Meet “Landon”

Even at four, he knew that he had never been all alone, and certainly not in a creepy, smelly place like this. He was startled awake by the silence. Spider-Man was over; he always fell asleep before the end. In the creepy sliver of light peeking through the curtains, he knew things didn't look like… Continue reading Meet “Landon”

Kurt & the “Mother Lover”

"So my life has abruptly changed; my fiance' is pregnant." A few weeks before I received his 30 second (as opposed to 30 day) notice of intent to move out, Kurt had been just a bit...off. Up until that point, he had been considerate, respectful and helpful, rarely complaining about anything. When he did have… Continue reading Kurt & the “Mother Lover”

Meet “Bryn”

She was uncomfortably pregnant, resting her left hand on her belly, chain smoking with her right She had a large presence; her strong voice could fill a room even at a whisper. She was rough on the surface with large features and a metal stud on either side of her lower lip. Her hair was… Continue reading Meet “Bryn”

Meet “Kurt”

For $260 a month he got an 8 x 10 room with a bed, a chair and a storage bin in a house shared with four strangers. And yet, something about him was quite charming. I first met Kurt when he rented a room from us in Akron. For $260 a month he got an… Continue reading Meet “Kurt”