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The $50 Lesson (extended version)

Lawnmower of homelessness Recently, while I was working in the flower beds in the front yard, my neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from walking their dog. During our friendly conversation, I asked their 12 year old daughter what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day. ...

2016-03-13   [Permalink]

There, but by the grace of God…

 :rustycar.jpg This is my third piece in my award-winning[1] "Hey, don't be such a judgey dick to poor people" series. The first was a general essay on not being judgey of those in need, and the second explored the idea of "making bad decisions" specifically. Neither should have been too controversial (though it angered some on other threads who seemed to take it personally), but this one might generate some disagreement. ...
2016-03-08   [Permalink]

The Needle

Looking for the right haystackBetty: "Hey Joe, what are you doing?"

Joe: "I'm looking for a needle."

Betty: "Why?"

Joe: "I thought maybe a needle would be a good thing to have." ...

2016-02-26   [Permalink]

Slow cooker mac 'n cheese

I love my slow cooker. I have a baby who doesn't like me to not pay attention to him, so cooking is sometimes hard. So I use the slow cooker to start meals when he's sleeping. The other day I thought: "Can I make mac and cheese in it?" I googled a recipe, and thought it'd be worth a try, but I modified it enough that it's something new. Here goes: ...

2016-02-15   [Permalink] #recipe  

(Not) Facing the Consequences of Your Actions

 :consequences2.jpg If you haven't already, read my last post before reading this. In it, I used some personal anecdotes of the bad decisions I've made and the relatively light consequences I faced. I brought them up to illustrate an important point about assuming poor people made poor decisions to get where they are. In this post, I want to expand on the idea of "making poor decisions". ...

2016-02-14   [Permalink]

Giving fish to men

No fishing for poor people "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime." We've all heard it, and we have a general idea of what it means. As an instruction manual, it gives you two choices for helping people: either do it for them, or educate them so they can do it themselves. There's no third option, but a lot of people add one anyway. ...

2016-02-12   [Permalink] #skeptical-zen  

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