Who Are the Great Unemployed?

great unemployed, poverty, suddenly poor, foreclosure,Those of you who know me know that I studied poverty in the US several years ago. To review the old information on the heels of the optimists trumpeting that the Great Recession is over shows that the Great Recession isn’t over at all.

And now I have become one of the Great Unemployed and the lessons I learned have come back to haunt me in a very personal way. I have not finished with this subject and I am not going to play nice girl any more.

Get ready. The articles below are just curations. To read the whole thing, click on the title or the URL at the end of each article.

I am going to reissue some information from the report I wrote 8 years ago. While the information may be out of date, the problem obviously is not. I have to tell you that this is not for the faint of heart.

New information from the Huffington Post 7.14.14

What It’s Like To Be Suddenly Poor And Homeless At 70 written by Sandi Bachom. (I have rearranged what she said.)

Reversal of Fortunes:

I’m a new demographic… what I call, “suddenly poor”… people who have had money and because of some unforeseen circumstance are now broke. Many are homeless and most are seniors. I’m on Social Security, Medicare and food stamps, which makes me a Socialist I guess. But it wasn’t always like this. I used to be rich….

Truth be known, most of us are hanging by a thread, keeping up appearances. We’re all just one bad thing away… one illness, one firing, one SUV coming out of nowhere and mowing you down….

I’ve known the endorphin rush, walking down Fifth Ave carrying a bag filled with $3,000 worth of Prada… and the dull dread of seeing a $23 balance on my food stamp card, two weeks before it’s refilled….

I hope the Mayor sees this. Hell, I hope the President sees this….

Good and decent people are suffering, who have never suffered before. We are the invisible diaspora, in our 60s and 70s, living on the edge, hanging by a thread, embarrassed and riddled with fear and hopelessness, borrowing a couple of bucks to feed our cats.

I think it’s harder for the men, they hold it in, sitting in the darkness, quietly wondering, “How did I get here”?

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Listen to the Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) in th...

Northern Mockingbird


I have been hearing the beautiful song of our state bird, the Northern Mockingbird lately.  I looked up information on mockingbirds in The Behavior of Texas Birds by Kent Rylander, a person I heard at one of the conferences I attended.

Kent said that the male is the one who sings.  The male’s tireless outpouring of trills, warbles, squawks and scolds recalls the verve of a Rossini overture.  I can’t say I know what a Rossini overture sounds like, but I’m sure it’s classy like the song of the mockingbird.

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Wishbone- Bird Breathing or Good Luck


Furcula or Wishbone

When my brother and I were little we used to fight over who would get the “pullybone.” Also called the wishbone and a merry-thought, this part of the chicken or turkey has no doubt caused a spat or two in other households as well.

Close your eyes and make a wish

The wishbone is definitely worth fighting for, make no mistake about it that. Not only do you get some of the best meat on the bird, but you also stand to have a wish come true.

Legend has it that when two people pull this bone apart, the one getting the longer fragment will have his wish granted.

Apart from the obvious benefit to humans, scientists have long wondered what function this famous bone performs for its owner.

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Four Birdwatching Tips-Observing Characteristics

Bird morphology
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Are you thinking about becoming a birdwatcher? Here is some information from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Birdwatching by Sheila Buff on how to identify the bird by the way it looks.

1. Use the head

You can sometimes figure out what bird you are looking at by studying his head. To begin with, check to see if its head is a solid color. Note the particular color and any other colors on his head. Does he have a crest, which means does he have a pointed head?

Some birds appear to be wearing a cap or a hood. A dark spot on top of a bird’s head is called a cap. A hood is a distinctively colored set of feathers that cover part of the head and neck.

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New York Times-Middle Aged Suicides and Poverty

Number in Poverty and Poverty Rate: 1959 to 20...
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This article will examine information of the problem of becoming suddenly in need and how it affects the middle class in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, America and the rest of the world. I will show how it has been studied by the U.S. Census Bureau and make references to various dissertations, position papers, speeches and local agencies’ information on the subject.

On February 19, 2009 The New York Times Published an article by Patricia Cohen entitled “Midlife Suicide Rises, Puzzling Researchers.” Cohen quotes from “a new five-year analysis of the nation’s death rates recently published by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” The study shows that the suicide rate among 45-54-year-olds increased nearly 20 percent from 1999 to 2004, the latest year studied. For women in this age bracket the rate rose 31 percent and for men the rate was 15.6 percent.

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