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A homeless man gave me the gift of perspective

We live in such a connected world, but sometimes I feel it's never been easier to be lonely

Homeless people talking

The door opened to a sidewalk of slush and grey skies. I exited the bus, negotiated my way around some hurried pedestrians, then crossed the road.

I saw him, sitting on his corner. Bank Street and Albert, downtown Ottawa.

Ruddy, pock-marked face, sandy-brown beard. And a smile that stretched from ear to ear. Many people walked . . .

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December 05, 2018

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