Am Poor, Will Travel.

 We're going to Hawaii!!   In June, my husband and I will be celebrating our 10th anniversary!  10 years - it's staggering to think about.  It's incredible that I've been with Ryan for almost a third of my life.  It makes me feel quite old and quite happy at the same time.  We have always wanted to go to Hawaii together. I've been, but Ryan never has.  And Kauai...there is NOTHING quite like it. It's Eden on earth. I want to share it with him....more

spilled milk

  Spilled milk, on the table...more

30 Days on $30

Could you eat for thirty days with only thirty dollars?...more

Choosing an Urban Public School

A few months before our first son was born, my husband and I moved into a charming downtown sort of neighborhood with many amenities: historic homes, tree-lined streets, shops and restaurants within walking distance. The community was eclectic and diverse, but good public education not one of the selling points. It was assumed that by the time our not-yet-born child turned five, we would move to a standard suburb with high scoring public schools. ...more
Hi Grace, "Have you seen inequities in the public school system based on race and ...more

almost fishing

almost fishing There was once a fisherman on the beach of Mexico. He was hanging out by his boat, docked on the beach when an American businessman on vacation came and sat by him. The businessman asked the fisherman what he did, he said he fished. "Is that your boat over there?" asked the businessman. "Yep," responded the fisherman. ...more

Low-Income Soccer Snacks

I knew what he was thinking. I knew he couldn’t believe I was spending food stamps on soccer snacks. Believe me, I could think of so many better ways to spend those precious food stamps. Milk. Eggs. Bread. Cereal. Not Gatorade and cookies and little packages of Wheat Thins. It killed me to spend that much of my family’s food money for the month on an entire soccer team. And how would the team feel if they knew that the food their kids would be eating was bought with state money? Would they treat it as if the food were tainted, as if I were poisoning their kids with poor people food? ...more
Oh, wow, this is a great post. There is so much pressure on "snack moms" and the kids can be so ...more

Less Than

The first time that I consciously remembered the taste of being poor was in middle school. I babysat often for a wealthy woman in our small town. She had two young sons whom I watched and a daughter who was about ten years older than me. I watched the boys several times a week and idolized V, their older sister. She went to the local university and came home sporadically while I was there....more

Thank you, Kristina. It has taken me twenty-five years to realize how awful that moment was and ...more


Poor. Poor isn’t just the old homeless men standing in line at the Marion House Soup Kitchen. It isn’t only the dreadlocked kids off the interstate with cardboard signs....more
This is brilliant! I've been there often enough in my life to recognize this immediately not ...more

Bad Drivers Get Higher Life Insurance Rates

What you do behind the wheel of your car may end up costing you more for life insurance coverage and might even result in your getting declined for a policy....more