A couple of times a week, there is a homeless woman who comes into work. She is always dressed in a winter coat – even in August. She carries a few reusable bags that appear to be filled with nothing but plastic grocery bags. I assume that whatever is in those bags is everything that she owns.
She never speaks. She takes the key to the women’s room and usually spends about 15 minutes in there. While I don’t know for sure, I have to think she is using the sink in the bathroom to give herself a bath.
I live in the neighborhood and see her walking around regularly. In the heat of summer and in the cold of winter. She looks to be in her 70’s and I’m always a little amazed when I see her as I keep thinking the harshness of her life would have resulted in her death long ago.
I have no idea where she spends her nights. I hope she finds a bed in shelter but I have no idea if she does so or not. I don’t expect anyone who sees her walking down the street knows any more about her than I do.
Because she doesn’t talk to anyone (as far as I can tell), what anyone can know about her is limited. Does she have family? Is she suffering from a mental illness (probably)? Who was she and what did she do before her life landed her on the street carrying a couple of bags ? Does anyone know the story of her life?
Putting it Together is my Monday “artist talking about art stuff blog”. The title comes from “Sunday in the Park with George,” the best (and possibly only) musical that is entirely dedicated to an artist talking about his art. Is that pretentious enough?
I don’t want to pretend I know more about being a professional freelancer than anyone else. I’m quite positive I don’t.
I think I’m starting to get this whole social media thing figured out a little bit, though. The secret to freelancing and social media in this day and age is you must use it. If you stand aloof from social media, you have sacrificed an essential connection to the people you want to reach.
It may be a source of pride that you aren’t on Twitter but is that a good enough reason? Here’s a few things I think I’ve learned about use of social media. I’ll note that a lot of this is comedy centric because that’s what I (want to) do. A lot of it translates, though.
- I support @FearlessComedy because I believe in their mission to support emerging theater artists and help them grow… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 2 years ago
- Another round of @mnfringe reviews! Great work (again) by @JoshDCarson and also learned which middle name of Philip… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 3 years ago
- Day seven of my @mnfringe reviews! I saw stuff! I...didn't like most of it! Such is life! wp.me/pA1qv-27D 3 years ago
- Reviews from last night at the @mnfringe! I only saw one show last night and I loved it. So lucky me! wp.me/pA1qv-27n 3 years ago
- Reviews from day five at the @mnfringe! Mostly random choices resulted in some good and some that I think could be… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 3 years ago