Hi, I'm Jochebed...
( & this is Pluto, like the planet. )
This site is my attempt to keep writing my life story.
It starts with a dream, but so far, it ends with a van:
my escape from homelessness before I bought a Detroit Land Bank house to build into a home for myself & others...
until my neighbors ganged up to successfully terrorize me out of it.
Now my true best hope is that I survive Long COVID
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and all that comes with it long enough to find a place to rest.
sanitarium (n): establishment for the medical treatment of people who are convalescing or have a chronic illness.
Galmi Hospital and adjoining compound for missionary doctors where I was raised in the Niger Republic.
Reading inside the Galmi Compound Convalescence Center, my favorite childhood pastime besides playing outside.
The sanitarium, Miango Rest Home, where my family used to vacation in Nigeria.
My house in the first update to the Detroit Land Bank; Plexiglas for most windows, solar panels, missing fence and all.
Inside the Miango lounge; the playroom and dining hall where breakfast and dinner were served growing up is just out of sight on the right.
The salvaged tub I'd like to purchase for my bathroom.
The closet full of stranger things and mysteries - like the 1990, 11th grade art show portfolio of a man that supposedly still lives next door - but no meter...yet.
The old newspaper I found lying undisturbed after 15 years on the shelf in my would-be living room, "Appointment with a crisis: 6000 fewer physicians by 2020. Michigan faces doctor shortage."
My last trip to the hospital.
Pluto mid exit, supplies and the stairs I can no longer safely climb to go home.
Just a shot I love of the exact bathroom sink cabinet I was looking for at the Tireman Flea Market last December.
A room that will hopefully house someone else, if I can manage to make it upstairs first.