How Can I Define Myself With Just One Word?

I am not one thing, I am many. I am a flower with many petals; I am a pinwheel. I am a doodle of a work in progress....more
Beautifully written, marvelous to read--I clung to every word.  Deep connection.more

How Foodstamps Helped Me Feed My Kids and Rebuild My Life

I was at the supermarket checkout line when the cashier asked me if I wanted to make a donation for the needy.I would have liked to, but instead, I flashed my food stamps card and shook my head, saying: “I can’t. This time, I’m the needy.”The poor guy blushed and mumbled an apology. I suppose he must have felt bad for me.“It’s okay,” I said. “I’m glad to have the help.” ...more
@pfb1977 Maybe I didn't explain it properly. My ex was not in a position to pay for child ...more

Am I Supposed to Look Poor? Income Levels Should Have a Uniform...

I saw a status on Facebook the other day that said something to the effect, "If you're on welfare, how can you afford a smartphone?". Which made me think of a whole image problem I've had for a while. The question is... if you're, shall we say... uh underprivileged, or uh living below the poverty line, or dare I say it "poor"... oh hell, if you're broke-ass broke... are you obliged to look the part? To read the rest of the post, go to link below:     ...more
No, you've got it right! It is called self-respect, with responsible use of the resources you ...more

How things have changed and how they have stayed the same

Some of the cultural issues that exist in our society are the issues of social welfare. Many people believe that people today shouldn't still be living off of welfare but the sad truth of that is that many are. The Social Welfare system that is in effect was created from the Elizabethan Poor Law that was enacted in 1601 and has become the backbone for the system that the United States has used for over 350 years, if not more.I think it's way past time that we gave this system a major overhaul!...more