Maison D'etre

Robin Sneed

Robin Sneed
Citizen Of The World,
October 28
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++ “Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words "make" and "stay" become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.”-Tom Robbins +++++++++++++++++++++++++++


JANUARY 26, 2015 9:35PM

Am I A Feminazi?

Is anyone even called that anymore? Or has the astroid disrupted the delicately patched road to recovery for denigrating words used to describe women who essentially know what they want and one of the things they don't want: a guy like Rush Limbaugh who will never

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JANUARY 22, 2015 8:37PM

Throwback Thursday: Be Longings

Written August 4, 2011, all I can say is, "My girl, how you have grown..."





 In late 2002, I began trying to rid myself of a twenty year collection of material acquistions in the form of beautiful furniture, rugs, art, glass work, and books. There were three

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JANUARY 17, 2015 11:50PM

The Heavy Steed



The yoke she carried was big and unwieldy

The road she took was wild and winding

Travel she did until the steed grew heavy on his  legs


She named him Garland for his gallop

She tamed him when he was a lad

Travel she did until the steed… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2015 8:14PM



 Everything you hear in other parts of this country and the world is true about 12th MAN. I do mean hear. Unless you have been in downtown Seattle during a Seahawks game at Century Link Field, then you cannot possibly truly know what the sound of that forceful collecRead full post »



Yesterday, the manager of the place we're staying told us that, on Tuesdays,  there's a community lunch four blocks away at a church. So, today, we walked to the church, another bright cold day here, and enjoyed a delightful lunch of shepherd's pie and tuna casserole… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2015 11:40PM

Downtown Seattle Today: Je Suis Charlie

 J and I went downtown today to check our mail and see our friends. It was beautiful outside; bright and cold. When we got off the bus and walked toward the 3rd Street shelter, I began to see familiar faces. We crossed the street and I saw my friend, Marcy.… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2015 11:38PM

LL Bean 1970: Too Cool For School

I was just thinking about an assignment we had in school when I was, I think, eight years old. We were asked to go through a large collection of LL Bean catalogs and make a list then collage of all the things we would need to go on a survival… Read full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2014 7:15PM

I Was This Thing Put in a Mental Ward

I was this thing put in a mental ward
There was this thing I was
I was this thing put in a mental ward
There was this thing I was
 An orphan, I was this thing put in a mental ward
I was put there indeed
DECEMBER 16, 2014 8:36PM

Reflection: A Year At The Counter

When Unca Jon, also known as Jonathan Wolfman at Passionate Justice Media, suggested I write something about our first year with The Counter to feature on his podcast, my first feeling was one of great pride. This has been a stellar year, a dangerous year, a crying year,… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 24, 2014 7:22PM

Notes On Transience




So, this compendium, Notes on Transience, for The Safewire and Uber Counter Cookbook keeps writing itself. I thought there may be a slim volume to go along with the cookbook.


Tired was she of spinning the legend of a poor and homeless experience toward all the good… Read full post »


In February of this year, J and I started The Counter in a friend's kitchen to cook for ourselves and other homeless people using, as we say, all beautiful food bank and food stamp ingredients. In Summer, we moved out of the traditional kitchen and J took The Counter grilling.… Read full post »

As I continue to try and get well from mental illness, I want to move forward with a creative plan to benefit homeless people in Seattle. I am asking for those so inclined to send a postcard, the old school kind from a store, that needs… Read full post »
AUGUST 22, 2014 1:07PM

Trail of Tears

As J is away fighting a spirit killing foe, I don't just survive, I thrive. At first, there were men who seemed to regard me as a kind of prey. J, as we say, in the homeless community, "knows the show." Which is to say, with great effort, and a valor… Read full post »

AUGUST 17, 2014 5:49PM

No Love Lost

"I never play a game without my man."

-Casey Stengel

I've said this is the Year of Reality for me in homelessness. Year four. It is the year in which the non-homeless community, employed by the city, have become relentless.

It is also the year I know a greater… Read full post »

Courthouse Nights, Episode 2: Minority 
A documentary by Homeless People about Homeless People  Read full post »
JULY 21, 2014 4:17PM

In Memorial: Shane

Yesterday, we heard of the death of our homeless friend, Shane. We are very taken aback by this because we just saw him at the store recently and he looked fine.
Shane was like one of the guys on Friends.  Friendly, upbeat, light, outgoing. But, get into… Read full post »

Episode 1: Tiny

(shot entirely on laptop)

 Courthouse Nights: A Documentary Series From The Counter By Homeless People, About Homeless People
  Warning: explicit language at around 18:00. 
 This has been an amazing week for The Counter. We started making a documentary: Courthouse Nights, about our experience living in the park, but even better, our friends stop by the te… Read full post »

I'm starting to try and write this...but I need help.   Read full post »
JULY 16, 2014 11:07PM

The Power Of Homeless People

I just wrote that restaurant review which holds paid staff accountable for the dismay.
However, Homeless People are blamed for the economy, the lack of tourism, well just about everything, it seems.
We comprise less than 1 percent of the population currently, &nbs… Read full post »
JULY 5, 2014 7:39PM

The Counter Gets Grilled

In any great American success story there is always struggle. Set backs. Lots of overcome. And so recently, when the kitchen we were cooking in became untenable, we reorganized.
Now, The Counter is getting grilled, meaning we are only cooking outdoors on a barbecu… Read full post »
JUNE 7, 2014 10:39PM

Glasses to Walls

We just walked down to the one and only Mamasan's, a tiny grocery store, in Pioneer Square. I heard my friend Theresa died.
Theresa was one of the first women to befriend me when I became a homeless person. Tough, a cat like emotional fighter,… Read full post »
JUNE 6, 2014 4:58PM

The Counter: Summer of Love Tour

Well, I've decided to take my post from last night down, because I was just really upset, and while I believe what I'm saying is true, and many around me do too, it's the wrong direction.
So, J and I will do an outdoor tour this Summer.… Read full post »

Ann B. Davis died today, ever present cook foremost, and healer of wounds all the time. How lucky was I to have known her through television.
Alice cooked for nine people pretty much every day, given the convention of a once a week program. I trusted Alice.… Read full post »