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The “Single” Fear

September 22nd, 2012 by judytalks

Of the millions of single people in the US, the majority are women and many of them fall below the poverty line. There are several reasons for this, including no work experience, no savings, and little or no education. But the women I see and talk with are a glaring exception to these facts. All are trained or educated, have years of work behind them (some still working), and all have retirement accounts they established alone or while married. Yes, some single/poor are men, but many more are women.

What happened? The economy, of course, has taken its toll on everyone. Lost resources, helping family members, and forced retirement accounts for a big chunk of what worries everyone. But deep down, the fears of not having enough to live on come from the sense of injustice that caused the downfall. We simply can’t trust the institutions that gave stability, honesty and dependability to our way of life.

Is it really asking too much for the American people to expect their government to know how to run a country?
Is it even plausable that the justice department can’t prosecute top people in the financial sectors because the laws of integrity weren’t written down?

Should the people who built neighborhoods, communities, schools, sports and children’s programs be living in fear that they’ll end up living under a bridge?

I’m being blunt because I see and hear the sense of alarm wherever I go. What will it take to allay these fears? Can we really rebuild the foundation that assured honesty and integrity, without having to legislate it?

I see people helping people, exchanging goods and services without the exchange of money. I’ve witnessed young people changing the way they look at values and independence, families prioritizing education over home ownership, and retirees offering skills for little or no pay to give a hand up.

I believe this country is owned and operated by its people, and those elected or appointed work for us. It only takes a few minutes to let them know what we want for the salary we’re paying them. Google them and drop them a line.


A Loss of Trust

September 16th, 2012 by judytalks

Election Day is nearly here and uncertainty seems to be the byword for this important event in American life. My blog is about grief, not politics, and grief is exactly what I see everyday. I see it in the news, in my emails, and I hear it in the conversations with friends and family members. I believe what we have lost in trust, stability, and economic security has thrown our country into a state of mourning that won’t go away soon.

I can feel the effects of grief in the voices of people, and see the pain and fear in their faces. Grief causes sadness, anxiety, and confusion. As a nation, we are mourning the loss of life as we knew it, and we have our fellow citizens to question and hold accountable. Whose job is this? It’s ours.

I began changing who I do business with a couple of years ago. A new, small bank, no clothes purchases for 18 mos. until I found American made clothing, and careful scrutiny about every place that I shopped. Will my efforts make a difference? Probably a drop in the bucket. But I’m beginning to perk up and stop expecting someone else to fix what’s broken. When I belonged to the League of Women Voters (yeah, men can join), the first thing they taught me is that I am the government. Wow! What a power surge! Go for it!

President Judy

Home Front

September 6th, 2012 by judytalks

My excellent adventure ended when I returned home on August 27. I was happy to see that everything was still up and running, though I had been gone for 2 months.

Flying Solo, the group I started in April, had been aptly managed by its members, who continued to meet, and even had a short list of topics to discuss and research. I couldn’t ask for more!

This group is beginning to branch out to other communities and so I’m busy preparing workshops to answer both general and specific questions that single people have about handling pesky situations. The support and information from a group does wonders to help navigate the muddy waters of finding honest repair people to figuring out options for transportation when needed.

Fall is on its way, though it’s still hot here, but I’m always geared up to “go to work” when summer vacation is over. What projects do you have on your to-do list? Let me know.

Best wishes,

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