Homeless families really suffer in the Bay area. It's expensive to live here and if parents need child care so they can work, it's nearly impossible. Add to that women and children who become homeless due to domestic violence and, well, the problem is staggering. And not just in my city. So the . . .
A trumpet plays a mournful tune nine floors below, then I hear a bagpipe. A bagpipe? Breaking glass tinkles like a discordant piano, then crashes like cymbals. It's recyclers smashing bottles at the end of the night. Every so often waves of laughter and conversation float upward as small groups . . .