I appreciate your patience with my recent obsession with world events and politics. I'm really hoping to get back to normal. I have two writing posts brewing in my mind, but they don't seem to be coming out.
I don't know.
I'm writing a ton, wrestling with a non-fiction essay a ton, so I just may not have anything left over for here at the moment. Things should calm down soon. I do have a writing post coming soon. I just don't have the mental space to write it, if that makes sense?
How are things going for you? How's the writing? Y'all are doing some cool things. How do you balance your various types of writing? Do you find you need to balance them? Do they feed each other, or does one drain the other? Or, like Edie and Kath talked about this week, do they unblock the other?
Have you heard about the 90 year-old woman who shot herself in Akron while she was being evicted from her foreclosed home? It's gonna make you cry. But I think it's important to feel, to relate, to remember or imagine how it feels when you're trying to claw your way back to solid financial ground.
It's like clawing your way out of a pit with slippery mud walls.
Since I started this blog entry, there's been a happy ending for that 90 year old woman. I'm thrilled. On the other hand, there are many more people like her who are trying their best with no hope, feeling like they're drowning.
Here's a man with two houses in foreclosure. He didn't buy "too much house." Sure, he didn't handle the timing well. In retrospect, it's easy to see what he could have done to prevent the mistake. On the other hand, it's also easy to see that he wasn't being irresponsible.
Every time you handle money, it's a risk. No matter where you invest it, no matter what kind of loan you take out, it's a risk. It's a risk you calculate, but it's still a risk.
People keep talking about this crisis as if these people in foreclosure are irresponsible idiots, or people who asked for what they're getting.
It's just not that black and white. It is definitely gray. I don't know what to suggest, honestly. I do think we need to have some compassion. If we're bailing out these big companies who were irresponsible, why not the common man?
And where is the root problem? Is it with these foreclosures, or is it with the energy crisis and the rising food and gas prices? My food/gas/entertainment budget has more than doubled in the past couple years. That has to affect the foreclosures, too.
It sure is complicated.
Here is one more. Let's listen: