Author Archives: terry

Democracy Derailed by Greed Virus

Posted August 6, 2013

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 […] Continue reading →

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Not everyone is as normal as you think

Posted July 17, 2013

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 […] Continue reading →

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Short-term temporary housing – who needs it?

Posted July 17, 2013

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 […] Continue reading →

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Tired of doing dishes?

Posted June 27, 2013

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 […] Continue reading →

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Meet Mary Crenshaw

Posted June 21, 2013

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 […] Continue reading →

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Rescuers R Us

Posted June 21, 2013

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 […] Continue reading →

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The Power of Shared Housing in Curbing Addiction

Posted June 18, 2013

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 […] Continue reading →

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The Worst Picker

Posted June 11, 2013

I should have known better but I didn’t. My track record at welcoming people into my life is not great. Loneliness is dangerous territory and caused me to overlook obvious and fatal character flaws. Twice I married emotionally unavailable men with zero interest in growing or changing. At the age of 57, I impulsively rented […] Continue reading →

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Choices for the Housing Crisis Train Wreck

Posted June 9, 2013

  It is hardly news that our housing crisis is a train wreck of the first order. Because many well-paying jobs have been eliminated and contract work and part-time jobs have replaced full-time jobs with benefits, incomes have tanked. Today, housing cannot be built or rehabbed at an affordable price for low and moderate income […] Continue reading →

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A genuine opportunity for social service professionals

Posted June 3, 2013

Hello committed social service professional, I’m writing to propose an entirely new approach to remedy our malaise of economic devastation, housing insecurity and social isolation. The cooperative model is time-tested (Rochdale Pioneers began in 1844) and proven. The Mondragon Cooperative lifted the Basque region of Spain out of poverty starting in 1956. Today the region […] Continue reading →

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