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Black Girls and White Women (Part III)


A couple weeks ago, a new aide and the director of her agency sat in my living room for the first time and the director said the aide and I “needed to learn each other.” I agreed, but didn’t have … Continue reading

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Why Did God Let It Happen?


Yesterday Wolf Blitzer of CNN asked a rabbi and a pastor in Newtown, Conn., “How could God let this [shooting of children] happen?”  My answer is this:  God gave us free will; we use it; he doesn’t interfere. The shooter’s parents … Continue reading

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Friendship: The Alternative to Guns


Amelia the Awesome is my home health aide—a job she tolerates in order to work her primary commitment:  Peace.  Peace is not a career path that pays well so, in addition to being peaceful and caring for me, she also … Continue reading

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How I Got Off Welfare (Part I)


            I got off Welfare by becoming homeless.  The reality of life is that when you become poor then things start to unravel pretty fast.  You have no good options.             It was 1991.  I was too sick to work … Continue reading

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Welfare Isn’t Welfare Anymore


Temporary Assistance is the term used in New York State for public assistance (welfare) programs. Temporary Assistance provides families and individuals with short-term help while they work toward self-sufficiency. In New York State there are three financial assistance programs: Family Assistance … Continue reading

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Peace, Violence and Justice Defined


I have this really smart young woman working for me as a home health aide.  We have to pay her fifty percent above the going rate in order to keep her working (brains cost extra) but while she cooks and … Continue reading

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R*E*S*P*E*C*T and the Aluminum Baseball Bat (Part I)


            I am currently absent one home health aide.  Whether she quit or I fired her is a toss up.             Reduced to its essence, the exchange was as follows: Me:  Next, pick up the stuff. Her:  Pick it up yourself. … Continue reading

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