Festive gift

On this month’s Heart-to-Heart with Kyrian radio show, my guests, Michael John Sullivan and Kathleen Nash shared their experience of having been homeless. They also talked about their recovery and their advocacy for the homeless. They have wonderful messages for everyone struggling and anyone who cares about the struggles of others. You can listen in on this podcast.


Kathleen Nash is a uniquely creative individual. Photography and other forms of artwork are her passions. She also builds websites and works with her son, Dennis, who creates beautiful wire wrap jewelry.

Kathleen shares more about her journey in this blog:

Half Hitched and Homeless

Learn more about Kathleen and her work:

Kathleen Nash – Fine Art
The Knotted Branch


Michael John Sullivan is the author of Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness (Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster). Library Journal named Necessary Heartbreak one of the year’s best in Christian fiction for 2010. His second novel, Everybody’s Daughter (The Story Plant), was named one of the best books of 2012 by The Examiner. Michael published his third novel, The Greatest Gift (The Story Plant), in October of 2014. He is currently working on his next novel, The Second World. He is also the creator of the SockKids children’s series. Visit thesockkids.com to learn more. A former board member of the Long Island Coalition of the Homeless, Sullivan has written several articles about the plight of the homeless that have been published online by CNN, the Washington Post, Beliefnet.com, the Huffington Post, and Patch.com.

Michael has contributed a blog relevant to our topic today, along with a link to an article he wrote for CNN a few years ago. You may read it here:

Keep Kindless In Your Look

You can learn more about Michael and his books at Michael John Sullivan Author.

“Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.” – Albert Schweitzer

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© Copyright December 15, 2014 by Kyrian Lyndon at kyrianlyndon.com. All rights reserved. No reproduction permitted without permission.


  1. Hi Kyrian nice blog ,
    I can not imagine what it would feel like, nor do I want to. It’s a very sad situation to be in no doubt.
    There’s so much of it. I moved to the state of Florida back in the early 90’s from Massachusetts and
    I have never seen so many people homeless. Just about every major intersection have homeless people holding signs up “Need work, Hungry, Lost my job, Lost my home etc…” I feel for them but, more times than none, you can pull up to the traffic lights and they come up to you, now mind you, the majority of them they are wreaking of alcohol. I do however give something but, those types of homeless people are actually taking away from the ones who truly deserve and actually need to be helped out. Here in Florida you can tell the homeless from the bums that don’t want anything but a hand out. All I am saying is, it’s no joke to be homeless especially around the holidays and in cold weather and I am not stereotyping. I hope that I am not stirring up things on your blog. However , I do try to help the homeless out because that can be me someday. I wish them all a warm Merry Christmas and a hopefull and prosperous New Year.

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    • I also want to add, Michael John Sullivan, that was very insightful and to imagine what must have been going on in your mind because certainly you did not deserve that situation. but the most positive outcome was and is, you became an writer/author, governing your circumstances at a pivotal time in your life.


    • Thank you for your thoughts, Anthony. Yes, alcoholics do often end up homeless. Their disease can cause them to end up on the streets, in jail, or dead. They don’t deserve these circumstances any more than the next person. Keep in mind that many of those people do get off the streets, recover, and move on to lead productive lives. Their challenges are like any other challenges that lead to these outcomes. We never truly know what someone’s story is unless we have had the opportunity to hear it.

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  2. Kyrian awesome stuff especially Ronald’s story. It brought tears to my eyes. I always tell myself, it doesn’t matter when, how or where somewhere asks for some form of help. Once they ask, it simply means they need it at that particular time and if i am able, i never hesitate to help. Sometimes we judge pan-handlers as lazy people but we forget that not everyone has the same level of confidence as we do, to be what we are. I have been guilty of that sometimes. These videos have really put me on my toes. Thanks for sharing.

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