Faces of Trinity Cafe – Meet Vince
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Trinity Cafe is an intentional community.
‘Faces of Trinity Cafe’ is a celebration of all that embodies that community.
Every person who walks through the doors at Trinity Cafe has a unique story of their own.
I have lived in Tampa since 1963. I was in the area one day before this building (Trinity 1) became what it is now. A building was being torn down and soon after I saw this one being built. The sign read Trinity Cafe. I stopped by to see what it was all about.
I’m Native American. Native American culture is strict. Violating the code comes with its repercussions. We believe everyone is capable of doing something. We believe that the point of living is working hard to live out that something.
I wake up in the morning, I do my reading, feed the birds and animals then usually go to the library and look up different art forms to study. For a while, I had trouble getting a job. Most employers saw the white hair and didn’t want to hire me.
I have been through some crazy stuff. I walked away unscathed from some crazy situations. One day, I got into a really bad car accident. That one I didn’t walk away from. I still feel the impact in my body.
I have many goals. Sometimes my goals change but [those] that I have worked on consistently are spirituality and art. In first grade, I learned about art as a profession and decided that it would be what I’d do. I haven’t gotten to the point where I can dedicate a lot of time to it but I will be able to now that I am getting closer to retirement.
Perspective is everything.
I have always been an introvert which has often led to inward reflection. When I was 7 years old, my mother told me that I made life too complex. My response to her was that it is complex. You realize, the older you get, how little you know. It was true then and it is true now. You can never understand everything fully but you can try.