Poor? Mentally Ill? Sorry, You're on Your Own

Poverty and mental illness have something in common.There is a stigma attached to both.Both are seen as moral failings. If only people tried harder, worked more, improved themselves, they could lift themselves out of poverty. Without relying on anyone else's help, which would be shameful....more

Not Perfect But Who Accounting

ing Coffee With Peppy“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” By Edgar Alan Poe...more

No One Gives

  Weigh in was a bigger shock. I have gain the most in our weight lost group. Up two and half pounds....more

Since She Had An Appointment

Since Carrie had to have a mental evolution today and it gave me a chance to check out WEEKEND AND COMPANY in Sandpoint....more

Redefining Poverty

The government defines poverty based on income. These are the 2015 income levels that the US Federal government uses to define poverty:...more

Sandra shares her blessings

The children of Tahanan ng Kabataan (House for the Youth) Sandy Alm nee Sandra Badon Tadeo is a small woman, standing just five feet and 146 pounds. An average Filipino beauty, she still stands out among the giants....more

Scary Mommy Thanksgiving 2014

Poverty, Part Two

American dollar buying power vs Canadian loonie?I’ve had a couple of folks contact me and point out that the original total of $4.31 isn’t that much less than the SNAP challenge....more

Poverty, This Side of the Border

When agreeing to do the SNAP challenge, I mentioned that Canada doesn’t ‘do’ food stamps. I said I would find out the numbers that would be representative of poverty on this side of the border.I received that information yesterday…and I’m here to tell you that there’s no way I would ever deliberately attempt to follow the same numbers here. Nope, nope, nope. The SNAP challenge is actually *easy* in comparison, in my humble opinion.Ok, so here’s what I found out....more

Ode to Evangeline

In the early 90s there was a grant run program I taught at briefly entitled "Latimer," an after school enrichment program for at-risk elementary students on the Hill, one of the roughest neighborhoods in the city.  When my growling '78 Cougar turned the corner of Craig Street, I was met with drug dealing well wishers holding up blunts for sale, thinking I was a potential buyer....more