Wow- a lot of new attention in the past few days!  Very exciting and I appreciate all the words of advice and support.  I’d like to ask that comments remain civil (this is a family blog) and constructive.  One of the questions Sierra asked me during the interview was why I blog.  The answer didn’t make it into the story.  I told her that I’m writing this blog for a couple of reasons.  I think the people get lost in the business news – all those numbers and statistics, foreclosures, jobs lost, consumer spending, etc., and I think in general folks have an outdated idea of who the homeless are.  I thought I would see if I could put a human face on some of those numbers and get people thinking a bit.  But I also blog for the intellectual exercise, to be heard, and to feel like I’m still connected
to the world I used to inhabit in some small way.   Oh, and BTW – despite the title of Sierra’s article, we have not applied for food stamps or other assistance, just the unemployment benefits that I’m entitled to after working consistently for the past 30+ years.

We have pulled out of the RV Park for our requisite 72 hr absence (required every 6 months) and are spending the weekend (with internet friends we met in person for the first time on Friday) in a HOUSE! I probably won’t post any updates until we are back at the park and settled in (maybe Tuesday).

A very heartfelt thank you to the many readers who have sent encouragement and support  So thank you very much!  Please know that I’ve read all the notes and am trying to make sure everyone gets a personal thank you (unless you asked to remain anonymous and in that case I hope you are reading this) note in return!

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3 Responses to Briefly

  1. Mariane Hostmark Tveter says:

    I would like to add to the big Thank You from the previous comments for posting; you write so well and truly from your heart and by doing so you make such a tremenduos difference for us who read your blog. Your writing sharing your experience is important. For me personally it has helped me to understand how American life under recession really look like.
    I really admire you for not giving in. Your continuous support of your childrens activities is a joy to witness. You are truly brave as I know that children are not always so easy to comfort when their normal frame dissappear. So Kudos to you all – hope the best and will continue to read!

  2. Ted says:

    Thank you for sharing with the world. I hate the ‘comments’ folks can have about people caught up in the recession. Putting a face to the problem is so crucial to develop compassion and to enact change. Enjoy the creature comforts of the house and keep blogging. I look to see if you have posted anything new everyday now. Thank you!

  3. so very, very thankful to hear about this!

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