• My Thoughts on the World

    Disciplined Minds

    We are living through Burning Times, and there’s a comfortable section of society that refuses to acknowledge this. Their politics are a reflection of the “ideological discipline” their middle-class jobs expect from them. We need to do much better.   Last week I spent a few hours with the book “Disciplined Minds”, by Jeff Schmidt. I listened to it, read by Lyn Gerry, on the radio show “Unwelcome Guests”, back in 2009. The book, published in the year 2000, examines how professionals come to think the way they do, and the ideology they perpetuate while carrying out their jobs. (see quote at the end of this post) When I first encountered…

  • Live under the New Rules,  My Thoughts on the World

    There must be more than “getting by”

    Allow me to say a few things. Actually, this is my blog, and my computer, so I can say whatever I want. Ha! I forgot. I want to believe there is more than “getting by”. I want to believe it is possible to live life to make our dreams come true. Listen, I am very, very poor. I know that. How poor? Well. I’ve been living my whole adult life in between half of the “poverty line” and a third. Yes, a third of the “poverty line”. Which is to say, I’ve been very, very poor. AND I want to believe there is more than “getting by” It’s easy to…

  • Stories of my life

    What do I know about poverty?

    It all begun with this question. “What do you know about poverty, Mary?” You know how people in business sites and self-help sites (which should be one and the same) are always telling you that “people will be attracted to your flaws”? Yeah, I don’t believe it either. I mean, here I am exposing my flaws regularly on this here blog, and… where are all those people who are supposed to be attracted to me again? This is probably my stuff talking. It definitely sounds like my stuff. The whole “people will be attracted to your flaws” feels true. It may not “seem” true, according to my stuff. But it…