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I believe in simplicity. I believe in feelings and family, friendship and fidelity, forgiveness and fortitude. I believe in miracles, meditation, motherhood and make believe and that music is the only real magic this world has ever seen. I believe in concocting and consuming colorful cocktails and fussing over and feasting on fabulous food. I believe in living out loud. I believe in laughing until your face hurts and loving until your heart breaks. I believe in behaving boldly and when warranted, badly, taking bubble baths and being barefoot. I believe in poetry, puppies and playing in the park. I believe in seeking without ceasing that which sings to my soul and strengthens my spirit. I believe in dancing in the rain and digging in the dirt. I believe in honest expression and the golden rule. I believe in Nature and naps and that naïveté is sometimes necessary. I believe in goodness and gratitude, grit and grace. I believe in unity and the power of the universe. I believe in being authentically awesome. I believe in being better today than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow. I believe in challenges and change and growing pains. I believe in the inherent worth of every creature, being and life force on this planet. I believe in honoring the individual journeys and paths of people whether I understand them or not. I believe in letting people live their truth and trusting that it’s right for them. I believe in lifting up and letting go. I believe that death is just as sacred an experience as birth and that it is never, ever an end.

Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.


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For those of you thumbing through the Skymall catalog wondering who on Earth actually buys that stuff…now you know. #noregrets

For those of you thumbing through the Skymall catalog wondering who on Earth actually buys that stuff…now you know. #noregrets

anarcho-queer:

Study Reveals It Costs Much Less to House The Homeless Than to Leave Them on the Street

Not only is it morally wrong to let people live desperately on the streets, but it doesn’t make much economical sense either.

A new study has found that it’s significantly cheaper to house the homeless than leave them on the streets.

University of North Carolina Charlotte researchers released a study on Monday that tracked chronically homeless adults housed in the Moore Place facility run by Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center (UMC) in partnership with local government. Housing these people led to dramatic cost savings that more than paid for the cost of putting them in decent housing, including $1.8 million in health care savings from 447 fewer ER visits (78% reduction) and 372 fewer hospital days (79% reduction). Tenants also spent 84 fewer days in jail, with a 72% drop in arrests.

Moore Place cost $6 million in land and construction costs, and tenants are required to contribute 30% of their income (mainly benefits) towards rent. The remainder of the $14,000 per tenant annually is covered by donations and local and federal funding. According to the UNCC study, that $14,000 pales in comparison to the costs a chronically homeless person racks up every year to society — a stunning $39,458 in combined medical, judicial and other costs.

What’s more, Moore Place is enabling the formerly homeless to find their own sources of income. Without housing, just 50% were able to generate any income. One year after move-in, they’re up to 82%. And after an average length of 7 years of homelessness, 94% of the original tenants retained their housing after 18 months, with a 99% rent collection rate.

The general population is biased: The original proposal for Moore Place was “controversial, if not ridiculed,” according to the Charlotte Observer. Locals mocked the idea that giving the homeless subsidized housing would do any good. A 2011 report commissioned by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority found that people have condescending attitudes towards the homeless, with the public perceiving higher levels of substance abuse problems (91%) and mental health issues (85%) than reported by the homeless themselves (41% and 24% respectively). It concluded that if “personal failings as the main cause of homelessness, it is unlikely that they will vote for increased public assistance or volunteer to help the homeless themselves.

But “you can’t argue with the statistics," said UMC housing director Caroline Chambre. “This approach was controversial at one time because of the stereotype of who the homeless are, and we had to change that stereotype.

In 2012, total welfare spending for the poor was just 0.47% of the federal budget. It turns out that maybe if we spent a little more to help the chronically destitute solve their problems, we could save a lot of money.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

liberalsarecool:

They could keep it the same price AND pay their employees a living wage AND they would still be billionaires.

The Wal-Mart business plan proves nothing trickles down. The entire supply chain has been squeezed to benefit the Walton heirs.

#raisethewage

liberalsarecool:

They could keep it the same price AND pay their employees a living wage AND they would still be billionaires.

The Wal-Mart business plan proves nothing trickles down. The entire supply chain has been squeezed to benefit the Walton heirs.

#raisethewage

“So number one, Reading Rainbow was not cancelled because it was not effective. Reading Rainbow was the most used television resource in our nation’s classroom. In 2009, it was [cancelled] due to No Child Left Behind. That government policy made a choice between teaching the rudiments of reading and fostering a love of reading. So the idea that I am trying to somehow revive a failed endeavor is bullshit. That’s right. I said it. Bullshit.”

explore-blog:

The best explanation of net neutrality and why it matters, ever, period. 

“No one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself; you are its custodian and entrance. No one else can see the world the way you see it. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it. Thus it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stands on such different ground. When you compare yourself to others, you are inviting envy into your consciousness; it can be a dangerous and destructive guest.”

—John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

policymic:

5 lies we need to stop telling about Net Neutrality

Net neutrality will kill innovation and jobs. It’s about subsidizing takers. It’s the government takeover of the Internet.

In the brewing storm around the FCC’s proposed open Internet rules (which detractors claim would gut net neutrality), there’s a lot of misinformation. Here are five of the most common myths floating around about net neutrality and how to counter them.

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(Source: micdotcom, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

In the midst of a very hectic week, I got off the beaten path & took the long way home. My reward was a new secret spot for my sunset gazing. Making time for silence saves my sanity & my spirit.

In the midst of a very hectic week, I got off the beaten path & took the long way home. My reward was a new secret spot for my sunset gazing. Making time for silence saves my sanity & my spirit.

“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”

—Eleanor Roosevelt

workingamerica:

Don’t shop at Walmart? They are still getting your money through billions of taxpayer dollars spent on public assistance and tax breaks. (via Americans for Tax Fairness)
This week, Walmart associates are rising up. Click here to rise with them: http://bit.ly/1nksoXB http://ift.tt/1n4vUXc

workingamerica:

Don’t shop at Walmart? They are still getting your money through billions of taxpayer dollars spent on public assistance and tax breaks.
(via Americans for Tax Fairness)

This week, Walmart associates are rising up. Click here to rise with them: http://bit.ly/1nksoXB http://ift.tt/1n4vUXc

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