Four times I’ve tried writing this. May I at long last scratch a version up and hit ‘publish’. Last fall, I attended a writing workshop. This was a big step for me. It cost big cash, and I would need to travel to another town and back before my son’s child care ended. When I… Continue reading Impoverishing Myself
Wow, rough reentry! Having completed my part on four life pieces, I handed off the next steps to those with the power to wrap them up, then headed out on my trip. Upon my return, I learned that exactly four out of four had done absolutely nothing. Three days left to secure over $4000 in… Continue reading Endurance 101
A young relative recently had the experience of being cared for by someone who didn’t believe him. He was physically safe at every point, but felt emotionally distressed at regular intervals. When I debriefed with him, I shared one of the simplest pieces that have made all the difference in my own life: Choose people… Continue reading Step 1: Find Those Who Believe You
In the summer, I signed up for a membership which had a refund guarantee. So far, so good, right?? When the service turned out to not be a match, I requested a partial refund—just on the segment that wasn’t a fit. The business, though, claimed that while it genuinely desired to honour the request, it… Continue reading Who Are YOU In Cahoots With?
You know when the government sends you a piece of paper saying how much you’re due in this-or-that benefit? What happens if the government worker subsequently enters one account digit incorrectly? This is. Another family learned they’d been having money stolen from their accounts, but applied too late for simple recovery. Argh. I sure feel… Continue reading This Single Mom Lost Out On Up To $11,000
When people come to see me for help, they often show me a letter they’d submitted to an agency, requesting a benefit. The agency has declined to provide the benefit. The client feels frustrated, unheard, disregarded, and disillusioned. What didn’t work? Following is a made-up example of the type of letter often submitted: I have… Continue reading How to Represent Yourself for Benefits
In my book, I touch on four personal experiences of fraud. First: A compassionate friend arranges for me to receive a welfare check, then promptly steals it from my mailbox. Next, a progressive, liberal developer takes a $45,000 deposit on a condo to be built, then dramatically increases the property’s “cost”, and then tells me… Continue reading Avoid Becoming A Victim of Fraud