Reboot and Patreon Announcement

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ReBoot It’s time to reboot. Am I the Only One Dancing has lain dormant now for quite a while. To be frank, I’ve been in mourning since Clinton lost in November, and I’ve been in shock and dismay since Trump took office in January. While all that was happening, multiple rapid changes were also happening in my personal life. To take stock: My husband lost his old job due to physical disability and got a new, lower paying one My youngest son left for the Navy and is now doing well in Navy Nuclear A school. I have hired two…

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‘Being Poor’ and the Margin of Error

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Shortly after Hurricane Katrina came, when a bunch of people who should have known better blamed the poor in New Orleans for not getting out of the city, John Scalzi wrote a post on his blog Whatever called ‘Being Poor’. It is an amazing post, one I revisit regularly, and when I do I read as many of the 2000+ comments it received. A good ways down that wall of comments that are equally amazing as the original post, Scalzi comes back in to refute a troll and clarify a couple of issues with this gem: “Being poor is not…

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On the Occupy Movement and Homelessness

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Our urban centers are filled with homeless people. As are many of the remote rural areas, and hidden pockets in the suburbs. As Occupy has taken over the downtown of many cities in the US and the world, the homeless are being displaced, are joining, are interacting, are being accepted by, are being rejected by the Occupiers. This is to be expected. The Occupiers have tents, and food, and warmth, and hope and optimism, and instead of demanding that the destitute swallow their brand of religion or get no help, the Occupiers (at least in theory) include them among their…

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Living Poor: ‘The Gap’ vs. Gaps in Service

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Everyone knows I’m a bit of a clothes horse. I make my clothes, I thrift my clothes, and occasionally, very occasionally, I even buy new. And I have a lot of fun doing so. And if I wanted to, I could afford to shop at The Gap. I’m not a 1%er by any stretch, but Husband and I make a pretty decent income between us, and we have money left over most weeks after the bills are paid and money is put back. A lot of people aren’t that lucky. I’ve been in that crowd, living poor, and I’m well…

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