Keith Howard used to be a homeless drunk veteran. He now calls a six by 12-foot converted motorcycle trailer home. He used to be a drunk. He’s now been sober for 11 years. He used to be toothless. He now has a mouthful of teeth. He used to be a veteran. He still is. Howard maintains tinywhitebox.com, his website, helps out at Hope for New Hampshire Recovery in Manchester and tries to rouse the rabble.
We used to put electric candles in our windows to guide the Christ child, or that was how my mother told it. Why, exactly, a newborn infant needed guiding—or what he was doing in Durham, New Hampshire, in December, was never explained. It was a tradition.