@rachsig I'm not sure that qualifying the honest sincerity of your piece by dismissively claiming you churned it out in 45 mins helps your case much. Perhaps a first draft could have been a 45 min dash of ideas that could have been refined into a more robust, thoughtful essay. Perhaps I'm a bit surprised that the Billfold editors wouldn't have pushed harder for this as well. Regardless, hopefully you can take the criticism in the comments constructively and use the experience of publishing this piece to determine next steps in the problematic situation you find yourself in. I personally do believe that we as people should be "entitled" to follow our passions as our vocations. Our culture can make the economic equation of that difficult, and there are significant trade offs to choosing a life of art that brings in little income versus choosing a life that prioritizes financial stability. I've been in both boats and it's tough either way. Good luck in getting it figured out, and for sure- you should consider asking this site to republish an updated edited version that is more polished and leaves out the personal decision about how you handled the Medicaid thing.
Great interview, great programs, and glad to hear how the growth to a brick and mortar store engaged these shop owners with their community. We need so much more of this everywhere!
I am ordinarily an organic food snob to the max, but something about the cherry dip is the best best best summer memory treat.
@Jackie Officecouch Whenever I'm havin people over I don't know well or haven't had over before, such as for a clothing swap, I make sure to mention my cat in the invite for that very reason!
@highjump Can you explain your point a little differently? I'm interested in what you have to say but I'm confused. You mean that small family farmers were once CEO or CFOs of large corps so they can afford to farm? Or that farmers are slaves to large corps?
@cherrispryte I also budget weekly and monthly and when something fresh goes bad it's like NOOOOOOO THAT IS ROTTED MONEY I HAVE TO NOW SPEND AGAIN BECAUSE EATING IS NOT OPTIONAL. . I also started a system where I take out cash every Friday for the week, so it literally feels like the money has rotted. :(
In my humble opinion, this is a terribly gross oversimplification of the issue, or perhaps just very poorly titled. Corn, sugar, soy, etc subsidies aside, purchasing directly from the farmer is extremely beneficial to the farmer as well as the bigger food picture. Produce from the grocery store tends to pay about 25% of the purchase price to the farmer. The remaining money goes to the grocer and middlemen transporting the food. Produce purchased from a farmers market puts about 95% of the purchase price back in the farmer's pocket, in addition to developing a relationship with your food producer. Establishing a trusting relationship with your preferred food grower lessens the need for an expensive organic certification because you can visit the farm or just talk with them to understand that their growing methods meet your preferences. Ugh, sorry. Food politics boils my blood.
Those party supplies were purchased on my 19th birthday! Unfortunately it was inarguably the worst year of my life, but somehow knowing you were somewhere out there celebrating is a like a teeny bandaid upon my 19 year old soul.
There is a similar "street kid" population in Asheville, NC (or at least there was in 2004ish). And I was making $9.50 an hour with no benefits to run a black and white darkroom for a camera store. These kids would sit outside my place of work all day, harassing people for money - including me - when I left work. On one hand, these were kids, like young teenagers you felt sort of sorry for, but on the other hand they were mean and thought a lot of themselves and also often would have very nice looking dogs on leather leashes and it was hard to believe they didn't have a place to sleep at night. I was scraping by with my crappy pay and student loans and credit card debt and I have to say, it was really insulting when they wanted my hard earned money after I watched them chill on a bench all day. Also, one time one of them asked me how I liked being a conformist and I did not try to rip their face off like I wanted to, but instead reminded them that they were conforming to something just as hard as I was, theirs just had pink hair, facial piercings and a bad attitude. Wow. apparently I have a lot of thoughts about these street kid people still.