I thought this was particularly poignent:
I have been thinking about the economy a lot lately. My spirits are sinking, thinking the U.S. has reached its peak and is now on a precipitous decline from its status as a world leader and rich nation.
I don't want to argue politics here. I will just say other countries seem to be moving ahead and we are pedaling backwards. China just launched the most high-tech submersible so they can claim minerals from the sea floor, while we are here arguing over who deserves health insurance. Really?
I wonder what kind of future my children are going to have. We aren't rich, but I fear they will be worse off and have fewer opportunities than we have had. I hate feeling like this.
This is in part exacerbated by the fact that many of our friends have been ;aid off recently, and most have been looking for months for jobs an have nothing.
I am heading to Aldi today to pick up a few things, and while I am there, I am putting together a food box for an unemployed neighbor. This is the second friend we have done this for in the past month. A sad economic indicator, if you ask me. But on the bright side, I think America needs more neighborliness. We need to bring back the idea that we should take care of each other. I don't know how we lost that.
September 23rd, 2010 at 05:51 pm 1285264261
September 23rd, 2010 at 07:35 pm 1285270513
I love your box idea. Does your neighbor know you're doing this? We've got friends who recently lost their jobs, and I'm not sure quite how to handle it.
September 23rd, 2010 at 08:01 pm 1285272095
I plan to include some tomatoes from my garden and some of the tomatoes that I canned, but that is all she knows about.
Oh, and as for your friends, I find it best to help where it's needed. It's just in the last two cases, groceries are what they are having trouble with.
September 24th, 2010 at 01:02 am 1285290133
September 24th, 2010 at 06:48 pm 1285354081