Today, please join me in welcoming author Dennis Cardiff.
Author Dennis Cardiff, promoting his Gotta Find a Home trilogy, has appeared on the Rogers television talk show, Daytime Ottawa, hosted by Derick Fage. He has been interviewed on various podcasts: Blunt Talk with Gino Arcaro, Butterflies of Wisdom with Win Charles, Self Discovery Radio: Their Story Matters and Positive Vibrations Roundtable with Sara Troy. Reviewed on The Write Stuff: Gotta Find a Home by Matthew Fray, Journal with Sue: A Friend to the Homeless by Sue Rowland and The Penmen Profile: New Author Dennis Cardiff by Diane Walters. Dennis’s poetry has been published in the Sheaf, the University of Saskatchewan’s newspaper, the Writing.com Anthology and online poetry magazine, Shadowlands Express. The author has hosted book signings at three Chapters/Indigo locations: Rideau, Pinecrest and South Keys. His three published books Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People (First and Second Edition), More Conversations with Street People and Conversations on the Streets have received 68 Amazon 4.5 star reviews.
Can you find a secure shelter for the night? Have you experienced intense hunger? Are you a regular victim of verbal, emotional or physical abuse? Read the conversations I have had with people who are hungry, homeless and at risk. All author proceeds from the sale of books will be used to support those forced onto the streets, the Ottawa Innercity Ministries, Street Outreach Program and the proposed Cardiff Homeless and Rehabilitation Clinic.
Dennis Cardiff has been involved with street people since 2010, when he began to reach out, on his own, to some of the people without homes who he encountered in his daily life. In his new book, he documents conversations he’s had with them over the past 4 years and, in the process, gives those who are often robbed of their humanity a human face. Written in diary form by month, and including some of Cardiff’s own poetry, the author chronicles the lives of people who are often ignored, feared or reviled. About this project, Cardiff says,
“Writing about the homeless and helping the homeless, has given my life a purpose that it didn’t have before. Documenting their stories will, I hope, introduce them to the public in a non-threatening way. Some panhandlers look intimidating, but that disappears when one sees them laugh.”
by Diane Walters
Dennis Cardiff lives with his wife in Ottawa, Canada. They each have two grown sons from previous marriages. An artist of many talents, Cardiff has been a professional portrait painter since 1972. He studied art at the Ontario College of Art, University of Saskatchewan and the University of Ottawa.
Gotta Find a Home 2: More Conversations with Street People was self published 5 April 2016. Books 3 and 4 will be released in the near future. As with Book 1, all proceeds from sales go directly to those forced onto the street.
Blurb: Writing about the homeless and helping the homeless, has given my life a purpose that it didn’t have before. Documenting their stories will, I hope, introduce them to the public in a non-threatening way. Some panhandlers look intimidating, but that disappears when one sees them laugh.
A typical day for me involves taking the bus and walking two blocks to work. I pass Joy’s spot every day. I usually sit and talk with her for twenty to thirty minutes. Chester and Hippo may drop by to chat.
Most afternoons, depending on weather, I walk two blocks to the park where the group of panhandlers varies in size from two to twenty or more. They don’t panhandle at the park. Like a soap opera, every day is different; some scenarios will carry over a few days or weeks. People will disappear for weeks or months due illness, rehab programs or incarceration.
When I met Joy I was going through an emotional crisis. Meeting her and her friends – worrying about them and whether or not they would be able to eat and find a place to sleep – took my mind off my problems, that then, seemed insignificant. It was – is – truly a life changing experience.
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