A Place Called Home

The house I was brought home to as a newborn was the home I grew up in and lived in until I married. I never had to think about what "home" meant.  Then we moved to DC and three states over the next 8 or so years-finally landing in Gainesville, Florida with 2 kids and a third due within a month or so. We divorced about 2 years later....more

I love this post. I love the nostalgia and I love the beautiful memories.
I've felt ...more

Are We Seeing A New Trend: Guilt-Free Foreclosures ?

Not three hours ago, I got off the phone with a friend who shared that his house would probably end up in foreclosure. He doesn't want that to happen and had spent several months and 150 pages worth of documentation to get a loan modification. Last week, he learned the loan modification was rejected. While he is struggling to get his head around the entire situation, one thing he does not plan to do is become a squatter in his own home. Evidently, he is bucking a trend. ...more

I am right in danger of ending up in the situation you blogged about here. While many people ...more

would you have a carwash to raise money to bury a loved one?

i have been noticing lately in the small Central California town that i live in, that  there are lots of carwashes going on. you know the kind that raise funds usually for a sports team or some kind of trip that the highschool band is taking. those are pretty much the norm in any city, especially here in California. but in the last year i have probably seen close to 60 carwashes that are being held to cover funeral expenses for someones loved one. i actually participated in my first carwash of this kind a few weeks ago....more

Oh, heck, forget the environment. What about my oysters?

There are those who worry that pesky oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, now dumping 210,000 gallons of oil a day, will be an environmental disaster. There is speculation that the oil will make landfall in the environmentally sensitive and endangered, Louisiana wetlands killing the remaining grasses. Yes, without the protective wetlands in place future hurricanes could make the devastation from Katrina look like a walk in the park. ...more

Is The Job Market Starting To Get Back To Normal?

The prediction is that we'll see a 2 percent increase in job growth in 2010. On the surface, that would seem like good news. But, there is an underlying story here -- the story of a changing job market. In 2010, an increase in jobs doesn't mean that the lost jobs are returning. ...more

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Don't Let Your Teen Be "Just Another Face"; Study Finds Students Fail Guidance Counselors

Are guidance counselors in our high schools doing the job? Our young people say, "No," according to a study by Public Agenda. In fact, 6 out of every 10 teens who went on to higher education gave their guidance counselors poor marks. And, half of teens said they felt like "just a face in the crowd." What's the impact of this? Not good. ...more

If only we could face the TRUTH about America’s current recession

According to Lawrence Lessig, there are two places we are in denial:...more

I Head To The House Floor To Ask "Where Are The Jobs?"

Yesterday I went to the floor of the House to discuss the lack of job growth one year after the stimulus. A recent article by a Harvard economic professor says that over five years the Stimulus will result in $900 billion less in spending in the private sector to create $600 billion more in spending in the public sector. This is not a recipe to create the job growth our citizens are demanding....more

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We, The People

by Rhonda Chaney http://www.midlifecafe.com    Email: rchaney.midlifecafe@gmail.com We, the People   By Rhonda ChaneyIt’s easy to say “I love my country”…but that’s no longer enough. ...more