Where I live, housing (rent or ownership) costs are among the highest in the world. Some of us feel compelled to live here anyway. In my case, it’s so that my son has access to various supports and services. When he ages out of those, we’ll likely move to a cheapo part of the world.… Continue reading Third Space: A Creative Solution to Housing Costs
Attempting to hand out $5 bills -no strings attached- Jia Jiang seemed surprised to find that three out of five people weren’t interested. I would have anticipated that. In my work, I’m regularly encouraging clients to pursue the free cash available to them. Rarely do they. “Oh, I think that’s meant for someone else.” “I’ll… Continue reading Would You Take Jia’s $5?
I was feeling bummed that I will probably again have no celebration of Mother’s Day, because there’s no one besides me to poke my kid into doing something special. This article gave me perspective. So much perspective that I donated! Now I feel very happy about Mother’s Day. What is the relevance to Rising? According… Continue reading Set Women Free On Mother’s Day!
This morning I am chock full of both jealously and envy. Darn! I’m jealous of a dear friend who is able to take trips in which others plan all the details, is able to take 1-8 weeks at a time off her usual activities, has several adult playmates, and receives much materially. My life is… Continue reading Heart Quirk: Jealousy
Four year old Maria set her dresses on fire and chopped off her hair. Her father watched, nodded, and provided her with her older brother’s clothing and a traditionally male name. She was free. A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight is written by Maria Toorpakai and Katharine Holstein. I… Continue reading Book Review: GenderBendy under Taliban Rule
…if I need a hamper (a pile of free gifts and food). It took me a few years of being asked to develop the responses I feel good with. The answer that doesn’t divulge more personal information than I want to share, yet gets across that we’re not the folks this particular gift is intended… Continue reading Tis The Season When People Ask…
Like many socially liberal people, I was beyond distressed to learn Trump got in. I’ve woken with nightmares two nights in a row. You already know the reasons for my concerns. Today I’m going to share the ten things I’m doing to reduce my distress about his ideas, past actions, and plans. 1. Meet Strangers: I… Continue reading 10 Ways to Rise re: Trump
Every once in a while, my spirit dips. It’s not a huge deal for me—through three decades of therapy, I’ve learned how to let feelings just sit. To an online buddy the other day I said that all my feelings—happiness, shame, delight, humiliation, joy, depression—are “like sweet little children, just hanging out in there, doing… Continue reading I Felt Like “Not Enough”
In the minority world, the link between paper and sufficiency is almost absolute. If I write things on one piece, I get $400. When I write things on another, I get $31,000 (and counting). When I jot some more items on a third, I receive $872. One of the greatest barriers experienced by people in… Continue reading How Money Actually Does Grow On Trees
A group I participate in and volunteer for has organized a fundraiser. To attend, I would be required to spend: an hour driving $5-$7 on car fuel four hours of my free time an immeasurable amount of my sensory capacity, AND $30 for access Again, I already participate, volunteer, and market with the group all… Continue reading Charitable Protest: I’ll Give 4 of 8, Thanks