One doesn't always have change to spare, but when someone reaches their hand out, the least anyone can give, is a smile.

This is how all the interactions I have with people panhandling start. With a smile. And a genuine "Hi. How are you?"

I've had amazing conversations with people on the streets, I've learned things about history and geography; I've learned about cultures I'm not from; about our society, about literature, art, and philosophy. I've laughed, and I've cried; I've both felt joy and anger; hope, and despair.

To me, these are so much more than pictures, or even portraits. They are memories; recollections of encounters that shaped me into the person I am today. I've grown more as a human being by speaking with all these people than by listening to all of the teachers who's class I attended during my education.

And I'm sharing them here today for I hope they'll make you want to stop, listen, and grow with these people too.

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#1

Fernand Is Probably The Nicest Guy I've Ever Met. And Many People Commented The Same Thing When They Saw This Picture On My Blog

Fernand Is Probably The Nicest Guy I've Ever Met. And Many People Commented The Same Thing When They Saw This Picture On My Blog

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Giorgio Prodoti 1 year ago

cat persons are the nicest

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#2

Mario Went To Prison After He Killed The Man Who Raped His Little Baby Boy. He Then Lost Everything

Mario Went To Prison After He Killed The Man Who Raped His Little Baby Boy. He Then Lost Everything

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SnoopyCereal 1 year ago

While killing him was a horrible way to solve this, I hope that your baby boy is doing fine.

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#3

I Asked Him What Feeling He Wanted His Picture To Convey, He Said "Love." And I Snapped This As He Was Saying "I Love My Wife"

I Asked Him What Feeling He Wanted His Picture To Convey, He Said "Love." And I Snapped This As He Was Saying "I Love My Wife"

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Dinetk 1 year ago

Worked!

#4

She Once Hit A Man With A Stick, Because He Had Just Done The Same To His Dog

She Once Hit A Man With A Stick, Because He Had Just Done The Same To His Dog

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Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

Totally fair.

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#5

After Posting His Picture, Someone Actually Hired Normand To Do Some Construction Work

After Posting His Picture, Someone Actually Hired Normand To Do Some Construction Work

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#6

He Told Me About The Time A Little Girl Gave Him Her Lollipop And It Made Him Cry

He Told Me About The Time A Little Girl Gave Him Her Lollipop And It Made Him Cry

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UniversalMel 1 year ago

Awww kids are so adorable

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#7

Mostafa Speaks 8 Languages. Including Yiddish

Mostafa Speaks 8 Languages. Including Yiddish

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SnoopyCereal 1 year ago

YAS! Yiddish!

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#8

Fanny Ran Away From Home, And Her Abusive Step Dad, When She Was A Teen

Fanny Ran Away From Home, And Her Abusive Step Dad, When She Was A Teen

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Kat_girl 1 year ago

She needs a hug.

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#9

He'd Probably Convince The Grinch That Smiling Is The Best Thing Anybody Can Do

He'd Probably Convince The Grinch That Smiling Is The Best Thing Anybody Can Do

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Shruti Naik 1 year ago

it is! he convinced me!

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#10

He's Inuk, And He Married A Cree Woman. Though It Was A Difficult For Some People Of Their Respective Communities To Accept, This Was The Happiest Day Of His Life

He's Inuk, And He Married A Cree Woman. Though It Was A Difficult For Some People Of Their Respective Communities To Accept, This Was The Happiest Day Of His Life

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Shruti Naik 1 year ago

his happiness is infectious! im smiling just looking at him!

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#11

Katt Definitely Wins First Place In Terms Of Sign Creativity

Katt Definitely Wins First Place In Terms Of Sign Creativity

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Tiffany Zhu 1 year ago

I would have given her money.

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#12

They Had Just Started Saying "I Love You" To Each Other

They Had Just Started Saying "I Love You" To Each Other

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Grazina Strolia 1 year ago

I love the cat!

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#13

He Used To Be A Professional Skater. Went Too Far With The Partying That Comes With It

He Used To Be A Professional Skater. Went Too Far With The Partying That Comes With It

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Sykz 1 year ago

I wonder if can do a come back.

#14

He Has A Wife And A Baby

He Has A Wife And A Baby

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#15

They've Been Together For Nine Months

They've Been Together For Nine Months

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Dinetk 1 year ago

Sweet

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#16

She's Fighting The System To Be Able To See Her Daughter Again Someday

She's Fighting The System To Be Able To See Her Daughter Again Someday

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Krishna Vishwas 1 year ago

May lord give her all patience, strength and help she needs.

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#17

He Used To Work For The Cirque Du Soleil

He Used To Work For The Cirque Du Soleil

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Garifalia Kalamidas 1 year ago

Why not anymore ? What's the story.

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#18

He's Doing All He Can To Find Himself An Apartment And Get Back On Tracks. But When You Start From Literaly Nothing, There Are Many Hoops To Jump Through

He's Doing All He Can To Find Himself An Apartment And Get Back On Tracks. But When You Start From Literaly Nothing, There Are Many Hoops To Jump Through

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MauKini 1 year ago

That sign is heartbreaking.

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#19

Her Favorite Author Is Simone De Beauvoir

Her Favorite Author Is Simone De Beauvoir

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Alib 1 year ago

That's awesome! Keep going, sister.

