Our Rented Homestead

If someone made me sit down and write a “How I Spent My Summer” essay, it would read more like the lyrics to a woe-is-me country song. Thankfully it would be missing the elements of Loretta Lynn songs involving being pregnant again. There was also no spousal abandonment but otherwise… it was a craptacular summer….

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…

I’LL BE FINE.

Taking some deep breaths and letting Woody be my inner voice this morning. I have my first dentist appointment this morning. I’m so nervous. I’m also really, really hungry. I can’t even eat noodles right now. NOODLES, fer fecks sake. I’m not scared of the dentistry part of this. I’m scared of what it’s going to…

How to DIY When You’re Poor

          If you spend any amount of time on social media, you see some really cool ideas for DIY projects. Pinterest seems to be that place we all go for inspiration and then end up just feeling bad that we don’t have time, energy, or creativity to be that awesome. For…

Shanesha Taylor Needs Support ,Not Jail

  Prison Culture» Action Needed: Shanesha Taylor Needs Support Not Jail – Shanesha Taylor ,a homeless mother with 2 children, is currently in jail after leaving her children in a car while she was in a job interview. The children were taken by CPS and are now with family. A fundraising drive has been started to raise…

bitches gotta have teeth

One of my favorite blogger/writers Samantha Irby has been talking about her dental issues lately and because the Internet is awesome, there’s now a gofundme because yeah…bitches gotta have teeth  . Reading Sam’s post today [ bitches gotta eat. – this is what’s up with my teeth.] …oh, I am so hoping the beautiful people of…

ICYMI: Jon Stewart’s food stamp hater take-down, Daily Affirmations for the Revolutionary Proletarian Militant, not-so-new news about food banks shortages, and other stuff.

  Sooooo much I need to be writing about here and so little time to do it all. Until then, here’s other stuff people have writing and news that happened over the past week or so. Jon Stewart Blasts Fox’s Obsession With Food Stamps–  Nothing “we” haven’t been saying for ages but it’s kinda cool to…

‘What is riskier than living poor in America?’

I’m not certain but I believe this clip of Melissa Harris-Perry passionately asking her panel of guests, “What is riskier than living  poor in America?” is what made me develop a crazy brain crush on her. This happened one year ago:   watch the full segment here  

Why “Grow Your Own Food!” Might Not Be So Easy For Poor People -Part 2

After publishing my last post about obstacles to gardening when you’re poor, I realized there were maybe one or two points I missed…but then I read my emails and discovered there was more than just one or two things I neglected to mention!  Thank you everyone who shared their individual experiences and gave feedback. More…