“It’s a Hard-Knock Life for Us”: Homeless Children’s Invisibility in U.S. Schools and Beyond

By | Dec 15, 2014

apple-256264_640Yesterday I went to a movie screening. One of the trailers was for the remake of the movie Annie. The original musical is a rags-to-riches tale of an orphan who is mistreated by the orphanage’s headmistress and whose life miraculously changes for the better after a chance encounter with one of the wealthiest men in America, Oliver Warbucks, who is captivated by Annie’s spirit and eventually adopts her.

I was about the same age as Annie when I first saw the original movie and immediately fell in love with its plot and musical score. I memorized every single song; however, my favorite was “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” because of the story its lyrics told:

It’s the hard-knock life for us!
It’s the hard-knock life for us!
‘Steada treated,
We get tricked!
‘Steada kisses,
We get kicked!
It’s the hard-knock life!

Even as a child watching the movie, you could clearly notice the dichotomy between Annie’s life of poverty and the opulence that defines Daddy Warbucks’ life. It seemed as though the only way for Annie’s everyday existence to improve was to simply pluck her away from her “hard-knock life.” Read More »

The “Up and Down” Perspectives on Homelessness

By | Dec 1, 2014 | Comments Off

With a full stomach and a thankful heart, instead, I am looking at the larger picture of homelessness in America. Whether or not you see the glass as half-full or empty, a broader view on homelessness can be confusing.

By | Nov 24, 2014
I was thinking of asking the Food Network what they thought was the perfect Thanksgiving dinner.
By | Nov 18, 2014
It feels like war.
By | Nov 11, 2014
Whenever I hear of UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) studies that report on the state of children living in poverty—I typically imagine some distant, impoverished, developing country that struggles to provide basic resources for its young inhabitants.
By | Nov 3, 2014
I stood in the middle of a Hong Kong thoroughfare that was typically jammed with cars and trucks.
By | Oct 27, 2014
Source: Spiegel Homelessness is all around us.
By | Oct 20, 2014
I know, don’t stare.
By | Oct 13, 2014
The image of homelessness in urban areas like Los Angeles’ Skid Row has distorted this country’s perspective on who is homeless.