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#20

He Taught Me A Lot About Heroin Addiction, And What Withdrawal Does To Your Body

He Taught Me A Lot About Heroin Addiction, And What Withdrawal Does To Your Body

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#21

They Taught Me How To Say Merry Christmas And Happy New Year In Inuktitut (The Inuit Language)

They Taught Me How To Say Merry Christmas And Happy New Year In Inuktitut (The Inuit Language)

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C 1 year ago

Merry Christmas = Quviasugit Quviasuvimmi, Happy new year = Ukiortaami Pilluaritsi.

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#22

Jake, The One Standing Up On The Left, Voluntarily Overdosed Himself A Couple Of Days Ago. He Had Been Clean For 45 Days Then. He Hated The Fact That He Loved Heroin. He Will Be Sorely Missed By His Friends

Jake, The One Standing Up On The Left, Voluntarily Overdosed Himself A Couple Of Days Ago. He Had Been Clean For 45 Days Then. He Hated The Fact That He Loved Heroin. He Will Be Sorely Missed By His Friends

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UniversalMel 1 year ago

R.I.P. Jake.... You will be remembered by many

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#23

He Quit Drinking A Few Months Ago. He Made The Decision To Quit On The Day He Set Out To Kill Himself

He Quit Drinking A Few Months Ago. He Made The Decision To Quit On The Day He Set Out To Kill Himself

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Janine B. 1 year ago

I really hope he's going to make it. Best if luck and lots of strength to you Sir.

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#24

"We're Salt And Pepper". Salt Was A Military Man, He's Decorated Three Times

"We're Salt And Pepper". Salt Was A Military Man, He's Decorated Three Times

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Krishna Vishwas 1 year ago

It's a shame that a military man who did so much for his own country is living like this.

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#25

He's A Rock'n'roll Lover. Anything There Is To Know About The Beatles, He Knows

He's A Rock'n'roll Lover. Anything There Is To Know About The Beatles, He Knows

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Shruti Naik 1 year ago

maybe he could start a blog? he knows so much, that talent shouldn't get wasted!

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#26

I Didn't Get To Speak Much With The Gentleman, But I Think The Spot He Picked For Himself Says A Lot About His Personality

I Didn't Get To Speak Much With The Gentleman, But I Think The Spot He Picked For Himself Says A Lot About His Personality

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa 1 year ago

Damn I hate to see an elderly man outside like that.

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#27

He Plays Jingle Bells Quite Well

He Plays Jingle Bells Quite Well

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Bella Smith 1 year ago

Good on you

#28

He Became Religious When He Quit Using Drugs

He Became Religious When He Quit Using Drugs

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Molly Tallmadge 1 year ago

Google translated sign: I'm hungry please help me

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#29

Reggie Taught Me A Magic Trick

Reggie Taught Me A Magic Trick

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Krishna Vishwas 1 year ago

He is so handsome

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#30

They Taught Me How To Say "Be Happy" In Inulktitut

They Taught Me How To Say "Be Happy" In Inulktitut

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Daria B 1 year ago

Again, share with us your knowledge, if you don't mind.

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#31

He Was A Marksman In The Canadian Military. Ok I Have My Doubts About The Veracity Of The Story He Told Me, But Still, It Was A Cool One

He Was A Marksman In The Canadian Military. Ok I Have My Doubts About The Veracity Of The Story He Told Me, But Still, It Was A Cool One

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Beaver-Moose 1 year ago

WOOHOO CANADAAAAA!

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#32

Gilles Passed Away In Late 2016. He Was Fernand's Best Friend. They Considered Each Other As Brothers

Gilles Passed Away In Late 2016. He Was Fernand's Best Friend. They Considered Each Other As Brothers

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Cosmo 1 year ago

RIP

#33

Even Though They Each Have Their Own Place, Evan And Elizabeth Sleep Outside Some Nights, Just To Stay Together

Even Though They Each Have Their Own Place, Evan And Elizabeth Sleep Outside Some Nights, Just To Stay Together

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MauKini 1 year ago

Maybe the place where they are staying doesnt allow visitors?

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#34

They Taught Me That Happiness Comes From Within. They Said "We Are Happy Because If They Weren't, Then They'd Be Miserable"

They Taught Me That Happiness Comes From Within. They Said "We Are Happy Because If They Weren't, Then They'd Be Miserable"

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

That's amazingly true

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#35

He's Cherokee

He's Cherokee

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Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

Cherokee has some swag thing going on there... Good for you!

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#36

This Is Ozzy. His Best Friend's Name Is Also Ozzy

This Is Ozzy. His Best Friend's Name Is Also Ozzy

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Sykz 1 year ago

Hard truth of life.

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#37

He's Actually Saving Up Money To Buy A Playstation

He's Actually Saving Up Money To Buy A Playstation

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa 1 year ago

My father is an anti-smoker but he used to smoke 50 years ago for many years. Now when he sees a homeless person with cigarettes and other people say things like "well he can afford cigarettes so..." My dad has an interesting response. "That person has nothing." He says. "If a small pleasure like cigarettes can be the one indulgence or pleasure in an otherwise wretched life then who are we to deny them that?"

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