rent and two more weeks of marta cards for myself. My mother is doing better and even has a job interview this week. I hope she gets it. I am also reading stuff by a dude names Yogananda, I can't spell his first name and its hard trying to even pronounce it but he writes some seriously deep and interesting poetry...or should I call it literature. His writing style is very poetic and I respect all writers who can write images into our minds.

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Wow...
Wednesday. 6.4.08 6:47 pm
Wow thanks for all the comments on that last post! All of you are right. Right now I am just enjoying life for every moment and am putting my faith in God for him to worry about my future. As for art, I am getting more time to spend painting and drawing and it feels good. My paintbrushes are no longer lonely lol.

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Being Rich
Monday. 6.2.08 9:36 am
I just read Renaye's comment LOL she sounds just like my boyfriend. He says, " You have to get rich!" and they are both right! I will make it no matter what. I do have to help myself first before I can help others, but still I try.

I went to go see a good friend of mine in Little 5 Saturday and wound up in an art show--I didn't sell but I did trade art for jewelry, art, and got my eyebrows waxed for a painting so it was fun. I made some new friends and one of them gave me some money, and a new painting idea--on a window. She even gave me a couple of paint markers and just had this open spirit. The money went for food for my mother and me for the rest of the week. Now that I have two mouths to feed, my food was running very low.

I am applying at different places and know that I will make it somehow.

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Life after losing a job
Friday. 5.30.08 4:02 pm
The day I found out I was on suspension from my job, I met someone. He had been helping my mother and now she is staying with me. We are preparing--my mother and I--for the fact that I may be on the streets. Rent is due on the 10th of June and hopefully my last check would be enough to pay for another week. My neighbor is a sweetie and she offered to loan me money--I don't know how much.

Anyway, my new sweetie is really cool. He is from India and he has the most gorgeous smile. I get breathless when I look at him! I never thought he would even be interested in me--most guys are not into me. Usually, I get asked out only to have that guy either back out or change his mind, want to come over and use me--so I would have to break that off really fast.

I am looking for work and may have found something. If not, well, art4thehomeless will be homeless again but its nothing new. I feel depressed and lost because how can I help others if I am in the same prediciment? At least I know where to go and how to get help and my mom knows some people on the streets who are really cool--not the usually druggies or mentally ill folks. There are some people on the streets that are like you and me--only they just have no homes of their own.

I do appreciate all the kind comments I have been getting recently. I know my ex coworkers and bosses will miss me up at the airport and I will miss them, but hey it just was not meant to be. I also hope that those military guys who lied about me will get what is coming to them. What comes around goes around--or goes around comes around...something of that nature.

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I lost my job
Wednesday. 5.28.08 2:29 pm
They fired me. Those two army guys lied on me and got me fired. I will still say to this day that I did not curse out that child, but since they were military officers, my bosses believed them over me though I was the hardest working employee when I was there. I had the BEST customer service--and all that hard work was for nothing.

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I may have lost my job
Tuesday. 5.27.08 1:14 pm
Sunday, I was working, as ususal, and my finger got caught in a lower door--and yeah it bled and I raised hell. At first I had a couple of customers then I had a line. In the line were some guys being deployed to Iraq--or Afghanistan and one of them accused me of cursing out a mother and her son who were in front of them. I raised up my hand, with blood going down my finger and apologized to the customers for my language and my inability to serve them. I called my supervisor and looked for the first aid kit--didn't find it. My supervisor found it--it was way in the back of the cabinet.

Anyway, this guy jumped on my supervisor telling her I had a bad attitude and called the HMS Host hotline and told them. I also wrote a statment. I am on suspension pending investigation. I will find out tomorrow whether or not I still have a job.

I am letting my mom stay with me because I don't want her on the streets. She told me that she was rushed to the hospital via Grady Ambulance and they asked her if she was faking her high blood pressure and her low blood sugar. She is diabetic and her blood sugar was in fact, pretty high. She spend the night in the hospital. They gave her aspirin in the ambulance and when the nurse took the iv out, she bled everywhere and the doctor told the nurse to change the sheets. The stupid nurse asked, "ugh, why?"

Stupid people.... really make me sick. So mom is stayin with me--unless I lose my job and we both end up on the streets again.

Also, I received an email from someone who saw my art on my Zazzle Gallery. They couldn't buy any of my work but wished to donate pictures to the cause so I will have them up shortly.

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Art Sales!
Saturday. 5.17.08 2:16 pm
This is so awesome! I went and checked my email and found that my two newest designs have been purchased! It totally rocks! The more purchases, the more people will be helped.

Also, for my job, I am teaching myself basic greetings in a few languages. I am on the international concourse at the HJ-International airport in Atlanta and I meet so many people from so many places. I love the look on a customer's face when I greet them in Russian, Czech, or whatever else languages I can remember. I come across many Russian, Czech, German, and Swedish customers and have had a couple from Finland, Denmark, a lot from England, but they speak English and I know that lol. I am even thinking about doing some art with the Greek and Russian scripts, but it will be awhile before I get it up online since my phone had bee cut off to save money. Times are tough, but I am glad my online sales are picking up.

Here is a look at some of my art cards.


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Art4TheHomeless is still crackin
Tuesday. 5.13.08 11:54 am
I have been so busy at work trying to make ends meet that I have not been online in ages. I miss being on the computer! Some of my artwork in my Zazzle.com gallery has been selling and I will keep my promise! When I get up to $50 I will donate it to a homeless shelter. I am soooo excited about this. I am barely surviving but I am doing so! I am also preparing for an art exhibit in Downtown Atlanta--at the library which is a part of Turner's First Thursday Exhibit--the first Thursday of each month.

At my job, I had a secret shopper and I scored a 100% on the shop! I am excited about that. A lot of good things are happening as well as the bad. I was rushed from work to the hospital in an ambulance and now I have a battle with hypoglycemia.....and my mom has the opposite--diabetes. I have been writing, painting, drawing, and chillin plus working. I will not be going to college. It is final. It was just a dream too big for me right now.

I have a new piece of art up on my zazzle gallery. You can visit it here:


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