Cry Purple

One woman's journey through homelessness, crack addiction, and prison, to blindness, motherhood, and happiness


While I was walking along, keeping a lookout for a spigot, I saw some beautiful flowers in a yard behind a fence. Knowing that the owners must have had a water hose around somewhere—and drawn by the flowers—I climbed over the fence. I walked over and began picking some of the flowers of each color: a red one, a blue one, a yellow one, and a few purple ones. The purple seemed so calm, so peaceful and rich.

As I was picking them, a man came out from the house with a phone in his hands. He yelled with an accent.

“Get away!” he said. “I’m calling the police! Get away from my house!”

“I’m sorry,” I said, and headed for the gate, with the man still yelling at me about my trespassing in his yard and picking his flowers. I still had them in my hand, and I dropped them by the fence as I exited the yard. I turned as he yelled once again that he was calling the police.

“I’m homeless,” I said.

Then it hit me that I was barefoot, that I was standing in the cool of the grass, and that his flowers were beautiful.

“I don’t see much beautiful stuff,” I said, and then I started walking again. —  Excerpt from the book Cry Purple.

I wrote the book, Cry Purple, to share what it was like to be homeless for nearly two decades, and to share the struggles to find my path once I left the streets.  As I faced many life challenging events on and off the streets, I find my self today thankful to be alive. Although I have not yet found a pink cloud to float me through,  and life still strikes me sometimes at lightening speeds, my hopes for sharing this journey are to make use of the sales of the book to purchase a little home for myself and my son, Ricky, who is 6.   Our idea of the American Dream is a home with a yard, two bedrooms, in a safe area, in good schools.  I invite you to read more, watch our video, and share our story –  the journey to our idea of the  American dream.  —  Christine McDonald

4 Responses to “About”

  1. Crystal said

    Looking for information about when & where your book can be purchased. My mother heard you speak & both of us would like to purchase your story & contribute to your dream. Thank you & Best wishes, you are in my prayers.

    • crypurple said

      Thanks Crystal, sorry for the delay in responce! The links to purchase the book will be added next week! Please check back on the web site, and I look forward to what you have to say about “Cry Purple”! Take care and God Bless, Christine

  2. What an amazing story you have. As a minister with Community of Christ, I work with the homeless in Washington state and now that I have moved to Oregon I plan to do the same here. Your motto “People Can Change” is at the essence of why I do what I do. People change because of healthy relationships formed with others in community. I look forward to purchasing your book and encourage you to keep sharing your story. It’s powerful!

    • crypurple said

      Thanks, Sean, for visiting the site. Would love to hear more about your homeless project. I hope you enjoy the book, Cry Purple! Yes, we are all fellow human beings, worthy of care and caring and, indeed, everyone can change. Links to purchase the book will be on the website, next week, Feel free to spread the word!

      God bless,

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