Content Warning: I began my Reality Journal on March 7th, 2018. Astute readers might realize that, if we are almost to the one-year anniversary of the creation of that journal, we have already passed the one-year anniversary of its inspiring event. I can somehow concurrently not remember enough details of that night because of dissociation … Continue reading Offer What Light You Can
You’ve Been Catfooded!
Did I ever mention that my Partner and I are weird people? Like "gallows humor" and "eat anything on the planet at least once" weird? Or that we're advocates for social justice? If not, you have officially been warned. I may have mentioned before about how my kitty has PTSD from being abused, starved and … Continue reading You’ve Been Catfooded!
Update: I also posted this in the comments, but then I remembered that smarter folks than I often skip the comments. The author of the original blog post that inspired this one contacted me. She has taken it down and apologized. She also seemed like she was still beating herself up over it even after … Continue reading Déjà Voodoo
*Press It*: A One Word Sentence
"The proposed tax reform package stakes out America’s bid to become the most unequal society in the world, and will greatly increase the already high levels of wealth and income inequality between the richest 1% and the poorest 50% of Americans. The dramatic cuts in welfare, foreshadowed by the President and Speaker Ryan, and already … Continue reading *Press It*: A One Word Sentence
The Religious Wronged (a #metoo story)
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts talking about both the recent spate of sexual harassment/abuse allegations against Hollywood/political officials and how difficult the holidays can be for people with mental health challenges. I feel a little guilty that I’m fortunate enough to be able to opt out of half of the holiday problem. From … Continue reading The Religious Wronged (a #metoo story)
Improv #4 (well, sort of): Trumpocalpse
I entered the columnist Nick Kristof's Trump poetry contest. It closed October 8th, and no one has contacted me from the New York Times. Last time he did a poetry contest, he published the winners about a week after the entry date. I'm assuming that means if I had somehow won, I'd know by now. That's … Continue reading Improv #4 (well, sort of): Trumpocalpse
Affordable Mental Health Resources
Free or low-cost: Because there shouldn’t be discrimination in mental health services for those of lower income, but unfortunately…
Also, I guess we’re taking another loop around the cruel and economically incompetent healthcare repeal roller coaster. Call your Congresspeople (Congresslimes, as the case may be for some?) and tell them to be human beings. The Golden Rule is not a suggestion, argggh!!!!**
**Actual expression of disgust and dismay; not an attempt to sneak in an under-the-radar Talk Like a Pirate Day post.
I was going to post just the free ones, but it got quite exhaustive. So, check out this article of 81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford Therapy
Lavender is Not Indigo
Purple is my favorite color. What shade? Every shade in the Crayola Big Box. I even count magenta as an honorary purple. Early on, it was indigo. I have a recording of my younger sibling's first word. While my parents tried to document the milestone, four-year-old Lavender can be heard interjecting her thoughts. Everyone's continued … Continue reading Lavender is Not Indigo
*Press It* 7 states now let SNAP recipients shop online; is yours one of them?
September 2020 Update: Since this post, the list has grown to at least cover Amazon and Walmart in 40 states!
Oh, I love this! Online grocery shopping has been a lifesaver for me. It is, however, another one of those privileges of the middle class. Spoonies on food stamps deserve the right not to have to endure (even more) physical and mental pain just to feed themselves.
I still believe in the Golden Rule, even as our government continues to show itself to be heartless and morally bankrupt. Because of that, I feel it is all the more important to share things like this and to remind our leaders, “I’m middle class, I vote, and I care.” Yes, please, use my tax dollars to support things like online grocery shopping for SNAP recipients. I believe in making life better for others!
For many Americans, going grocery shopping can sometimes feel anywhere between an inconvenience and a trip to hell. For Americans with disabilities and chronic health issues, going grocery shopping can feel like a huge inconvenience and a nearly impossible trip to hell.
Earlier this year, however, the USDA announced it was piloting a new program with seven food retailers to allow SNAP participants to shop for groceries online. This makes it a little easier for disabled folks who can’t be in for the long haul.
How it works? Just visit the website of the store in question (in the state in question, as locations matter) and enter your EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card number. The program is set up to be as simple and secure as using SNAP in physical food retailers.
States involved in the initial pilot on Jan. 7, 2017, included Maryland, New Jersey, New York…
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