Many of you asked about Hannah's sewing project:
here are the pillows she made for her big brother
for his new couch in his new apartment.
Their style will be Mid-century Modern meets
Their words, not mine.
Actually I think they used whorehouse.
That part is about lots of bright colors not so much
a brothel style, mama hopes anyway....
Those of you in LA/NY/SF/NJ/more
have been aware of the issues of gentrification.
It is a tough issue.
Dearest Son was subjected to gentrification
as his rent more than doubled in the area
he had lived in for three years,
and even sharing that rent with three others,
it was no longer possible to live there.
His new place is also a result of gentrification
in his new area and forced out folks resulting in
DS getting a newly renovated affordable place,
that they need not share with roommates.
Now these kids make a modest income for sure
but their new rent for 700 sq feet is far more than
the mortgage I paid here for 2,000 sq feet..
and DD's rent for 400 sq feet is 300 more a month!
I became curious about the topic and did
a little research
and was surprised to
discover that it was often untrue that
masses of folks are displaced
and that there are numerous positive
effects to gentrification.
Of course some do lose their
ability to rent in the same area,
and they are the least able to adjust to
such life changes...
the very poor, elderly on fixed incomes.
Tough issue with rights and wrongs.
DS and his girl were affected both ways...
and then while researching I stumbled
across this article...
It's long, but read it anyway if you can.
Now this will start many good discussions,
with differing opinions
and the subjects are linked because
so much of the choices we now make
are based in irrational fears and mistruths
fueled by dubious politicians and very bad
NEWS - (she says with absolute disdain)
Lots of us choose a word of empowerment
each year to inspire us, motivate us.
I want to go one step forward
and suggest that we adopt not a word but
a mind set, if you will.
Can we put all the typical blog
fodder just a wee bit further back on the
burners and bring to the front
our best self?
Can we shut off the STUPID
tv shows we watch because
the good stuff isn't on that night,
and read and be enlightened
about important issues instead?
How about just 30 minutes a day?
and I don't mean watch the morning shows
which are merely entertainment shows.
Though I do love Charlie Rose
but at NIGHT.
Let's explore more,
educate ourselves about the real issues,
relearn where the heck the countries in Europe are
for Pete's Sake!
How would you do?
We've been at war in Iran Iraq Afghanistan Syria
and thousands have lost their lives,
and we ALL have our opinions about that,
but can you find them on a map?
I am ashamed to say I got Syria wrong.
I have now decided to remember SIIA
reading left to right
I love seeing all the decorating idea, great recipes,
and DIY projects, and I still will share those of mine
if I ever get the rearranging finished.
Currently the Family Room is going through
a metamorphosis and ongoing purge-a rama
here at oldgreymare.
thank heavens the kids are hauling out stuff
for their homes.
BUT I hope we can stop being afraid to
speak our minds, challenge each other,
and share more of the Life stuff.
Blogs can be a mix,
and it's Ok to have different opinions.
We need to be an example of
the power and intelligence of a woman's mind.
So show me some stuff,
what issue is important to you?
What rant do you wish to make?
Put it in the **** It Bucket top right.
If I cannot motivate you here,
how about being frightened
about what happens to your brian if you don't use
all those other areas?
"There's always room for Jello"
what your brain becomes....
and speaking of Jello...
how does everyone feel about Bill Cosby?
Now where to put the huge white cabinet,
the cream wing back and drawer sets I removed
from Family Room?