podcast: Bad With Money with Gaby Dunn

Here’s the thing about being poor: it isn’t that you’re “bad with money”. It’s that you don’t have money. But the longer you’re poor , the weirder you get when you do have money, even if you’re “good with money”usually. Money decisions are hard. Then when you add the way you were raised into the…

For Little Activists

This is one of my favorite childrens books to have come out in the last few years. A if for Activist by Innosanto Nagara . Our fantastic library has it both in English and Spanish. Even though it’s presented as an Alphabet Book in board book format, it’s such a different theme than the typical that…

recent podcasts listened to

Well, I listen to a lot of podcasts but these particular ones/episodes felt relevant to share here. Out of the Box podcast ep 105- Scott Santens on Universal Basic Income – Whenever I mention Basic Income, either here or elsewhere on social media, there are always questions. Most people have never heard of it and a…

Best Food & Gardening Books of 2014

My personal picks with one caveat: these books may not have been published in 2014 but that’s when I got around to reading them. 1. Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal by Ava Chin – At first, I was disappointed that this was more memoir than how-to forage guide but I quickly got over…

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 welfare. In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those…

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 say sort-of farm because she has horses and a veggie garden. (Horses!  Do you know how expensive horses are to have?!) She…

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 the book.   This feels particularly true still… “Part of the shock, initially, was resistance to believing that there was that kind…

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 joke ever. So, maybe we’ll plant some M & Ms today. Seems like a good thing to do.

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 bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.  I think I’ll start doing it here from time to time because I…

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 be used for a community garden, in the heart of the inner city. For 12 years, about 350 families farmed the 14…