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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 →
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 my apartment, the cutest smallest in Chicago, to the Tenant-From-Hell and moved in with a friend who became the Roommate-From-Hell.
She and I were on the same page politically and environmentally so it should have worked. To be fair, neither of us are bad people but we both have strong personalities. She thought it was her apartment. I thought it was our apartment. I should have established my ground rules in the discussion stage: As tenants, we are equal in this apartment regardless of who was here first. Such a basic concept, how could it have been otherwise? It was a tough year but I learned a lot. Read more at New Community Vision
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 people. “Affordable” means spending not more than 30% of your gross income for housing. Read more at New Community Vision