Poverty in America takes many forms. In Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, Sarah Smarsh reveals her personal experience of growing up poor in rural Kansas. Growing up as Americans moved away from farming and the midwest, Smarsh watched as support for her family’s way of life dried up, leaving very little left to tie a fifth generation farmer to the land. Read more
Older Son loves My Favorite Murder. It makes me more nervous than usual since it is about murder. My mom was convinced one of us would be murdered the moment we stepped foot out of the house. We lived in a rural area. Not In Cold Blood rural, more ‘there is open farmland between towns’ rural. We lived in the town. That being said, I was from an area where creepy shit regularly happens. The San Joaquin Valley is quite a place. Look it up. Read more
Is there anything Contessa Garten can’t do? This Long Island Iced Tea recipe creates a delightful alcohol bomb that is easy to make. We left out the gin because gin makes me crazier than usual.
Felicia also doesn’t drink gin because she says it makes her feel weird but when we did some quick (and sober) research all we found was that gin is flavored vodka and there is no reason for it to make us any weirder. We decided the internet was a disaster of lies and left the gin out, just to be safe. Read more
We hear it all the time from our friends and see it on social media. Women are frazzled and overwhelmed by everything they are expected to do. Whether you stay home full time with your children, or work outside of the home, we know your days and nights are filled with endless tasks. The work you do to care for your families is important and valuable, but often times that work gets overlooked. Read more
As we talk about forgiving others and asking someone to forgive us, we must pause to think about what forgiveness is as well as what forgiveness is not. Let’s begin with a definition of forgiveness: to stop requiring payment, either financial or emotional. To say to another: I am no longer holding these things against you. Forgiveness is an act of the will. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your feelings have changed. Read more
Given the abysmal voting practice of white women in the midterm election, it was clear to me that I needed to brush up on my talking points around race. There is obviously so much work to be done. I was frankly floored that white women voted for conservative white men at rates higher than in the 2016 Presidential election. Shocking considering the garbage pulled by the current administration. Read more
It’s been one hell of a week. If you follow our blog, you may have noted that we were uncharacteristically silent for the last 7 days. It turned out the news cycle was simply too much for us to bear.
We purposefully left the editorial week open to give us the flexibility to talk about the midterm results in real time. After our canvassing adventure, we were fired up and ready to celebrate some victories. We spent Tuesday anxiously texting one another between bouts in front of cable news, rage cleaning, and binging on leftover Halloween candy. Read more