On Adam Lanza, Mental Illness, and My Son

We have a myth in our society that explains tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary, and it goes something like this: When something bad happens, it's because hidden in our society are evil monsters, who prey upon the innocent, and that there's nothing we can do to stop these people but to arm ourselves with guns or prayer and hope they don't come for someone we love. Image: © Wang Yiou/Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS.com ...more
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Real Senior Moments: Making Hard Choices

I'm trying not to think about it. Right now, the poverty I experience as an individual with chronic illness on Social Security is pretty rough, but at least it's a burden that's split 3 ways with my teen daughters. Next year, it all falls apart. Next year, they reach 18. At that point some of their benefits will end. And that means I'll be trying to support all of us on a whole lot less. Right now their presence in the household means I am not eligible for all the medical benefits I would be once they leave. It means I'm not eligible for other aide as well....more
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Settling In, but Not Settling for Poverty

These last couple days I've been following the story of The Man with the Golden Voice as it's been unfolding on YouTube and NBC news. I keep wishing I had some sort of talent I could capitalize on, but I'm not sure I have. Like so many people, I have ideas but neither the skill nor capital to implement them. ...more

I do think many things in life are based on luck. But we also must consider that this man's ...more

How to Prepare for Homelessness

I'm no stranger to homelessness. As I went about making arrangements to be homeless, I realized that there were a number of things that could be done to minimize the impact of homelessness and make it more likely to be a temporary rather than chronic situation. For some, homelessness becomes a trap. I wasn't about to let it become a trap for me and my family. ...more
That is valuable info! Great tips. My boyfriend and I found ourselves temporarily homeless when ...more