Let me start by saying I’ve never been homeless. Rethinking homelessness for me is knowing there are people in really tough situations without a home, and knowing I’m a few paychecks away from the same thing. I’m a middle-aged single mom, living in a nice suburban home in what is considered to be a wealthy area. Many people think it’s odd that I ponder this social issue so frequently.
In my community, there are no homeless people on the street corners with cardboard signs, nor are there people living under the overpasses. There are no visible signs of homelessness in many suburban areas, so does that mean homelessness doesn’t exist there? How about poverty in the wealthy suburbs, is that non-existent in suburbia? No. Suburban homelessness does exist. It’s an invisible, underground world, where belonging in your own community is a fairytale and where your very existence is illegal. Continue reading →
[info] I was going to save this and make something artistic out of it. It broke when I tried to hang it on the wall. These suckers are HEAVY! I’m sad it broke. I still have my collection of them displayed in my entry way.
[info] I used this for art projects like melting crayons. It’s cool, but I just don’t use it enough to keep it. I hate getting rid of cool looking retro stuff. Oh well, I still have my rotary dial phones.
[purchase info] Purchased at a thrift store for $30
[time in my possession] Approximately 4 years
[last used] 3.5 years ago
[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium
[replacement item] None
[info] I tried sewing a long, long time ago. My grandma told me in so many words, that sewing is just not my gift. She was right. Not only is it not my thing, I find it kind of frustrating. I bought this machine to sew paper in an abstract way for crafts. I simply don’t have time to do that. If I ever get time, I’ll buy another machine at a thrift store or I’ll borrow one. I have a lot of sewing friends.
[info] Okay, the number of chemicals you can get for a spa outnumber the rocks in my rock garden. You can’t possibly need all this stuff! What is you bought all the available chemicals and used them all at once? Would you have a mushroom cloud over your house? I’ve had the spa for over a year and the ph levels have never been off. I use chlorine and one other chemical that helps with water clarity. That’s it. So I got rid of the rest. If I ever have ph issues, I’ll have to buy something, but until then, I’m simplifying the chemicals. #downtotwo