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When Home is a House to Avoid

In People on May 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

By: LIZ JOFERY

Most people look forward to coming home. Ideally home is at least the one place where there is safety and security, a place met with welcomes and relief.

It is an ideal luxury many people simply don’t have. On the outside the home of a dysfunctional family may look like just another house on the block—it might even have the nicest lawn and gardening. Even the inside can appear homely, a Netflix movie in mid-stream on the TV.

Put two or more people in the same room, and everything goes to hell. Read the rest of this entry »

The Hardest Meal to Prepare

In Organizations on April 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm

By: LIZ JOFERY

With humanity’s capacity to learn comes an even greater capacity for ignorance. Learned knowledge replaced survival instincts. Every human skill comes from either trial and error or teaching from others. Fail to teach even the simplest of skills to the next generation, and the handicap begins a domino effect on generations to come.

For Americans, a growing handicap is an inability to cook. Read the rest of this entry »

They Earn the Right

In Defining The Problem on March 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

By: LIZ JOFERY

There are successes and failures. There are the laborious and the lethargic.

It’s easy to rationalize the world with politicized adjectives and opinionated bumper stickers, easy to fault those without for their lack thereof. It’s simple. The issue, however, is not simple. The working poor are not simple people. Living with your parents and taking care of a child with special needs is not simple.

Curious then that bumper stickers and talking heads on the news make it sound so simple. Newt Gingrich has called this election a battle between paychecks and food stamps, as if a simple solution like cutting back food stamps will fix America’s problems, but it cannot fix America and it will not fix the problems of its people.

Ms. Key, a Pennsylvania resident who asked to remain anonymous, is one of millions struggling through the recession. Read the rest of this entry »