Tag: poverty

My comfort zone lost its sense of peace –

| May 26, 2009 | 8 Replies
My comfort zone lost its sense of peace –

As was alluded to in a recent comment from Erich, my house was burglarized a couple of weeks ago. I’d enjoyed one of those rare, delightfully spontaneous evenings; after a dance recital for my daughter, I ran into a date I hadn’t seen in awhile who invited me to a club to listen to music. Said daughter and her sister were off to their dad’s for the weekend, so I was free to stay out. We had a lovely time and I headed home around 11:15.

As I turned my key in the front lock and opened the door, I saw movement. I looked up just in time to see a kid run out of my bedroom, glance back at me then run down the hall toward the kitchen, away from me. In that moment, I snapped. Instead of backing out the door to safety and calling 911, I barreled straight toward him, screaming at the top of my lungs. Screaming at him to get the $%#^ out of my house – him AND his com-padre, whom I heard running down the back stairs. They both ran out the back door, one crossing the alley and running between the houses, and one running down the alley. I screamed again, ran back to my car and raced around the block hoping to spot one or both of them. No luck. I was sobbing with rage; I could not believe this had happened – again. I called 911.

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Michelle Rhee’s approach to reform an abysmal school district

| November 20, 2008 | Reply
Michelle Rhee’s approach to reform an abysmal school district

The November issue of The Atlantic features Michelle Rhee, the new 38 year old Chancellor of the Washington D.C. School District.   This is an excellent biography, titled “The Lightning Rod,” which focuses on what Rhee had to do to get anything done at all.  Consider her bold approach: Since her arrival, in the summer of […]

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Poor people will be best prepared to deal with a severe economic depression.

| June 14, 2008 | 3 Replies
Poor people will be best prepared to deal with a severe economic depression.

Who is best prepared to deal with a severe economic depression? Based on the work of educator and author Ruby Payne, the best survivors in difficult economic times might be those who are in the lowest economic class, those in “generational poverty.” Payne has spent her career studying the mindsets of economic classes and studying […]

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The other kind of prostitute: sex for a sandwich.

| March 14, 2008 | 1 Reply
The other kind of prostitute: sex for a sandwich.

Not all hookers are like “Kristen,” the gorgeous, high-living prostitute allegedly employed by Eliot Spitzer.  Not all prostitutes work for wealthy and powerful executives or politicians.   Not all prostitution is provided under the supervision of a sophisticated club like the Emperor VIP club.   A friend of mine, Geri Dreiling, wrote a detailed article about the […]

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