Category Archive: Books & Other Media

Student Talks with His Former Teacher About How He Helped His Mom to Make Ends Meet When He Was a Kid

Student Talks with His Former Teacher About How He Helped His Mom to Make Ends Meet When He Was a Kid. In the most recent episode of the animated video series from StoryCorps, A young college… Continue reading

Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon

via OUR TIME Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on… Continue reading

Review: Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm

Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm by Mardi Jo Link    To set the background: Mardi jo Link lives on a sort-of farm in Northern Michigan with her three sons. I… Continue reading

Poverty Lit: “Wherever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. … I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad an’ — I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready.”

  It’s the 75th anniversary of Grapes of Wrath. Grapes Of Wrath’ Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless  on NPR talks about the timeless depiction of poverty and the American reactions to… Continue reading

Grow your own M & Ms

9 years ago today, I had a baby boy.  He was 2 weeks overdue and I thought I would be pregnant forever. He was just waiting for the right day. Best April Fool’s… Continue reading

Library Loot: Feb 26th to March 4th

On a fairly regular basis on my personal blog, I used to participate in a  blog hop called Library Loot,  a weekly event co-hosted by Claire fromThe Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages… Continue reading

Review: The Garden

The Garden In the aftermath of The La Riots , the city of Los Angeles  gave the citizens of South Central LA a piece of property as a healing gesture. The land was to… Continue reading

Review: Food Stamped

Originally posted January 7th, 2013 on crazy dumbsaint of the mind and edited for clarity & additional thoughts Food Stamped documents Shira & Yoav Potash’s challenge to feed themselves on a food stamp budget. This has been… Continue reading