Ross Anthony, M.Ed. (A Los Angeles Creative)
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2021 and Beyond!

These days, I've been focused on video and have not been marketing my books. So I've been sponsoring Chili4homeless on a much smaller scale. I happily cook up a huge pot of chili, keep some for me, put the rest in jars I'm recycling (jam jars, fruit jars, pasta sauce, etc.) and distribute. The video below is from an earlier (2014) event, but gives you a nice, visual, 120-second nutshell of this "little happening."


On a surprisingly brisk April Monday, I gather up some tomatoes, elbow Mac, ground beef, etc. I usually use garbanzo beans, but this time I had no beans in the house. I proceed anyway - life is all about improvising. I'm far less worried about covid-transmission issues as the Covid crisis "seems" to be over the peak and I'm recently vaccinated (got my second shot last week). I load up my 3 jars of freshly made Chili, still warm, in my trusty motorbike Chili. No flats this time! In fact, I just put a new rear tire on -- and she looks great. Still awaiting some new parts, but I won't be going far. Surprisingly, the many homeless I've seen in my neighborhood can't be found at 6:30pm today. Have they been "moved on" by the authorities? The usual areas look too clean. I'm getting cold, and the sun is setting. I head a couple miles south and see a thin young woman with a safety vest and large trash bag of stuff in an old folding grocery cart. I turn around and stop at her corner. "Want some chili?" I say. She steps forward with raised eyebrows and a tentative smile. I pop the lid of Chili's "trunk" and give her a big jar or chili. She smiles more conclusively. Two guys see us and come walking up, joking, laughing, and ask, "Whatchya got there? We want some." I give them the remaining two jars. "Do you have spoons?" I ask. "Nope." So, I reach back for 3 biodegradable spoons. In that time, another fellow walks up. I address him, "I'm all out of chili, but perhaps one of these fellows will share from their big jars..." As I put my helmet on, I can see the two first fellows have no interest in sharing. But as I'm pulling away, I overhear the woman offering some of hers to him.

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