Archive for February, 2010

Homelessness Doesn’t Follow the Stereotypes

There’s an article called “Another Face of Homeless” that’s worth a read. ¬†Written by a professor of a college course who had students participate in a count of homeless people in the area, it details some of their findings and what the students learned.

When people think of the homeless, they often think of single men sleeping under the Burnside Bridge. In the agricultural suburbs of Portland, it has a different, less-visible face. While wine country tourists may not see men slumping in doorways downtown, there are families who bed down in their cars or a neighbor’s barn, and women who sleep in impromptu camps in the woods or sip coffee in all-night diners to keep warm.

Students found that homelessness exists for all manner of people in all manner of situations. The professor said, “My students also found the unexpected, and their stereotypes of homelessness were turned upside down”.

May all of our expectations be turned upside down as well so that we see what’s really going on.

Giveaway, reviews, and more

If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a give-away going on now for copies of the book on It runs until February 26th.

Some reviews are beginning to trickle in, as well, and you can find them on the book’s main page: Norton’s Ghost at

Most of my blogging occurs over at, with updates on Norton’s Ghost and a whole lot more, including some flash fiction stories. Why don’t you take a look?

Norton’s Ghost now listed on

Take a look if you have an account there. If you don’t, it’s a good way to find out about new books through peers.

Norton’s Ghost on