I have issues with Shelby Lee Adam's work

Shelby Lee Adam’s photo essay, which appeared in a recent November issue of the New York Times, is entitled “Exposures: Salt and Light” and was taken from his latest book titled salt and light. The compelling photos are stark images in black and white. Mr. Adams has acquired quite a reputation as a photographer. I have no trouble acknowledging that he is very talented. However, I have to wonder what motivates Mr....more

A Job, Day Care, Good Pay: Single Moms Get Some Mojo

Single moms have it tough: trying to juggle work, child care, and (usually) carrying the brunt of the parenting solo makes for a very tough life. This people generally accept. But what a lot of people don't realize—especially certain politicians of late—is that single mothers represent two-thirds of the population that are living below the poverty line in America; looked at from another way, a full 27 percent of single mothers live below the poverty line....more


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Poverty and Affordable Housing

Poverty and homelessness is an issue that face Autistic people, as well as people with and without other disabilities. A concern for those with disabilities is whether homeless shelters, women's shelters and other services are supportive of their disabilities, and uncertainty may be a big factor in whether disabled people access such services. Which kinda creates a cycle unless it's specified that services are accessible to disabled people. ...more

Back-To-School Costs

I remember back-to-school shopping being the highlight to the close of summer. I was out with my family hitting the major store chains for school supplies and clothing. Back then, the basic school supplies were 8.5” X 11” ruled paper, pencils and pens, binder, protractor, compass, Texas Instrument calculator, and ruler. It is nothing like it is today. Now, you need to add a computer, flash drive, and other material to the list of must-haves. Let me not forget, more money! ...more

Poverty and Promise in Kibera

Today, we visited Kibera, a huge slum located in Nairobi, and the largest slum in Kenya. In preparation for this trip, I did considerable online research about Kibera, and much of the information that I found was contradictory: I heard that Kibera is the second-largest slum in Africa, and third-largest in the world, but I'm not sure if either of those statistics are true. I've read information that states the population of Kibera is 250,000, but I've also read that it tops 1,000,000 people, so who knows what the real number is. ...more
Just listened to the TED story told by Chimamanda Adichie. I have been enriched by both of you ...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


Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.” - Robert H. Schuller...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