All I want is a chance to succeed. I don't want a handout. I don't want the government to pay my bills. I don't want to live off anyone else. I just want a chance to succeed, a hand up, a real chance to rise above the challenges I was born into. My last name is Rockefeller. But I am not descended of the robber baron who "earned" his millions by exploiting everyday Americans. Everyday I hear jokes about my last name -- even former Governor David Patterson made that crack about Rockefellers and money when I met him in 2011....more
There was a moment a few months ago when it hit me like a ton of bricks that I had to get completely honest or I would die. Life as I knew it had become simply intolerable.
I was born poor and, despite all my ambition, talent, skill, manipulations, education, effort..., was poor now and -- gasp! -- may die poor. After I stopped having an emotional temper tantrum (I was mortified! This can't be true! It's unAmerican even!) I began slowly to make peace with what is already true.
Something I wrote a while ago that I use to remind myself that if this is as good as it gets, it is more than enough: PERSPECTIVEI used to have Mikimoto pearls but now I don’tI used to have a new SUV but now I don’tI used to have a white picket fence but now I don’tI used to have blue & white china but now I don’tI used to have a poor sense of self but now I don’tI used to have a diamond ring but now I don’t...more
A friend posted a graph on Facebook today outlining the breakdown of wealth in America (Spoiler alert! Only 1% owns 43%) along with a link (http://whatever.scalzi.com/2005/09/03/being-poor/) to a very insightful list of what it really looks like to be poor. I commented when I shared the list that the list can only be understood by those living it so, preaching to the choir and all. Those in a position to cause change simply cannot relate except in the abstract....more
I usually don't suggest books on this blog, but on this day and at this time I am changing my stripes.
Breathing Space A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx By Heidi B. Neumark.
The author was a Lutheran pastor of a church on East 156th Street. Transfiguration Lutheran Church is right in the midst of the South Bronx --one of the poorest urban areas, infested with rats and violence-- yet in that place transformation and life happens.
The horn of plenty a symbol of blessings and bounty. Most of us think of stories about the Mayflower and Pilgrims whenever viewing this picture. A characteristic associated with the symbolic horn is more than enough to share. Before going any further I want to be emphatically clear I'm in no way hating on the extreme coupon people. Anyone who can maneuver around sticker shock at the cash register should be heralded as a champion. However, commercials showing extreme coupon extraordinaries converting rooms in their homes to mini marts are indeed EXTREME! What is the purpose of their bounty?...more