Slow Food’s $5 Challenge: Out of Touch with Average Americans?

According to a recent New York Times article, more Americans are growing gardens not necessarily because they enjoy toiling in the dirt, weeds and sun, but because they can no longer afford not to. As prices continue to rise—and package sizes shrink—at the grocery store, some, especially in rural areas, are turning to the ways of their ancestors to fill their pantries and freezers. ...more
@Diana But, there is a lot that CAN be done. For example, buying from the farmers directly is ...more

Side Hustle Income for the Slow Economy

The economy is slow to recover and people are getting anxious as they are looking for opportunities to increase their income. The jobless rate in California and Los Angeles are still in the double digits while the nation’s unemployment rate is about 9%. These unemployment numbers tell us that the market is still tough for anyone hoping to land a job in the near future. ...more
I like the way you provided a few new ideas I haven't read anywhere else. How do your notary ...more

What Does Financial Security Mean to You?

 It’s scary out there. Plunging stocks, massive debt, and dismal job growth. A quick scan of the headlines can test faith and make one wonder if the US economy can completely fail. We all know that something has to change – we can’t sustain our current spending and it seems with each passing day we’re loosing our footing on the world stage....more
This was a really excellent blog! Thanks for sharing your personal story, Karen. I enjoy your ...more

Afghan and Rwandan Women Entrepreneurs Seek Peace Through Business

By Dr. Terry Neese, cross-posted at On The Issues Magazine...more

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
This sounds like a really hard bind. I hope whatever choice you make, that it will work out for ...more

fare thee well, readymade {another magazine bites the dust}

That's too bad. I hate to see them go.

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2012 Election: May Depend on New Voters

In 2007, the Obama campaign knew they couldn’t win with existing voters. The momentum for the Democratic nomination was with Hillary Clinton. In order to win, his campaign had to generate new voters....more

Can I Get Ketchup With That?

Sure, I get that gas prices are staggering. Food prices hitting the roof! In a word, the economy is in the toilet right about now. But, and this is a big but, there is hope on the horizon, as unemployment has fallen a bit from 9.6% to something along the lines of 8%. I know it's a mere drop in the sustainability of life, but, it's reason to keep hope alive!...more

Sometimes I feel guilty having to ask for extra napkins, but,come on, sticky fingers don't ...more

The Path to Prosperity

If you know any conservatives, chances are they are giddy today over Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan for FY 2012, aptly named The Path to Prosperity....more