Tag: poverty

  • Trending: I am Blessed

    Trending: I am Blessed

    Seems like every store I go into these days has some trinket, t-shirt or token touting the line "I am blessed." If Capitalism and Calvinism mated they would produce the illegitimate child known as  Christian Consumerism. While on book tour last October, I was unnerved[..]
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  • Swapping out Food Stamps: It’s about more

    Swapping out Food Stamps: It’s about more

    [caption id="attachment_3863" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Photo by Julie Utterback[/caption] It's about choices. By now you've likely heard that part of Trump's very bad, awful, not even realistic budget plan is to gut the food assistance program. Trump and Ryan are lock-step in their efforts to punish the[..]
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  • A Letter to my Friends

    A Letter to my Friends

    Dear Alabamians: You and I have had a thing going on for many years now. I grew up just across the Hooch from you. I spent nearly every weekend of my high school years driving your backroads on the way to Camp Hill to watch[..]
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  • My Prayers for 2017

    My Prayers for 2017

      I have this painting that a friend made me. It is a colorful painting with a big yellow sun in it and the phrase "FIND YOUR HAPPY" in big bold letters. FIND YOUR HAPPY. Many a theologian has warned us that if we go[..]
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  • My Boyfriend and Me

    My Boyfriend and Me

    We were sitting in a booth at our favorite little Italian restaurant, my boyfriend and me, eating the same meal, fixed differently. We are different that way, a lot of ways, really, my boyfriend and me. Even though we've been together going on some 37[..]
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  • Help Me Get My Happy On

    Help Me Get My Happy On

      Ah, Lord, it is November again. I woke to a steely gray sky, green grass bowing to rain and winter's chill. Those of you who know me best know how much I dread the onset of winter. There is nothing in this southern girl's[..]
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  • A Ministry Born of Pain

    A Ministry Born of Pain

        It’s Miz Shelby here again. I’m guest posting today from Guatemala City, where I’m on a trip with World Vision. Come back all week for more updates from this adventure in Guatemala. I called him. I’d been meaning to do that all weekend. It was[..]
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  • How Profitable is Panhandling?

    How Profitable is Panhandling?

    Over the past few days there has been a panhandler on the corner where Highway 395 intersects with McDonald's. As far as panhandlers goes, this guy is younger, and fitter than most. The cardboard sign that he holds up says he's a war veteran. If[..]
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  • The Pauper’s Home

    The Pauper’s Home

    Usually when we think of the poor we focus on issues related to their daily needs. What do they need? A warm biscuit and a cup of coffee. A coat, a pair of boots, dry socks, wool gloves and a stocking cap. A place to[..]
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