Minimum Wage vs. Living Wage

After reading a meme that basically said, “let’s stop pretending it’s possible to live on minimum wage”, I had a pretty strong negative reaction. While I agreed with the sentiment, I detested the graphic they used to illustrate the statement. Three grocery carts were shown, depicting how far $20 went in 1998, 2005, and 2013.…

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Dear Anonymous Posters…piss off

I participate in several different forums – mostly geared to writers. It’s a way to expand my social network, to brain storm, bounce ideas off other creative types, get and give advice about the whole writing process, or find answers to questions that Google can’t answer. It’s also an exercise in restraining myself from typing…

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Cultural appropriation… where’s the line?

My social media feeds have recently exploded with several complaints of cultural appropriation at the hands of clueless and selfish white folks who have appropriated the sugar skulls of Dia de los Muertos. I grew up surrounded by the traditional observance, and I think it’s beautiful for many, many reasons. I was honored when a…

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Baltimore’s Farmer’s Market…

Oh, how I once loved you. This past weekend, something died just a little. I fell in love with Baltimore’s famous market when we first moved to the city. It was part grocery shopping, part festival, and part people watching. A slice of Baltimore life mingling all variety of urbanites, from hipsters and hippies, struggling families, to obviously wealthy city…

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Puttin’ on my ranty-pants…

So… in the process dealing with hearing loss and vertigo, learning my way around hearing aids, I did what any modern girl would do. I went online and found forums. Sadly, most resemble virtual ghost towns where months go by with no posts. One email list looked promising though. It boasted of a large and active population. I…

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On allergies and asthma… I’m not a dog hater!

Will someone kindly tell me why we have done things like banned peanut butter in schools because of severe respiratory allergies in children, but more and more companies are signing on to the “bring your pet to work” bandwagon? Ummm… for the record, unless you keep Fido in your (closed) office with you (and your…

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The great size debate… cool kids come in larger sizes, too

Not too long ago, there was a monster stink about Abercrombie & Fitch and their sizing. Essentially, the company doesn’t make larger sizes, and making matters worse, the charmer who runs the place made rather nasty comments about the brand being for the cool kids. OK, great. So, why have I seen relatively little complaint…

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