Stone Soup Leland House is fully membershipped for fall of 2013.
The Roost is accepting applications for a new housemate in a shared room. Our application deadline is Oct. 7. Click here for more info.
Leland House is currently looking for a new member. An opening is available as soon as October 1st. Please apply as soon as possible, if interested.
I don’t usually weep with strangers I meet on the street. Maybe it was the beautiful summer evening. Or that I was returning from a lovely evening with beloved friends. Or that we shared our despair at how quickly and completely the greed virus has derailed our great democracy.
It feels like the political equivalent of the e-bola virus that causes internal organs to bleed. Our country is bleeding internally, that’s for sure. It seems that everyone is either hanging on by a thread or watching friends and family hang on.Continue reading →
Okay, you who stopped at Subway (or the pizza joint, 7-Eleven, McDonald’s, Chipotle, _________ (fill in the blank) for dinner on the way home, perhaps you imagine that others go home and dinner is on the table. The chances are good that their dinner choices are equally pathetic. Maybe some do but millions of others do not. It is those who do not for whom this message is especially intended.Continue reading →
Actually, many people. Particularly now, bridge housing that provides breathing room while formulating a long-term strategy could be a life saver. Having the good fortune to choose from a range of healthy, non-nutty, safe and affordable options increases the likelihood of making wise choices, reducing stress, improving health, experiencing a sense of community and eliminating price gouging.Continue reading →
I’m a rinse & hold girl myself.
I rinse my dishes and stack them neatly. After the next snack or meal, I rinse and neatly add to the aforementioned neat stack. Mine is a very small kitchen. After a while, when I really have to wash the dishes, I boil a big pot of water and it goes quickly, with hygienically sterile results.Continue reading →
Running errands last Saturday, I met Mary Crenshaw, a non-crazy CTA bus rider. She suggested that I put my heavy backpack between us, under her walker that needs a repair that would “cost a fortune.” If you are getting by on Social Security (maybe she has other resources but maybe she doesn’t) $15 to repair a walker is a fortune. My hunch is that the walker needs a bolt and a screw.Continue reading →
The adults will show up any minute now, waken us to assure us that this is merely a nightmare and everything will be okay. Right? Then I remember that the “adults” are themselves the problem—Congress, ham-handed Rahm Emmanuel, tone-deaf obstructionist Republicans. It reminds me of the disturbing Leonardo DiCaprio / Ben Kingsley movie Shutter Island in which it became confusing to distinguish reality from a nightmare.
This nightmare is the new reality. The problem is that no one is swooping in to waken or rescue us.This graph illustrates the precipitous drop in civilian employment.Continue reading →
The idea of shared housing is born of the innate human need for social interaction. Having someone to communicate with, establish rules, and share goals with, is one of the most powerful tools for a healthy body and mind. Shared housing goes beyond aiding our mental state; it encourages us to improve our nutrition, begin an exercise program and even seek medical attention when necessary. Yet since the late 20th century, an additional benefit has been observed: its power to keep crippling addictions at bay. In this blog, we share the results of a powerful experiment which reveals that shared housing is already playing an important role in recovery and rehabilitation all across the US and overseas.Continue reading →